Barrel of laughs, am I right? Dogs in costumes are always hilarious, but the fact that our dog absolutely loathes them makes it even more so. Sorry, Kyla.
I just wanted to show off our costumes for this year! We went to a party last weekend and had a lot of fun. We had big ambitions for Jimmy’s costume – we were originally planning to make these incredible 9-foot articulated wings out of a backpack frame (be sure to watch the video). We had the parts ready to go and ordered nearly $100 worth of feathers to cover them, and the feathers never showed up. I do not recommend ordering from Rainbow Feathers, since they charged my card immediately and never sent my merchandise! They ignored several calls and emails as well. I have a claim out on them with my Amex card. Frustrating!
Anyhow we made do with a Venetian plague doctor mask and a cape (along with all black clothing) for Jimmy.
Last year, I did a sugar skull makeup mask and the year before that I was Alice as part of a group costume, which was tons of fun. But this year I wanted to be two things: pretty (as in… not scary) and comfortable. To me this meant no full face makeup that I was paranoid about smearing and no wig. I originally worked on a Steampunk look which was going to be amazing, but it had many pieces and a huge coat, so I decided it wouldn’t be that fun in a crowded party. If I wanted to take the jacket off, it would kind of ruin the look, and I’d end up with half a costume which I didn’t want.
So at the last minute, I changed my mind and went as Cleopatra.
DIY No-sew Cleopatra Costume
I made this costume in about 2 hours. No sewing, no fuss!
Headband: A piece of decorative trim hot glued on top of a piece of gold rick-rack. I then glued two strings of gold paillettes to either side of where my face would be. I fastened the back into my hair with a bobby pin. I wanted to do a cobra in the middle, but the only plastic cobra I could find was way too big and the headband would have needed reinforcing so I abandoned that idea.
Arm bands: I got gold fabric from JoAnn’s. It was a sort of gold foil on one side and a denim type fabric on the other. I measured my wrists and added 2″ to that measurement, then cut two 3″ strips by that length. I used sticky back velcro to put them on and sort of attached them at an angle so they were tight against my wrists.
Dress: It’s just a jersey strapless maxi dress I got from Target on sale last year for $5.
Belt: I measured my waist and added 4″ to that. I then cut a 3″ strip by that length. I used sticky back velcro to close it. I put that on the side where my arm would cover it. The back would have worked too but I have what we call junk in the trunk, and it wasn’t really laying flat with the velcro.
Loincloth: I traced out a long rectangle that was slightly wider on one end (okay I guess that’s a trapezoid), and used a dinner plate to trace the curve at the bottom. I then drew a black rectangle and colored it in with a sharpie. Black acrylic paint would have probably been more opaque, but I was out. I glued on rhinestones to embellish it. Then I hot glued it to the back of the belt.
Shoes: My yellow gladiator sandals worked fine.
Makeup: The key products for this look were black gel eyeliner and Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in 11 Gold. Both were waterproof so I didn’t have to worry about them coming off or smudging. I LOVE the aqua cream and it will work on eyes, face, or lips. I did a cut crease on my eye with the gold, the liner, and MAC Carbon shadow (a matte black). I did an Egyptian eye with an exaggerated cat eye on one lid and a geometric eye of Horus inspired design on the other. I put on more bronzer than I normally would with a little blush and then highlighted my cheeks with the Aqua Cream. I used MAC Dainty Cake lipstick (a peach with gold frost) and dotted more Aqua Cream in the center of my bottom lip for a gold highlight. I drew on seriously bold black brows with the gel liner as well.
This costume was super fun, easy to make, and a big hit at the party. In the end, I was glad I went with this look! There were about 6 or 7 other steampunks there, but I was the only Cleopatra!
Kyla says, Happy frickin’ Halloween.
What did you dress up as this year?