Posts Categorized: halloween

Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Friday, 10 Oct 2014

Mona Lisa Halloween costume

DIY Mona Lisa Halloween costume
You don’t have to go to the Louvre to check out the Mona Lisa. Be her for Halloween! It’s super easy! This one’s great for a last minute idea or one that you don’t have to spend too much time on. Plus, all it requires is a simple (mysterious) smile. Muhahaha.
DIY Mona Lisa Halloween costume
DIY Mona Lisa Halloween costume


Photography by Alpha Smoot
Make-up by Rubie Huber
Hair by Aubrey Nelson
Model ME Hammond
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

Check out more Tortured Artist costumes here. 

See full tutorial below.




You will need:

Directions:

1. Glue poster of Mona Lisa to poster board.
2. Cut out the face of Mona Lisa with your craft knife. Make sure it’s a good size hole to fit your face.
3. Frame it with your pretty frame.
4. Practice your Mona Lisa smile!

MAKE-UP TUTORIAL by Rubie Huber

That enigmatic face of all enigmatic faces! 
Ok, make up confession, my one regret here is not glueing down and covering her eyebrows better, but darn it all I forgot my Elmer’s glue stick in my make up diddy bag. If you want to take this one step further, cover the eyebrows like shown here. If you wanna go my route, just use eyebrow gel and white concealer.  
What happened to the real mona’s eyebrows?  Its a mystery.
After you get the eyebrow situation covered, cover the entire face in a creamy, full coverage foundation.  I like Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse. I went one shade darker than her normal skin since Mona has a dark bronzed/antique look.  Wipe the same foundation over your lips.  
For the eyes you’ve really got to look at the picture to shade them with a brown shadow.  She’s got interesting shading that’s difficult to mimic, but looking at the picture will help you a lot.  Use a tiny dab of the same brown shadow on the corners of her mouth and under her cheek bones.  Steer clear of the mascara and eyeliner, but instead use your brown eyeliner to draw that curved line across the top of the forehead, just below the hairline.  
All you have left to do is practice your mysterious smile.  
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DIY + Food + halloween + Party / Thursday, 9 Oct 2014

Vanilla bean skull cake for Halloween

This. Is. Edible! It’s a skull, but it’s a cake. It’s a skull cake! I love the vanitas still life it created for our Halloween party so it acts as decor AND deliciousness. And let me tell you, this recipe is delicious! 
Also, I had to do it:

And here’s a teaser for our dinner table for the party. There are a number of decoration ideas and recipes. You might die (muhahah! pun shamelessly intended) with all the delicious gorgeousness.

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Floral styling by Sarah Winward
Props from Mary Lee
Cake by ME Hammond
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

See recipe and instructions below

See more Halloween ideas here. 

Vanilla bean skull cake

Materials:

We used this skull mold from Wilton (and it’s super cheap if you use this link on Amazon)

3 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1 3/4 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 c. butter
1 3/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 T vanilla
2 vanilla beans
1 1/2 c. whole milk
For glaze:
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Prepare the skull cake pan by thoroughly spraying the pan with non stick spray and lightly flouring
3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
4. Slowly add eggs, vanilla extract, and vanilla beans
5. Combine dry ingredients in small mixing bowl
6. Add dry ingredients and milk alternating approximately 1/3 at time beginning and ending with dry ingredients
7. Once the batter is mixed place it in the prepared skull cake pan
8. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
9. Allow cakes to cool for about 30 minutes until the cake it only slightly warm
10. Unmold the cakes from the skull pan
11. Allow cake to completely cool, cut the tops of the cakes to be even and place the cakes back to back to create the 3D skull
12. Glaze cake and allow glaze to harden before serving
14. Viola! You have a scary skull cake!
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Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014

Vincent Van Gogh costume

Vincent Van Gogh costume recipe

Continuing on with our Tortured Artist themed Halloween party, we have perhaps the most tortured of them all, Mr. Vincent Van Gogh. He fits in nicely at the dinner party.

We chose to go in less of the bandaged ear direction and more in the “I paint beautiful flowers” direction. Here’s how to get the look below…

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Make up by Rubie Huber
Costume crafting by Victoria Riza (with her red-bearded husband as Vicent, thanks Jordan!)


Materials: 

Make up tutorial by Rubie Huber
Now you can have a grand old time painting an entire face Van Gogh style, but our model was already basically the spitting image of the painter.  So I just added some tiny touches.  Using a dark red/orange eyeshadow, swipe some strokes under the cheek bones and on the outside corners of the eyelids.  If you don’t have naturally red hair you can use this to dust out a beard and eyebrows.  Get it wet to create lines.  

Van Gogh seemed to really love that blue vein look we often try to cover up under our eyes and in the inner corners, play it up with some turquoise eyeshadow!  Throw on your tortured artist expression and your ready to go.  
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Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014

Copenhagen row house costume

Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box

Let’s take a break from our Tortured Artist series and sprinkle it with some sunshiney Scandinavian delight. Shall we?

