Easy Halloween Makeup Tutorials Anyone Can Follow

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We’ve all been there: you get invited to that last-minute Halloween party with your closest friends, and somehow, everyone but you already has a costume. While your friends are in their Cheetah Girls outfits or your BFF and her partner planned the perfect couples costume, you’re stuck wondering if a random Halloween tee from Target will suffice (Hint: It will not). When this happens, easy Halloween makeup is the best thing to turn to. 

Instead of running to the costume store and spending $50 on something you’ll never wear again, opt for an easy costume you can do with mostly makeup—and we found tutorials on YouTube that were made for beginners and experts alike. 


1. Morticia in The Addams Family

Go creepy and kooky with one of the most classic costumes of all time, and this makeup tutorial makes it beyond easy. Pop on some dark eyeshadow and a red lip, and you’re ready to celebrate. You won’t be able to get the theme song out of your head all night. 

Wear it with: an all-black ensemble 


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2. Scarecrow

This last-minute costume comprises items you probably already own, so when you’re short on cash and time, you’re covered. Use a warm-toned eyeshadow palette for all the fall harvest vibes, and then add your scarecrow lines using black eyeliner. 

Wear it with: a flannel, jeans, and a straw hat

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Epic Ink Liner

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3. Zombie

If you’d prefer a costume with a bit of a scare factor, this fake-blood-covered zombie will spook everyone at your party. Use a cool-toned eyeshadow palette to create a sunken-in look to your eyes (you can even use one of those shades to contour). This YouTuber adds eyelash glue and fake blood to create scabs all over the face and neck to make it extra spooky. 

Wear it with: ripped denim and a black top

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4. Scar in The Lion King

Calling all Disney girls—this costume is perfect for family-friendly events (and the bar crawl too!). She uses an eyeshadow palette on the eyes, and then uses eyeliner and white face paint to create the whiskers. We can all agree Scar is the scariest Disney villain, right? 

Wear it with: a black top and brown pants

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5. Skull

The skull is the original no-costume costume. This tutorial only requires a smokey eye, some contouring, and precise lines. It’s as last minute as it gets, but it never fails. 

Wear it with: black leggings and a sweatshirt

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6.’60s Girl 

Thanks to Ariana Grande and Lucy Boynton, the ’60s mod eye reminiscent of Twiggy is a mainstay, even not on Halloween. If your goal is to look cute and less like a costume, this look—using only eyeshadow—will get you there in about 15 minutes flat. 

Wear it with: a black dress with knee-high boots

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7. Nancy in The Craft

Nancy is the quintessential goth girl of the ’90s, and this costume embodies her perfectly. Using just some eyeliner and her signature deep lip color, you’ll be 100 percent that witch all night long. 

Wear it with: a black dress and goth-inspired jewelry


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8. Jules in Euphoria

Yes, we know Jules is dressed as Claire Danes in Romeo & Juliet, but the Gen-Zers know this look is giving signature Euphoria vibes. It’s ethereal and pretty with the pink shadow and tons of glitter (it wouldn’t be Euphoria without it) that is easily done with an eyeshadow and glitter liner. 

Wear it with: a white dress and angel wings


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The Best Spooky Podcasts to Listen to This Month

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At one point in time, getting your fix of scary content wasn’t so easy. You’d either have to watch the occasional documentary that came out or fill your brain with fictional tales told through books or movies. But now? The world seems to have hopped onto the scary train, and there’s no shortage of ways to consume the spookiness we’re seeking—especially through spooky podcasts.

The problem? Not all podcasts are created equal, and sifting through all of them can take longer than listening to an episode you’re actually interested in. After a little trial and a lot of error, we’ve found 14 scary podcasts that are worth your ears’ attention this month.

Get in the mood for spooky season with these 14 bone-chilling podcasts:


1. Haunted Places: Ghost Stories

Episodes: 50+

Length per episode: 30 minutes

If you also snuggled up every night as a kid and read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark under your covers with a flashlight, this podcast is for you. Every Thursday, host Alastair Murden tells a different bone-chilling ghost story (that you’ve probably never heard of). It’ll feel like you’re sitting around a campfire and hearing a story from your most entertaining friend—and it’ll leave you feeling scared every week. 


2. Unexplained

Episodes: 6 seasons, with about 20 episodes each

Length per episode: ~30 minutes

This bi-weekly podcast dives into real-life events that simply don’t have an explanation. By mixing spoken narrative, history, and ideas, it will make you go into the depths of your brain to examine what you believe about reality just in time for the scariest season of the year.


3. Dr. Death

Episodes: 8 (not including bonus content)

Length per episode: ~40 minutes

If you’ve never heard of Christopher Duntsch, he’s basically the Dirty John of the medical world, and this podcast dives into exactly how the “neurosurgeon” was able to trick so many people (and leave 33 patients with nobody to defend them). The ~40-minute episodes are perfect for accompanying you on an October evening walk.


