1 Woman Wore a Halloween Costume IRL, and This Is What She Learned
Halloween is the one day each year that beauty girls are free to truly go HAM with their creativity. For years, I took the holiday pretty seriously. I had my mom help me with red lipstick in elementary school when I wanted to be a vampire. In college, I turned some weave into a Lady Gaga-style hairbow. In 2011, I sat on my sink to get as close to my mirror as possible to create that intricate eyeliner from Black Swan. But since then, I haven't participated in Halloween.
Maybe it's the fact that I am "adulting" in the real world and am exhausted by the thought of staying out late that has caused me to skip the day. But even though I haven't gone out in costume in four years, I've missed it. I was a performer in college, and Halloween was the last outlet left in my life to appropriately let out my inner freak. So when the opportunity to parade around NYC in full costume came up, I felt like I owed it to myself to say yes.
I decided that going for a retro grayscale-inspired style would be the most head-turning look (while still allowing me to feel like myself with lipstick and lashes). Full confession — I did not have the transformation skills for this, so talented Madison Personette of The Body of Art bravely took on the makeup challenge.
Right before it was go-time, I got cold feet. I'll admit, after my experience transforming my lips into Kylie Jenner's, I was wary of making myself look ridiculous for the world to see. So as a security blanket of sorts, I asked my friend Nick Maslow to join me on a Halloween beauty adventure, ensuring I wouldn't be alone on the journey. Here's what I learned from wearing a costume on a random day in August.