When it comes to Halloween, there are many schools of thought. Some people believe that only children should dress up. Others think, the more, the merrier.
If you’re one of the adults that want to dress up, you’re not alone, it’s been a trend for a while. In 2014, Psychology Today reported that 64% of adults dressed up for Halloween. Meanwhile, Yahoo! Finance reported that Americans spent about $86 apiece on Halloween candy, costumes, and decorations in 2019. That adds up to about $8.8 billion.
As you’re debating which Halloween costume to wear this year, give serious consideration to a classic. A witch is versatile and works on many levels, from old school scary to pop culture chic. When it comes to dressing like a witch, there’s a lot more to it than a pointy hat and a broom. In fact, it’s the makeup that makes or breaks the costume.
Below are a variety of makeup tutorials for almost every kind of witch. One of them is sure to fit whatever Halloween party you’re going to.
1950s Witch Makeup
Think Samantha of Bewitched if she decided to head out for a night out on the town. This 1950s witch makeup tutorial is brought to you by YouTuber PinupDollAshleyMarie. She used a lot of different makeups, so make sure that you go shopping with time to spare.
American Horror Story Makeup
This video by SmashinBeauty was inspired by American Horror Story Coven.
Big Witch Energy Makeup
This one makes me think of a beautiful comic book witch. AshGhotCakessTV shows you just how to get the look on YouTube.
Blair Witch Makeup
You never see her, but the Blair Witch was one of the scariest movies of its time. YouTuber ASH LEVI shows you her interpretation of the Blair Witch.
Caldron Burn Witch Makeup
From the scary school of makeup artistry, check out this YouTube tutorial from Kat Sketch. It will give people chills when you walk into a room.
The Craft Makeup
The Craft is a supernatural horror flick that’s considered a cult classic. It featured some of the most popular teen actors and actresses of their time including Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, and Skeet Ulrich. YouTuber SmashinBeauty replicated the look. Check out the tutorial.
Cute Witch Makeup
Not all of the tutorials in this list are scary, in fact, this one is downright cute. These two girls show you how to create cute witches in this makeup tutorial. They use latex and prosthetics to create the look.
I don’t know if it’s the high cheekbones or the long black hair, but this makeup job makes me think of Elvira. If you don’t know who that is, look it up, she’s one of the classic television witches. YouTube user Maryam Maquillage shows you how she created not just one look, but three.
Glam Witch Makeup
This makeup tutorial is interesting because it uses a different color palette than some of the other tutorials. YouTuber Jordan Hanz shows you what she did and includes a list of the makeup products she used.
Gothic Witch Makeup
This tutorial is made by Kayleigh Noelle, who shows you how to create a gothic witch look using drugstore makeup.
Half Witch, Half Glam
Think of this as a witch in progress. YouTuber Shania Parris shows you how she created the look. Dark black lips and a green coloring that seems to be spreading. If you’re looking for an original take on the witch, this may be your best bet.
Hocus Pocus Witch
When you talk about classic movie witches, oftentimes Bette Midler’s Winnie Sanderson comes up. The kids Halloween classic Hocus Pocus comes to life in this tutorial. YouTuber Alexa Poletti shows you just how she made it happen.
HOLOween Witch Makeup
I like this tutorial because it looks simple and beautiful, plus you add a little sparkle. YouTuber Nicol Concilio shows you how she created the look.
Left 4 Dead Witch Makeup
If you’re a video game fan or simply like a good scare, then this makeup tutorial might be the one you’re looking for. YouTube creator AUDFACED shows you how to do your makeup just like the witch in Left 4 Dead.
Pretty Witch Makeup
Madeyewlook Twice posted this tutorial on YouTube of what she calls “Pretty Witch Makeup”. The description includes a list of the makeups that you will need to create the look. If you’re looking for a little sparkle, this one might be your best bet.
Snow White Witch Makeup
YouTube artist Promise Phan takes her Disney seriously, which is why she added prosthetics to her makeup job. Promise shows you how to do your makeup so that you look just like the witch that delivers the apple to Snow White at the end of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. You can find the tutorial on YouTube.
Snow White Witch Makeup Part II
YouTube artist Dope2111, created this video to show you how to do the makeup of the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This is the queen before she made the poisoned apple and gave it to Snow White.
Spider Witch Makeup
Creepy crawlies all over you. This makeup tutorial shows you how to create a witch that will make your skin crawl. YouTuber Rocio Laura shows you how a little bit of makeup made it look like spiders were taking over.
Spooky Wicked Witch
The beauty of this makeup job is how her lips look like they’re either cracked or sewn shut. It’s a spooky addition that gives a little extra something to the look.
Ursula Witch Makeup
The most feared witch of the sea, Ursula comes to life in this makeup tutorial. YouTube user Dope2111 shows you how to create the look using purple face paint. You can find the tutorial on YouTube.
Wicked Witch Makeup
This is one of my favorite tutorials on YouTube. That’s because Patrick Starrr doesn’t just show you how to do your makeup like the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, but he also sings along. This tutorial includes a medley from the musical Wicked and some awesome theatrics. You have to love it when you get a song and a makeup tutorial all in one.
Witch Special FX Makeup
If you’re looking for a makeup tutorial, why not take your notes from the professionals? YouTuber Ellimacs SFX makeup shows you how to create a frightening witch look from start to finish. This tutorial includes the use of liquid latex, tooth enamel, and contact lenses so be ready.