Easy DIY Leopard Costume for Halloween

Ariba Pervaiz
by Ariba Pervaiz
12 Materials
30 Minutes

Leopard prints are trending this fall, so grab a leopard-print dress and then follow this tutorial to learn how to make a DIY leopard costume for Halloween, including easy leopard eye makeup and leopard ears. Don’t be intimidated, this is easier than it looks. Let’s get started!

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Tools and materials:

  • Assorted eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Illuminating stick
  • Makeup primer
  • Gold leaf
  • False eyelashes
  • Mascara
  • Assorted makeup brushes and sponges
  • Baby socks
  • Hair elastics
  • Curling iron
  • Texturizing hairspray
Applying illuminating stick to face

1. Make a leopard spot base

Apply a shimmery illuminating stick to all of the areas on your face where you will be applying leopard spots.

Blending the illumination application

Blend the illuminating application with a damp beauty sponge.

Adding leopard spots

2. Add leopard spots

Use a large makeup brush to apply gold shimmery eyeshadow over the illuminating makeup.

Applying dots of makeup primer

Apply dots of makeup primer over the pigment to act as glue for your leopard spots.

Applying golf leaf to the face

Break a sheet of gold leaf into small uneven shapes for your leopard spots. Apply each spot to a dot of the primer using tweezers. Then smooth the gold leaf onto your face with a small flat makeup brush.

Adding depth to the spots

3. Add depth to your spots

Use a deep-toned eyeshadow from your palette to create depth to your leopard spots.

Applying eyeshadow

Apply the eyeshadow around the outside edge of each gold leaf spot in horseshoe and seashell shapes.

Finishing the spots with eyeliner

4. Finish your spots with eyeliner

Use a very sharp black liquid eyeliner to create hair-like strokes around the spots, on top of the eyeshadow shapes.

To make this look more natural, be sure to make the strokes uneven in length.

Adding spots to the shoulders

5. Add spots to your shoulder

Follow the same technique as you did with your face to make leopard spots on one shoulder.

Creating leopard eyes

6. Create leopard eyes

Start by applying a brick-colored transition shade of eyeshadow in your eyelid crease.

Applying eyeshadow

Then add amber-colored eyeshadow to the rest of your eyelid.

Applying eyeshadow

Darken your eyelid with an application of the same shade of eyeshadow that you used to define your leopard spots.

Applying eyeshadow

Add a light yellowish shade of eyeshadow to your eyelids, just below your eyebrow. This will act like a concealer to blend and clean the edges of the darker eyeshadow.

Adding gold shimmer

Finally, add the gold shimmer eyeshadow to your eyelid, followed by some brown eyeshadow tapped on and blended to the outer half of your eyelid.

Adding eyeliner

7. Add eyeliner

Apply eyeliner, creating a wing up at the outer corner of your eye, and a wing down at the inner corner of your eye. 

Using eye pencil

Use an eye pencil to apply liner to your inner water line and just underneath your water line.

Applying concealer

Use the light concealer shade of eyeshadow under your eye to blend and clean all the edges.

Applying eye makeup

For a bit more detail on your eyes, add a bit of the shimmery gold eyeshadow below the wings on the inner and outer corners of your eyes.

Repeat the same eye makeup on your other eye, taking your time to ensure that both of your eyes are balanced.

Applying eyelashes

8.  Apply eyelashes

You want a full-looking eyelash for this leopard spot Halloween costume, so apply some full false eyelashes.

Applying mascara

Blend in your false eyelashes with a generous application of mascara on your upper and lower lashes.

Adding gold highlight

9. Add more gold highlight

Use the same gold shimmery highlight as you did before, to highlight your cheekbones, nose and lips, blending it in with your sponge.

Making a leopard nose

10. Make a leopard nose

Use your sharp black eyeliner to first draw in an upside-down W at the tip of your nose, and then color in the whole end of your nose.

Adding dots above mouth

Draw a thin line from the center-bottom of your nose to your upper lip, and then add small dots on either side of that line.

Doing lip makeup

11. Do your lips

Use black lipstick or black eyeliner to make your top lip black. Drag out the corners of your top lip into a small curl to make that cat-like pout.

Applying shimmery lipstick

Apply a soft shimmery lipstick to your bottom lip, and then add the gold pigment on top. 

Applying black eyeshadow

Set the end of your nose and the inner parts of your lips with some black eyeshadow to keep them from smudging.

Making leopard ears from hair

12. Make leopard ears

To make leopard ears, follow the video from 6:40 to 7:35 to see how I used baby socks to turn ponytails into leopard ears.

Curling hair

13. Curl your hair

Use a curling iron to add texture to the rest of your hair with small ringlets.

Adding texture hairspray

Then add texture hairspray to make your hair as big as possible!

Completed DIY leopard costume

DIY leopard costume

Here I am with my daughter, in our mommy and me Halloween costume, along with one very confused little brother! I hope you liked this leopard Halloween costume tutorial! Leave a comment to let me know.

For more Halloween ideas, check out my previous tutorial on how to do a masquerade hairstyle.

Suggested materials:
  • Assorted eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Illuminating stick
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