Posts Categorized: halloween

Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Thursday, 2 Oct 2014

2 Frida Kahlo costumes

2 Frida Kahlo costumes
I’ve always wanted to host a “come dressed as your favorite artist” party and I found Halloween the perfect opportunity to do so. We invited everyone to come dressed as their favorite tortured artist for our Halloween party. Some of the costumes we’ll show you are a bit more “tortured” than others, but all are easy to make from your existing closets with a little help from the fabric and craft stores. 
A must for any Tortured Artist party is Frida Kahlo, who, as a person, was quite a tortured soul. We decided to go with her double self-portrait, The 2 Fridas, which is a great choice if you’re wanting a costume for two people. A lot of the costume came from my own closet, but you know me, I like my clothes bright and waistband-less.
Frida Kahlo costume tutorial
Frida Kahlo costume tutorial.
To give you a bit of background, this particular painting depicts Frida in the midst of her divorce from Diego Rivera. She left the two hearts exposed showing one broken and the other hole, the one that Diego loved. She depicted surgical pincers to show that she was cutting off the emotional ties.
Frida Kahlo costume recipe
Here’s how to get the look:

Frida Kahlo costume recipe
Frida Kahlo costume

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Hair by Aubrey Nelson
Make up by Rubie Huber
Crafting by Ashley Isenhour
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

See the full tutorial below


HEADBAND by Ashley Isenhour

Materials: 3 silk flowers (1 large and 2 medium), 6 silk leaves, headband, black ribbon or fabric strip, scissors, hot glue gun, pliers with wire cutting section (depending on your flowers)

Step 1: Cut 3 silk flowers and 6 silk leaves from flower stems. If your flowers have wire in the stems you’ll want to use wire cutters for this. Leave about 2 inches of stem on the flowers to make gluing the flowers to the headband easier.
Step 2: Cut about 1.5″ of ribbon or fabric strip. Fold piece over one end of the headband and hot glue it into place. Glue end of ribbon to other end of headband. Start wrapping ribbon tightly around headband and add a bit of hot glue to secure ribbon to headband. Continue wrapping until headband is completely covered. Cut end of ribbon and hot glue end to headband.
Step 3: Hot glue 2 leaves (one on either side) to back of large flower. Squirt hot glue on middle of headband. Attach large flower (angling flower forward) and hold in place until hot glue dries. 
Step 4: Turn medium flower over. Bend stem to one side of flower. Hot glue 2 leaves on opposite side. Repeat with other medium flower. 
Step 5: Lift right leaf of large flower up and squirt hot glue on underside of leaf and along headband. Place one of the medium flowers in this space, making sure that leaves on medium flower are pointing away from center large flower. Angle flower forward slightly while glue dries. On back side of headband hot glue stem of medium flower to back of large flower to secure. Repeat (in opposite direction) with other medium flower.
Make a Frida Kahlo floral headpiece
ANATOMICAL HEART by Ashley Isenhour
Materials: 1/4 yard cream or muslin fabric, embroidery needle, red embroidery thread, embroidery hoop, scissors, white glue, scotch tape, water soluble fabric marker (like this), template (get it here)
Step 1: Print out embroidery pattern. Cut piece of fabric large enough to fit your embroidery hoop. Tape pattern to a sun-lit window. Tape fabric over pattern and trace heart onto fabric with a water soluble fabric marker.
Step 2: Stretch fabric in embroidery hoop. Stitch over heart pattern using a chain stitch (see a great tutorial here) or backstitch. (Good tutorials here.
Step 3: Rinse fabric with water to erase fabric marker. Allow to dry. 
Step 4: Trim fabric about 1/4″ all the way around outline of heart. Dab a tiny bit of white glue around edge of fabric and let dry. This will prevent fraying.
Note: If you don’t want to embroider, you can paint or draw it with a marker.


MAKE UP TUTORIAL by Rubie Huber

These two girlies were fun to work with, and I was able to express my love for one of the most beautiful female artists with their make up.  
Of course the main job with Frida was the eyebrows.  Don’t be afraid to go crazy here! You gotta go even bolder than your boldest brow to really get that Frida look.  
First brush your brows up and out and every which way you can to make them fuller and more prominant.  I used some eyebrow gel (get it here) to set them at all sorts of angles.  Darken them out with dark brown matte eyeshadow.  To make them more intense.  Spread the same dark eyeshadow between the brows.  Using a super thin tiny brush (this one worked great) get the same eyeshadow wet with water and draw a few lines in between the brows and all over the edges.  
Keep the rest of the face really clean, only adding nude cream eyeshadow and black mascara.  
For the cheeks I used a deep liquid blush more on the red or purple side than the pink; Frida was all about the rich reds. Blend it out on the apples of the cheeks.
You need a deep oxblood red to get the Frida drama.  I love the Kate Moss line by Rimmel London #11 (from here). It’s intense.  
Finish off the look with a little bronzing around the edges of the face with a non shimmery bronzer.  
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decorations + halloween + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014

Decor for your Halloween party

Decor for your Halloween party
Decor for your Halloween party
Decor for your Halloween party

Happy October! Right on cue, Utah welcomed fall in with crisper weather, rain, and falling leaves.

