Candy, costumes, crazy makeup and cats! As much as I love Halloween, and I do love Halloween, I don’t think I’ve ever planned a Halloween costume more than one week out, which is kind of funny, considering how with certain other aspects of my life, like packing for trips or making playlists, I’m a compulsive over-planner.
I mean, dude! — you should see my running playlist. I have every track planned down to the last minute/mile. I kid you not.
With Halloween, though, I’m all about fast and loose. I think I’m addicted to the last-minute thrill, the pressure of putting something together at the last minute and seeing it all come together. 🙂
I wasn’t even planning on dressing up at all this year, truth be told. I dunno… I just haven’t really been feeling it lately (it happens), but today, as I was squeezing my employer’s front paws into his velvet royal tabby costume, I felt inspired.
So I whipped up this simple, sassy kitty costume using some things I had on hand/paw.
Step 1: Start with smokey eyes
I’d already done these cat-shaped smokey eyes earlier, and I think they exude Halloween drama, so I started with them.
To ramp things up you could add falsies, which would be super cool. I wanted to, but I’d just applied the long claw nails (see step 3) and didn’t want to risk poking my eyes out, LOL!
Step 2: Draw your kitty cat whiskers and nose
Next, I grabbed a long-wearing black gel eyeliner, Guerlain’s Black Jack, and drew in a kitty cat nose and whiskers on my face.
If there’s going to be any dancing involved on actual Halloween night, I might use a gel liner like MAC Blacktrack and a 266 brush, or a liquid liner, since those formulas usually last a long time.
I’d avoid creamy kohl liners, though, since they tend to smear.
Step 3: Enhance with cat accessories
Time to get catty!
I slipped on this lace headband with cat ears by the Love at First Blush Etsy store, but you can find cat ears practically everywhere!
They had a ton of different styles at Party City when I went last weekend.
After that, I applied press-on stiletto nails to simulate actual kitty claws, and because the pointy stiletto nails have some red in them, I went with a red lipstick (MAC Frank-n-Futer from the Rocky Horror collection) to tie the look together.
Since the goal was to keep the whole costume simple, I didn’t do much with my clothes. I was already wearing a pair of black leggings (don’t hate me, Karl!), a dark gray sweater and black boots.
A black cat tail would totally take the costume to the next level, but gasp! — I actually don’t have one in the house.
I know, I’m also kind of surprised about that. 🙂
Speaking of kitty cats, I just adopted another one!
I found her at Pier 1 on sale in the Halloween section for $12.
Normally Tabs would have been wildly jealous of a new cat in the house, but he’s been cool in this case. He likes that she’s covered in glitter and isn’t afraid of bold accessories.
I still haven’t named her yet… I’m thinking maybe Rory Gilmore?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. I don’t know if the sassy cat is going to be my official Halloween costume yet, but it’s a contender. I have one other thing in mind…but I’m still ruminating. How’s your costume planning coming along?