For the vast majority of makeup lovers, your desires to experiment are often constrained. What’s deemed as “acceptable” may have some variance as you go from day to night, but generally, it’s the same old routine. A little more shimmer in the evening or extra SPF during the day, but essentially the same.
A costume party is an excellent opportunity for all makeup lovers to try something new. You can experiment with styles your everyday life just won’t allow. No longer do you need to focus on enhancing natural beauty or using subtle shades; you can go all out and let your creativity fly.
Here’re a few costume ideas that don’t require much in the way of clothes, but can rely on makeup to create the overall effect. They’re ideal if you’re on a budget, or just want to try something new.
Cruella De Vil
This may be one of those looks you don’t even realise is obvious until you see it, but the 101 Dalmatians villain has a specific style. It’s ideal if you’re not looking to stray too far from usual techniques and just want to push them bolder. You’ll need heavily-applied green eyeshadow right up to your eyebrows, false eyelashes and bright red lipstick. Then use foundation over your eyebrows and paint yourself a new set that are high and arched. Instant enemy of puppies.
The Walking Dead has brought zombies into the mainstream, and it looks like they’re here to stay. If you fancy drawing on an entirely new face and experimenting with special effects makeup, then you can’t go far wrong. You’ll need red and black hues for the requisite loose pieces of flesh while eyes should be heavily lined. For the first time in your life, consider drawing on some dark shadows beneath your eyes. If will emphasise the “recently out of the grave” vibe.
Bride of Frankenstein
Use your face as a canvas with this timeless costume. Your go-to is going to be anything that will let you draw on stitches. These are easy to do if you follow a pattern, and combined with a green face base, creates the effect instantly. If you’re feeling clever, try and use stitches in the same places on your face that you would usually contour. This will still give your face definition, only with a more theatrical edge. No one says you can’t pull off the idea and not look your best, right?
If you’re not quite up to the task of full-face makeup, something like the iconic Jessica Rabbit is easy to accomplish. Berry-red lips combine with eyebrows so arched they’re almost semi-circles, to create impact. If your lips aren’t large, consider enhancing them for the night to give the full pouty look.
Another one if you’re going to be pressed for time, hair in braids and a pale face brings instant Wednesday. Combine with dark lips and thick eye-liner, and no one will be in any doubt of who you’re trying to be.
Whether you’re experimenting for the first time or an old pro, trying out different makeup techniques can be a lot of fun. It’s the one time you have no limit, so make the most of it.