Halloween is upon us and most of us are excitedly planning our costumes and makeup. But for the less organised among us, a simple cat Halloween makeup tutorial might just save the day.
With the help of the internet, there truly are boundless Halloween costumes, makeup, and even nail ideas out there to celebrate the spooky season — ranging from super easy and last minute, to incredibly intricate. And whether you opt for vampire or otherworldly witch makeup, we’ve got you covered with helpful tutorials to guide you through every step – from layers of long-lasting base, to elaborate eye shadow and special effects.
Although there’s nothing quite like a well-thought out and elaborate Halloween costume, sometimes you just need something quick and reliable to head out the door minutes before your costume party. That’s where the cat Halloween makeup look comes in. It’s super easy and can be done in just a few super simple steps.
To help transform into the best cat possible, we’ve rounded up the best cat makeup ideas and tutorials. Whether you’re after sexy cat make-up, cute cat make-up or want to go all out for a cheetah-inspired take on cat-makeup this Halloween, we have all the inspiration you need right here.
For some, all you need is a slick of mascara, blusher, and some trusty eyeliner for the perfect feline flick. Trust us, it’ll only take you 10 minutes and potentially save the day on a last minute costume.
Others require a bit of extra kit – think false eyelashes, bronzing sticks (if you’re going for the glam cat makeup vibe) and even golf leaf. There’s some great ideas on these videos, you could simply mix and match some of the ideas to create your perfect version of cat makeup.
Another easy cat makeup tutorial that focuses on an exaggerated feline flick, nose shape and, of course, some whiskers. Don’t forget to top it off with a cute headband. Recreate the look with MAC Dual Dare Liner, Eylure Volume 103 Lashes and Revolution Duo Brow Pencil.
If you want to take that cat look a step further, this tutorial is perfect. Taking the extra effort to add in elements of gold shadow on the bottom lip and eyelid makes all the difference and doesn’t add too much time onto the overall look. We love the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow Mono Moondust in Overdraft, elf Glitter Melt Liquid Eyeshadow 24K Gold and the Too Faced Better Than Sex Easy Glide Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.
Requiring a little more effort is this contoured, cat hair makeup tutorial by Maryam Maquillage. You’ll need: lots of sooty eyeshadow (try MAC Small Eye Shadow in Greystone), some NYX Epic Wear Eyeliner Pencil for the detailing and wispy lashes, such as Ardell’s Light As Air Lashes, and some contact lenses to really get into character.
Another fairly simple cat makeup tutorial, this one focuses more on the white centre of the face using foundation lighter than your skin tone, some heavy contour and of course the black cat face detailing. Try Huda Beauty #Fauxfilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick, NYX Professional Makeup Highlight & Contour Pro Palette and Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Pencil.
We’re obsessed with this cat makeup, which features red tones to make your Halloween makeup pop. Featuring a heavy winged liner and glitter aplenty, this one is simple enough to recreate with the Huda Beauty Lovefest Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, Iconic London Illuminator and Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner.
Need a super easy and quick cat tutorial to get your out the door? If you’ve already mastered a cat-eye flick then this look is for you. All you need is plenty of gel eyeliner (try Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner), a waterproof mascara such as Maybelline Lash Sensation Sky High Mascara, a swoosh of blush (Benefit Shellie Medium Pink Blush Powder is good) and an angled makeup brush. Trust us, this one is so easy you can do it at your work desk ready for that office party — in just 10 minutes!
The devil is in the detail for this cat makeup look, featuring carefully drawn on leopard print eyelids, dramatic lashes and a glossy red lip with an ombré effect. If you don’t feel confident drawing on leopard spots, face stickers are the way to go (try Claire’s Leopard Cat Face Stickers), paired with a slash of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Water Glossy Lip Stain in Wet Vermilion and Vieve Power Ink Liner.
It doesn’t get more simple than this tutorial. If you need something in a hurry, or want to take your look from day to night, then this is the perfect look. Get your favourite liquid eyeliner to carefully draw on a feline flick that focuses on the inner corners of the eyes, add a peachy toned lipstick and grab a cat ear headband. Try Huda Beauty Dual Ended Life Liner, Honest Beauty Creme Cheek Blush and Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 in Angel Alessandra.