If you’re just joining us here on Lars, we’re showing you how to throw the perfect Halloween party, complete with printables (like this invitation), costume ideas, and today, food, and decor ideas. The theme of the party is vanitas, which is an art history reference describing the brevity of life and nearness of death. In art, this concept was portrayed with decaying flowers, blown-out candles, and rotting fruit SO, we thought, wouldn’t that make an awesome party theme? Because who doesn’t want rotting fruit at their party, right?

Here are some decor ideas for your party. Think “what would be in a Dutch baroque painting?” and create a number of vignettes around your space. To get you going:

  • Stacked old books
  • Skulls (I got ours at Michael’s. They’re made of styrofoam so you can carve them out and use them as a vase to put flowers in!)
  • Shells
  • Candles and candlesticks. Lots of them!
  • Honey and honeycomb
  • Dried or old flowers (finally, you black thumbs are in luck!)
  • Rotting fruit. 
  • Taxidermy
  • Linen tablecloth
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen
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halloween + illustration + Party + printable + Projects / Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014

Printable Halloween party invitation

For our Vanitas Halloween party (check out the full explanation of our theme here) we recruited the talented Danielle Kroll to design an invitation. We wanted something that was both beautiful yet a tad creepy and I love what she came up with. I think it really captured the feel of our event. We printed it off on an off-white card stock.

Print off your own invitation here (all blank version and partially blank version)

Illustration by Danielle Kroll
Photography by Alpha Smoot
Florals by Sarah Winward
Props by Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

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Costumes + Crafts + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Monday, 29 Sep 2014

Marie Antoinette costume recipe

Make a Marie Antoinette paper wig and make up tutorial
The ghoulish games continue with another costume idea for you: Marie Antoinette. Marie Antoinette is a perfect dress up option if you’re into decadence and going over the top, which, of course, we are. This costume, along with the rest that we’ll be showing has at least one DIY component to it. Here, it’s obviously the dress. Ha! Wouldn’t that be amazing?! No, it’s the paper wig and the make-up tutorial. Much simpler! I had a ball creating this wig. See the full instructions below on how to make it.
Marie Antoinette paper wig and make up tutorial
Marie Antoinette costume recipe
The recipe for this one is simple if you’re willing to spend some moo-lah on renting a costume or lots of time creating a dress. We worked with Hale Theater Archive Costumes, which has an amazing selection of costumes and props. Paul and I also rented costumes from them for a Jane Austen ball we attended earlier this ear and they were wonderful to work with.
Marie Antoinette paper wig and make up tutorial
crafting and art direction by Brittany Jepsen
make-up by Rubie Huber

This post is sponsored by the Hale Theater Costume Department. If you’re local and wanting amazing costumes, go there! And they’re amazing to work with! 

how to make a Marie Antoinette paper wig
Materials: cardboard, white paper (office should be fine, but I used a slightly thicker paper), craft knife, glue gun, crepe paper (for flower), paint (for feather)
  1. Cut a strip of cardboard against the grain of the cardboard. I cut mine about 1 1/2″ thick and measured it to the size of my head (see above). Glue it together.
  2. Next I cut out the same thickness of strips and glued one on one side of the circle and over to the other side.
  3. Start constructing a frame by adding in more strips around the circumference of the circle.
  4. Cut strips of white paper however thick you want for the “hair.” I started out with thin paper, like 1/2″, but it took a lot of time so I re-cut them to 1″ thick and the process was much faster.
  5. Glue one strip of paper on the circumference of the circle and then glue it at the top of the crown. This will give you better control over the shape of the “hair.”
  6. Slightly overlap each strand of hair.
  7. Keep on going until it’s all filled in.
TO CREATE FRINGE
  1. Cut thin strips of paper about 1/4″ thick. 
  2. Using the edge of your scissors, curl it like you would gift wrapping ribbon. Easy squeezy!
  3. Glue these pieces to the edge of your circle. 
TO CREATE THE PONY TAIL
  1. Do the same process as the fringe but use a strip that’s about 1″ thick. I glued a few of the loops together so that it wouldn’t pull as much.
TO CREATE THE FEATHER
  1. Use this template for the feather shape.
  2. Cut it out on cardstock.
  3. Paint it with grey and then fine black lines.
TO CREATE A PAPER FLOWER
MAKE-UP TUTORIAL by Rubie Huber

This one is really simple make-up-wise. You just want to start with a plain white face paint base.  I mixed Mehron FX with a bit of liquid foundation so it wasn’t so stark white, but any range works.  Apply with a make up sponge so you can get it pretty even around the entire face.  

You don’t want any contouring, just some super pink cheeks!  I like stick or liquid blush better than powder for this.  Smear some on the back of your hand and then blend it in big oval swoops across the apples of her cheeks.  Don’t let them get too circular, or you start entering doll realm. 

