Halloween is just around the corner, which means time is running out to get your costume ready.
If you’re stuck for an idea, this year’s pop culture icons are serving up some inspiration. According to search data, Canadians are going to dress up like their favourite celebrities, characters and mystical creatures this Halloween.From figure skater Tonya Harding to Wonder Woman, here are the most popular costume ideas of the year, according to search data. (It’s safe to say women are dominating the All Hallow’s Eve costume conversation at the moment.)
Here are some tips for coming up with a costume idea, where to find costumes and accessories, how to incorporate what you already have into your costume and body paint and makeup tips.
1. How to decide on your costume
Sometimes the hardest part about a Halloween costume is figuring out what it’s going to be. Halloween is a chance to take on the persona of someone or something else, so think about who or what inspires you. They could be real or fictional.
Top trending Halloween costumes for 2018 included characters from Marvel’s “Black Panther,” Wonder Woman, Edna Mode from “The Incredibles,” Tonya Harding, Gamora, the green alien assassin from “Guardians of the Galaxy,”and Meghan Markel , so those are a few ideas.
2. Where to buy costumes in store, online
When it comes to purchasing costumes, you’ve got two main choices: shopping in stores or online.
The downside to shopping at stores is that your options are limited.
With online shopping, that isn’t a problem. Halloween websites generally have more styles and sizes for those wanting to dress up, but it’s riskier because you can’t try them on beforehand. A few Halloween costume websites to peruse include
- halloweencostumes.com and
3. Incorporate what you already have
Some people like buying a costume that has all the components they need in one package, and it works well for them.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but I’m not one of those people. Personally, I prefer using clothing items I already have and purchasing accessories to create a specific costume.
4. How to use body paint, makeup
If you’re planning to use body paint or makeup with your costume, keep these tips in mind.
- Take time to research body paints and makeup and read reviews. There are several brands out there, and some work better than others. I really like using Mehron’s Paradise body painting makeup, and it doesn’t break out my sensitive skin.
- Prep your skin before hand. Before you put on paint or makeup, wash your skin and apply a thin layer of moisturizer first.
- Give yourself more than enough time to apply the paint or makeup. It took two hours for me to apply the green paint on my arms, chest, neck and face to be Gamora. The larger the portion of skin you’re painting, the longer you’ll need.
- Apply a setting spray after the paint or makeup dries. This will help it last longer.
- Be aware that this paint or makeup could rub off and stain what you’re wearing.
- If you want to keep whatever brushes or sponges you use to apply the paint or makeup, clean them immediately. I use baby shampoo. It’s gentle and won’t damage the brushes.
- Take time to clean the paint or makeup off when you’re done. Use oil-based cleansers, makeup remover wipes or micellar water first and then follow with soap and water.
Credit: Maggie Jones, Knoxville News Sentinel