21 Halloween Beauty Investments You’ll Use Year-Round

21 Halloween Beauty Investments You’ll Use Year-Round

These beauty goods’ll make your creature features pop.

1. A buildable water lip tint you can layer on for a weightless vampiric flush that you’ll be dying to incorporate into your lazy day routine.

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Promising review: “The first thing I noticed was that this lip tint glides on like water; it actually feels like a cold bottle of Poland Spring on my lips (hence the ‘water gel’ name, I guess). After a quick swipe on my bottom lip, my next thought was, Holy cow, this is also really pigmented. A little product seriously goes a long way.” —AnaMaria Glavan

Get it from Amazon for $5.40+ (10 shades) or a three-pack from Walmart for (8 shades).

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2. An eyeliner flick stamp for scarecrow realness now and a stamp-and-go statement before you head out the door on an average day.

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Get it from Urban Outfitters for $25.

3. Or a cult liquid eyeliner that stays put all day and night so your Catwoman cat eye stays in place, along with your everyday flick.

Promising review: "I have sensitive skin and this eyeliner doesn't irritate my eyes at all. Actually, I used it to draw all over my face for Halloween and it worked great. It stays on ALL day, without smudging, (even lasts well through showering or swimming!), but is still very easy to remove with a little simple makeup remover or facial soap and scrubbing. It is very easy to apply (even for someone who's makeup challenged like me), and creates a beautiful color and glossy line. It is the ONLY eyeliner I will buy!" —Shelby SimonichGet it from Amazon for $22 (14 colors), Sephora for $22 (11 colors), or Jet for $19+ (6 colors).

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Promising review: “I have sensitive skin and this eyeliner doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. Actually, I used it to draw all over my face for Halloween and it worked great. It stays on ALL day, without smudging, (even lasts well through showering or swimming!), but is still very easy to remove with a little simple makeup remover or facial soap and scrubbing. It is very easy to apply (even for someone who’s makeup challenged like me), and creates a beautiful color and glossy line. It is the ONLY eyeliner I will buy!” —Shelby Simonich

Get it from Amazon for $22 (14 colors), Sephora for (11 colors), or Jet for (6 colors).

4. A rainbow highlighter with enough oomph for your unicorn or mermaid costume but can be toned down for your usual glam self.

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Promising review: “Absolutely love this! Been looking for a rainbow highlighter but it’s sold out everywhere. It’s very pigmented, so be careful if you have a heavy hand but don’t want to be a diamond.” —Brenda

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

5. A mattifying primer to save you some blotting sheets while you’re in full Pennywise drag or just trying to look less sweaty while dealing with seasonal temps.

Promising review: "I love this primer. I wear it under my makeup and it really makes my makeup last longer and helps mattify my T-zone. This stuff works better than other expensive brands! If you're thinking about it, definitely try it!" —R BoscoGet it from Amazon for $5.24 or Walmart for $6.47.

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Promising review: “I love this primer. I wear it under my makeup and it really makes my makeup last longer and helps mattify my T-zone. This stuff works better than other expensive brands! If you’re thinking about it, definitely try it!” —R Bosco

Get it from Amazon for $5.24 or Walmart for .

6. A five-pack of wispy false eyelashes to double up on for a lil’ fright night va-va-voom or don solo for a fluttering normal look.

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Promising review: “Absolutely love these lashes — wear them every day. Very natural looking but can easily transition to more glam looks. Definitely prefer these to the Double Up Wispies — they are super easy to put on with their thin band and I can get 6+ wears out of a single pair.” —Danielle Dennis

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $12.23, one pair from Jet for , or a four-pack from Walmart for .

7. A bottle of eyelash adhesive that goes on dark so you can see where you put it and dries clear because you should never feel like you have to wait ’til a special occasion to rock some faux lashes.

Promising review: "12-hour party and they glue stayed mega strong!! Heard many good things about Duo. Was not disappointed." —nathalieGet it from Amazon for $4.49 or Jet for $4.65.

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Promising review: “12-hour party and they glue stayed mega strong!! Heard many good things about Duo. Was not disappointed.” —nathalie

Get it from Amazon for $4.49 or Jet for .

8. A in a deathly hue you can use to sculpt a skull-like visage or smudge on for a stay-put smoky eye before you hit the bars on a Friday night with the fam.

