How to dress like Elphaba from Wicked

clock Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 09:39AM

In the world of theatre, Wicked has become an absolute smash hit, playing constantly all over the world.  One of the reasons for its popularity is the awesome character of Elphaba – known to anyone who hasn’t seen the play as the Wicked Witch of the West.  Elphaba is such a cool character that anyone who sees the show instantly wants to rock the costume. Today, we’re going to take a simple look at the three pillars of Elphaba’s costume:

The makeup

One of the main visual factors of Elphaba is, of course, that she’s got a rather green face.  The makeup used for the professional set is MAC PRO Chromacake Landscape Green and then MAC Carbon on the eyebrows.  Obviously, though, not everyone is going to be able to ship out for luxury Hollywood level make up!  Fortunately, you can easily pick up this green face and body paint at a lower price point.

The dress

Elphaba’s dress is, of course, pretty iconic.  The dress in the play is fitted, with a big skirt.  One of the keys is to not just go for plain black – instead, try to add some strips of colour – dark greens and greys, for instance – through the design.  Of course, you can always just pick up a plain black dress, but remember that it needs a big skirt! The alternative is to actually pick up the official wicked witch costume which will get you the right look immediately and with the minimum of fuss.

The accessories

It absolutely wouldn’t be Elphaba without the classic wicked witch hat and broom.  Don’t leave home without them!


Fun and flirty Halloween costumes for the ladies

clock Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:04AM

Halloween: Scary. Creepy.  Sexy?  Well, yes, All Hallow’s Eve can be as good a time as any to unleash your flirty side. Practically every single horror or ghost themed costume has a sexy version (even Freddie Kreuger – yes, really), so today we’re going to take a look at what are probably our top ten fun and flirty costumes.  Happy shopping, ladies!

The Dark Knight Rises – Catwoman

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy was chocca-block with awesome stuff, and Anne’ Hathaway’s knock-out spandex hotness was definitely near the top of the list. Emulate her with this corking cat-costume.

It’s-a-me, Mario!

Looking to combine geekiness with sexiness?  Well, here’s your chance.  This Mario outfit takes everything that’s instantly recognisable about the iconic video game character and cranks up the hotness.  Best avoid the moustache if you’re planning to seduce someone, though: ‘Get your ‘tache, you’ve pulled’ definitely doesn’t have the same ring to it!

FBI Flirt

Feel free to make all the jokes about concealed weapons you want.  Figure hugging and blacker than black, this FBI costume is seriously hot stuff.  Happy Birthday, Mr President.

Alice in Wonderland

This little costume definitely hits the right buttons: it’s little, it’s corset based and the stockings (available as accessories) look great.  If you’re a raven-haired hottie, this is the costume for you!

Fever French Maid

A definite classic, there remains absolutely nothing wrong with the sexy French maid costume.  Black stockings? Check. Tight corset? Check. Attention from all the best-looking blokes? Check.

Fever Naughty Schoolgirl

Another iconic sexy costume, the schoolgirl outfit is sure to attract attention from more or less everyone.  Perfect for a school disco party, it’s got everything you need to rock the dance floor.

Major Fling!

This particular little costume remains incredibly popular and it’s not too hard to see why.  It’s sexy without being too obvious and leaves a lot to the imagination.  No ‘saluting’ jokes, though, please.

Devilish delight

If there’s a better time for giving that devil a bit of glamour than Halloween, we don’t know when it is.  This little costume has everything: it’s stylish, it’s eye catching and – yes – it’s definitely fun and flirty.  Hot stuff, indeed.

The Nun

Naughty but very, very nice, this nun’s outfit is seriously hot stuff.  Figure-hugging in all the right ways, it’s sexy as hell (so to speak).  Good girls go to heaven, bad girls wear this costume.

Steam Punk Pirate

Sexy and still strangely classy, this costume is a definite must for anyone who wants to look the belle of the Halloween ball.  It’s stylish, sophisticated and yet still definitely attention-grabbing.  A flirty costume with a difference.


Vampire couples costumes straight out of Transylvania

clock Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 05:27PM

It’s that time of year again: the time when all the ghosts and ghouls come out to play.  Yes, Halloween is nearly upon us and that means only one thing: it’s time to get the costumes out.

As far as we’re concerned, you still can’t go wrong with a good vampire costume, and it’s also the perfect solution for couples. Today, we’re going to take a look at five different vampire couples costumes, all of them ideal for enjoying the big party together.

Transylvanian Vampire Couples

This is the ‘classic’ vampire look, and it’s not hard to see why it remains so popular.  This pair of outfits are stylish and sophisticated, combining a seriously swish combination of whites, blacks and reds.  If you’re a fan of the classic ‘Dracula’ aesthetic, this pair of costumes is definitely for you.

