Last Minute Halloween Makeup: Temporary Tattoos

Easy as 1, 2, and 3.

Halloween makeup doesn’t have to be complicated. You can look cute and put-together with this trick.

Halloween is fast approaching, which only means one thing: themed parties from left to right all weekend. Whether you’re planning on going to one event or bar crawling around the metro, it’s best to have options. Halloween only rolls around once a year, so it’s the perfect time to get creative, and put your best mug on. 

Dressing up for the spooky holiday is for everyone, even those who don’t have the skill to paint their face. So, what’s a fool-proof technique to look all made-up this season? Applying temporary tattoos. 

@solanathagreenfairy Ib: @_.melodious_ 💓 this is gonna change my life ahhh #fairy #makeup ♬ From the Grave – ssolana

If you were a kid in the 90s and early 2000s, fake tattoos were a fun way to play pretend. Thanks to creative beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists, there are more ways to make use of the temporary face and body art. Recently, beauty Tiktokers have been applying temporary tattoos to their simple eye looks, and it’s definitely a quick and easy way to look all glammed up this season. 

Butterfly Eyes

@_.melodious_ Temporary Butterfly Tattoo Makeup 💚🦋This turned out way better than I thought it was going to! I loved it! just missing some white dots, I unfortunately don’t have any white eyeliner 😣 Stitched video @Cristiana.ioana._ #butterfly #butterflymakeup #temporarytattoo #makeup ♬ ALIEN SUPERSTAR – Beyoncé

Dressing up as an ethereal fairy, or a Y2K queen? This butterfly eye look is perfect for you. Beauty TikToker, Melody Bruno, started a trend by taking a simple eyeshadow look and elevating it by cutting a butterfly tattoo in half, and using water to apply each wing to both ends of her eye, like a decorative winged liner. While she doesn’t claim to have started using fake tattoos as makeup in general, she definitely got everyone to try this out. 

@_.melodious_ Temporary Tattoo Flower Freckles 💙🌸 Thank you for all the love on the temporary tattoo makeup looks 🥹 I can’t wait to make more videos! Now to stop being sick 😭#flowerfreckles #flowermakeup #temporarytattoo #makeup ♬ TALK THAT TALK – Jay.Soul x Justo The MC

Elevate this look even more by adding gitter, or even floral embellishments. As seen on Melody’s other TikTok videos, there’s no rule on how much or how little ornaments you should apply. Layer it and put as much as you want until you’re satisfied with it. Get creative! 

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Taking Fake Tattoos To The Next Level

@caykeface Clown Makeup using face tattoos by @yazhijitemporarytattoo #tattoomakeup #tattoos #sfx #fyp #fyptattoo #fypmakeup #makeup ♬ original sound – caykeface

If you’re up for the challenge, or have a passion for a complicated beat, try taking this trend to the next level. You can find bigger face tattoos with intricate designs, such as this spooky clown look by makeup artist, Caytee. Smear fake blood, pop in some contacts, or add in other embellishments to enhance the overall look. 

@kalinakuli I’m shook how good they’re 😳 #halloweenmakeup2022 #skullmakeup #sceletonmakeup #quickhalloweenmakeup #easyhalloweenmakeup #temporarytattoo ♬ original sound – EX7STENCE™

Another great example is this glamorous skull makeup by beauty TikToker, Kalina Kuli. She uses temporary tattoos for her lips, down to her neck, but adds a little bit of spice by using black shadow and liner to create the eyes and nose. So glam rock! 

Removing The Temporary Tattoos

@_.melodious_ Reply to @zennierote it actually comes off fairly easy 😊 #temporarytattoo #butterflymakeup ♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim

Temporary tattoos are known to stay on the skin for periods of time—but we’re here to bust that myth. Since you’re using these products on the face, you might feel hesitant to try it out. Don’t fret, because you can easily take it off at the end of the night by using an oil based makeup remover. Everything will just melt off of your face in a matter of seconds. 

So, what are you waiting for? Try this look out for yourself. It’ll save you some time, and will make you look put-together for Halloween, too.