We love Halloween in this house. Dressing up is by far the best activity and pretending to be a character is even better.
We take Halloween seriously and have been dressing in similar costumes as a family since the kids arrived. We have been superheroes, pirates, storybook characters, and more. This year we took on OZ. Let me tell you how fun it was to build these looks.
I started shopping a little late, which is a rookie mistake. Luckily on my trip this past weekend I stopped in a Party City and found missing sizes on key outfits. The kids were Dorothy, the lion, the tin man, and scarecrow. We had to make the scarecrow costume as they did not have this available for a boy. I was the wicked witch and my hubby was the wizard.
Most of the costumes are from Party City. Some pieces are Osh Kosh, Target, Old Navy, and Macy’s. I incorporate everyday clothes all the time into my costumes. You will be surprised how many looks you can DIY from your own closet.
I think we turned out pretty great. The hardest part of the look was the green face and body paint. I wanted an even blend and the right shade. I have a product called snazaroo. It is a water based paint and is easy to apply and remove. Thank you. No more scrubbing until you are red in the face. Here are a few tricks I learned while applying my makeup.
1. Use moisturizer and then top with a light foundation. This allowed for a smoother finish and helped the paint apply to the face.
2. Do not add too much water. It will remove paint that has already been applied.
3. Make sure you have a fine point brush for the details. I actually pulled out my travel brushes and used the lip and eyeliner ones to complete the eyes. They were easy to wash when done.
4. Use a mixture of eyeshadow and paint for a more irradescent color and easy application.
5. When in costume always wear false eye lashes. They add to the whole look and create an amazing focal point.
6. Spice up a look with glitter. There are a ton of gels that appply easily with glitter. The face paint we used actually provided two colors and this was easy to work with. I did not feel the glitter and was not worried about using it near the eye. Be mindful of this if using on a child. You do not want any irritation.
Don’t forget to have fun. At Halloween you can be anyone you want to be. You are mysterious and fun. Dressing up is not just for the kids. It is for you too.
What are some of your favorite costumes you have worn over the years?