Monday, October 28, 2013

Old School, New School: Halloween 2013 Costume Ideas

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]

Can you believe it’s already October? Last time we checked, it was only December 2012 and we were getting ready for Christmas…
And so we’ve put together some of our favourite characters to dress up as for Halloween 2013. Take your pick from the old-school, or if you want to be the talk of the town, these new pop-culture inspired takes will certainly get those tongues wagging!

Where to get supplies
Since it’s all in the name of fun, leave the expensive makeup in your pouches, where they’ll stay until 1st November. Elaborate makeup calls for affordable choices, which can be found at the following places:
  • Daiso: For RM5 a pop, you can get the basics like eyeliner, dramatic falsies, garish blushers, lipsticks that you would never wear again, and more.
  • Art supply stores: Face paint and body glitter can be bought from places like these. They’re usually sold in huge bottles, so you get value for money. Check out Art Friend at The Gardens Mall.
  • Party goods shops: Get your props like wigs and whatnot here. Yu can also get face paint here. There are lots of shops around town, so do your research and compare prices before buying.
  • Toys R Us: It’s not just a toy store for kids, you know. Sometimes you find hidden gems at a steal, because real kids aren’t interested in them. Big kids like us, however… that’s a different story.

Go for the classics…
Audrey Hepburn
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Difficulty level: Low
The trick to pulling this off lies in two very important things: getting the eyebrow shape and the hairstyle right. Audrey Hepburn’s brows are thick and straight, and the rest of her face is unadorned save for a slick of natural-toned lipstick. Pick a conservative black dress (super easy!) and add a pair of heels. Complete the look with a tiara and the cigarette thingy (whatever it’s called).

Pin-Up Girl
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Difficulty level: Medium
Think dramatic cat-eye liner, paired with well-defined red lips. Kind of like Dita Von Teese, but before her time. For an extra-flirty touch, a fake mole (drawn on using waterproof eyeliner) on the cheek, just below the corner of the eye, does the trick. Can’t do a victory roll to save your life? Don’t worry – just tease your fringe into a pouf, and tie a bandanna around your head.

Sugar Skull
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Difficulty level: High
The sugar skull is made from sugar and then elaborately-decorated with candy and sequins. It’s traditionally used during the Mexican holiday ‘Dia de los Muertos’ (Day of the Dead) as an offering to the dead. The spiderweb pattern on the forehead is one of the most common designs, but in order to make it work, you’ll need to paint your entire face white. If your night out does not involve eating or drinking, then it will definitely be a conversation starter.

Or if you prefer something more current…
Miley Cyrus from the 2013 VMAs
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Difficulty level: Low
All you need is a nude-coloured bikini (preferably latex or PVC), false lashes, eyeliner and red lipstick. Gather your hair into two horn-like buns on top and secure with elastic bands. And oh, don’t forget to stick your tongue out every 5 seconds. Easy peasy.

Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones 
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Difficulty level: Medium
As more than half of the world’s population has been brainwashed by Game of Thrones, we’re guessing nobody’s going to ask you if you’re a character from Lord of the Rings. Unpronounceable name aside, Daenerys Targaryen is one of the series’ most iconic characters. Buy a long white wig and mattify it with baby powder so it poufs up and loses its shine. Then, you can either braid the side or let it flow loosely around your shoulders. Makeup is minimal, you can get by with just thick brows and kohl-rimmed eyes.

Any character from Monster High
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Difficulty level: High
The Monster High franchise is the equivalent to the Barbie dolls we played with during our tween years. Let’s face it – kids these days grow up faster than they’re supposed to. That aside, these Monster High characters make for awesome Halloween costumes, because they’re very dramatic down to the last detail. We reckon expert-level makeup aficionados will enjoy recreating the looks, because there are simply so many characters to choose from (from a punk werewolf to Frankenstein’s daughter), and  you still get to look like a girl underneath all that horrific face paint.

But honestly…
This year, let’s be a bit more creative with our costumes, shall we? No more slutty animals/slutty nurses/slutty maids/slutty superheroes, please. The world is overrun with these already. And they hurt our eyes real bad.

(Images: craftyladyabby.blogspot.com, wizaz.pl, pinterest.com, gotceleb.com, sugarscape.com, fanpop.com, buzznet.com, driveinmedia.com, monsterhigh.deviantart.com)

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