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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Frida Kahlo

Photo: Will Miller

Photo: Will Miller

The most iconic unibrow in the world is that of Frida Kahlo. And if there’s one thing we can learn from Frida, it’s to embrace your facial hair. Last year I dressed up as the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo for work and won best costume in the process! If you have some eclectic pieces and flowers, this will be an ideal costume for you.

frida kahlo costume by sarah ward

Costume Components

  • crown of roses
  • unibrow
  • dangly earrings
  • layered necklaces
  • printed separates, or a dress
  • bonus points for a piano shawl with tassels, or Spanish manton
  • stacked bracelets

Costume Inspiration

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Heidi Klum's 11th Annual Halloween Party

Rebecca Minkoff as Frida at Heidi Klum’s Halloween Party

Frida-Kahlo-Costume oh happy dayGo forth! Embrace your facial hair! Let Frida ring!

 

Photo by Will Miller.

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Rockabilly Rosie the Riveter

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While I’ve dressed up as Rosie the Riveter before, I inadvertently did it again this week — Halloween runs deep! Why not lend a rockabilly flavor to your Rosie costume for an original spin? Make your costume your own!

Costume Components

  • Headscarf or bandana
  • Collared shirt — chambray, plaid, or otherwise
  • A whole lotta attitude

Here’s my original Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume.

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You can do it! You can pull together a great Halloween costume on the cheap!

Photo: Will Bossen

 

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Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson movies have been part of my family culture for years so when the Moonrise Kingdom movie came out, the wheels started turning for how it could be incorporated into my Halloween Costumes In Your Closet series. Last weekend we hatched the plan with my quirky brothers to go as the cast as Moonrise Kingdom and it’s safe to say that we rocked it!

Joe and Felicia as Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop

Steven, Joe, and Tim as Scout Master Ward, Sam Shakusky and Cousin Ben

Steven and Kathleen as Scout Master Ward and Social Services

Tim and Sarah as Cousin Ben and Raven

Costume Components:

  • Scouts: Scout uniforms, Troop 55 badges, yellow neckerchiefs, Mounty hat, coonskin hat, and garrison cap and high socks with glasses and aviator sunglasses
  • Suzy Bishop: Pink dress, white socks, Sunday school shoes, binoculars, blue eye shadow, and picnic basket
  • Social Services: royal blue coat, blue blouse, blue pants, blue cap and shoes
  • Raven: Black beak, feather chocker and cuffs, black outfit components, fishnet stockings and dramatic makeup

Costume Inspiration 

Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Easy Black Halloween Costumes

Halloween is fast approaching and if you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on your costume, get inspired by these three easy black Halloween costumes. Chances are you even have something in your closet that can come together for these simple costumes.

  1. Sandy from Grease. One of the best on-screen makeovers of our time, Sandy from Grease has sex appeal and spice. All you need is a blonde wig, dramatic makeup, a black top, a black belt, black leather leggings, and red shoes.
  2. Charlie Chaplain. This renown silent film star is a costume that can be worn by either men or women. To pull it together, simply pair a hat, a faux mustache, a black suit and tie, and black shoes. Easy as pie!
  3. Morticia Addams. As brilliant as she is beautiful, Morticia Addams is one of the most popular matriarchs Halloween has to offer. For this costume, simply acquire a black wig, dramatic makeup, a black dress, and heels and you’re done!

Click here for more easy Halloween costumes that you can pull from your closet!

What is your favorite go-to Halloween costume?

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12 Easy Halloween Costumes from Your Closet | Halloween Costume Link Party & Contest

Looking for last-minute Halloween costumes that are easy, creative, and won’t break the bank? Here are 12 easy Halloween costume ideas that you can pull right out of your closet in time for your Halloween party this weekend!

