Hello everyone and happy fashion Friday!!! So today marks our very first costume of the month!! And to be honest, this is a really simple costume made from items that you might have in your closet already! I love costumes like that, don’t you? So let’s get started with hair and makeup!
For your hair you’ll need thermal protectant (so you don’t fry those luscious locks!), hairspray, and a .5 inch curling iron. For my thermal protectant I used an amazing product called Satinique Dual Defend. It protects against humidity and it’s also a thermal protectant. It smells really good unlike most thermal sprays, it’s all-natural, and it works really well! My husband and I actually sell this product so if you are interested in buying some just email me! (email@example.com) For hairspray, I used Control Force by Aveda.
Now the curling iron is a .5 inch iron, which is tiny. I call it my afro maker. I had the honor of helping out doing hair for New Orleans fashion week and we got to use these irons! They make super tight curls, and if you tease the curls enough after it makes an afro! Needless to say, after NOLA fashion week I went and bought my own .5 inch curling iron and I absolutely love it! I will tell you it’s kind of difficult to curl the hair in the back of your head with this iron because it’s so tiny and you have to take small pieces of hair, but if you have a friend to help it should be pretty easy!
First spray your hair with your thermal protectant and run a brush through it a few times. It’s important to make sure your hair is covered, but you also don’t want to soak it. I suggest sectioning your hair in 4 sections and doing one squirt of thermal spray per section. After that, section off about an inch or 2 of hair at the back and bottom of your hairline. The general rule for curling hair is to take the amount of hair that equals to the width of your iron. For example, my iron is .5 inches round, so I will take about .5 inches of a section of hair. You want to make sure that the pieces are small, because that’s what creates the bountiful fluffy curls! I also don’t use the prongs on the iron when curling. I just wrap my hair around the iron like you would wrap your hair around a wand. So start curling at the bottom and work your way up! Don’t forget to spray lightly as you go!
Unfortunately, because the iron is so small it does take longer than it would to normally curl your hair. For me, it took about an hour and a half to curl my entire head. However, I also didn’t have help on the back so that took a bit.
Once your done curling your hair will have bouncy tiny curls! I wanted my hair to look a bit crazy and fluffier, so I took my fingers and ran them through my curls. That loosened it up a bit, but it still wasn’t enough for me. Next, I took my flat brush and just stuck it near the bottom of the curls and lightly brushed upwards. That started to really fluff it up!
Next, we move onto makeup! I put on my normal makeup base (foundation and powder).
Then I put on my eye base, Painterly by Mac. Next I used my Elf eyeshadow case and used dark purple all over my eyes. I also used black in the outer corners and under my eyes! I was going for a smokey eye look.
Next I took my Elf black liquid eyeliner and made cat eyes.
For lipstick I was wanting something dark, matte, and different. So I actually used Aveda Eye Definer (which, fun fact, can also be used as lip liner) in a green color called “Juniper.”
Hair and makeup done!
It’s time to put your outfit together! First, I put on a red turtleneck dress I bought from Forever21. I wanted a high collar so I could focus on wearing a lot of jewelry without having a problem with a neckline. Next, I put on a black maxi skirt from Forever21 over my dress. Then I took an off-white lace scarf from American Eagle and tied it around my waist to make a droopy effect over my hip. Finally I put on a blanket scarf as a shawl. I wanted a really droopy and flowy effect.
I put on an adorable turban that I bought from Francesca’s. If you don’t have a turban, you can always tie a scarf around your head! Now put on a ton of jewelry! Seriously! Pile it on! I have 2 sets of bangle bracelets that I put on! I put 3 over-sized rings on. I put on a long chain necklace and a short statement necklace. Add some big earrings and your fortune teller costume is complete!!
Here’s the final product!
Admittedly I did re-decorate my dining room for these shots, but I am not ashamed! It’s fun to go all out!
Here’s a few close-ups of my jewelry choices!
I hope this has been helpful and maybe some fun inspiration for Halloween coming up!!
I see a good Saturday in your future!
❤ Abbie The Fortune Teller