HOW TO: Create an Original Halloween Costume


If you've been invited to countless Halloween bashes but wouldn't be caught dead leaving your house looking like the Wicked Witch of the West, here is a solution: take a walk to your nearest bookstore or flip your cable channel to TV One, BET, TMC, or AMC and check out some old flicks and sitcoms. Re-creating looks of classic film actresses like Dorothy Dandridge or Cleopatra Jones, or TV stars like the Jeffersons or Shenaynay from
Martin is a cool way to join the party with no regrets.

You will need to do some shopping to pull off these throwback looks, but no matter what city you live in here are the types of places you need to visit.

Beauty Supply Store

These stores are located throughout most major cities and carry everything you need for this costume driven holiday. Go there for your Afro wig, makeup, press on nails, etc.

Major Department Store

Around Halloween, many makeup artists at major department stores welcome those who want their Halloween makeup done. Creating these fun looks makes the day fly by. Just buy a lip gloss to thank them for their hard work. Can't get to the mall. Hit up youtube for some awesome Halloween makeup tutorials like these below.

Vintage Store

Yes, the clothes were worn before, but they wash them. We suggest giving them one more spin in the machine before you put them on. Is it worth the trouble? YES YES AND YES!!! Consignment shops and vintage boutiques are the best places to find clothes from the 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s, and beyond. You can spot clothes from every era. Get this! Most stores categorize their goods by decade. Do a quick search online of Halloween specialty stores or vintage stores in your town.

Do you always wear the most creative Halloween costumes and wish you could win a prize for your efforts? Well, now you can! Just upload a jpeg image (in the comment section below) of yourself in your Halloween costume. Be sure to include a description of your costume. The most faBOOlous costume with the most replies will be the winner!




CONTEST STARTS: Monday, October 2nd, 2017 @ 12:01pm ET
CONTEST ENDS:  Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 @ 11:59pm ET.

Here's what you'll win:
Henri Bendel Stacked Ring Set
iPad Mini (Black - 16GB - WiFi)

Prize Total: $140 value

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