The beauty in being an eccentric thrift-a-holic clothing collector, stylist and costume designer- is that come halloween- it’s usually pretty easy to create an amazing costume without spending too much money. Last year, as usual, I was busy at all get out during this holiest of holidays- (for those of you who don’t know, I do an insane amount of non-profit work which keeps me grounded and on my toes all at the same time.) so I didn’t even know what I was going to be until about 1a the night before the main event when I decided to google “Halloween Costume Ideas” online and see what I could come up with. Somehow I came across a photo of a retro looking Iggy Azalea as Cruella DeVil- and, as I had just purchased a badass pair of houndstooth slacks- I was in love with the whole idea.
Character Actress that I am- I wanted to get a bit more gritty and real with the concept and create a make-up look that was super garish and decadent. I pulled some photos off the web to get a grip on the Cruella make-up vibes (especially those brows!) and then I added my own spin onto things.
I used a really light foundation- Wet N Wild lip-liner and black eyeliner pencil to draw n the brows- then sealed it all down with Kaolin Clay powder (my DIY beauty and powder secret) I happened to have some dark green glitter and green eyeshadow hanging around from god knows when (I know you should throw make-up away, but…costumes!) Then I added some fake lashes. Finally, I picked up a bottle of black and white spray-on hair color at the store and went to town(after ratting and spraying the living sh-t! out of my then short hair)
Outfit Deets: Pants: $5 Goodwill, Leopard Print belt: $2 Goodwill, Gloves: $2 Goodwill, Shirt: Gifted from my sister, Coat: literally 12 years old from some trap shop in Korea Town, Shoes: (you can’t see them- but they were just simple black heels from a friend) Cigarette Holder: Some cheap piece of costumery that I’ve been hanging onto for years, Earings, clock necklace: Vintage from my grandmother. Broach and necklace: Gifts from a dear friend. Purse: $4 find in San Francisco’s Thrift Town circa 1999. Glasses: $4 from the hair store down the street from my house. The entire costume was put together from things I had on hand already- I spent about $15 on hair color spray and make-up.
“Any way you want. Poison them, drown them, bash them on the head. Got any chloroform? I don’t care how you kill the little beasts, just do it, and do it now!”
This Halloween season has been my favorite yet- it’s so fun to have a place to share all the inspiration.
Spooks and Thrift,