Baron and Lady Vampire

Though there’s still something ‘classic’ about this stylish pair of costumes, the Baron and the Lady both take the traditional Dracula-style look and run with it, providing an almost aristocratic aesthetic.  The Long Dress wouldn’t look out of place in a Tudor court, and the Baron costume itself perfectly matches the dress. A stylish couple indeed!

Royal Vampire Couples Costumes

If you’re a Twilight fan, you’re probably very aware of who the Volturi are, and if that’s the case you’ll definitely recognise the style of these Royal Vampire costumes.  They’re seductive, powerful and will definitely ensure you’re the best-looking couple at the party.

The Lord and the Burlesque Vampiress

We think that these two costumes complement each other superbly well.  The Vampire Lord costume itself remains very, very popular: it’s an awesome steam-punky style look that’s half Gary Oldman style Dracula and half something out of Doctor Who.  The burlesque costume, meanwhile, combines a Victorian style outfit that is as sexy as it is stylish.

The Count and Countess

For a none-more regal vibe, you can’t go wrong with the Count and the Countess.  This pair of costumes are perhaps the most elegant that we sell, combining lush purple with deep black.  The Count’s costume comes complete with a stylish top hat (we’d recommend adding a skull cane for the complete look) and a long jacket perfect for the vampire aristocracy. The Countess’ dress, meanwhile, is stunning.

For more inspiration on your fancy dress outfits read our other ideas for dressing up as a couple.


The scariest Halloween film characters of all-time

clock Monday, October 6, 2014 at 02:33PM

With Halloween coming up, we thought now would be a great time to celebrate those icons of horror: the ones that routinely have us rushing to the toilet in terror.  In tribute to all films that are just morally wrong, we present this: our list of the top five scariest Halloween characters in history.

Pennywise the Clown

Aaaaah, people just love clowns, don’t they?  Well, some don’t.  Clowns can be freaky as hell, and the king of all the circus weirdo’s is the mighty Pennywise from Stephen King’s IT.  Portrayed by Tim Curry (who, given Rocky Horror, apparently likes playing people with serious personal issues) this clown is violent, scary and loves murdering children and laughing about dead turtles.  Which is pretty messed up, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Pinhead

Topping the list of ‘chaps you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry’ Pinhead is one of main beasts from Clive Barker’s cracking horror Hellraiser. Things you need to know about Pinhead:

 - In his human days, he was a soldier with a serious penchant for violent sexual deviance.
 - He now spends most of his time in hell, only coming up for air to torture, maim and murder the hell out of people.
 - He’s bizarrely charming and intelligent for such a psychopathic nutjob.
 - He probably gets a bit cranky if you go too near to him with a magnet. (We’re just guessing).

Pinhead remains a corking character to dress up as, though it’s very important not to take the DIY approach, unless you fancy a swift visit to casualty.

 

Hannibal Lector

Whilst we’re on ‘charming, sophisticated and seriously messed up’, it makes sense to mention everybody’s favourite dinner party host, Dr Hannibal Lecter.  The Silence of the Lambs remains a masterclass in tension, character development and – occasionally – horrific violence.  Dr Lecter is perhaps the most renowned character in the history of scary films, and what’s more, he’s always willing to put on a brave face.  If it’ll help him escape.

Michael Myers

Perhaps as pure an embodiment of evil as you’ll find anywhere, Michael Myers is merciless, savage and doesn’t care about anything but causing suffering. One of the scariest things about Myers is the mystery: Why does he kill people?  Why can’t he be stopped?  Why, given his lack of humanity, doesn’t he run for Parliament or work in banking?  Alas, it seems we will never know…

Freddie Krueger

FREDDIE’S HERE!! Freddie Krueger was always going to be part of this list.  He is, to be honest, just a bit horrible.  He’s got a face that resembles a pizza, massive claws on one hand and he loves to kill children in their sleep.  Not a good CV, it has to be said.  Probably the most recognisable face in the Halloween world, congratulations to the big FK: this horrific title is yours.  Get help.


How to look like a zombie walker from The Walking Dead

clock Friday, October 3, 2014 at 03:04PM

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If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead – and who isn’t? – the chances are you’ve probably considered going as a zombie walker to a Halloween party or two. Fortunately, we’ve found these tips – right from the geniuses behind the make-up on the shows – that’ll help you really nail the look. Enjoy!

The hair

The best way to get that zombified look for your hair is simply to apply a ton of conditioner: it’s like instant deadness, as it strips away the essential oils found in the hair. Just don’t do it if you’ve got a photo shoot the next morning!

The skin

One of the best ways to have extra skin is to apply liquid latex. Whilst this is a Hollywood-standard tool, it’s actually far cheaper than you might think! When whipped up and added to the face, it can be used as an extra layer of skin – allowing you to carve holes, scars and scratches into it to your heart’s content. To make the latex even more lifelike, apply some face powder and then dry it with a handheld hair dryer.

