Your completed leopard look!.
Photo: Annamarie Tendler
This is what happens to me every Halloween: I say, "I'm not going out, I'm not going out, I'M NOT GOING OUT!" And then, two days before the 31st, I decide, "ok FINE, I'll go out!" Frantic running around New York City then ensues, as I hilariously try to scrape together some half-baked idea. Of course, I always come up with something totally brilliant in the middle of the night, but there is no way I'd be able to pull it off in time. Does this scenario sound familiar to any of you? Yes? Well then this post is for you!
Don't have a Halloween costume yet? Who cayyy-ares! You don't need to get all gussied up to rock some killer nails for All Hallows' Eve. In fact, we kind of like it when people (like Katy Perry!) wear mismatched manis because you can experiment with a different design on each nail. Fun! And listen, we promise these aren't nearly as barf-inducing as our zombie-inspired nail designs from last week, but we WILL guarantee that these sets are sure to stir some spooky feelings from within. First up—Sophie from The Illustrated Nail absolutely stunned us with her scarily on-point mani. From Dracula to Frankenstein to horrifying jack-o-lanterns, she covered all her basis in the most chilling way possible. LOVE!
Asher Levine's "Editor from the Blue Lagoon" and "Count Lagerfeld" Halloween masks.
Photo: Courtesy of Asher Levine's Facebook
Just when we thought our massive throbbing blog-crush on Asher Levine couldn't get any bigger, the designer (who BTW has stamps of approval from both Lady Gaga and her creative director Nicola Formichetti at just 24 years old) pumps out a range of Halloween masks. The limited edition All Hallows' Eve collection hit Pop Souk yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 21) and featured spook-ified versions of fashion (and pop culture) favorites like Anna Wintour rendered "Editor from the Blue Lagoon" and Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld as Count Lagerfeld.
Even though Lana Del Rey's breakout single technically debuted last year, the New York songbird has stayed firmly planted in the spotlight ever since, making her the PERFECT last-minute lazy girl Halloween costume. We've witnessed various incarnations of the star recently, whether it's in her statuesque SNL column dress, channeling Jackie O. with A$AP Rocky in "National Anthem" (and onstage thereafter), and most recently as a romanticized free spirit in "Ride." No matter which version of Lana is your favorite, we've got tons of quick and easy ways to recreate her signature look just in time for Halloween. So blast the music, practice your lip pout, and check out our ideas below!
LANA DEL REY "VIDEO GAMES" LOOK
Dress like Lana Del Rey's "Video Games" album art for Halloween.
Photo: Universal Music/ Courtesy of Etsy/AE/L'Oreal/Miss Selfridge
It makes sense to start things off with the OG Lana look from her "Video Games" album art- wide eyes, nude lips, a simple cross necklace, and most importantly, the statement flower crown. The first components are super easy to score, but the headband requires a bit more thought. There are pleeeeeenty of options on Etsy - flower crowns are a huge trend, after all- or you can make the accessory yourself. To DIY, just hit up your local crafts store and grab some artificial flowers (we hear Michael's has a good selection). Then just attach them to a headband or wire with glue, and ta-da! You're set. We usually don't recommend procrastinating, but just in case you leave the costume sitch to the last minute, whip out this Lana outfit and you're good to go in no time flat.
+ Floral Crown: Etsy Hair Wreath ($39.00)
+ Tank: AE Boyfriend Tank ($11.99)
+ Eyeliner: L'Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner ($8.95)
+ Lipstain: Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lipstain ($17.95)
+ Necklace: Miss Selfridge Rose Gold Cross Necklace ($13.00)
A still from Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" music video featuring Kimbra.
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" was one of the biggest runaway musical successes of the year. Not only was the heart-wrenching ballad a colossal radio hit, the music video for the track featuring Kimbra was awesomely iconic to the point where it earned its own SNL Digital Short starring the singer himself. Given all of the above, we think getting a group of three (yes, THREE) together to be this video for Halloween is a guaranteed costume winner. Given all of that, we've hacked a way for you to do it yourself. Roll up your sleeves, warm up your credit card, and LEGGO!
