There’s a reason the costume tops the charts year after year as one of the most popular Halloween makeup ideas. It’s simple on its own, but with so many variations to explore, you can easily turn this costume into a look that’s all your own. Even better, you likely already have most of the products needed to whip up some quick whiskers. We love a convenient transformation.
From basic renditions to costumes more fitting for Instagram, we’ve rounded up our favorite cat Halloween makeup ideas and tutorials to try this year. Grab your black eyeliner and let’s get started.
1. Classic Cat
Got 10 minutes to spare and some black liquid liner laying around? Great! You’ve got what you need for a classic black cat Halloween costume. There are plenty of variations on what you can do with your eye makeup—smoky eyes, cat eye liner—but it’s impossible to go wrong with black and gold as your palette. Add some black lipstick and a pair of cat ears and you’re done.
2. Dreamy Cat
Soft lines and bold blush make for the dreamiest take on cat Halloween makeup you’ll ever see. A touch of white perfectly brightens up the look without being overpowering. Finish the look off with a pearl cat-ear headband to play up the prettiness.
3. Pretty in Pink
If you want to play with color but still want to keep the amount of work you have to put in minimal, try a color-blocked look with bright pink accents. Add a few spots on your eyelids—or leopard-print cat ears—for a cute and playful twist.
4. Lifelike Cat
With a face full of fur and electric green colored contacts, this cat costumes begs to be seen. Cop the look with some dramatic cat eye makeup, and use a soft pencil eyeliner to draw realistic hair-like strokes around your hair and jawlines.
5. Witchy Cat
Spend a lot of time on WitchTok? This is the black cat costume for you. Red and black play so well together—particularly if you use colored hairspray for a two-toned look. We also love how the blogger here softened the contrast between the two shades with an equally flattering light pink blush and eyeshadow.
6. Sparkle Cat
Who said cats can’t sparkle? Just look at those bejeweled eyes. Try pairing your favorite iridescent glitter with a sharp black wing and thick pair of false eyelashes.
7. Ethereal Cat
Blurred lipstick and fluffy lashes make for a delicate, fairytale cat look. The makeup here is cute enough to actually wear past Halloween.
For a sexy twist on your classic cat makeup, channel one of the world’s most beloved villains. Since a cat mask does most of the heavy lifting here, you can skip the whiskers and invest all your time into a sharp cat eye and killer red lip.
9. Wide Cat Eyes
Go literal with the phrase cat eye and overdraw your lower lash line to mimic the look of a bright-eyed kitten. This is one look where you’ll want to lay the white eyeliner or face paint on thick for maximum effect.
10. Ombré Lip
There’s always room for an ombré lip, let this Halloween cat makeup idea remind you. Grab your juiciest red lipstick and black liner to create this show stopping combo.
11. Technicolor Cat
Got a little extra time on your hand? This Halloween costume is like Lisa Frank come to life. Tap into a fantastical world where rainbow kittens have the perfect cut-crease and futuristic highlights.
12. Cheshire Cat
Disney stans, this one is for you. Make like the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland with vibrant purple face paint and a huge, toothy grin.
13. Mod Cat
Did you know cats could smize? Draw a thick lash line a little further down from your bottom lid to create a runway-ready feline—with chiseled cheekbones and all.
14. Glam Cat
If Insta makeup is your thing, you’ll have no problem pulling off this absurdly glamorous take on cat Halloween makeup. Pair cut crease glittery gold eyes with a matching two-tone lip and a ton of highlighter.
15. Space Jungle
And if a regular cat is too basic for you? That’s where this look comes in. Grab your face paints (blue, white, and black should do the trick) and let Heidi Klum know that you’re ready and willing to graciously accept an invite to her Halloween party.
16. Smoky Eye Cat
If you’re going to skip the classic whiskers, focus on a heavy smoky eye to keep the spooky vibes going strong. A dot of color on the nose give the same effect as a full face, but is way less likely to smudge under a mask.
Do you consider leopard print a neutral? In that case, build on your classic black cat makeup with some eye-catching cheetah spots. A dark lip and swath of white liner complete the look.
Michella Oré is an editorial assistant at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @michellaor.