4. The Black Tapes

Episodes: 3 seasons, 30 episodes

Length per episode: ~30 minutes

If you’re into the supernatural and are craving some real-life ghost stories for the season, look no further than The Black Tapes. This serialized docudrama dives into a journalist’s experience with a mysterious subject and “the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.”


5. Limetown

Episodes: 10+

Length per episode: ~30 minutes

Ten years ago, over 300 people disappeared from a small town in Tennessee and were never heard of again. This podcast aims to answer one question: What happened to the people of Limetown?


6. Mile Higher

Episodes: 175+

Length per episode: 1+ hours (usually closer to 90 minutes)

One of my personal favorite podcasts of all time, Mile Higher takes a deep dive into real-life crime stories, mysteries, and unexplained phenomena. From conspiracies to JonBenet Ramsey, this covers any and all of your spooky fascinations with hour-plus long episodes that leave no stone unturned. 


7. The Vanished

Episodes: 300+

Length per episode: 1+ hours

If you’re less into ghost stories and more into horror stories that involve the living, The Vanished dives into the stories and circumstances of real-life people who have gone missing. The host goes beyond what was reported in the news and provides exclusive interviews with family, friends, law enforcement, and experts involved in each case. 


8. Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries

Episodes: 65+

Length per episode: ~30 minutes

If unsolved true-crime stories drive you crazy, this podcast dives into some of the most gripping murder stories of all time—all of which were solved. It includes what goes into catching a killer and what really went on behind the scenes of each case.


9. Unsolved Murders

Episodes: 200+

Length per episode: 30 minutes to 1 hour

As Solved Murders’ sister podcast, Unsolved Murders is exactly what you’d expect: the same storytelling but without the clear-cut ending. This podcast dives into some of the world’s most notorious cold cases and covers different theories on lead suspects, leading its listeners to draw their own conclusions to each story.


10. The Last Podcast On The Left

Episodes: 400+

Length per episode: ~1 hour

Described as covering “all the horrors our world has to offer, both imagined and real, from demons and slashers to cults and serial killers,” The Last Podcast On The Left truly has something that will interest everyone. With over 400 hour-plus long episodes on every spooky scenario you can imagine, you can scroll through the episode titles and choose whatever you’re feeling on each day.


11. Not Another True Crime Podcast

Episodes: 170+

Length per episode: ~40 minutes

If you need a healthy dose of humor with your true crime, this podcast (produced by Betches) will give you the stories you’re craving with some witty humor and commentary on the side. Perfect for playing while you’re lounging around with a glass of wine, this will make you feel like you’re talking about true crime with your best friends.


12. Alice Isn’t Dead

Episodes: 50+

Length per episode: ~20 minutes

This podcast follows the story of a truck driver searching across America for the wife she assumed was dead. Throughout her search, she encounters conspiracies and unexplained phenomena that you’ll have to hear to believe.


13. The NoSleep Podcast

Episodes: 600+

Length per episode: 1+ hours (sometimes over 2 hours)

This award-winning podcast tells about five stories per episode, making it feel like an endless stream of spooky content. There are a wide variety of stories covered, but they’re all told as a first-person experience and are consistently scary as hell.


14. The Bright Sessions

Episodes: 130+

Length per episode: ~20 minutes

The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients—each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright. 


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10 Ways to Hygge Your Home and Make It More Inviting

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As the seasons change, we’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Hygge (it’s pronounced “hoo-guh” BTW). If you haven’t heard of the Danish and Norwegian concept, it’s a way of life or feeling of coziness, connection with loved ones, and pleasure. It’s not a decor style or self-care practice but rather an overall feeling of comfort, wellness, and contentment. There are many ways to adopt and embrace this Danish way of living, especially as the weather gets colder and we’re all looking for more “cozy” in our lives. But one of the biggest pieces of hygge is how you make your home environment for optimal health and happiness. Take a few notes from the Danish and make your home cozier and more inviting with these 10 ways to bring hygge into your home.


1. Incorporate natural elements

There may not be a lot of green outdoors through the colder months, but that doesn’t stop the hygge-practitioners from bringing it inside to lighten and brighten their homes. Wood is another material that helps bring nature into our home for a cozier, happier feel. Wood floors, furniture, or decor can help us feel closer to nature, which is a very important part of the hygge concept. Bring more natural elements into your home, like textured pieces, lots of clay, unfinished wood, and fresh greenery.


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2. Add more candles

Many people first think of candles when they think of hygge, and for good reason. The glow of candles creates the perfect atmosphere, lifting the spirits and casting warm light on a winter evening. Turning off artificial lights and opting for candles transforms any space into a cozier, more romantic, and more intimate oasis. Whether it’s during a night in alone or while entertaining close friends, there’s nothing more enticing than a room lit by candlelight. Read our complete guide to the best candles of the season to not only get more candlelight in your space but also to incorporate hygge-approved scents as well. 


