7 Halloween Costume Ideas Suitable for a Budding Cosmetologist

Using makeup for Halloween costumes
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Coming up with Halloween costumes can be difficult, especially because there are so many options. Do you go with a premade costume or strike out on your own? Luckily, if you have a lot of experience with makeup, you have all the tools you need to create your perfect Halloween costume.

Plenty of costume ideas don’t require much of a “costume” at all. Instead, they just need a deft hand with a makeup brush. With these costume ideas and a suitable tutorial, you can create something that will spook and amaze your friends.

1. Ouija Board

Who knew you could dress up as that Hasbro classic? An Ouija board costume isn’t exactly for beginners, but it makes a statement. It’s also common enough that you can look up a few different pictures to get some inspiration for your design. On top of the “YES,” “NO,” and “GOODBYE” indications, you can add sun and moon motifs, various shapes, and dots of stars, as well as a truly ethereal eyeshadow job.

2. Pop Art Character

If done properly, the pop art costume can be an incredible homage to your favorite comic books. It’s not necessarily that difficult, either, but it’s best if you have a steady hand, which is equally important for future cosmetologists. Spice it up from simple pop art styles with interesting additions such as tears or furrowed brows.

3. Cute Animal

You can dress up as a cute animal for Halloween without merely drawing three whiskers on your cheeks and calling it a day. Giraffes and deer are two very common costumes in this category, although other cute animals are equally as beloved. Just make sure you pair them with a beautiful eyeshadow and some excellent contouring to show off your makeup skills.

4. Skeleton or Half-skull Mask

This is perhaps one of the most well-known, high-intensity Halloween costumes. It’s not for the faint of heart, and that’s why it’s most suited to people that already know their way around an eyeshadow palette. You can look up a tutorial on how to do skull makeup on your face, and then add your signature flair to it. “Half-skull” makeup, which is generally relegated to the lower half of your body, has gained popularity recently as an easier way to do this classic.

5. Zombie

If you’re more into the SFX side of makeup, a zombie could be the perfect opportunity for you to show off your skills. Sure, there might be another zombie walking around the block, but does that zombie have a scary-realistic gash in its cheek? Even if you don’t like working with latex and other SFX materials, you can use makeup to create some genuine-looking bruises, cuts, and veins that will put your zombie costume above the rest.

6. Mermaid

When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” many kids say mermaid, and you can fulfill that dream with your Halloween costume. Mermaid makeup isn’t that difficult to do; there’s an interesting hack that you can do to create realistic-looking scales using only your eyeshadow palette and a pair of fishnet tights. Pair it with a seashell headband for a seaworthy look.

7. Android or Robot

This is a time-consuming one, but you can even do it with the clothes you have in your closet as long as you’re willing to commit. Just make sure you outline your joints and contour heavily. All you have to do is give off the impression that you’re an android from a futuristic world where pretty much everyone has accepted it. Build your backstory this Halloween and impress with your makeup skills more than anything.


When it comes to Halloween costumes, makeup is key. Even if you’re only doing the most basic of costumes, it’s a good idea to work out a nice makeup look to go with it. These ideas rely mostly upon makeup, so you can get the most out of the rest of your costume. If you’re looking at these costumes and excitedly taking notes, why not look into the cosmetology program at Ogle School? You might be able to put those talents to work.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.