Tips to Totally Nail That Last Minute Costume

Picking the perfect costume can be very scary stuff. What’s worse is when the money spent leaves your wallet feeling GHOSTED, but have no fear. Making a decision is as easy as (pumpkin) pie with our list of tips and ideas.

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Cruise Past the Costume Shop

Sure, the designated seasonal costume shop might have everything you need in a pinch but it sure isn’t pinching pennies! Who really wants to spend money on cheap materials for one-time wear? Avoid jacked-up prices on awkward-fitting attire in a vacuum-sealed bag. Seek out nearby consignment stores and thrift shops to find unique, well-made pieces that are MUCH more affordable. You can find everything from bargains to designer for less than half the regular retail price.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Well what DID you find? With a store stocked up with oldies but goodies, maybe a unique idea will hit you like a witch’s spell. Perhaps the store will inspire your costume rather than the other way around. Retro plaid skirts can be TV show characters, female zombies, school girls, and anything preppy. Jeans and overalls can be worn, torn, or resewn into costumes for flower children, scarecrows, punks, celebrities, etc. Check out the men’s graphic tee section! You’re on your way to looking like AC/DC, Michael Jackson, or Nirvana.

Make a Statement

Stumped? Skip the over-the-top outfit! It only takes a single statement piece to stand out. You know what they say, “What, THIS old thing?” Time to recruit Pinterest! We love the dead give away hairstyles like ice cream cones, devil horns, cat ears, and pineapple! Too time consuming? Look what can happen when you get eyeliner-happy or overboard on contour! The only thing standing between you and your favorite Snapchat filter is the right colors. Boom. Your costume is KILLER good.

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One Ingredient Costumes

Sometimes an easy costume only takes one extra item to pull together. Take it from Jim Halpert! A name tag, face paint, or construction paper is all you need for Halloween hit.

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ariana grande bloody costume

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easy harry potter costume

Pun City

Dad jokes. You know you love a good one! Try wearing your favorite instead!
If nothing comes to mind, here are a few of our favorites.

  • Gold metal + loaf of bread = bread winner
  • Pants + Smarties + tape = smarty pants
  • Dress or suit + “apology” sash or poster = formal apology
  • White and yellow + devil horns = deviled egg
  • Baby carrier + bag of cane sugar = sugar mama

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The “No Costume” Costume

Even if you’re not feeling it or have next-to-nothing resources, some “costumes” speak for themselves.

(Image examples: “This is my costume” t-shirt or one that says “404 error: costume not found”. Dress up as a close friend or coworker or your dog.)

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Excited yet? With these tips laid out, picking the right costume is almost too easy. Instead of wondering what to wear, you’ll have a hard time narrowing it down to one! But everywhere you go, you’ll be the treat and THAT’S no trick.

Feeling the beauty queen look this year? Thrown on your best cat eye and party until the ghouls go to sleep! Take our quiz to find the perfect cat eye look for you.

Like these ideas? Maybe it’s time to start thinking about executing beautiful looks professionally. See if our cosmetology program is a right fit for you!

Take Your Makeup Skills to the Next Level With Our MUD Program!

Have you always wanted to improve your makeup skills? Are you curious about what’s new in contouring? Interested in creating impeccably precise eyebrows? We’ve got good news for you. The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Shorewood offers a MUD (Make-Up Designory) course for students who are wild about makeup. While it’s possible to perfect makeup skills through trial and error and YouTube tutorials, this course provides a professional makeup education.

About MUD and the Course

MUD products were designed for real-world application. The life of a professional makeup artist can be rigorous and fast-paced. MUD products are designed for easy application and flawless performance. MUD’s usable, effective products have been a staple in the fashion and beauty industry since 1997.

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At TSPA Shorewood, our 84-hour MUD class covers the following:

  • Makeup theory
  • Base and foundation technique
  • Corrective skills and application
  • Highlight and shadow unit
  • Eye and lip technique
  • Beauty makeup
  • Natural makeup

Why Choose Makeup Artistry?

For those who have always loved art and creating things with their hands, makeup artistry could be a natural career choice. As a makeup artist, your products are the palette and your client’s face is the canvas. The world of beauty is constantly changing, which means makeup artists get the chance to try new trends, new products, and new techniques. If you want a career where you can continuously express creativity and try new things, our MUD class can help you prepare for that!

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What Kind of Future Can I Have in Makeup Artistry?

With training in makeup artistry, there are a wide variety of career options available to you! From working as a bridal makeup artist to traveling with photographers to work on photoshoots, makeup artistry can open up many creative doors. With MUD training and certification, you could work as a makeup artist on a TV set, a beauty advisor behind a counter, or as a personal makeup artist for celebrities and other public figures. Having a real makeup education behind you is a smart idea if you want to establish a solid career in the beauty industry.

Get Started on Improving Your Makeup Skills!

It’s time to take your love of makeup and natural creativity to the next level! Get in touch with us today to learn more about the MUD course. We’re here to help you live your passion and achieve your goals. You can contact us today to learn more information about this course and our cosmetology program or call us to schedule a tour of the school.

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