Beetlejuice Makeup Tutorial

by |March 30, 2018

Beetlejuice Makeup Tutorial

Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice! BEETLEJUICE! Just say the name three times and he will appear, ready to scare you and gross you out as well. Tim Burton's 1988 classic starring Michael Keaton as the ghost with the most himself, Beetlejuice sure burned an image into many minds. Those who were older at the time probably got a good laugh from all the ridiculous sight gags featured in the movie while kids were probably terrified out of their minds. Over the past 30 years, Beetlejuice has had quite a cult following and remained popular enough to warrant a sequel as well as a musical adaptation.

Even though the movie is 30 years old, Beetlejuice remains a popular Halloween costume for obvious reasons, of course. If you want to be everyone's favorite ghost-for-hire this Halloween, you're going to need the costume and, more importantly, the makeup. Check out our video below on how to get the right look to make you appear dead and gross, just like Beetlejuice. You'll have to figure out how to pull off other antics like making your head spin on your own.


Beetlejuice Makeup Tutorial Video

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Beetlejuice Makeup Tutorial Video Transcript

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

Start with a clean, well-moisturized face, and prep your eyelids with a primer. Apply a neutral shadow all over your eyelids to make blending easier in the next step.

Work with varying shades of purple eyeshadow to get that "Beetlejuic-y" eye. You can use dark shades for a spooky look, or brighter shades for a fun, girly look. Blend, blend blend! Smudge a little black liner on, and add a pop of glitter if you're feeling the mood.

Apply a white face paint all over your face, down your neck, and onto any remaining exposed skin. Use a darker gray cream makeup to contour your face, neck, and collarbone.

If you used cream or grease-based makeup, set it with a neutral powder. Use a green eyeshadow randomly all over the face and neck to give yourself a rotted look. Brush spirit gum over some of the rotted skin patches, and press bits of moss into it for that "fresh from the grave" look.

Apply a ghostly gray lip, and make the most of your smile with a rotted tooth color. Pop on your wig, and get ready to scare the locals!


Beetlejuice Costumes

Beetlejuice Costumes

Left to right: Women's Beetlejuice Costume, Deluxe Beetejuice Costume, Beetlejuice Wig, Deluxe Beetlejuice Makeup Kit, Lydia Dress

Once you have the makeup down, you're going to need the costume to complete the look. You can find his classic black-and-white striped Beetlejuice costume for men, women, kids, or even dogs! To get an authentic, fresh from the graveyard look, you might want to get your suit dirty or maybe even use some fake moss as suggested in the video. After all, Beetlejuice certainly isn't a model for cleanliness. If you're looking for a great couples costume idea, find someone to dress as Lydia!


Beetlejuice Makeup DIY

Beetlejuice Makeup and Costume

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Do you think you have what it takes to be Beetlejuice for Halloween? Being that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the movie, it makes for a perfect Halloween costume idea. If you've got your Beetlejuice costume picked out, we suggest you watch Beetlejuice at least a couple times in order to get the mannerisms down. However, we'd recommend watching it any time along with any other Tim Burton movies. We're such huge fans of his that we created content from coloring pages and infographics featuring his movies. If you want to dress to depress, this makeup effect would work with many other scary Halloween costumes as well.

Devin Rubink
Devin Rubink

Devin Rubink is an Inbound Marketing Specialist for He is a film fanatic who enjoys watching anything from action, to comedy, to horror, and even movies that are so bad, they’re entertaining. Devin also enjoys dressing up in costumes with his kids, although he finds it difficult to fit into some of the princess dresses. He studies Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit, to buff up his knowledge and help him achieve his dream of being a game show contestant.