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Fab DIY Halloween costume ideas

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By Aly Walansky
From Completely You 


Halloween is a few days away and you may be wondering how to dress for the occasion. But with a tight schedule and maybe an even tighter budget, how can you mark this festive day -- without going overboard?

With a DIY costume, of course. This year I’ve cooked up an awesome costume (just follow me @alywalansky to eventually see it), and I am creating it entirely from things already in my closet. What is it? Just wait and see … I don’t want to give away the idea! But if you are looking for some super-fun ideas for yourself, I’m happy to share some of my other ideas.


1. Zombie

Zombies are all the rage of late. To steal this look, take any hair spray you have and spray the underside of your hair, bottom to top and blow out -- this adds zombie-ready texture, lift, and fullness while boosting volume directly at the root. Since some zombies have been dead for ages, feel free to choose any era of clothing you want and go vintage. And since they did just claw their way out of their grave to kill you (or be your friend), imitate their unkempt look to the last detail, including their nails. Yes, this means adding dirt and grime under your nails. Gross, yes. But points for authenticity.

To go for a pale, ghastly look, use a simple base to paint your skin yellowish-green or even bluish. Don't forget your neck, shoulders and hands. Then, finish the effect: Turn your teeth yellow with Halloween makeup bought at your local Halloween shop, and add in wrinkles, dark eyebrows, bumps, bruises and scars throughout your face, arms and neck to further emphasize your overall un-deadness.


2. Geisha

Geishas always have appeal. This is a super-easy look to master too. If you have a kimono-style robe in your closet, your costume is ready. Then just stick some feathers, flowers, or even pencils in your bun. For geisha glam makeup, apply a pale foundation -- the paler the better. Use a makeup sponge to apply a reflective powder over the layer of foundation. Apply a light to silvery-pink blush onto your cheeks with a large brush. Get the fullest part of your cheeks for the best effect.

Now for your eyes: Cover your eyebrows in foundation and draw new eyebrows over them with a black eyeliner pencil. The new eyebrows should be fairly straight, rising slightly as they get further from the eyes. Next, use a dark-black color and apply thick eyeliner and smudge into the lashes. Put a light coat of silvery eye shadow next and let the shadow reach all the way up to your eyebrows. Curl your eyelashes and use several coats of mascara for a thick, black look

Lightly coat your lips with foundation before using a lipstick brush to apply a deep, cherry-red lipstick. The brush works better than a lipstick tube to evenly and accurately apply the lipstick.


3. Supermodel

This is all about the cat eyes, severely sleek straight hair (or a tight bun) and the most sexy-annoyed look you can muster.

To go for fab supermodel eyes, curl your lashes, then dot on a light layer of eye shadow primer or oil-free foundation from lids to brows. You do this because both will grip onto makeup, and prevent the color from migrating. Gently pull your lid upward so you can see its inner rim. Line the rim with a few coats of jet-black waterproof pencil. Then line the inner rim of your lower lash line. Layering liquid liner over pencil is the key to a stay-put look -- the liquid dries and locks down the first layer of color. With a black liquid-liner pen, make four evenly spaced dashes over the pencil line, then connect them.

Now it's time to create the winged-out edge. Close your eye, and trace a finger along your upper lid’s crease, moving outward. When it meets the bony part of your eye, mark the spot with a dot of liquid liner.

Once the liner has dried, dab your lids with a cream-colored liquid shadow, then place a metallic version on the area just above your crease line and inner corner. Like creams, liquids catch light but stand up better to the heat.

Finish with two coats of black mascara, you sexy thing!


4. Kim Kardashian

Whether you love or hate her -- we’ll stay mum -- embodying her is easy. Buy the longest fake lashes you can find, and pair them with too much eyeliner and too tight of an LBD. You are halfway there! Just don’t forget to have the attitude to match …


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