Eyes tend to vanish in this pale white painted face, so I used a very liquid, very precise black eyeliner just on the top lashline.  You don’t want it bold, just as close to the lashes as possible.  My trick is pulling on the outer corner of the eye to tighten the skin, it makes it easier to make a straight, thin line.  

To be (possibly) historically accurate, paint the lips a very straightforward red since I doubt Marie Antoinette had access to the rainbow of reds we can find at your local grocery store.  To apply, use a small brush if you can, it helps you make more defined edges than just straight from the stick.  
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DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Thursday, 25 Sep 2014

Vanitas Halloween costume recipe

Vanitas Halloween costume. Florals and ghoul.
It’s officially fall and us DIY bloggers capitalize  work really well with holidays and the only one we have to work with is Halloween so…let the ghoulish games begin! I’ve got some really great things in store for you over the next few weeks. I’ve collaborated with the talented photographer Alpha Smoot, who’s frequently in town from Brooklyn, floral designer Sarah Winward, hair stylist Aubrey Nelson, prop master Mary Lee, and make-up artist Rubie Huber to bring you some gorgeous and simple Halloween costume and party ideas.
First up, we’re going with a vanitas theme. You remember “vanitas” from art history? (Or am I the nerd girl art history major?) Raise yer hand if you know what I’m talking about! Since we here at Lars go for an “artful life” we thought we’d bring up those (painful?) college days and remind you of the 16th/17th century Dutch still lifes that often used morbid imagery like skulls, decaying flowers and fruits, clocks, blown out candles, to convey the brevity of life and nearness of death. Being one part creepy and one part beautiful, vanitas was the perfect theme for our first simple costume. 
Here’s the recipe: 
Vanitas Halloween costume recipe.
fresh flowers in hair
Vanitas Halloween costume recipe. Flowers, grey hair, make up, black dress.
flowers and butterflies in hair.
Vanitas Halloween costume recipe.

photography by Alpha Smoot
flowers by Sarah Winward
make up by Rubie Huber
hair by Aubrey Nelson
model and wardrobe by Kandyce Carroll of Ramblin Rose Cafe
additional wardrobe by Mary Lee
art directed by Brittany Jepsen

See how to get the make-up, hair, wardobe, flowers, below!



Vanitas make up by Rubie Huber


For the Vanitas we started with a pale base. I mixed Mehron Fantasy FX with Revlon Photoready Airbrush foundation because I wanted it pale but also creamy.  Blend the two together on the back of your hand and apply with a make up sponge.

To add dimension and contour to the face I used Mehron Fantasy FX in grey.  Blend it on the back of your hand and using either your fingers or a large round brush, lightly swipe then blend it under the cheekbones and jawline and around the edges of the face and collar bones.  Just follow all the natural hollows to create a ghostly gaunt feel. If you don’t want it so intense then just use a smokey grey eyeshadow.


For the eyes  you can use any thick, black smudg-eable eyeliner. You can go cheap on this one, I used ELF Studio Kohl Eyeliner  which is very black, and smudge-able.  

Line the eyes making sure you get in the waterline, and then smudge up into the lid and a little underneath. I like to smudge into the inner corner up and down the nose to add a tiny bit of contour.  

I wanted the Lips to be super dark and even black.  So I lined them with black eyeliner, then filled them with the darkest lipstick I could find.  Smudge them together to blacken the lipstick even more and cover with a gloss.  

To set everything, lightly brush the face with a translucent powder.  I don’t like spending money on expensive versions of this, so I make my own with cornstarch and a tiny bit of baby powder.  It works great and costs close to nothing! 

Vanitas hair by Aubrey Nelson
Products used for color: Kevin Murphy Color Bug in White, Bumble and Bumble white hair powder,  Jks Touch up Spray Powder chrome

  1. Start by spraying a salt spray in the hair to create volume and texture. (These are some favorite products: Bumble Surf Spray and Sacha Juan Ocean Mist)
  2. Section the hair into large sections with one being on the bottom right of the head for braid. 
  3. Take a boar bristle brush and back comb the large sections to create volume. 
  4. Take back combed sections, and spray with white or silver powder to color. 
  5. Take those same sections with the excepting of the one you will be braiding and use hairpins to secure them with lots of body. Starting with the ends of the hair and rolling up can create a really pretty messy curl with the texture that you can pin. (These are my favorite hair pins: Diane Hair Pins)
  6. Take the bottom section you left out for the braid and section it into three sections for a basic braid and secure with hair tie (these ones are my favorites!)
  7. Once you have the hair pinned and braided take your chalk or spray and make finishing touches to the color, pay close attention to the hairline to make it look as natural as possible. 
  8. Spray with hairspray to secure and add florals! 


Vanitas flowers by Sarah Winward
Sarah inserted hellebores and clematis into Kandyce’s gorgeous mane.

Vanitas costume
Mary Lee provided a vintage beaded shawl and Kandyce Carroll used on of her existing black dresses to create the costume.

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