Dress up as Gotye for Halloween.
Photo: Courtesy of Capezio/Walmart/Hardware and Tools/KMart/Target/Business-Supply.com/Facepaint.com
The "Somebody That I Used To Know" costume is definitely not for the faint of heart. While it doesn't demand you IDENTICALLY replicate the abstract geometric designs of the original video, you should be sure that all of the lines and colors match and meet appropriately. Cop yourself a nude unitard and a grip of paints (fabric for the onesie and face for, well, your face), and get to work with some foam brushes! You'll need black eyeliner to define the lines on your face and neck and a laundry marker to draw lines on the unitard (and don't forget a ruler!).
+ Unitard: Capezio Adult Long Sleeve Unitard ($34.00)
+ Eyeliner: Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Black ($5.64)
+ Fabric Marker: Sanford Rub-A-Dub Laundry Marker ($0.94)
+ Paint: Tulip Soft Fabric Paint, Neutral 5 Pack
+ Face Paint: Wolfe Face Paints in Skinz Fair ($3), Wolfe Face Paints in Skinz Rich Ivory ($3), Snazaroo Face Paints in Rust Brown ($2.50), and Snazaroo Face Paints in Light Grey ($2.50)
+ Brushes: Linzer 8501-S Foam Brush Set ($1.19)
+ Ruler: Westcott Non-Shatter Ruler ($1.02)
Sure, we've been getting into the Halloween spirit with killer costume ideas (like Lady Gaga's new and improved meat dress or Katy Perry's enchanted "Wide Awake" look), but we have yet to go down the dark and gory road that is All Hallows' Eve. *evil witch cackle* *thunderclap* If you're willing to get a little grisly with your costume and have some serious nail art skills to boot, we have JUST the thing for you—a zombie-fied manicure that'll definitely add an extra bit of edge to your back-from-the-dead ensemble. I mean, you don't even have to WAIT until Halloween to sport a seriously revolting mani, (I mean, hello, season three of The Walking Dead just premiered yesterday AND that Zombie 5K is just a week away), but you might, um, really gross people out in the meantime. This manicure is all about getting as gruesome as possible—the bloodier, the better! Remember: You are a flesh-eating corpse, and your nails need to reflect that. So, where do we start? Well, take a cue from Samarium's Swatches' blog and use only matte polishes for the beat-up and bruised nail beds, but be sure to keep the "blood" shiny to make it look nice 'n fresh. Mmmmm, humans. Fun tip: She used dark, matte eye shadow around her cuticles and fingertips to add an extra gross touch. PERFECT.
The countdown is on! Halloween is officially three weeks away, which means that there's just enough time to put together an elaborate, show-stopping costume. As the clock ticks down and we get closer, obviously your options for going all out get fewer and fewer, unless you're a lightning-fast, super DIY'er. Every year there are a few of our faves who have totally amazing, Halloween-ready looks, Katy Perry of course being one of them. Last year we told you how to get "T.G.I.F." ready, and this year we're going to be doing some of Katy's more recent, still totally iconic, looks. Some of these are harder than others, requiring online tutorials, scissors, glue and a significant time commitment, others are considerably easier, using clothes you might already have on hand and a few simple props. Either way, you'll look just as rad as Katy, and are sure to turn some heads.
Katy's "Wide Awake" Enchanted Garden Look
Get Katy's "Wide Awake" look.
Photo: Getty/Manic Panic/Urban Outfitters/Amazon
In the interest of full disclosure, one of the most attractive things about this costume is the excuse to dye your hair purple. You could also wear a wig, of course, and depending on your age should always ask permission before doing something like this, since even semi-permanent dye will stick around for awhile. You can also just wear a purple wig. We LOVE Katy's look in her "Wide Awake" video, where she drapes flowers across a nude maxi dress, which she has paired with white patent Dr. Martens. Her beauty game is flawless as well, with her long grape-hued locks accentuating perfect skin and a demure pink lip. Butterflies in her hair and a killer 3-D floral mani knock this look out of the park. With a simple nude dress, some butterflies and flowers (which you can totally glue onto your nails), and some fabric tape, you can re-create this look incredibly easily. If you want to go a little deeper with it, you can do this paper flower DIY, and drape your creations across the dress with yarn or twine.
