Posts Categorized: halloween

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.

contest + Costumes + halloween + Life + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013

Halloween costume contest winners

The tallies are in! Here are the winners of the 2013 2nd Annual Halloween Contest. There were some really wonderful submissions, but sadly, I had to limit it to just a few so I didn’t make this a long post. I’m posting the rest to my Pinterest costume board. I died when I saw Simon and Garfunkel by Audrey and Griff. I LOVE Amelia Earhart and her plane, above, by Aubrey and Philip Westlund of Yes, Dear Studio. And Michelle and Brandon’s Mr. Fantastic Fox costumes that she handmade herself. So beautiful.

 And good uni-brow Frida by Tess M. is one of my favorite ideas.

And you know I don’t like scary costumes, but this one is so good. I mean even the all-white walls! It’s so asylumy.

And I had to show Michele Brummer Everett’s costume for 2013. A sharpener to complement last year’s pencil. A bit morbid, no?

And I LOVED these kid’s costumes. A unicorn for Nohea by Jed and Tanei and a dinosaur, both so so awesome.

Now it’s time for a tragic tale. You see, I meant to show our costumes here too, but after something funky happened, I have to wait for spring. Sounds odd, I know, but they’re good. Trust me. Just keep up the excitement would ya?

Winners! You’ll receive a prize of either chocolate from Cocoa Vitale (delicious stuff!) or some beautiful stationery from Darling Clementine. Congrats and thanks for entering! 

DIY + halloween + Projects / Monday, 21 Oct 2013

Succulent monogram pumpkin

Well, we’ve come to an end with my collab with Cassidy of Succulents and Sunshine. This was my first time work working with succulents and I have to say that I love the little fellers. They’re so perky and sweet. But leave it to me to find a way to kill a couple suckers. Gah! That’s why I work with paper flowers.

Cassidy made this monogram succulent pumpkin. Head on over to her blog to check out the full instructions.

AND DON’T FORGET! Today is the last day to enter the 2013 winter collection of my new products. Check out the post for more deets (or enter on Instagram too @houselarsbuilt)

DIY + halloween + Projects / Thursday, 17 Oct 2013

Succulent worded pumpkins

Here’s the third of 4 projects that I Cassidy and I collaborated on. She made these adorable pumpkins spelling the words “BOO” written in succulents. Get the full scoop and instructions on how to do it on her blog, Succulents and Sunshine.
and as if that is not cute enough…

BAM! Dogs make everything 15 times cuter.

DIY + halloween + holiday + Projects / Monday, 14 Oct 2013

Decorate pumpkins with succulents

Continuing on the pumpkin/succulent kick with Succulents and Sunshine (last week I featured these painted face pumpkins), I thought it’d be fun to add some succulents onto some pumpkins, as if they were flower petals. Super easy yet lovely.
Materials: pumpkins (light colored work best), succulents in various shades, glue gun
Step 1: Break off the succulents carefully at the very base of where they meet the trunk.
Step 2: Apply hot glue onto the pumpkin and then apply the succulent. I found that when you applied it onto the succulent, it’s more prone to fall off. 
DONZO.

I mean, how adorable right? They’re like little encrusted jewels. Still more to come this week!

Photography by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine 
art direction & crafting by moi