My Last-Minute MAC Halloween Costume, and Beware the Shark Cat!

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Shoot, I wasn’t even planning to dress up at all this year, but Tabs insisted that I throw something on, because he didn’t want to be the only kitty on the block without a dressed up assistant/trick-or-treating companion.


I couldn’t bear the thought of hitting up the costume store, since I knew it was gonna be crazy busy, so I busted a Tim Gunn and tried to “make it work” with what I had around the house.

As far as last-minute Halloween getups go, this MAC artist costume was super easy. I slipped on a black dress, fashioned a homemade tag out of a MAC logo I found online and stuck some brushes behind my ear. I also really, REALLY wanted to sling a black brush belt around my waist (like the ones that MAC artists wear at the counter), but I kinda ran out of time. I wore a gold brush belt from the MAC Wonder Woman collection instead.

SIDE NOTE: If you plan to recreate this costume and have a brush belt sitting around the house, use it! It’ll totally take it to the next level.

After I put on some bright makeup (well, bright for me), Tabs seemed adequately satisfied…

You know cats. You can never really tell if they’re staring at you with approval or disdain. πŸ™‚

This year Tabs had his heart set on a steam punk-inspired costume, but I couldn’t track down a kitty-sized monocle and ascot.

Oh, well. Next year.

Instead, he decided to be a shark — an excuse to wear something form-fitting and sleek (to show off his curves).

How about you? Are you dressing up this year? I’d love to hear what you (and your pets!) are wearing.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. lol, great costume. You look gorge as usual. Tabs’ costume is hilarious. a lil shark. love it! T

  2. You look amazing!!! I love the brushes in your hair, I might steal that idea:) Also, so wise of Tabs to go as a shark instead. He looks dangerous!
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  3. Cassy says:

    Love love love! You look amazing and since I am a sucker for sharks, I want to steal Tabs right through the screen in this getup.

  4. Bing says:

    Tabs, looking sharp!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Hahaha! So creative πŸ™‚ Great job Karen!!

  6. Carmela says:

    Brilliant last minute get up! πŸ˜€ Believable and oh so hot rolled into one. Very nice, Karen! πŸ™‚

    Tabs is just adorable. He can bite me anytime to the tune of Jaws’ theme.
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  7. PinkGlitter says:

    Great last minute costume. Tabs looks adorable as a shark!
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  8. Jen says:

    The the material and colour of the kitty shark costume. I want that in in short-sleeved sweatshirt.

  9. jen. says:

    Tabs is looking cute ferocious! Your costume is cute (and homemade, which is always the best).

  10. Anna says:

    That’s the spirit! Great look!

  11. Tori says:

    I went as Lois Lane and my doggie Rupert was Superman! πŸ˜€

  12. Chris25 says:

    Haha, that’s so creative, Karen! Tabs is the cutest shark I’ve ever seen. And I used to work at the NY Aquarium, so I’ve seen a few sharks up close. πŸ™‚

  13. Andrea says:

    awwwwwww he looks sooo sweeet πŸ™‚

  14. Ashley says:

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…. SHARK CAT!
    Awesome costumes, Karen. If I didn’t know any better, I’d really believe you were a MAC artist. Though, you really could be!
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  15. your costume is sexy yet amusing at the same time lol. Tabs as a shark? cuteness and fierce! haha.
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  16. NIKKI says:

    Oh what a cute costume for the cat! I have to share my costume this year…you’ll appreciate the hair and makeup. P.S- I have pin straight hair- hair salon did an AMAZING job to get it to look like this!

  17. peach_ says:

    You look like a Bond Girl turned into MAC artist! I love it! Tabs is cute as a shark. I don’t know why, but I really love the sleeves.
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  18. Sheila says:

    OMG I love this!! Both your and Tabs’ costumes =D
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  19. Quinctia says:

    Went really simply this year: orange HK t-shirt, black cat ear headband, and I did one eye in white shadow + glitter, and one eye in black shadow + glitter. I had to work and was lugging around a lot of boxes (and knew it going in!) so no wigs or fairy wings or anything this year, haha.

  20. Grace says:

    Such a cool idea! What lippies are u wearing?