The wounds

To create lifelike wounds, break out some standard gelatin and liquefy it by microwaving it with water (don’t let it boil – if it does, you’ll need to start again). Add some liquid food colouring to the mix to get that bloody-red look, and then add the mix to the boney areas of the skin. From there, you can pull at the gelatin as it begins to set, creating the rough edges of wounds. Use a black sponge around the edges to add a bit more texture.

The torn flesh

To create some stylishly horrific flesh, add a layer of liquid latex to the skin and then press a smaller, ragged edged piece of facial tissue on top. Then add another layer of latex over the top and allow the tissue edges to wrinkle up, creating the look of eaten flesh. Lovely stuff.

Add another layer of skin. In order to make all those wounds look like they’re part of the same face, one of the last touches is to add a final layer of latex across the whole face (excluding the actual wounds) and to add a pale base foundation with a little bit of mineral oil. This will create the image of pale, dead skin. It will also make wounds look more like they’re actually part of the face, rather than just stuck on. Feel free to liberally sprinkle around some bullet wounds and deep red blood to help with the look!

The eyes

One key part of any zombie costume is adding some depth of colour to your eyes – dark powder and eye-shadow are both effective. It’s also worth using a subtle amount of green, as this will combine with the pale skin to create a sickly look. So much blood! You still can’t go wrong with corn syrup and red food colouring for realistic-looking blood, but it’s also possible to go with legitimate fake blood, too. If you want to create a realistic looking spatter, then flick it with a paint brush.

If you're still keen to learn more about perfecting that zombie stance then be sure to read our complete guide to dressing up as a zombie!


How to create the perfect Count Dracula look for Halloween

clock Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 01:28PM

There’s a saying that the old ones are always the best; and when we’re talking about classic Halloween looks there’s no better outfit than a gothic Count Dracula-esque appearance.alternate text

No Halloween party is complete without a blood sucking vampire. Some of the most popular Halloween films have been So without further ado, sink your teeth (or should that be fangs!) into our top tips to create the perfect Count Dracula look for Halloween.

1) We’ll work our way from head to toe, starting with the hair. Traditionally, a vampire’s hair is streaky with a mix of black and white. You can get some simple temporary spray-on hair colour products off the High Street that will provide the look we’re talking about.

2) Before you go heavy with the spray-on colour, you might want to style your hair first. We recommend slicking it back with gel as vampires are very meticulous about their hair dos!

3) Once you’ve got your hair looking spick and span, the next thing to focus on is your face. You need to look appropriately ghoulish, so white face powder is definitely the way to go regardless of your skin colour. Use dark eye shadow beneath your eyes to create that haunted look.

4) Use mascara to blacken your eyebrows and eyelashes. Embellish those lips with blood-red lipstick or using one of our three-colour make-up kits; mmm blood...

5) In terms of get-up, a crisp white tuxedo shirt is ideal, although any black suit with a white dress shirt would have the same effect!

6) One of the most important props as part of a vampire costume is the cape. Whether you want to sort your own DIY cape by pinning a bit of black fabric to the back of your blazer or you’d prefer a readymade alternative is up to you!

7) Fangs very much… (tumbleweed). Always have a pair of plastic fangs ready to slide in on arrival at your gothic party. Blacken the bottoms of the incisors of your fangs to make those pointy canines look even longer!

8) Get into character; blood’s tasty, right?! Add a few drops of fake blood at the corners of your mouth to make it look like you’ve already dined out on a ‘victim’!

9) Last but no means least, Dracula talks in an eerie Easter European twang, so start practising your best Hungarian accent and vampire gags.

If these tips leave you wanting more then take a look at our complete guide to looking like a vampire at Halloween.


The perfect couples costumes for Halloween

clock Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 02:12PM

Halloween is a simply brilliant time of year for costumes: if you’re heading out for the party with your partner, spouse or friend, you’ll get double the impact by going for matching costumes. Today, we're going to take a look at some of the best couple costumes available out there for Halloween.

Batman and Catwoman

Batman Dark Knight Rises Couples Costumes

Widely renowned as the best comic book movie series, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy absolutely rules. If you’re a big fan, there are few better choices for a couples costume than the dark knight himself and Selina Kyle, otherwise known as Catwoman. If you want to be instantly recognisable, there are few better choices.


Mr and Mrs Edward Scissorhands

Mr and Mrs Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands is a genuine classic, and remains one of Tim Burton’s biggest successes.  Edward himself has always been pretty popular amongst Halloween costume wearers, and now it’s possible to pick up a Mrs Scissorhands costume as well, perfect for the couple that wants to rock the gothic look this Halloween. Just be careful not to run with those scissors!


