When it comes to Halloween costumes, especially when you’re a student, you really don’t want to throw down a whole bunch of cash only to not have anyone really remember what you were anyway. Costumes at any point in your life will always seem super over-priced, extremely not worth it, and after one year of wear, incredibly boring. So do yourself a favor and make Halloween a little easier this year, and years to come, by making your own costume.
If you’re a makeup nerd, I positive you’re aware how lucky you are when it comes to Halloween. Not only have you been prepared for months with the palettes that you woefully binge bought, but you have better technique than any person attempting to use costume face paint. Truth is, if you can make your face a costume, what you wear barely matters.
Take animal costumes, for example.
To be a cat, all you need is some black eyeliner. Right?
But what most people don’t know is-- you should use a gel eyeliner, because it's the darkest, and stays matte. You should smudge it outward a little, because even cats don’t have super sharp lines all over their face. You should contour, to make your face more angular, and cat like. and you should… most of all… bring all the focus to your eyes, or your eyeliner wing. Because what’s a cat without cat eyes? Then just put on an all black outfit, and there you go… a witch’s best friend.
Of course, some people really do want to dress up, and I’m all for it. Luckily, there are definitely ways you can stay out of the stores, and get your outfit from your very own closet.
Below are a few ideas, and how to get them DIY-style:
● Wind-up doll:
Whether you’re a girl or a guy, this costume is fail proof. You can wear literally ANYTHING you want. Something doll-ish is best, but y’know… have fun with it. The goal here is to look great, with a key in your back. In fact, you want to look so great that you basically look like plastic.
Style your hair how you would if you were to… say… go to your own wedding… but y’know a lot more hair gel/spray.
Next, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, but don’t blend. Concentrate a little bit of color, enough to tell, but not enough to make it look it look like you have the black plague, and blend the edges outward in a circle. Then, take a little bit of highlighter (the makeup kind), and very lightly, dust it over your face.
Finally, make the key. You can do this with pipe cleaners, cardboard, etc.-- anything sturdy enough to not flop around at whim. Personally, I like pipe cleaners because they involve no drawing or artistic ability of any kind. If you choose to use those, take two and twirl them together. At the end, where you have about 4 inches left, bend the ends outward and fasten them to the stem of the two bundled ones. This is your skeleton-- you have the option to stop here but if you want to go the extra mile, take some felt fabric and using the measurements of the pipe cleaner “key”, trace out a key that you can glue on top of the aforementioned skeleton. At the end of the stem, leave about an inch and a half of felt longer than the pipe cleaner stem.
With two felt fabric sheets, back to back, you can cut out two identical shapes. You can use yellow felt to make the key look even more realistic. Glue the pieces, back to back, but with the pipe cleaners inside, in order to help it maintain shape-- do this to everything other than the inch and a half of extra felt you left at the end of the stem. With those two flaps, sew the “key” onto the back of the shirt you chose, and viola.
What a doll.
Waldo is probably going to be unrecognizable to the younger audience-- but as the last generation that will remember him, why not honor the memory?
Grab a pair of dark blue denim jeans-- any pair will do. Grab a red and white striped tshirt. Grab a red beanie, a pair of hipster glasses, and black shoes.
And there you g-- where’d you go?
Where… is… Waldo...?
Thank you Desiigner for making this costume culturally appropriate to wear for Halloween this year.
Cut out two semi circles and tape them, upright, to a black headband.
Grab a pair of black jeans, black shoes and a long sleeve black shirt.
Layer a white tank top on top of the black shirt
Grab an eyeliner pencil and just have fun with it. There is literally no technique. Just try your best… or worst… whatever...
Then blacken the tip of your nose with it, and color in your lips with either the eyeliner, or black lipstick.
Lastly, take baby powder, and go to town-- but avoid the black areas.
You got broads in Atlanta.
● Stuffed animal:
Be super lazy and do an animal that’s super easy-- like a cat, or a bear, or a bunny.
Make your face as cute as possible, and dress in a monochromatic outfit that fits the definition of the animal you chose.
Cut out a big heart from cardboard, and paint it red. Lace a ribbon through a hole in the top left of it-- the loop should be large enough to hold on your arm, like a purse.
Carefully paint the “ty” logo on it.
Remember, Halloween is all about having fun. It's fun to dress up, but don’t get super serious about it. Because… hey… at the end of the night, all a bad costume really does is help you start a great conversation.