The 7 Best Halloween Makeup Kits

While you may be too old to go trick-or-treating, dressing up on Oct. 31 is an all-ages activity. With that in mind, it’s the time of the year when you should start thinking about the best Halloween makeup kits to perfect your ghoulish (or gorgeous) look.

Halloween may only come once a year, but that doesn’t mean you need to subject yourself to subpar makeup when you're dressing up. In fact, specialty face paints have come a long way from the waxy, low-pigment products of yesteryear. Today there is an abundance of options that range from cool UV paints that glow in the dark to a portable airbrush machine for easy application. And because your skin should always be of concern when applying any type of makeup, there’s even a version that doubles as a moisture cream — genius! Of course, if you’re the type of person who’s not interested in being uber creative, there’s also an abundance of ready-made kits to help you perfect a classic zombie look befitting for an episode of The Walking Dead.

No matter what you choose to dress up as, the best Halloween makeup kits are high-quality, easy to apply (and remove), and don't ruin your skin.

1. UV-Activated Paints That Are Easy To Remove


UV Body Paint Neon Glow Kit, $20 (8 Jars), Amazon

Providing you’re at a fete where UV lighting or a blacklight is present, you’ll be all aglow with these non-toxic (read: no nasty fumes) neon paints which come in eight fluorescent hues. The paints are free from dangerous chemicals and are easy to wash off so you can get on with your normal, color-free life on Nov. 1.

2. A Colorful Palette To Create Realistic Bruises


Mehron Makeup ProColoRing Bruise Color Wheel, $15, Amazon

Professional performance makeup company Mehron has made it easy for regular folks to create the gashes and bruises seen on the stage and Silver Screen with this concentrated color palette. Though it’s a greasepaint, reviewers say it doesn’t feel the least bit greasy and has the staying power to last for hours. Mehron tip: Start with the bloody rose and progress around the ring as the “bruise” gets older.

3. A Face & Body Paint Kit That Moisturizes


iMustech Face & Body Paint Set, $14, Amazon

While there's a lot of non-toxic face and body paints out there, this set also moisturizes, so you never have to worry about dry, cakey makeup flaking off into your spiced apple cider. You’ll get an array of 12 water-based colors that are applied with a little H20 and a small brush that’s included with the set — it’s the perfect size for applying detailed stencils.

2. A Face Tattoo Kit For People Who Can't Face Paint


Bewild Temporary Face Tattoo, $10, Amazon

If you want to look like you have face painting skills even though you don't, then this temporary face tattoo is your secret weapon. Completely skin-safe, each tattoo (there's a variety of styles to choose from) is made with FDA-approved inks that emulate the look of a real tattoo. Not convinced? They're even used by television and movie professionals!

5. An All-Inclusive Zombie Makeup Kit


Fun World Deluxe Zombie Kit, $7, Amazon

Even if zombie movies and television shows weren’t all the rage right now, showing up as a rotting zombie on Halloween is always a good idea. A combination of makeup and temporary tattoos, this kit gives you everything you need to look like you have janky teeth, sunken in eyes, and severe wounds. The addition of liquid latex ensures you’ll perfect the look of decaying flesh.

6. A Makeup Kit That Includes Several Different Looks


Rubie’s Hollywood Makeup Set, $8, Amazon

If you’re not quite sure what alter ego you want to appear as on Halloween night, this kit provides multiple options for only eight bucks. Along with applicators, the set includes everything from fake blood and teeth to scar wax and fake skin to color palettes, sticks, and creams in both an opaque and glitter formulas.

7. A Professional Airbrush Machine For A Flawless Application


Master Airbrush Set, $150, Amazon

While you may not take yourself seriously on Halloween, this is one serious airbrush machine! Along with a handy manual to walk you through the setup and application process, the kit includes a high-performance, single-piston airbrush air compressor, complete with a pressure regulator and water trap filter; a set of 16 paints suitable for face and body; a compressor mounted holder for your brush; and a cleaning set to ensure each application is a fresh one.

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