Costume party. Those two words can conjure so many mixed emotions. Some people love it, some people hate it. But, whatever side of the fence you sit you on, a costume party is an inevitable part of life. We’ve put together 17 bright ideas for costume hacks on how to take your costume from average to awesome.
Add Contact Lenses – and take it from pretty scary to downright demonic https://au.pinterest.com/pin/350717889705942401/
Simple but Clever – For when you’re all out of ideas but got to get into the spirit anyway, go for something simple but clever. i.e. A plain t-shirt with ‘Error code 404: Costume not found’ written on it. It’s sure to get a laugh at least…https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/10/7-more-last-minute-diy-halloween-costumes-that-dont-suck/
Make Yourself Up – Go to town on make-up. It can mean the difference between nearly-there (but not quite) and ‘You’ve nailed it!’. If you’re aren’t quite a make-up artist yet, there are plenty of tutorials to be found on YouTube or Pinterest.https://au.pinterest.com/pin/351703052131146068/, https://au.pinterest.com/pin/350717889705942401/
Accessories accessories accessories – did we mention accessories?? https://au.pinterest.com/pin/213358101070283961
Twist it Up – Take a simple idea and give it a twist e.g. Rather than just being a showgirl, why not be an ageing showgirl, complete with haggard make-up and a bottle of cheap wine! http://www.ashleyording.com/2013/11/halloween-sequins-feathers.html
Steal the show with a Theme – Whether you’re a couple, family or group of friends, go with a theme to make a bigger impact. https://au.pinterest.com/pin/36521446956139749/ https://au.pinterest.com/pin/282460207859286735/ https://au.pinterest.com/pin/271834527486513446/
Famous but Not – Think a little outside the box and go for someone who’s famous but not famous at a costume party e.g. Liz Lemon from 30 Rock.https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/photo-gallery/35940336/embed/35948957/Liz-Lemon-From-30-Rock
Minimalist – If you’re looking for something subtle but effective, how about a spider web in your hair? Perfect for work functions where you don’t want HR to freak out but you want to make an effort. http://www.deliacreates.com/spiderweb-fascinator-tutorial/
Think fun and be fun – Like dressing up as an ice-cream cone. You could use multi-coloured cardstock for the sprinkles and a red balloon for the cherry on top. https://studiodiy.com/2014/10/20/diy-ice-cream-cone-costume/
Play to your mood – If you don’t feel like it (or you’re still a bit dusty from the night before) –go as an Olsen twin? Wig to hide your hair, a chunky sweater, pair of sunglasses and a big tote bag – comfy and effective.http://www.brit.co/work-appropriate-costumes/
Create a mood board – before going out to buy your costume. This can help to ensure you have a clear idea of what you want. It also ties the outfit together. https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/558305685025806583/
Little details make a big difference – Small, creative touches can take your outfit from average to awesome in a matter of seconds. It could just be a tattoo or actual ivy leaves for your Poison Ivy costume (non-poisonous of course). https://au.pinterest.com/pin/361413938824078591/
Get into character – Release your inner performer. It makes it that bit more believable.
Use what you have – Simple ideas are often the best. When we reach for something too complicated we can become unstuck. Look for things around the house that can inspire you or what you already have in your wardrobe and go from there…
Prepare to Wow – As with most things, preparation is the key. So, if you have enough notice, try pulling together your thoughts and ideas straight away.
Make life easy and buy one – When the party has been sprung upon you (or life just happened) and you need a last-minute costume idea, simplicity and ease are definitely the way to go. Buy a ready-made costume as a base and then use accessories to bring your idea to life.
Don’t forget your friends – Choose an idea that works with you and your companions. I.e. if you have a young baby try to find a costume that works with them. How about a baby burrito or a oompa loompa? https://au.pinterest.com/pin/527061962631392832/