  21. Nika says:

    You and Tabs are too adorable!! πŸ™‚

  22. Kate & Zena says:

    I didn’t “dress up” except neck up. It was faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar too cold here and I had school. Neck up, I was the black swan from the movie Black Swan. (Besides, I refuse to go around school in a leotard, tights and tutu. That’s too revealing!)

    I pulled my hair up in a ballerina bun like I used to when I went to ballet and made a little feather thingy to stab into my hair. Well, sort of. I axed all the hairspray, the mousse, the hair net and nearly 2/3 of the bobby pins. It was ballerina bun light mode! We ballerinas alone created a large hole in the ozone from all the hairspray we used! We use a ton of it!

    I even have photos! Ha ha ha ha ha!

  23. amanda says:

    you look great!! i was a peacock!! i put makeup on my blog
    i definitely was lazy with my costume though–i threw peacock feathers in my hair and a turquoise sweater and thats it besides the makeup! lol

  24. Vonvon says:

    Wow! You look like a pro makeup artist indeed!

    Tabs is so cute!
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  25. Brody says:

    You look fabulous, as always! I went as Joan Holloway, which was super fun.

    Tabs as shark-cat is fabulous! I’m always a sucker for sharks, and cats so it ticks all my boxes!

  26. Marian says:

    You look fantastic and Tabs…..well, what can I say? I can’t stop laughing!

  27. Guess what I am going to be next year…hehehe. Thanks for the great idea Karen!

  28. Katherine says:

    Tabs is adorable! He may cure me of my fear of the ocean πŸ˜‰

  29. Kim says:

    I know Tabs has his diva moments but he’s definitely a good boy if you can get him to wear a costume. I can only imagine trying to get my girls into one – there would be fur flying everywhere! HAHA!

    The Hubs was the Lone Ranger this year and I was Tonto(ess). He was not particularly thrilled but was a good sport about it. The boys were the Grim Reaper (with bright red LED eyes) and the Scream guy. One with a scythe and the other with a butcher knife. I miss the days of Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore. πŸ™‚

  30. Nina says:

    goodness gracious, what an adorable shark! and Karen, you are totally fierce! those shoes — i die!

    we didnt dress up… because, i admit it, we are lazy!!!

  31. Elle says:

    You look great, and I want to hug Tabs in that outfit!!

  32. artemis says:

    mac..:D Interesting costume! tabs looks cute too πŸ˜€ aww

  33. Hboo says:

    So creative! I’m jealous! I went at the game Twister πŸ™‚ blue nails, blue lashes, green eyeshadow, and red lips made it fun!
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  34. Iram says:

    LOVE it! you’re such a beauty πŸ™‚ and Tabs is so cute!

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  35. LoveVex says:

    Your costume is awesome, but Tabs wins for the shark fin and uber cuteness!

    This year I found pulled out my striped tight and a pair of red shoes, and bought a striped dress from H&M, a wide brim black hat and a cape and went as the Hamburglar! I used a Happy Meal box as my purse. We roamed around Santa Monica Blvd’s block party in Hollywood and people actually figured it out and asked for my picture. πŸ™‚

  36. Harshleen says:

    You look fab Karen! Those brushes in your hair look cute πŸ™‚
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  37. Carro says:

    LOL I love your costume!

  38. Sunny says:

    LOVE your makeup, Karen! You look SO hot with that magenta lipstick, and I had previously not imagined warm-toned girls (like myself) could rock blue eyeshadows!

    Tab is adorable as usual. Mine can barely move around when I put anything on them (even just a ribbon on their necks bother them oh-so-much), so they didn’t dress up at all.
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  39. You and Tabs both look great πŸ™‚ I was a military pinup… I decided to try and look more pinup-y by dying my hair black and giving myself bangs.
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  40. Kayleigh says:

    Aahahahha TABS!!!! He is seriously the cutest, that shark costume is killing me!! And your MAC costume is so creative, I love it! Totally got some Barbie Loves MAC type makeup happening too!

  41. I was a geisha! With the left side of my face rotten and bloody.

    Oh and I LOVE your MAC Wonder Woman collection post. It was one of the first few posts I read on your blog and thought it’s awesome! You’re so creative!

  42. Cute shark kitty costume! πŸ˜€ I haven’t seen that one before – love it.
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