Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Bride of Frankenstein

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Ever since Felicity dressed up as the Bride of Frankenstein in 1998, I’ve wanted to dress up as this iconic monster. So when I happened upon a vintage wedding dress at Value Village a few weeks ago, I knew it was time.

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Costume Components

  • Bride of Frankenstein Wig
  • Monster makeup
  • Edgy jewelry — bonus for screw earrings!
  • White dress
  • Black separates

I found that the costume had more impact when I threw on a black bolero jacket and heels.

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The monster makeup is critical for this costume! Here’s my makeup tips for the Bride of Frankenstein:

  1. Start with a white base.
  2. Cover your eyebrows with a glue stick to hide the texture so you can draw over them. Then blend with a light concealer.
  3. Apply dramatic eye makeup.
  4. Apply false eyelashes (tips on applying falsies here)
  5. Contour with grey eye shadow to emphasize your bone structure.
  6. Using a black liner, draw seams in your face.
  7. Take a brown eye shadow and line either side of the seam.
  8. Using a black pencil liner, draw in the holes and stitches.
  9. Apply dark lipstick.
  10. Then do the Monster Mash!
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Photographer Brian and I doing the monster mash on set!

 

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Show & Tell

Did you pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photos by Brian Weiss.
Model, costume designer + makeup artist: Sarah Ward

Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Oh, Deer!

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When Rhesa and I met last summer we instantly bonded over Halloween. We both start planning our costumes in August and shared the chronology of our impressive costumes in the past! Since she’s a such dear, it’s no surprise that she decided to be a literal deer for Halloween (haha). Here’s some photos from our HAUTE HALLOWEEN party and a photo shoot we did!

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Costume Components

  • Antler headband
  • Neutral clothing
  • Fur vest
  • Fur cuffs
  • Makeup

Costume Inspiration

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Photo: Cheap Frills and Thrills

Be sure to click on the photo to check out her incredible video makeup tutorial!

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Here’s an amazing tutorial on how to make deer antlers by Julien Roseanna on DeviantArt:

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Couples Costume

And bonus points for doing a couple’s costume with a hunter and deer!

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Show & Tell

Did you dress up as a deer or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer: Will Bossen
Model, Costume Designer, & Makeup Artist: Rhesa Bubbel

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Costume Party Photo Booth

At last year’s annual HAUTE HALLOWEEN costume party, we hired Matt Vee of 2 Shoes Photo to set up his photo booth to add a fun element to the evening. Our guests arrived in such creative costumes: Karl Lagerfeld, Mrs. Fox, Daft Punk, Batman, the Big Lebowski, a hunter + deer, Maleficent, the list goes on! Here’s a snapshot of some of HAUTE HALLOWEEN!

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Karl Lagerfeld + Maleficent

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Karl Lagerfeld + Big Lebowski

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Batman + Geisha costumes

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent + Batman costumes

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Chairman Mao + Indiana Jones

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Mrs. Fox + Flapper

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Mrs. Fox + flapper + Daft Punk

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: flapper + Maleficent

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Flapper + Maleficent

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Deer

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HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Hunter

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Horns

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent + Deer

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent + Deer

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HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent + Aurora

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent + Aurora

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent + Aurora

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HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth

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HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Starlord

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent + Astronaut

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent + Karl Lagerfeld + Cowgirl

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent + Cowgirl

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent + Starlord

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Canadians

HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth:  Canadians

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HAUTE HALLOWEEN 2014 Photo Booth: Maleficent horns

We can’t wait for this year’s HAUTE HALLOWEEN! Check out more of our costume ideas here!

Halloween Makeup: Day of the Dead | Sugar Skull

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Photo by Steve McCumber, makeup by Ashlee Bullinger-Nabua

Last fall I had the pleasure of modeling a Day of the Dead costume and teamed up with stylist Erick Skarownski and makeup artist Ashlee Bullinger-Nabua to create the look.

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Ashlee and I researched different sugar skull designs on Pinterest that we liked and then printed out our favorites to reference. We took different aspects of each sugar skull to create our very own design, integrating sparkles and press-on gems into the final product.

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Photo by Sean Gumm

My friend Patrick Vong was my vampire cohort for the photo shoot.

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Photo by Sean Gumm

Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Maleficent

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For years Maleficent has risen to the top of my Halloween costumes and this year I finally executed it. This costume was certainly my biggest undertaking due to the creation of the headpiece.

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Costume Components

  • Horn headpiece — bonus points for handcrafting your own! I made mine and finished it within 30 minutes of my Haute Halloween party
  • Vampy makeup
  • Green contacts — the lighter and yellower the better
  • Feather choker — repurposed from my Raven costume last year
  • Black lace shirt
  • Black corset — borrowed from my friend Kim (this was her custom made wedding corset. Girl is badass.)
  • Staff with crow atop — I made mine with a piece of black bamboo, a plastic ball, black gaffer’s tape, and a black crow purchased from Michael’s
  • Edgy rings from Forever21
  • Black skirt — or black dress
  • Bonus: Nude manicure with red on the inside of the nail a la Adele at the Grammy’s

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Costume Inspiration

Photo: HitFix

Photo: HitFix

Photo: Entertainment Magazine

Photo: Entertainment Magazine

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Richard Darbonne is a talented Seattle portrait photographer I work with who suggested we do a portrait session after he saw my Malefiselfie on Instagram — “My heart stopped when I saw it,” he said. Richard created an environment with light that really highlighted the drama of Maleficent’s persona. “This light was especially crafted for you,” he told me when I sat down on set. “I tried to get other people to sit in, but it didn’t work.” It required the makeup and light and dark drama of the costume.

