With the help of my most fabulous mother, this year I have coordinated a most fabulous costume.
While I decorate my home in the creepiest of fashions for this season, I tend to shy away from the creepy costumes. In the past few years, I’ve been Katy Perry (complete with hand make cupcakes, if you don’t mind me saying), corn on the cob, and a chicken. I like the sweet and comical. This year, however, I was inspired by a certain Oscar winning actress and decided to dress up as Black Swan.
No matter your costume (as long as it’s basic ballet and black), you can have the most impact with your make up. Here's what I did:
I pulled my hair into a simple ballet bun and pinned my feather crown atop.
My supplies were simple - basic facepaint from the drugstore and all the black and silver eye makeup I had on hand. Oh, and a deep burgundy lipstick that I just adore now that winter is approaching!
I started by painting my face white. It was a bit hard to get it even so I used a make up brush to un-splotch, and dusted with face powder to get it to set.
I shaded my cheekbones with silver eye shadow to give definition.
I outlined the eye shape in black facepaint first - I used the movie posted as a guide. I filled in the edges with black face paint, leaving space around my eyes. I preferred to use eye make up around my lash line as opposed to the cheap stuff, so that I didn't end up with irritation.
After filling in the wings, I used black eye shadow and liner around my eyes and inside my lower lid. I then added "feathers" using white and silver.
The finishing touch were the dark lips.
The ballet suit was easy to put together - I wore nude tights underneath a nigh waisted bikini bottom I have and tucked in a simply H&M black tank. For the shoes I tied some simple black ribbon around my ankle and slipped a comfy pair of flats over top - perfect for a night on the dance floor!
I think my favourite detail was the feathered epaulettes I got from Etsy vendor Cat Sullivan's shop Faerie Dust & Frolics - they made my simple beater into a fabulous stage-worthy body suit.
Put all these pieces together, and I'd say I made a fairly creepy Black Swan! Before you know it I'll be clipping my toenails too short and seeing my own face around every corner.
I hope this provides a bit of inspiration to you if you're running short on ideas this year - with a little make up and some simple pieces you may already have, you too can be a Black Swan for halloween! Make sure to play safe blogettes, and have a wonderful celebration!