I love Halloween! Or Samhain or Pyhäinpäivä, as we say in Finland. I’ve often organized costume parties and taken part in them, so I have a few good tips to share with you.
1. Keep your eyes open for costumes all year long.
A few years back I found the perfect 80’s wedding dress from a charity shop in June. It fit me well, had tons of lace and beads (so even if it fell apart I could still use parts for crafts) and looked perfect for a dead bride. I bought it and when Halloween came, all I had to do was add a little fake blood.
2. Which brings me to the next point: fake blood.
For realistic blood on skin, costume shop fake blood in a bottle is the best choice. The faux blood doesn’t begin to smell like real blood does and it doesn’t go bad, you can just store the bottle in a cool, dark place to wait for the next costume or photoshoot in need of some blood. For blood on clothes I’ve found acrylic paints to be the best. Faux blood dries sticky which means it’s hard to store your garments. You can also conveniently glue them to your skin with the fake blood. For nonstaining, nonsticky, clean, safe blood on clothes, the paint is the best alternative, as it dries fully and won’t stain anything it touches once dry. Don’t use pure red, mix it with some black and blue for a more realistic blood shade, and with lots of black or dark brown for a look like dried blood.
If you want a very pale look for your skin, water based skin paints work well when padded on with a damp makeup sponge or buffed on with a fluffy brush. Oil- based paints can leave you shiny, but waterbased ones give a nice matte finish that lasts even better if you apply some translucent powder on top.
Try on your costume before the party or event and wear it for a couple of hours. This way you can find out if you have some problem areas, like very uncomfortable shoes or hard to see with contact lenses on. Fix these issues before the actual event so you can feel better in your costume! Do the same with makeup if you have time: try the look at least once before the event so you don’t make mistakes with the finished look.
5. The right shoes.
If you want to dance the night away, you need comfy shoes. If you have a full length skirt or some other type of costume that hides your feet, go for the comfiest ones you own. I’ve hidden my favourite platform boots under the dead bride dress and a steampunk bustle skirt and noone noticed!
I hope with these tips your Halloween season can be even more enjoyable than before! Do you have any hints and tips of your own to share?