  1. Katniss Everdeen. This is going to be the costume of the season! To recreate her arena costume, here are the costume components: Mockingjay pin + braided hair + nylon jacket + black T-shirt + backpack + cargo pants + boots + bow & arrow. Done!
  2. Effie Trinket. If you want to jump on the Hunger Games bandwagon and get a little more creative, Effie Trinket is the way to go. Here are the costume components for her teal outfit: curly yellow wig + teal clothing + teal flower + black flower + gaudy jewelry + garish makeup. (Here’s a helpful step-by-step Effie Trinket makeup tutorial) Voila!
  3. Carmen Sandiego. This costume makes for a great couples costume when paired with Where’s Waldo. Your costume components: Red hat + yellow ribbon + red jacket + black clothes + black gloves + black boots. That’s all!
  4. Morticia Addams. If you want a glamorous costume without the effort, Morticia Addams is where it’s at. Costume components: Black dress (or separates) + gothic jewelry & accessories + dramatic makeup. Bonus points for arriving at the party with Gomez, Wednesday, and Pugsley Addams.
  5. Rosie the Riveter. This costume won’t take a lot of time or money but is instantly recognizable! Costume components: Chambray shirt + jeans + patterned scarf + a bicep worth flexing + optional: a riveter. Ta da!
  6. Charlie Chaplain. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you can pull this easy costume off either way! Costume components: Hat + eyeliner for mustache + black suit jacket + white dress shirt + black tie + vest + black pants + black shoes + umbrella.
  7. Cruella De Vil. A villainous cackle is going to go a long way with this costume! Costume components: Black & white wig, or spray-in hair color + gaudy makeup and jewelry + cigarette holder + black dress + faux fur throw or jacket + red gloves + red purse + red shoes. Easy peasy!
  8. Alice Cullen from Twilight. If you’re a Twilight fan you know the person who stole the show for style was Alice Cullen. To recreate her look in Italy in New Moon, here are the costume components: Stylish scarf (to keep out the sun) + sunglasses + A-line swing jacket + elbow-length gloves + black pants & shoes + hazel contacts optional. You can always make this a group costume by rounding up Bella and Edward and other members of the Cullen family!
  9. Sandy from Grease. Sandy’s onscreen makeover is one of the most memorable ones in movie history! And once you have a blonde wig, it’s all downhill from here. Costume components: Blonde wig + big earrings + leather jacket + black v-neck or over-the-shoulder shirt + leather pants or leggings + red heels. That’s all she wrote. 
  10. Wicked Witch of the West. Thanks to Wicked the musical, the Wicked Witch of the West costume is totally in! Costume components: Green face paint + witch’s hat + black dress or separates + striped socks + black boots + optional broom. Extra credit for dressing up with Dorothy or some Flying Monkeys!
  11. Sushi. By far one of the easiest and creative costumes you can pull together! Costume components: White clothes + pink pillow case + throw pillow + green scarf + flower for your hair. Fini! You may want sushi after the party though…
  12. Geisha. A simple yet sophisticated costume, with white face paint you will be instantly recognizable as a geisha. Costume components: Parisol or fan + flowers and ribbon for your hair + white face paint, red lips and eye contouring, black brows + silk robe + obi belt + flip flops. People will be amazed!

Styling: Sarah Ward
Makeup and Photography for 2, 4, 12: DorothyInez, Celebrity Makeup Artist

Halloween Costume Link Party and Contest

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Show us your costumes by linking up in our Halloween Costume Link Party and Contest! Once you submit your link, please post a link back to the Halloween Costume Link Party. To sweeten the deal, for three lucky contest winners we’re giving away one-hour eStyling Virtual Styling sessions with a Wardrobe Stylist to help you plan what to wear for your Christmas card photos and upcoming holiday parties!

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Sandy from Grease

One of the most memorable on-screen makeovers of all time is Sandy Olsen in Grease. Once I had the blonde wig, it suddenly became obvious that an easy costume idea would be was Sandy from Grease. You can add this to the rank of easy black Halloween costume (Think Charlie Chaplain, Morticia Addams, Cruella De Vil, Wicked Witch of the West, Carmen Sandiego…) that require very little effort!

Costume Components

  • Blonde wig
  • Dramatic eye makeup
  • Big earrings
  • Black V-neck shirt or over the shoulder top
  • Leather pants or liquid leggings
  • Red shoes
  • Bonus points if you can rope your man into going as Danny

Costume Inspiration

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Carmen Sandiego

Do you remember watching the Carmen Sandiego cartoon in the 90s? While I barely remember a thing about the show, her red getup is unforgettable and makes for an easy Halloween costume for women on the fly. Bonus points if your date goes as Where’s Waldo!