Here’s the story. Last year for Halloween Paul and I needed costumes last minute (surprise!) for an event we were attending. The idea came in a flash: Copenhagen! We needed to be Copenhagen. I drew it up in my mind, got the boxes, painted it, put it together AND THEN realized, DOH! The reason it came so easy is because it was Merrilee’s idea from her new book Playful, the book that you know, I just styled. The one that hadn’t been released! I couldn’t very well steal her thunder (though the one she created was a dollhouse) so I’ve had to wait a WHOLE YEAR to release this puppy. Do you know how hard that is for an antsy craft blogger?!

Since Paul LOVES to be in photos (NOT), I had Hillary come in and play my next door neighbor. She’s a bright ball of sunshine.

Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box

Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
See the full instructions below.

How to make a row house costume
Materials
  • cardboard box large enough to fit into
  • piece of cardboard for the roof
  • craft knife
  • paints in your preferred colors
  • paint brushes
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • duct tape
  1. Open the box so all the flaps are out. You need a shape that will feel like the height of a building so I made mine as tall as it could go. I sealed up the flaps with duct tape and reinforced it with glue gun.
  2. Create the shape of the roof by getting an extra piece of cardboard and creating your preferred shape. Cut it out with your craft knife. Cut a hole to the size of your face.
  3. Attach it to the box with duct tape and glue gun.
  4. Make the A-frame roof by bending a long piece of cardboard in half. Have it hang over the box by a few inches.
  5. Attach the roof to the rest of the house with duct tape and glue gun again. Make sure the roof is in a position where you don’t have to duck.
  6. Paint the box to your desired colors. If possible, use white cardboard so it’s easier to paint on top of (less layers). I went with traditional Copenhagen yellow and blue like the main harbor, Nyhavn.
  7. Figure out where your hands will be holding the box and cut out slits.
TIP: Make sure your boxes can fit inside your car! Ours didn’t so we had to hold them out of our sunroof. And drive 5 mph across town. Hmph.
And the best part about this costume is that you can customize it to fit any city’s row house aesthetic: Brooklyn, Amsterdam, London, Paris, you name it! Have fun and get creative!

See more rad ideas like these in Merrilee’s new book Playful
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Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Monday, 6 Oct 2014

Picasso’s Old Guitarist

Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
When you think of Picasso what style do you think of? He was so prolific and touched on nearly every style that it’s hard to nail one down, but I tend to think of his blue period, because it was so uniquely his. It lasted only three years, 1901-04, but it so melancholically gorgeous with subjects painted in moody blues and greens. 
We thought his Old Guitarist would be the perfect costume for our Tortured Artist Halloween party as the character both creepy and recognizable. Plus, the costume is SUPER easy and cheap! The trick is in the body painting and luckily, we had Rubie Huber, who does make up for films and commercials, come and show us how it’s done. 
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume recipe with make-up tutorial
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

See below for full instructions.


OLD GUITARIST HALLOWEEN COSTUME

Materials: blue dress, guitar with strap, blue and white hair chalk

  • We bought a blue cotton maxi dress with long sleeves from the thrift store. 
  • Distress the dress by cutting holes unto the shoulder, cutting off the neckline, and using a grater to rough the edges.
  • Paint your nails blue with Chinchilly Essie nail polish.
  • Victoria has dark hair so Aubrey dyed it blonde first then colored it with blue and white hair chalk before tucking it into a low bun.
  • Carry around a guitar (and make sure it has a strap so it doesn’t get int your way all night!).


MAKE UP TUTORIAL FOR OLD GUITARIST


I had so much fun with this one it’s ridiculous.  Take a few minutes channeling your inner Picasso and get ready to paint freely without self doubt or criticism, this look is all about the artist in you!  

I used Mehron FX liquid cream face paint in blue (get it here), white and black (get it here) for this whole thing.  Grab a cookie sheet or something easily washable to create a painters palette for yourself.  

Mix the colors around and get some lighter and darker versions of the mix. For the face you can apply a base blue/grey coat with a sponge, which is softer than a brush, but I would use a brush for all the rest so you get the stroke effect. Use any large soft paintbrush (grab a cheap one from Michael’s)! 

Take a look at your body and think about where you curve our and where you dip in.  Check out how light hits you and then just go at it with the paint!  Blend lighter colors where you feel like light hits more (cheek bones, collar bones, shins, tops of knees, tops of feet, the bulge on your ankle.  Paint darker blues on all the hollows or on the edges of the rounds (in dips in the neck, under the jaw, between bones, around calves).  

The Skeletal feel really comes out in the hands and feet.  Start by painting dark blue in between the fingers and extending those lines on the palm of your hand, you can just push firmly into the hand to feel where the hollows should be.  Next, paint a rough line of white on top of the fingers, adding splotches to the knuckles.  Extend this onto the palm as well. Repeat the same process on the feet.  

Once you’ve painted everything, step back and look in a mirror.  If you see any spot that looks too uniform or boring, blend in a different color, add more blue or white or grey than you had before and pile it onto your brush, swiping some thick strokes haphazardly. This will give you that painted look that is so beautiful.

It should not look perfect!  Keep it wild and fun and just get those creative juices flowing.  You’ll love the end result and so will everyone else! 
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