It’s Pumpkin-spice season already, and by now most people have already decided their costume for Halloween. But some of us indecisive souls are still stuck looking for inspiration on Google, getting extremely excited over the million ideas it throws up. Obviously, you can make a fairly decent costume from the stuff you already own, but you need the right makeup and hair to pull a whole look together. In fact, that must be your modus operandi. If your hair and makeup are kickass, nobody’s going to notice the hurriedly put-together outfit. So here’s a list of 10 products you must invest in to achieve looks that will bowl people over.
1. Kryolan Cine Wax
Wondering how people get peeling, decaying skin or realistic-looking bruises and burns? It’s all thanks to cosmetic wax. You’re welcome! Kryolan Cine Wax allows you to create 3-D effects on the skin and it adheres to the skin beautifully so you need not worry about it all night. The best part is that it is very easy to apply the wax and mould it into the desired shape. Besides, the skin-like texture and colour of the wax make it look natural so you don’t have to be a pro to get it right.
2. Ben Nye Color Makeup Wheel
Whether you want to paint an entire character on your face or add a few gory cuts and bruises, this little baby’s got your back. The Ben Nye Color Makeup Wheel has six insanely-pigmented AND blendable cream colours packed into a colour wheel that you can easily carry around for touchups. The wheel has the three primary colours so you can create all sorts of colour combinations. The possibilities are endless. Besides, the brand’s been around for five decades, and is trusted by professional makeup artists… no wonder it is used on most movie sets.
3. Urban Decay Electric Palette
Yes, blood and gore is not everyone’s cup of tea, even if it is for Halloween. But there are enough badass (and pretty!) superheroes to take inspiration from, which is why the Urban Decay Electric Palette is our next pick. It goes without saying that the shadows are intense and the pigmentation is crazy. You can use the neon colours on your lids as eyeshadow or as a strong blush. Be quirky, we say!
4. Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Smoky
If you’re thinking about investing in a palette to create stunning smoky eye looks, make it this one. The Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Smoky has six amazing warm-toned shades for peeps who love a dark and intense smoky eye. From plum to taupe, green to a bewitching black, you can create tons of looks with this palette.
5. M.A.C Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack
We think sometimes you don’t need too many products to create a crazy look. You can achieve a lot simply by playing around with simple black eyeliner. Get yourself the MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack, which is intense, and water and smudge-proof so you don’t have to worry about your design fading away through the night.
6. NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil
We cannot stress enough on how important it is to have a white eye pencil in your makeup stash. While it really helps in enlarging your eyes when used on the waterline and brightens up a tired face when applied in the inner corners of the eyes, you can also create all sorts of creepy, doll-like looks with an eye pencil in white. Get the Jumbo Eye Pencil from NYX pronto.
7. Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick
What is Halloween without some good ol’ black lipstick? Channel your inner goth this year by rocking the black lipstick from Maybelline. At 550 a pop, we’d say it’s a steal.
8. Paperself Designer Eyelashes Lace Garden
Halloween calls for some avant-garde, OTT lashes, and these lace patterned eyelashes from Paperself fit the bill. The design itself is a throwback to 19th Century French silk bobbin lace and is made from light paper material. Wear the lashes by themselves or cut them up and use them on your face for a touch of whimsy.
9. Nails & More Press On Nails
No Halloween outfit is complete without the mandatory oxblood nails. This press-on set is the perfect accompaniment to any Halloween costume.
10. TIGI Hard Head Mohawk Gel
Your mane is as much a part of your costume as is the rest of your look. If you struggle with your hair while styling it, TIGI Hard Head Mohawk Gel is the one for you. This product is known to keep even the most unruly tresses in line even as you party all night!