12 Easy Cat Makeup Ideas for Trick-RAWR-Treating This Halloween

These cat Halloween makeup ideas are purr-fect for kids and adults.

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Katie Kuhns

Whether you're dressing up as a house cat, a big cat, or a Cheshire cat, felines are a few of the easiest Halloween costumes to pull off last minute. After acquiring ears and a tail, all that's left is a convincing cat face complete with cat eyes and whiskers (and a whole lot of cattitude). Luckily, these cat Halloween makeup—or should we say meowkeup?—and face painting ideas are so simple, they're purrfect for both kids and adults.

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1 Easy Cat Makeup for Kids

For the traditional Halloween house cat, keep it simple (especially if you're working with little ones who won't sit still). Black eyeliner and black and white eye shadow is really all you need. Yes paw-lease!

What you'll need: liquid eyeliner ($7, ); black and white eye shadow ($3, )

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2 Last-Minute Cat Makeup

Need a feline-inspired look, fast? This easy cat face makeup is purr-fect, whether you're attending a Halloween party or escort the kids from house to house.

What you'll need: liquid eyeliner ($7, ); black and white eye shadow ($3, ); gold glitter eyeliner ($8, ); false lashes ($3, )

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3 Leopard or Cheetah Cat Makeup

When it comes to big cats like leopards or cheetahs, the basics are the same—cat eyes, black nose and lips, whiskers, etc.—but you'll also want to add some spots to denote the speedy species.

What you'll need: face painting makeup in copper, gold, and cream ($6, )

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4 Big Cat Makeup

We love this fierce take on leopard makeup for Halloween.

What you'll need: liquid eyeliner ($7, ); eye makeup palette ($12, )

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5 Cheshire Cat Makeup

If your kid's cat costume inspiration comes from the pages of Alice in Wonderland, you'll still draw whiskers and cat eyes—but most importantly, that wide, slightly creepy smile.

What you'll need: face painting kit ($14, )

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6 Glam Cat Face Makeup

Sparkly eyes and lips set this glamorous look apart from the rest.

What you'll need: eye makeup palette ($12, ); gold glitter makeup ($8, ); liquid eyeliner ($7, )

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7 Lion Cat Face Paint

You can also create your cat face using paint, brushes, and sponges, as in this lion face tutorial. And don't worry if you're not quite so artful. Cats have nine lives, so you should get at least that many tries.

What you'll need: face painting set, ($12, )

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8 Lioness Makeup

Thanks to a simple cat eye and a coat of black lipstick, this lion makeup comes together in just 10 minutes.

What you'll need: liquid eyeliner ($7, ); black lipstick ($6, )

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9 Hello Kitty Makeup

Hello Kitty lovers can try this cute and easy cat face paint that looks like the real deal.

What you'll need: face painting kit ($14, )

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10 Easy Kitty Cat Makeup Tutorial

Throw on a black dress and swipe on some black eyeliner for a claw-some cat face this Halloween.

What you'll need: black eye pencil ($5, )

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11 Glam Lion Halloween Makeup

Thanks to a glittery finish, you're sure to stun in this cat face makeup. Throw your hair into top knots for a clever cat ear alternative.

What you’ll need: liquid eyeliner ($7, ); highlighter ($3, ); gold glitter hairspray ($6, )

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12 Rainbow Kitty Cat Makeup

Who says you have to be a black cat for Halloween? Kiddos will get a kick out of this colorful kitten face paint idea.

What you'll need: face paint 1-stroke split cake ($16, )

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