Costume Components

  • Red hat (this one I ordered from Spain for a flamenco performance and worked great!)
  • Yellow ribbon — purchased by the yard at Michael’s
  • Red jacket
  • Black gloves
  • Black T-shirt
  • Black pants
  • Black boots
  • Optional: globe

Costume Inspiration

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

It’s safe to say that this is the year of The Hunger Games for Halloween costumes, particularly Katiss Everdeen. While there are many different faces of Katniss, here’s a costume idea for Katniss in the arena.

Costume Components

  • Braid
  • Blue zip up hoodie
  • Black T-shirt
  • Black backpack
  • Bow & arrow — borrowed from Kim
  • Olive cargo pants
  • Black boots — from Pala Pala Dress Boutique

Costume Inspiration

For other Hunger Games costume ideas, don’t miss this Effie Trinket Halloween costume and makeup tutorial!

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The Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket Halloween Costume Makeup Tutorial

A critical part of becoming Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games for Halloween is the makeup. For my Effie Trinket Halloween costume, I enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artist DorothyInez to recreate the look from the movie. DorothyInez used all MAC and Motives makeup and recreated the look perfectly! Throughout the process we found ourselves literally laughing out loud for how ridiculous I looked. It’s comical — prepare yourself!

Here is a step by step tutorial by professional makeup artist DorothyInez with photos demonstrating how to recreate Effie Trinket makeup for Halloween.

  1. Before applying makeup, exfoliate your face to remove dead skin cells which will make the makeup apply more smoothly. Then moisturize your face generously.
  2. If you are wearing a wig, put on your wig cap to pull you hair back.
  3. Choose a foundation a few shades lighter than your natural skin color, then apply all over your face, including your lips. Go as light as you want to.
  4. Apply concealer as needed.
  5. To set the foundation, choose a matching light powder. Translucent powder will do in a pinch.
  6. If you have dark eyebrows like I do, cover them with concealer.
  7. Choose a bright shade of yellow and apply all over the eyelid, up to the eyebrow. Apply this shade of yellow on your eyebrows as well.
  8. Choose a bright shade of teal and apply it in the middle of your eyelid from the line of your lashes up to the brow, tapering inwards slightly.
  9. Apply a dark blue or teal eyeliner underneath the lower lashes, including the waterline, the inner rim of your eye.
  10. Apply a thin line of black eyeliner to your upper eyelid.
  11. Apply a pink blush to your cheekbones. Carry a bit up in a “C” shape around your eyebrows and onto your forehead.
  12. Using a pink lip liner, draw an exaggerated lip shape. Keep in mind this will not follow your natural lip shape.
  13. Fill it in with a matching pink or fuschia lip color.
  14. Apply mascara.
  15. Put on your wig.

Voila!

Don’t forget to check out our Effie Trinket Halloween Costume tutorial for more tips on how to pull together your costume!

May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Morticia Addams

Angelica Huston is one of my favorite actresses in Hollywood and ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to be Morticia Addams of The Addams Family for Halloween. For a quick, easy, gamorous, and dramatic Halloween costume, Morticia Addams is the way to go. She wears predominantly black so you shouldn’t have to buy much of anything. Where you get to really live things up is with your dramatic makeup. Drama, drama, drama!

Costume Components

  • Black v-neck shirt
  • Black fishtail skirt
  • Long black wig (borrowed)
  • Black heels
  • Dramatic jewelry
  • Dramatic makeup
  • Optional: Friends/family willing to dress up as Gomez, Wednesday, and Pugsley

Costume Inspiration

To really become Morticia Addams, I naturally called Celebrity Makeup Artist DorothyInez to help with the dramatic makeup. With 25 years background in makeup in the entertainment industry, DorothyInez was instrumental in helping me get into character. She embraced the role of creative director, and served as assistant photographer, making the shoot a phenomenal success. I’m wearing her wig as well! (DorothyInez is quite the connoisseur of wigs) All the makeup she used was MAC and Motives.

If you are looking for Halloween costume help, both DorothyInez and I offer online consultations worldwide, providing helpful costume and makeup tutorials from the comfort of your living room. And if you are in Seattle, we’re available for hire to get you into character this Halloween!

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