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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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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!

Don’t forget to check out more Halloween Costumes In Your Closet!

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Halloween Costumes in Your Closet: Effie Trinket Tutorial

I can still remember the day that The Hunger Games hit theaters. I was downtown Seattle for a chiropractic appointment and on the square, there were two women dressed up as characters from The Hunger Games, promoting the film, and I knew immediately that Effie Trinket would be my Halloween costume this year. With her flawless commitment to appearance and perfect comedic timing, she was the highlight of the movie for me. Well, her and Caesar Flickerman.

While there are some pretty impressive custom costumes out there for Effie Trinket, I wasn’t interested in spending a ton of money or time on mine. Once I realized I had teal colored clothes that were similar to her costume in one of the scenes, the costume came together easily from there. I just had to buy a few flowers and a wig.

Costume Components

  • Teal turtleneck
  • Teal skirt
  • Teal tights
  • Teal flower pin – bought at Michael’s and converted to a clip
  • Black rose – bought at Michael’s
  • Gaudy turquoise jewelry
  • Blonde wig – bought on Amazon
  • White makeup (be sure to check out this step-by-step Effie Trinket makeup tutorial)
  • Yellow, blue, green eyeshadow
  • Pink blush and lipstick
  • Teal nail polish

Costume Inspiration

Photo: Hayworth1981 on Flickr

To really become Effie Trinket, I enlisted the help of Celebrity Makeup Artist DorothyInez. With 25 years background in makeup in the entertainment, 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.  You can watch for a separate blog with a makeup tutorial for Effie Trinket.

If you are looking for Halloween costume help, both DorothyInez and I do 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! In the meantime, check out this step-by-step Effie Trinket Makeup Tutorial!

May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Halloween Costumes from Your Closet: Rosie the Riveter

When it comes to Halloween costumes, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look the part! With Halloween around the corner, I assembled Halloween costumes from my closet to demonstrate that with a little creativity, you can assemble a costume without trying too hard. Get more ideas from our series called Halloween Costumes from Your Closet.

Rosie the Riveter

Costume Components

  • Chambray shirt
  • Jeans
  • Polka dot scarf
  • A bicep worth flexing
  • Optional: a riveter

Costume Inspiration

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Halloween Costumes From Your Closet: Cruella De Vil

When it comes to Halloween costumes, the best ones are handmade, wouldn’t you agree? This week I assembled Halloween costumes from my closet which I’ll share with you in a series called Halloween Costumes from Your Closet.

This year I dressed up as the Disney villain Cruella De Vil.

Costume Components

  • Zebra print throw – this was a yard and a half of fabric from Joann’s that I figured I could repurpose for throw pillows post-Halloween
  • Silver hair spray paint
  • Gaudy jewelry and make-up (I even drew my lipliner outside my natural lip line to emulate Glenn Close’s mouth)
  • Black dress from Shabby Apple
  • Red gloves
  • Red purse
  • Cigarette holder fashioned from clay and painted with acrylic paint
  • Red shoes

Costume Inspiration

But this Cruella De Vil prefers kittens. Naturally.

Even though I don’t have the hair length most Cruella De Vils had this Halloween, I made my hair as spiky and wild as I could.

What was your Halloween costume?

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Halloween Costumes from Your Closet: Charlie Chaplin

When it comes to Halloween costumes, the best ones are handmade, wouldn’t you agree? This week I assembled Halloween costumes from my closet which I’ll share with you in a series called Halloween Costumes from Your Closet.

Today’s costume is Charlie (or shall i say Charly) Chaplin. With a little eyeliner, you can have a mustache in no time.

Costume Components

  • Gray fedora
  • Black suit jacket
  • White dress shirt
  • Black tie
  • Gray vest
  • Black slacks
  • Black shoes
  • Black umbrella
  • Black eyeliner for mustache

Costume Inspiration

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Halloween Costumes from Your Closet: Alice Cullen

When it comes to Halloween costumes, the best ones are handmade, wouldn’t you agree? This week I assembled Halloween costumes from my closet which I’ll share with you in a series called Halloween Costumes from Your Closet.

Who wants to be Bella Swan when you can be Alice Cullen? In the second Twilight film, New Moon, there is a scene where Alice and Bella are in Italy trying to stop Edward from committing suicide (yes, I admit — I’ve seen the movies!) and driving a hot red sports car through the Italian countryside. This is the outfit from which I derived my inspiration for this outfit.

Costume Components

  • Red polka-dot scarf, tied Grace Kelly style to keep out the sun
  • Big sunglasses
  • White swing jacket
  • Black top
  • Red elbow-length gloves
  • Black dress pants
  • Red peep-toe shoes
  • Bonus: Hazel contacts

Costume Inspiration

Isn’t she fabulous? Alice Cullen is definitely the strongest female star in the Twilight cast. We even have similar bone structure!

So. Would you consider dressing up as someone from Twilight?

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