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These Easy Cat Halloween Makeup Looks Are Next-Level

Halloween is basically around the corner, and if you’re still looking for costume ideas, why not consider a classic: cat Halloween makeup. 

There’s a reason the costume tops the charts year after year as one of the most popular Halloween makeup ideas. It’s simple on its own, but with so many variations to explore, you can easily turn this costume into a look that’s all your own. Even better, you likely already have most of the products needed to whip up some quick whiskers. We love a convenient transformation. 

From basic renditions to costumes more fitting for Instagram, we’ve rounded up our favorite cat Halloween makeup ideas and tutorials to try this year. Grab your black eyeliner and let’s get started. 

1. Classic Cat

Got 10 minutes to spare and some black liquid liner laying around? Great! You’ve got what you need for a classic black cat Halloween costume. There are plenty of variations on what you can do with your eye makeup—smoky eyes, cat eye liner—but it’s impossible to go wrong with black and gold as your palette. Add some black lipstick and a pair of cat ears and you’re done. 

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

INC.redible Lid Slick Eye Pigment

$10

Sephora

CoverGirl Exhibitionist Lipstick Metallic

Merroyal Glitter Cat Ears Headband

2. Dreamy Cat

Soft lines and bold blush make for the dreamiest take on cat Halloween makeup you’ll ever see. A touch of white perfectly brightens up the look without being overpowering. Finish the look off with a pearl cat-ear headband to play up the prettiness.

Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

I audibly gasped when I saw the colors in this Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette. They’re deeply pigmented, with a rich—not childish—shimmer, and the reds and pinks look honest-to-God incredible on every skin tone. Give it to someone who appreciates a good smoky eye and you’ll be a hero. 

$65

Sephora

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

$7

Maybelline

Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Volume 2 Liquid Eyeliner

$30

Charlotte Tilbury

Attitude Studio Pearl Cat Ears Headband

3. Pretty in Pink

If you want to play with color but still want to keep the amount of work you have to put in minimal, try a color-blocked look with bright pink accents. Add a few spots on your eyelids—or leopard-print cat ears—for a cute and playful twist. 

Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

NYX Epic Wear Semi Permanent Eye & Body Liquid Liner

$12

NYX Professional Makeup

Violet Voss Sakura Blossom Palette

$42

Violet Voss

Anna Belen Felina Leopard Print Cat Ears Headband

4. Lifelike Cat

With a face full of fur and electric green colored contacts, this cat costumes begs to be seen. Cop the look with some dramatic cat eye makeup, and use a soft pencil eyeliner to draw realistic hair-like strokes around your hair and jawlines. 

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation

$48

Sephora

Tarte Shape Tape Glow Wand

Lancome Grandiose Bendable Liquid Eyeliner

$32

Sephora

Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner

$23

Lancôme

5. Witchy Cat 

Spend a lot of time on WitchTok? This is the black cat costume for you. Red and black play so well together—particularly if you use colored hairspray for a two-toned look. We also love how the blogger here softened the contrast between the two shades with an equally flattering light pink blush and eyeshadow. 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette Volume 2

NYX Epic Wear Semi Permanent Eye & Body Liquid Liner

$12

NYX Professional Makeup

6. Sparkle Cat 

Who said cats can’t sparkle? Just look at those bejeweled eyes. Try pairing your favorite iridescent glitter with a sharp black wing and thick pair of false eyelashes.

Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Concealer

Juvia’s Place The Nubian Loose Highlighter

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

$45

Sephora

Sephora Colorful Wink-It Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner

$14

Sephora

7. Ethereal Cat

Blurred lipstick and fluffy lashes make for a delicate, fairytale cat look. The makeup here is cute enough to actually wear past Halloween.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

$24

Sephora

Lancôme Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused-Mascara Primer

If you’ve forever rolled your eyes at lash primer, let us insist you reconsider. Not only does it keep your favorite mascara from running and flaking, it makes your lashes look even fuller and thicker—especially Lancôme’s version.

$26.50

Sephora

8. Catwoman 

For a sexy twist on your classic cat makeup, channel one of the world’s most beloved villains. Since a cat mask does most of the heavy lifting here, you can skip the whiskers and invest all your time into a sharp cat eye and killer red lip. 

Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Matte Liquid Liner

$19

Sephora

Kiss Lash Couture Naked Drama

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick

$15

Sephora

Rubie’s Catwoman Mask

9. Wide Cat Eyes

Go literal with the phrase cat eye and overdraw your lower lash line to mimic the look of a bright-eyed kitten. This is one look where you’ll want to lay the white eyeliner or face paint on thick for maximum effect.

KVD Vegan Beauty Super Pomade Eyeliner

$20

KVD Vegan Beauty

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara

$25

Sephora

10. Ombré Lip

There’s always room for an ombré lip, let this Halloween cat makeup idea remind you. Grab your juiciest red lipstick and black liner to create this show stopping combo.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

$43

Sephora

Mac Viva Glam 2 Lipstick

11. Technicolor Cat

Got a little extra time on your hand? This Halloween costume is like Lisa Frank come to life. Tap into a fantastical world where rainbow kittens have the perfect cut-crease and futuristic highlights.

Pat McGrath Labs Mattetrance Lipstick

$38

Pat McGrath Labs

Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette

$67

Huda Beauty

12. Cheshire Cat

Disney stans, this one is for you. Make like the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland with vibrant purple face paint and a huge, toothy grin.

NYX Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette

NYX Worth The Hype Colored Mascara

13. Mod Cat

Did you know cats could smize? Draw a thick lash line a little further down from your bottom lid to create a runway-ready feline—with chiseled cheekbones and all. 

IT Cosmetics Superhero No-Tug Gel Eyeliner

$22

IT Cosmetics

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

$24

Sephora

14. Glam Cat

If Insta makeup is your thing, you’ll have no problem pulling off this absurdly glamorous take on cat Halloween makeup. Pair cut crease glittery gold eyes with a matching two-tone lip and a ton of highlighter. 

HipDot All That Glitters Palette

Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume, Lift & Curl Mascara

$24

Sephora

15. Space Jungle

And if a regular cat is too basic for you? That’s where this look comes in. Grab your face paints (blue, white, and black should do the trick) and let Heidi Klum know that you’re ready and willing to graciously accept an invite to her Halloween party

Ucanbe Cruise Face and Body Paint Set

NYX Professional Makeup Slide On Eye Pencil

16. Smoky Eye Cat

If you’re going to skip the classic whiskers, focus on a heavy smoky eye to keep the spooky vibes going strong. A dot of color on the nose give the same effect as a full face, but is way less likely to smudge under a mask. 

Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette

$25

Sephora

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil: Eye, Lip & Brow Pencil

$20

Make Up For Ever

17. Cheetah 

Do you consider leopard print a neutral? In that case, build on your classic black cat makeup with some eye-catching cheetah spots. A dark lip and swath of white liner complete the look.

KVD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Eyeliner

$21

KVD Vegan Beauty

Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lipstick

$38

Bobbi Brown

Michella Oré is an editorial assistant at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @michellaor.

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