I know it’s still a few day’s before Halloween, but as usual I got into the spirit early. I held my annual Halloween party last Saturday. It was a fairly subdued affair, with only a few guests. But those who attended had an awesome time scoffing lollies and playing Silent Hill with the lights out. Spooky!
This year I opted for a more glamorous Halloween costume than what I would usually go for. The past few years I’ve dressed as The Joker and Corpse Bride, so it was a nice change to wear something that wasn’t quite so gruesome.
I took my inspiration for this year’s costume from the film Pleasantville and also from the work of drag queen Detox iCunt. I have been playing around with special effects makeup a lot lately, and I wanted to see if it was possible to make it look like I was in black and white using only makeup and clever wardrobe choices.
I’m pretty flippin’ happy with how this turned out.
My costume didn’t photograph all that well. While I still like the pictures, I feel that the effect was much more striking in person.
I did have loads of fun putting this outfit together. I had originally thought that I would use a wig, but I couldn’t find one that I really liked. In the end I twisted my real hair up into victory rolls and a french roll at the back and they sprayed the heck out of it with black hairspray. It didn’t budge all night, but my hair did feel awfully helmet-like.
For the makeup, I mixed a very light grey body paint and used this over my face and any exposed skin. As is typical of store-bought face paints, it was extremely difficult to apply a smooth and even layer. One day when I’m rich, I’d love to try this look again with some professional quality products to see the difference. I set the paint with a generous layer of Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder.
Then came the fun part. It was so weird doing my makeup all in shades of black and grey. I started with my eyes, creating a slightly smoked eye with a selection of blacks and greys. I used a gel liner to create a big wing at the corner of my eye. I was very generous with my mascara and was sure to add a lick of waterproof grey liner in the waterline of my eye to cover up the skin there.
For my lips I used the NYX cosmetics Macaraon lipstick in Chambord. I am head over heels with this lip colour, and I now want to wear it as part of my every day look. My only complaint is that it is a very emollient lipstick which tends to slip and slide all over the place. I used a black eye liner to line my lips and a lip fixer over the top, but it still shifted all about. Ah well, it was only $4 so I really can’t complain.
I coloured in my brows with a black eyeshadow and a stiff angled brush. Then I used a mid-grey colour to contour my cheeks, jaw and brow. I added a well-blended swipe of MAC chromagraphic liner to the bridge of my nose, my brow bone and the tops of my cheeks for a bit of highlight.
Even though my party wasn’t big or elaborate, I had a brilliant time. It was awesome to catch up with some of my favourite people and just chill out.
What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Are you having a party this year?
Amazing outfit! I love when people do B&W or comic book style makeup and such. @.@ I wish Jen and I could attend your Halloween parties!!! Oh and I, I am a mischievous witch. 😉
Awww! Let me tell you without a whiff of uncertainty, that if you guys lived closer, you would definitely get an invite to my Halloween parties. We would have so much fun!
Your place and ensemble look so great! (How fab are those chocolate eyeballs?!)
I probably won’t be partaking in any festivities this year, but I HAVE toyed with the idea of dressing up with Charlie (if I can find her a baby Halloween costume!) and walking down Queen Street, Auckland’s busiest/main street, in them 😉
Oh! If you do decide to take Miss Charlie out, please send pictures. I’d love to see her all decked out for Halloween!