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Some people really, really get into the Halloween spirit. They wear incredible costumes, don wigs or hairpieces and do full-on special effects makeup that could rival any Oscar nominee makeup artist. Me? I’m just not the type to go all out.
For previous Halloween festivities I’ve been known to throw on a tiara with my regular clothes, wear a kitty cat ears headband without any additional cat-inspired costume, and slip on a black, pointy witches hat while wearing all black clothing when I could have easily added long, pointy, scary-looking nails and striped stockings too.
If you’re a Halloween underachiever like me, it is high time we step up our game a bit. I’m counting on the following beauty picks to help us do just that:
FALSE LASHES: Make Up For Ever has a huge selection of false lashes ($18 each) that easily allow you to add instant drama and express yourself creatively so you can be as bold as you dare. Lashes come complete with lash glue, are made from synthetic fibers, and have a flexible base for the most comfortable wear.
LIQUID LINER: Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art Eyeliner ($20) is available in 12 colors — everything from black to white and everything in between — so you’re sure to find something that suits your needs. It’s actually inspired by Japanese calligraphy pens so you can easily draw on any special effects you desire and then use them throughout the year to create cat eye makeup or other lined looks. The formula is waterproof so you can also expect it to stay put all night long.
BODY JEWELS: Sephora Collection Bejeweled Body Jewel Tattoos ($6) are ideal for Halloween but feel free to wear them on New Year’s Eve or any other time you’re looking for some extra attention. These nine body jewel designs should only be applied to clean, dry skin only but note that with proper care they can be worn again.
TATTOOS: Flash Tattoos Beyonce x Flash Tattoos ($28) should be cut out as close to the edge as possible so that they can be lined up with additional tattoos to make a pattern if desired. Five sheets of black and gold metallic designs are included in this set. They’re non-toxic and will give you up to six days of wear as bracelets, arm bands, anklets, body art and more.
NAIL DECOR: Kiss Halloween Nail Dress in Wicked ($2.99) makes it easy to do a whole set of 10 or just one standout party nail. To do, simply smooth on like it’s a decal, then just file off the excess for a perfect pro-finish mani. Many other Halloween and holiday inspired designs available.
HAIR COLOR: Rita Hazan Pop Color Temporary Color Spray for Hair ($18) in Purple, Pink or Blue can give you fun, colorful hair in minutes and then wash out with your next shampoo.
NOTE: All products have been sent for review or tested in store. Opinions are my own.