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This is an award-winning costume as well! On Thursday I won Best Costume at the zulily Halloween party for this Maleficent costume. When announcing the best costume, our Studio Director said, “I can see your horns from here!” As my friend Charity said, “You won Halloween.”

Watch for a forthcoming detailed post on the making of the Maleficent horns.

Show & Tell

Did you dress up as Maleficent or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer & Editor: Richard Darbonne | Blog
Model, Stylist, Costume Designer, & Makeup Artist: Sarah Ward

Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Karl Lagerfeld

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Fashion provides plenty of iconic costume ideas, and German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is one of the top choices. It’s a simple men’s Halloween costume choice — if you have a black suit and tie, you’re most of the way there!

Costume Components

  • White wig
  • Sunglasses
  • White collared shirt
  • Black tie
  • Black suit (borrowed from Sean — thank you!)
  • Gaudy tie clip and cuff links (tip: use women’s jewelry!)
  • Black fingerless gloves
  • Bonus accessories: white fluffy cat or white fan
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Karl loves his cats. Photo: Harper’s Bazaar

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How perfect is Erick as Lagerfeld? When it came to embodying Karl, my clothing designer/stylist friend Erick was my first pick. He has the carriage, confidence, and dare I say cockiness to pull it off. Karl would be proud.

Show & Tell!

Did you dress up as Karl Lagerfeld or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer & Photo Editor: Sean Gumm
Karl, Stylist & Makeup Artist: Erick Skoronski
Art Director & Makeup Artist: Sarah Ward

Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Margot and Richie Tannenbaum

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For a quirky, easy Halloween couple’s costume, consider going the Wes Anderson route!

Costume Components for Margot

  • Blonde wig
  • Smoky, brooding eye makeup
  • Red barrette
  • Brown fur coat (borrowed from Heather — thanks!)
  • Striped polo shirt or dress
  • Skirt or jeans
  • Handbag

Costume Components for Richie

  • Athletic headband and wristband
  • Aviator sunglasses
  • Neutral colored blazer
  • Blue polo with white blazer (we layered a collared shirt under a blue polo for the same effect)
  • Scarf
  • Jeans

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Lana is a stylist and model I work with with her stunning bone structure and gaze and she came to mind for a perfect Margot Tannenbaum. Add her boyfriend Josh to the mix as Richie and we had a perfect couple’s costume!

Show & Tell!

Did you dress up as the Tannenbaums or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer & Editor: Sean Gumm
Margot Tannenbaum: Lana Kraljevich
Richie Tannenbaum: Josh Tizon
Stylist and Makeup Artist for Margot: Sarah Ward
Makeup Artist for Richie: Erick Skoronski

A little behind the scenes love with the team.

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L to R: Erick, Sean, Lana, Josh, Sarah

Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Flamenco Dancer

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The first time I saw a flamenco dance performance, I was absolutely riveted. The strength, femininity and grace was empowering and completely won me over. Weeks later I was registered for flamenco dance classes and haven’t looked back since. Coy and captivating, a flamenco dancer is a great costume idea for women and girls alike!

Since I am a flamenco dancer myself, it makes for an easy Halloween costume! The year I dressed up as a flamenco dancer, the security guard at work teased me and said, “That’s like me dressing up as a security guard for Halloween.” But hey! If you already have the necessary parts and pieces, why not?

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Costume Components: 

  • Flower in your hair
  • Dangly earrings
  • Dress or long skirt skirt and top with polka dots (As an alternative, solid colors work as well, especially red and black!). Bonus points for ruffles!
  • Optional: A shawl with tassels
  • Optional: Fan
  • High heel Mary Jane shoes

Show and Tell!

Did you dress up as a flamenco dancer or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer: Will Bossen
Model and Stylist: Sarah Ward

Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: I Love Lucy

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For an easy Throwback Thursday Halloween costume, consider being I Love Lucy! You probably even have these things hanging in your mother’s closet.

Costume Components

  • Red curly wig
  • Scarf
  • String of pearls
  • Vintage dress
  • Apron
  • Bonus: Assorted cooking props

Kathleen made the perfect Lucy! She grew up watching I Love Lucy as a kid and had so many of her mannerisms down pat! True to form, a Lucy costume is a great Costumes In Your Closet option since it won’t require many purchases.

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Here’s a sneak peek from behind the scenes!

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Did you dress up as Lucy or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer & Photo Editor: Sean Gumm
Model: Kathleen Majdali
Stylist & Makeup Artist: Sarah Ward

Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Ninja

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If you’re looking for a last minute Halloween costume that doesn’t require shopping, consider being a ninja. Basically all you need is black fitted clothes. How easy is that?

Costume Components

  • black long sleeve shirt
  • black pants or tights
  • strips of fabric to tie around your wrists, ankles, and waist
  • wider strip of fabric to wrap around your face
  • black gloves
  • Bonus: sword or ninja stars

This year I’ve been trying to discover people’s spirit Halloween costumes, based on characteristics they have. Patrick, our ninja model, is light on his feet and on several occasions has suddenly appeared out of nowhere without a sound. Plus he’s Asian. Traits that lend themselves perfectly to a ninja costume.

Show & Tell

Did you dress up as a ninja or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer: Will Bossen
Model: Patrick Vong
Stylist: Sarah Ward