3. Let there be (more) light

Beyond just candles, natural light in general is a huge factor of hygge. Because the weather is cloudy and it gets dark earlier as the seasons change, the Danes take their lighting very seriously. A hygge home draws in as much natural light as possible. Think of candlelight as your go-to option for evenings, but incorporating more natural light in the home is your go-to during daylight hours. Keep curtains open and position mirrors on walls across from windows to double the natural light in your home. If your space has few windows or it gets really dark during colder months, be strategic about lamps. Choose light bulbs with a more orange tint instead of blue light, and position lamps near the coziest areas of your home (like near a favorite reading chair).


4. Put your favorite books on display

Taking a break with a good book is one of the mainstays of hygge, especially in fall and winter, when people are cooped up inside. Displaying all of your favorite classics or that stack you’ve been meaning to get to (you know the one) not only adds a cozy element to your home but will also inspire you to stay home and snuggle up with a good book. Try filling a shelf with gorgeous books or stack your favorites on coffee tables and side tables. Books have a special way of making a space feel more welcoming and lived-in (very hygge-appropriate). 


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5. Create “the nook”

Every hygge home needs that perfect place to curl up with a blanket and relax. In fact, there’s even a Danish word to explain this perfect little spot: hyggekrog, or a cozy corner. Think of it as your safe space where you can be at peace, read a book, and have a cup of tea or hot cocoa. To create your own hyggekrog, start with your comfiest chair or a favorite corner of your sofa. Layer pillows and throws to make your nook the coziest spot in your home, position it by a window or add a warm lamp for soft lighting, and add a side table for the perfect spot to put your favorite cup of tea. 


6. Highlight warm elements

Let’s be honest: It doesn’t get much cozier than lighting a fire when the weather is cold. In fact, a living space focused around a fireplace may just be the ultimate sanctuary. To bring this into your home for year-round hygge, make the hearth the focal point in the room (rather than the TV, for example). A room built around a fireplace will help create intimacy and warmth, even when the fireplace isn’t lit. If you don’t actually have a fireplace in your home (because same), try clustering candles as a focal point, add warm lamps around the room, or have ample blankets and pillows draped on every piece of furniture. No matter what works for you and your space, make warm elements the focal point of each room. 


7. Try a warm, neutral color palette

By now, you probably get that hygge is all about warmth and making your home feel inviting and comforting instead of cool. Basically, it’s the antithesis of sleek and modern. Besides actual warm elements like candles and lighting, color scheme has a major effect on how hyggelig a home feels. Cool tones or bright pops of color aren’t necessarily a no-go (the point is to evoke the feeling of home, however that feels to you), but warm neutrals like creams and beiges tend to feel more relaxing and inviting than cool gray or dark black and feel less cluttered than bright colors. If you stan a dark wall color or live for your bright sofa, you don’t have to transform your entire decor style to add hygge into your home. Simply add a few throw pillows, blankets, art work, decor pieces, or other accents in neutral colors. 


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8. Layer in textures

You guessed it: Texture matters too. The right tactiles are so important when it comes to hygge interiors, since the lifestyle is all about how you emotionally feel, which is represented by what you physically feel with your home decor. Aim for a variety of textures (think: soft sherpa, warm knit, and rough wood) for a comforting and balanced feel in every room. Since it’s all about how you feel rather than just how it looks, think about what textures would feel best for you and add in a variety of elements: picture running your fingers run across a wood table, being wrapped in a linen blanket, or stepping across a fur rug. 


9. Incorporate vintage touches

Flea market shoppers and antique hoarders, rejoice! Ancestry and nostalgia are both important parts of the hygge life, which means vintage pieces or personal touches are crucial to making a home feel as warm and welcoming as possible. In fact, household objects, furniture, and decor should be more than just things that look nice and show off our style; they should also hold emotional value or tell a story that is personal to the owner. Incorporate vintage touches that have a history, like your grandmother’s favorite teapot, a landscape portrait your mom bought when she was in college, or even just your favorite photos of family members when they were younger. Also, think of decor shopping in terms of making memories: fill your home with items you bought from travels or recover a vintage chair you found at a flea market with your best friend. 


10. Remember that simplicity is key

Lastly, remember that the hygge life is about ease, contentment, and comfort. If there’s a cluttered corner or a piece of furniture you don’t really love, you probably aren’t as content as possible when you’re enjoying your home. Only fill your space with the things that really make you happy and donate whatever doesn’t to create more simplicity. Hygge is not about extravagance but about taking pleasure in the sheer simplicity of your immediate surroundings. In other words, actually use your space for living rather than as storage for your stuff. 


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