Get it from Jet for $11.24 or Walmart for $7.99.

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9. An eyeshadow primer that’ll make that ornate smoky eye you recreated from a YouTube tutorial stay put and then convince you to actually use all those gorgeous shadows you have on other days, too.

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Promising review: “I’ve tried quite a few eyeshadow primers, and this is the one I constantly come back to. I live in Florida, where the heat and humidity are a challenge to any makeup, and my eyeshadow stays put all day long. Even the cheapest eyeshadows look vibrant throughout the day. No other brand compares, and you CANNOT beat the price of this.” —Bohemian Hijabi

Get it from Amazon for $5.67 or Walmart for .

10. A liquid illuminator to use as a body shimmer for your shoulders in case your summer glow is looking lackluster by Oct. 31st or maybe for a pick-me-up when you’re feeling hungover AF at work.

Promising review: "I use this as a highlighter and it gives me just a hint of a healthy glow. I agree with the other reviewers, a little goes a long way. Do not glob this stuff on or you will sparkle." —anti-social internet shopperGet it from Amazon for $7.50 or Walmart for $7.50.

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Promising review: “I use this as a highlighter and it gives me just a hint of a healthy glow. I agree with the other reviewers, a little goes a long way. Do not glob this stuff on or you will sparkle.” —anti-social internet shopper

Get it from Amazon for $7.50 or Walmart for .

11. A six-pack of blending sponges for a desired terrifying look now and barely there foundation application later.

Promising review: "They are all the same size, which is large. It's a nice oval shape that is flat on one side and pointed on the other side. The flat side is wonderful for foundation applications, while the pointed side is great for blending concealer under the eyes." —DésiréeGet them from Amazon for $9.99.

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Promising review: “They are all the same size, which is large. It’s a nice oval shape that is flat on one side and pointed on the other side. The flat side is wonderful for foundation applications, while the pointed side is great for blending concealer under the eyes.” —Désirée

Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

12. A simple contouring kit so you can dip your toe in the cutting edge technique without spending a million bucks — and perhaps incorporate it into your routine every so often.

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Promising review: “I use it in my cosplay to give my oval face contouring for different cosplay. So it is actually my favorite powder-based contouring kit I’ve bought and definitely worth the money. I will go to this product again once I run out, but the palette comes with quite a bit of makeup so I think I will be set awhile. The guide is also very helpful for beginners at contouring, and the case is thin and compact for easy storage.” —Sam

Get it from Amazon for $6.21.

13. A 20-piece set of eyeshadow brushes so you can focus on blending your cream shadows to Morticia levels now and Morticia levels later because she’s year-round beauty goals.

Promising review: "I am a professional makeup artist, and purchased this brush set mainly for Halloween makeup. I first used them in order to achieve a vampire look, and they worked great! I filmed the process using a mixture of the EmaxDesign brushes and a few fluffier blending brushes that I previously owned. I actually highly recommend this set of brushes for anyone needing brushes for cream-based products. They will not be best for blending powder products, because of their denser synthetic material. Although, I did use a few detailed brushes for applying eyeshadow on the eyelid, brow bone (under the eyebrow), and tear duct area!" —FindUrBeautyGet them from Amazon for $6.99.

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Promising review: “I am a professional makeup artist, and purchased this brush set mainly for Halloween makeup. I first used them in order to achieve a vampire look, and they worked great! I filmed the process using a mixture of the EmaxDesign brushes and a few fluffier blending brushes that I previously owned. I actually highly recommend this set of brushes for anyone needing brushes for cream-based products. They will not be best for blending powder products, because of their denser synthetic material. Although, I did use a few detailed brushes for applying eyeshadow on the eyelid, brow bone (under the eyebrow), and tear duct area!” —FindUrBeauty

Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

14. A loose setting powder to keep the creep show vibe going for as long as you want, even if that’s your regular vibe.

Promising review: "I've used this powder to set liquid, cream, and mineral foundations with great results. I've also used it to set body makeup and thick cream Halloween makeup. My favorite combination is Kevin Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer foundation with the Coty powder." —Brenda LGet it from Amazon for $6.99 (six shades) or Walmart for $5.97 (four shades).

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Promising review: “I’ve used this powder to set liquid, cream, and mineral foundations with great results. I’ve also used it to set body makeup and thick cream Halloween makeup. My favorite combination is Kevin Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer foundation with the Coty powder.” —Brenda L

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (six shades) or Walmart for (four shades).