+ Butterflies Fancy Butterflies $5.25
+ Flowers 452 Pc. Pastel Paper Flower Assortment $12.75
+ DIY Flowers Paper Flower DIY
+ Dress Go Make Noise Slub Knit Maxi Dress $59.00
+ Hair Dye Manic Panic Purple Haze $13.65
Adam Lambert on Pretty Little Liars' Halloween episode.
Photo: ABC Family
Halloween month may already be in full swing, but there are still three weeks left until the spookiest day of the year. Costume planning, plotting and scheming may have you busy, but you might also be eagerly, anxiously, desperately awaiting a date a little sooner than All Hallow's Eve: October 23rd. Have no idea what I'm talking about? Well you must not be a diehard Adam Lambert fan, then, because if you were you would know that the 23rd is the night that Adam will appear as a guest star on the Pretty Little Liars Halloween special! Here's what we know right now: Adam will perform at a costume party in the episode, which is called "This Is A Dark Ride." From a new teaser video, we know that one of the songs he will play will be "Cuckoo," from Tresspassing, and that his costume is something like a Victorian meets, well, Glambert, Vampire. We can't imaging it would be all that easy to sing with those fangs in, but if anyone can do it, Adam Lambert can. We also know, from an earlier teaser, that this appearance is going to involve not just singing, but acting as well! Is there anything he can't do? Check out some more teaser photos after the jump!
Katy Perry performs at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in L.A. on Oct. 11.
Photo: Getty Images
So, we're basically stalking Katy Perry. I mean, not really, but we are consistently on the lookout for her nail art to the point where it's, heh, kind of embarrassing. But, like, have you seen KP's nail game? It's always insane, hence why we need to be on watch 24/7. In September, she showed off a KILLER Daria mani and just last week she sported Obama's face on her fingers. Last night she switched up her digits once again—this time with a Halloween-themed design. OoOooOh! Fun! While performing at the amfAR Inspiration Gala, she wore an off-the-shoulder floral ruffle Naeem Khan gown with a rhinestone belt and, of course, DEM NAILS. Let's take a closer look at these bad boys, shall we?
With fewer than three weeks to go, the countdown to Halloween is officially ON. This tick-tock time crunch plus the pressure of churning out an epic, unforgettable and pop culture-relevant costume means you'd better get started stat. If you're still looking for outfit ideas, ahem, may we suggest PSY? He's only the biggest YouTube superstar since, like, forever, and basically exploded the internet this summer with "Gangnam Style." Considering we've already dissected the music video look by look, that makes the costume hunting EVEN easier. And with our group costume ideas inspired by each of the ridiculous characters in the clip, all you need to do now is grab your best friends and start plotting. It's SO easy, you'll even have time to learn his dance moves before the big night. Let's do this!
Photo: Dress like Psy's "Gangnam Style" video for Halloween.
Photo: Courtesy of YG Entertainment/ Topshop/ASOS/Forever21/Topman
Who better to start off with than the man himself?! Whoever's lucky enough to nab PSY's action-ready ensemble has to be prepared to give MAJOR face, rock the dance moves like no other, and have the singer's swanky "I know I'm hot" saunter down (after all, with great power comes great responsibility...). Here PSY's dressed in his baby blue tuxedo jacket, black pants, bowtie and shades. He's working a slick dress shirt underneath all this, but if you don't feel like investing in one yourself (or raiding your dad's closet), a basic white tee will do. Replicate PSY's outfit with a light blue blazer, black skinny jeans, a bow tie, and some round sunglasses. Now all you need to do is perfect those facial expressions...