Mr and Mrs Krueger

Freddy Krueger Couples Costumes

Yes, you read that right!  Freddie Krueger has always been a real horror icon, regularly appearing at more or less every Halloween party in one guise or another.  Well, now the ladies can get involved too! This particular Mrs Krueger Costume is fully licensed, and is designed to perfectly match the classic look, complete with a classic Freddie-style hat, a stylish dress that mimics Freddie’s old jumper and, yes, that iconic claw hand. 


A twist on Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Couples Costumes

Fairy tales nearly always have their roots in very, very dark stories.  Well, there’s no reason not to take the whole thing that little bit further. This particularly dark-looking set of costumes that combine a somewhat zombified Riding Hood and a wolf that really, really needs a wash! If you want to make a real scene at the party, these costumes are well worth consideration!


The Leatherfaces

Leatherface Couples Costumes

In the world of iconic horror films, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is pretty close to the top of the list.  Leatherface- the film’s main lunatic – is right at the top of the list of horror icons.  So who better to dress up as?  Of course, we can’t forget the little lady: yes, it’s now possible to pick up a completely unique Miss Leatherface costume that – somehow – manages to bring a bit of glamour to the party.

If you're dressing up as a scary couple over Halloween don't forget to look at our more definitive guide before you make your purchase!


Halloween Party Food

clock Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 04:12PM

If you’re throwing a Halloween party this year then costumes and decorations aren’t the only thing to think about. You can add that final touch to your party by making a delicious buffet of Halloween themed party food! You can go for something simple like making cookies with a ghost shaped cookie cutter or you can go all out with some gruesome looking recipes.

How about decorating your salsa dip with a web design made from sour cream and adding a few plastic spiders on top?

Arrange your Wotsits in the shape of a pumpkin, using black olives and a cucumber for the facial features!

Make mummified hot dogs by wrapping pastry around them with added blobs of mustard for the eyes.

Make or buy mini pizzas and use strips of cheese to make them look mummified! Add black olives and small pieces of red pepper for the eyes.

Give your burgers a Halloween twist by cutting out pumpkin faces in the cheese!

No adult’s Halloween party is complete without alcohol! Make a spooky bowl of punch with different coloured fruit juices, cranberry juice is great to make it look like blood, while apple or kiwi juice gives your punch bowl a green swamp look! You can even add plastic eyeballs to float on the top to add to the ghoulish liquid.


Annabelle

clock Monday, September 8, 2014 at 03:01PM

Every October we see various horror films being released just in time for Halloween. 2014 is set to be another great year for horror film fans with the new movie Annabelle set for release on the 10th of October. The story revolves around the Form family, John and his pregnant wife Mia. John buys his wife a beautiful vintage doll named Annabelle as a gift. When their house gets broken into by a satanic cult they are attacked and left for dead. Afterwards as they get their lives back on track little do they know that the cult have raised a demonic entity now living in the Annabelle doll.

It is said that Annabelle is a real possessed doll although in real life she looks like a standard Raggedy Ann doll, she has been given a much creepier look in the movie. She was bought second hand in a hobby store in the 1970s and her new owners soon started to notice that strange occurrences, first of all subtle things like her changing positions but things started to take a scary turn when one of the owners housemates kept dreaming that Annabelle was trying to kill him and would wake up with real scratch marks over his chest. Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called in and concluded that there was a demon attached to the doll which was trying to target the owner’s soul. An exorcism was performed on Annabelle but it failed so Ed and Lorraine made a locked case to store the doll and displayed it in their museum called The Warrens' Occult Museum where it still resides today.

The film is a prequel to the 2013 movie The Conjuring which Annabelle also appears in. This film tells the story of another haunting in which Ed and Lorraine Warren were called in to help and it shows Annabelle in their museum. The producer realised this sinister character really scared audiences and decided to make a film based on her.

Another classic horror film starring a possessed doll is Child’s Play which features a doll called Chucky who is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. There are six films in total and although they start off as horror, the later films have a comedic twist to them. 

 



Ouija

clock Friday, September 5, 2014 at 04:40PM

This October sees the release of supernatural horror film Ouija. It is actually being released on the day of Halloween so take a trip to the cinema for a real scare fest. The film follows the story of a girl who is killed while playing with a Ouija Board. After her death a group of friends decide to investigate the board and find out why she died but they soon realise that they have made a big mistake.

Ouija Boards are used as a way of contacting spirits. The board has all the letters of the alphabet written on it plus numbers and sometimes the words yes and no. A glass or a piece of wood is placed on the board and the spirits are contacted during a séance. The spirit moves the marker to spell out what they are trying to communicate. Many people believe that Ouija Boards are very dangerous as it gives demons a way of entering into the human world. There are many examples of people who believe they have become possessed after using a board. Although this film is not based on a true story it still tackles a terrifying subject that we do not know the definite answer to, allowing your imagination to run wild and letting this film scare you enough to not want to try a Ouija Board yourself!