Naturally, eyeliner has to be top of the list. It’s versatile and Halloween is a great opportunity to dare to bare exciting bright colours on your lids or across your face, as eyeliner is a great easy alternative to face paint if you’re sticking to lines or smaller areas of shading. NYX’s collection of Vivid Brights liquid eyeliners are £6 and range in colours from green and blue to a red that could be perfect for any blood-like effects. If you don’t want to spend on a vibrant eyeliner that you don’t think you’d wear much, a classic black liquid eyeliner is just as effective and multi-purpose. For these, I recommend Soap & Glory’s Supercat Liner (£6.50) if you prefer a chunky felt tip style brush with thick application, or NYX’s Epic Ink Liner (£9) or a more flexible tip that makes a great dupe for Kat Von D’s acclaimed Tattoo Liner (£17).
"Superdrug’s own Fantasy Glitter is just £2 and has plenty of colours to choose from"
If you’re going for more of a Mean Girls-esque sexy Halloween look then you can’t go wrong with a bit of glitter. You probably already have a pot left over from festivals, glitter socials and any other excuse to cover yourself in glitter, but if not, Superdrug’s own Fantasy Glitter is just £2 and has plenty of colours to choose from. For the more eco-conscious amongst us, Beauty Blvd’s Stardust biodegradable glitter is a little more expensive at £5.49, but still a great deal with the benefit of helping the environment too.
If glitter isn’t your scene, lots of Halloween makeup looks can be achieved with a nice eyeshadow palette; face paint is often greasy, thick and difficult to remove so use sparingly and always try to substitute with eyeshadow instead. Revolution is a beloved budget brand and bright palettes like their Halloween special Slime Palette (£8.99) or Reloaded Marvellous Mattes Neon palette (£4) are perfect for any cartoon inspired looks or adding a pop of colour. And to top it all off, a blood red lipstick you can bare your fangs in; my favourite is Maybelline Colour Sensational in Fatal Red (£6.99).
Halloween is a bit of fun so don’t stress yourself out buying unnecessary specialist products when your usual drugstore products will do the job – plus, both Superdrug and Boots offer 10% student discounts with their free membership cards so it's definitely time to get spooky.