Last-Minute Cat Costume for Halloween

On Friday evening, I needed a quick and easy Halloween costume.  Chauncey’s office was having a Halloween party. I wanted something that was cute but not fussy.  So, I decided I was going to be a cat! It was the easiest costume ever!!! This DIY cat costumer is an awesome last-minute Halloween costume that you can pull together quickly. Plus, I’m sharing how I did this cute cat makeup!

DIY Cat Costume: 
– You’ll need an all-black outfit.  I wore a black long-sleeved tee and black yoga leggings.
– Cat ears. I picked mine up for $1at the Target dollar spot. You could make some with a headband and pipecleaners or construction paper.
– Leopard flats or heels.
– Choker or wrap bracelet that can be used as a collar.
– Cat tails (optional). I decided against getting a tail because the line at Party City was too long, but I don’t think my costume needed it.

Cat Makeup: Apply foundation. Use bronzer around hairline, under cheekbones, around jawline, and on the sides of your nose (normal contour routine). Next, use a white base like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to color in under your nose, extending slighly past your smile lines on the sides.  I rubbed this in with my finger.  I repeated that step, but with a lighter hand, on the side of my face where I knew I would be doing leopard spots. Use a taupe-colored eyeshadow as your blush–I used a mix of Tempted and Instict from the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette.

Then do your eyeshadow.  I used the Ultimate Basics palette again.  I placed Tempted on my lids and Blow on my browbone before creating a “hard” crease with Lethal that I ended out past my brow. When it comes to liner, I used Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black. Make sure to not only do an exaggerated cat eye on the outer corners of your eye, but extend the eyeliner in the inner corner as well. Top off with several coats of black mascara.

For the leopard spots, spray a small eyeshadow brush with primer and dip it into a brown or gold glitter eyeshadow, then make dots on your face.  You will need to re-spray the brush with primer every few spots. I concentrated my dots on just one side of my face.  I think it looks best when you do the spots around the eye area.  I followed-up with my black liquid eyeliner and halfway outlined each dot to give it the leopard spot effect.

To finish, use the eyeliner to paint the bottom portion of your nose–I used my the side of my nostrils as a guideline, and brought the liner straight across my nose.  I painted the eyeliner to a point below my nose, then a line down to my lip, and I painted my top lip with it as well. I didn’t use any lip color on my bottom lip as I didn’t want it to smudge the black at the top.  Finally, I used the eyeliner to do some dots on my upper lip and drew three whiskers on each side.

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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