15. And a SFX makeup artist–fave setting spray that’ll keep you a pumpkin past midnight on Halloween and ensure you don’t turn into a pumpkin any other night of the year. (Unless you want!)

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Promising review: “As stated by others, it does have a strong smell but it got me and my makeup through RenFaire all day in 90 degree heat. If you hold the bottle an arm’s length away, the spray doesn’t jet out on your face. I’m going to use this for all my summer makeup as I live in Texas and it gets very hot and makeup has a tendency to melt off. I added a picture of what my elaborate RenFaire makeup looked like after seven hours of wear while I was sweating a great deal that day due to my costume.” —N. Cuesta

Get it from Amazon for $11.88, Jet for , or Walmart for .

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16. A blue mascara so your peepers’ll look extra animated now and for an unexpected twist any ole’ time.

Promising review: "This is THE BEST Mascara I've ever used and I do mean ever!!!! All other mascaras have irritated my eyes. This does not in any way and I don't even realize I am wearing any. I quit wearing mascara years ago because they always irritated my eyes, made them water, blah blah, but this one is perfection!" —Lisa LGet it from Amazon for $5.69, Jet for $6.11, or Walmart for $5.84.

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Promising review: “This is THE BEST Mascara I’ve ever used and I do mean ever!!!! All other mascaras have irritated my eyes. This does not in any way and I don’t even realize I am wearing any. I quit wearing mascara years ago because they always irritated my eyes, made them water, blah blah, but this one is perfection!” —Lisa L

Get it from Amazon for $5.69, Jet for , or Walmart for .

17. A pigmented eyeshadow palette with a range of colors to complement fake blood and your go-to lippies.

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Promising review: “I bought this product a while ago. It applies well for everyday use, but I usually use it for Halloween makeup. It layers nicely and the color assortment is nice. The picture I posted is from a few years ago. The only other makeup product used is some Elf concealer and dark red lipstick.” —Syn

Get it from Amazon for $8.45 or Walmart for .

18. A 12-pack of lip liners for drawing on costume contest–worthy exaggerated lines and keeping your lip color intact through sips of crappy office coffee in your cubicle.

Promising review: "Love these lip liners! They look expensive and have a silver cap on each. Very smooth application and color varieties to complement any lipstick." —AnitaGet them from Amazon for $3.37.

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Promising review: “Love these lip liners! They look expensive and have a silver cap on each. Very smooth application and color varieties to complement any lipstick.” —Anita

Get them from Amazon for $3.37.

19. A long-lasting lipstick even the faint of heart won’t be scared to swipe on for ghoulish capers or a romantic night.

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Promising review: “This lipstick (I own it in Non-stop Cherry) has gotten me through two Marine Corps birthday balls. It definitely holds up to its long-wear claim, which I can’t say for a lot of my other supposed long-wear lip colors. I’m just now getting into wearing a lip color every day, and not just for special occasions, so I plan on adding many more of these in different colors to my growing collection. I even use the gloss without the color because the gloss itself is awesome. You’ll want to reapply the gloss on occasions if you want to maintain the shine, but once the gloss wears off the color is still nice enough to wear without the shine.” —Ash MarksTM

Get it from Amazon for $8.09+ (27 shades), Jet for (22 shades), or Walmart for (27 shades).

20. A in case your regular nightly routine isn’t working on that white face paint you used to create a vampiric look or just when you’re feeling lazy on a Monday night.

Get it from Sephora for $26.

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21. Or a 25-pack of makeup-removing wipes for sensitive skin that’ll tackle your mask of makeup and feel refreshing when you’re roughing it at the campsite later.

Promising review: "These remove my makeup effectively and leave my face feeling fresh without drying it out. I am used to the Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes but I am definitely going to switch that with these Garnier ones. They're cheaper AND leave my face less dry." —Alex SGet them from Amazon for $5.62, Jet for $6.45, or Walmart for $6.45.

Promising review: “These remove my makeup effectively and leave my face feeling fresh without drying it out. I am used to the Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes but I am definitely going to switch that with these Garnier ones. They’re cheaper AND leave my face less dry.” —Alex S

Get them from Amazon for $5.62, Jet for , or Walmart for .

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