Halloween is better when you share it with your bestie.
Does your little one have high hopes of dressing up this Halloween? Costume shopping doesn’t have to be painful, instead you can impress them with your face-painting skills, and create a unique look they will truly adore.
All you need is 3-4 brushes in a few different shapes, a cosmetic sponge, and some face-paints (remember, you can always mix colours together if you stick to the basics).
A perfect costume which is perfect for both boys and girls! You can experiment with different colours, but if you wanted to stay true to this classic costume, all you need is red, blue, black and white paint to accentuate those edges.
1. Start on a clean, dry, face. While this may seem difficult to accomplish on a younger child, you can always distract them if you have another friend in the room. Use a baby wipe to make the face super-clean, and allow to dry naturally.
2. Since we’re focusing a lot of the product around the eyes, it’s important to work with the child’s eyes closed for most of the time. With a thin paintbrush, carefully draw a spiders web starting from the nose, and extending outwards above the eyebrow, around the eyes, and watch it just connect under the bridge of the nose.
3. Use the red paint brush and a cosmetic sponge to fill-in any of the gaps. If you’re feeling really confident, go ahead and draw a spider on the bridge of their nose. It’s super-easy and should connect with the web – genius!
4. A white or silver paint is the last step since it will accentuate the features of the spider webs, and make it stand out like they’re 3D. Always start on one side of the face – this will allow you to finish up nice and easy before the child get’s unsettled.
Who doesn’t love a little pumpkin during Halloween, that’s what it’s all about! This is much easier if you have a sturdy hand, or if you’re working with an older child.
1. If you’re feeling uncertain about drawing a pumpkin, think of it has connecting two halves of a circle. Work on the cheek since there’s so much more room as opposed to anywhere else on the face!
2. After you’ve drawn the pumpkin, highlight the main areas with a thin brush dipped in black paint. Draw in any weeds with a thin, green colour to complete the overall look.
3. If the child is getting fussy, give them a small hand-held mirror so they can look at themselves while you work – it always works a treat!
- Choose colours which are quick-drying and won’t transfer on their clothes throughout the day/night. Although some of these paints might seem a little costly, it’s always best to do your research before buying any face-paints.
- To avoid buying a huge pack of paint brushes (half of which you won’t end up using), choose just one thin brush. This will allow you to draw really thin lines, and you can also paint a larger surface area as well.
- If your child is super-fussy and won’t sit still, give them a snack. Anything that will take their mind off of what they’re doing is always a good thing!
Images via Face Painting UK, Hub Pages
Fashion is an expressive art form that influences our sociocultural reflector; it surprises, excites, and brings out the creative side to everyone. Therefore it is not unusual that museums are being dedicated to this dynamic form of art, presenting collections of previous trends and famous pieces that made the world what it is today. These are worth the visit!
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
It’s only right that we begin in one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris. This museum houses more than 81,000 costumes, textiles, and accessories, containing history combined with endless innovation. From its opening in 1905 the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has seen exhibitions and collections come through its rooms filled with detailed embroidery, printed cotton, silks, laces and wonderful tapestries. If you are in the romantic city of Paris this year anytime before September, be sure to take a look and wonder through the intimate exhibition on Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten.
Museo de la Moda, Santiago, Chile
In the vibrant South American city Santiago, Chile there is a wonderful treasure. The museum focuses on 20th Century sportswear, with a large display on Chile’s 1962 World Cup gear. Founded in 1999, by the Yarur Bascuñán family, Museo de la Moda is funded by donations, allowing the collection to keep growing, with now a total of 10,000 items from 5 B.C. to the present.
Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
In this Institute lies an enormous collection of historic costumes, there is no surprise the displays exhibit famous and intricate pieces with Anna Wintour fundraising for the space and representing it as an advocate. This museum is definitely worth your time, presenting over 80,000 costumes from their archives and being conveniently in the heart of this happening city.
The Gucci Museum, Florence, Italy
This iconic brand has celebrated their journey through time in the centre of Florence, beginning from what made them famous; those beautiful leather luggage sets. As you walk through the rooms, you will find yourself in a time capsule of fashion, from cars, apparel, specially made award gowns, pottery and shoes. The two level museum is a must see, and if you have had a long day of site seeing and want to relax, take some time out to view the movie in the theatre or relax in the café and bookstore downstairs.
Everyone of these museums has a unique display that should be seen at least once through your travels. They all house the timeline of style throughout the decades and present day. Reminding us all that ‘Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten’ – Gucci.
Images via newyork.seriouseats.com and urbanpeek.com
By Amy Miller