There’s lots of shortcuts for how to get this grey effect through the centre of the face. Patting a smoky shade of eyeshadow over foundation that’s still tacky to the touch is possibly one of the easiest. Use a kohl liner, sharpened to a fine tip, to draw on what looks like mussed-up laminated brows. Apply nude lip pencil on the lower lip only and over the lids for contrast. Try: L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Fresher Liquid Foundation, Too Faced Killer Liner 36 Hour Waterproof Eyeliner and Natasha Deanna Mark Your Liquid Lips Matte in Melba.
The chiselled cheekbones are the standout features of this cat look, created with a swipe of bronzer (try Guerlain Terracotta The Bronzing Powder) in the hollows and a little highlighter over the top of the cheeks. A silvery eyeliner (NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Metallic Liquid Liner in Silver Metal) on the bottom lash line adds adds to the glamorous look while a chocolate brown lip or eyeliner (Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Liner in Raisin is good) is a quick and easy way to create whiskers and define the lip.
Definitely more cute than scary, this look only requires a steady hand when drawing on a cat-eye flick, some whiskers and a heart-shaped nose. A bit of brown eyeshadow for definition and a slash of pink lipstick on the bottom lip completes the look. Try: Makeup Revolution x Beetlejuice Say My Name Eyeliner, Max Factor Masterpiece Mono Eyeshadow in Magnetic Brown and MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Rethink Pink.
You probably already have everything you need for this look in your makeup bag. Take a liquid liner, ring around your eyes a few times, darken the tip of your nose, paint on some whiskers. Dab setting powder below your nose and fill in your lips with a brownish red lipstick. Et voila, you’re a cat woman. Get the look with Benefit Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner Mini, Morphe Bake & Set Setting Powder and Bobbi Brown Luxe Shine Intense Lipstick in Bold Honey.
If Barbie were a cat, we’re pretty sure she’d inspire this mood. Create ombre eyes with a wash of white eyeshadow before buffing a grey shade over the outer corner of the lids and up to the brow bone. Also, how cute is the pink nose and matching lips? You can recreate this look with the Revolution Romantic Illusion Shadow Palette, Stila Shimmer & Glow Eyeshadow in Daring and Gucci Rouge A Levres Satin Lipstick in Vantage Fuchsia.
Apart from the perfectly laid down black and white feline flick (try Makeup Revolution Kohl Eyeliner along the bottom lash line), everything else about this look is multi-tonal with any hard edges buffed into oblivion. Two cream brown eyeshadows (Vieve Eye Wands in Hazelnut and Mahogany work well together) swept over the lids and smudged on the tip of the nose make this look low-key and different from traditional Halloween cat looks. Finish with lashings of Nars Climax Mascara.
A perfectly contoured cat for those who want to be EXTRA. In fact, the eye makeup detail on this actually takes longer than the cool cheetah design. The false eyelashes (try Huda’s Samantha Lashes), glittery lids (we love the pigment on Urban Decay’s Overdraft eyeshadow) and feline blending beneath the lids means the cheetah spots really stand out. You’ll need a really precise liquid liner and brush to get the best results for this look as well as some bronzing sticks for maximum effect.
If you have a little more time this Halloween, why not try this bold leopard print cat makeup, with gold-leaf used to create the eye-catching print, and plenty of gold shimmer. You’ll need some makeup glue (use the eyelash ones) to stick the gold leaf on, gold pigment powder (MAC’s old gold is a goodie) and liquid liner. Ariba created even more impact adding more of the design down to her shoulder.
We’ve not been given much of a tutorial here but we are kind of obsessed with this glossy Kitty cat look, cute, sexy, it’s got all the Mean Girl kind of vibes we want for Halloween. Until Amirah shares exactly how she achieved this look, we can see there’s the usual cat makeup characteristics going on here – feline eyes, with extra smokiness and sparkle (try Victoria Beckham’s Mink Lid Lustre), eye-liner whiskers and nose, with a bold, glossy lip-lined pout (Pat McCrath’s Labs Lust in Blood would work well).
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