I love the drama of Halloween, and because I split my time between the US and the UK, I feel like I’m allowed to really go all out with the festivities and have double the fun! But creating a one-off look for a party can get expensive if you have to spend out not only on the costume but a whole new makeup kit. Luckily for us, gothic makeup is hugely on-trend right now, so the shops are full of great beauty buys that you can add to your kit and use all the time. From the Fenty by Rihanna cult lip paint everyone is talking about, to the liquid eyeliner you’ll use again and again, I’ve rounded up the best gothic makeup products to buy for Halloween…
Gothic Makeup: What to Buy
The most talked-about Halloween beauty buy of the year, Rihanna’s Fenty Stunna Lip Paint is available in a striking matte black for the ultimate gothic makeup look. Yes, you can use it on your lips for a precise, long-lasting hit of colour, but it’s a multi-tasker and can be used to make bold, graphic eyeliner strokes, too.
NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Everglades
This high shine gloss can be used over a dark berry red or purple hue for a statement gothic look this Halloween season, but will create a pretty, berry tone when used on top of a brighter pink or red to be worn anytime.
Not only can you use the red and purple tones of this palette to create a gothic twist on your smoky eye makeup for Halloween, or even use the matte red shadow for detailing on your fancy dress skull facepaint, the wearable shades of this palette make it a good investment for your everyday kit, too.
Because you apply this cult favourite with a brush, you can go as bold or as fine as you want. Add drama to your Halloween fright night makeup by going for oversized feline flicks or even extending the eyeliner up across the shadow for a goth-tastic finish. You’ll also be able to use the liner for drawing out further details of a fancy-dress Halloween makeup look, should you wish to.
If you want to brightest, glossiest blood red lips this Halloween, it has to be YSL’s Glossy Stain. They create highly pigmented, long-lasting colour with a statement gloss. You’ll use this throughout party season, too.