Crafting the Most Elegant and Glamorous Halloween Costume

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Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start looking at Halloween costumes. Although you might think of Halloween costumes as the perfect time to embarrass yourself and your friends by picking up an ugly witch costume at the store, there’s a much more elegant side to this costume holiday. You can create the most elegant costume for your Halloween party. Mix and match from these possibilities to create your glamorous look.

Start with a Costume

Sometimes, it helps to start with your costume and let all the pieces fall into place. You could go with an elegant lady, such as Marilyn Monroe, or just piece together a costume from what you have in your closet and then craft your makeup around it. Tying your makeup into your costume might be easier for you than the opposite.

Use Tutorials Online

There are all sorts of Halloween tutorials available on the internet. Some of them are for the funny or strange costumes, rather than the glamorous and elegant ones, but there are enough makeup influencers online to give you plenty of opportunities. The great thing about online tutorials is that you can take your time or even personalize it to yourself. Look around until you find one you love, and then try it out to make sure you have it down pat.

Create Something New

You don’t always have to do something that has a definite theme that you can explain. After all, someone else is going to go as a vampire or a zombie. Why not spice things up a little bit and just go as a stunning queen that doesn’t have much of a backstory? Pull on your personal love for creativity and decide on something new. You just have to come up with a two- or three-word description for it so that you have an answer for the question, “What are you dressed up as?”

Build as You Go

There’s nothing wrong with trying to find your footing by just jumping in. If you’re going to go with this option, it’s a good idea to try it out a few days before Halloween. That way, you can follow your heart to a beautiful and glamorous look without having to worry about whether you’ll still love it when you show up to the Halloween party. Just take a few pictures of it before you wash it all off so that you can successfully recreate it on October 31.

Find Something Recognizable

If you’re completely at a loss, do your own take on a recognizable costume or star. Whether that means reimagining Audrey Hepburn’s classic character from Breakfast at Tiffany’s or it’s taking the classic vampire look to a new level, doing a twist on a classic can sometimes give you greater freedom. If you’re paralyzed by the thought of coming up with something original, this is a great way to get around it.

Use a Current Makeup Trend

If you want to do something special, discover a special take on a current makeup trend. Are you interested in colored eyeliner? Pick up some truly crazy eyeliner pencils and go a little further than you usually would to create something that’s Halloween-worthy. If you love the ombré look, go all-in with ombré: two-toned lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and even hair is possible with the right hair chalks. Just remember that Halloween is the time to go all out.

Go as Your Glamorous Self

If all else fails, you can always go as yourself, but glamorous. Break out the date night dress that you’ve only ever worn once before and the high heels that you love, but have a hard time justifying. Spend an hour or two getting the perfect red lipstick and cat-eye. You’re allowed to show off on Halloween, so why not get into it? Plus, it can be a nice break from your everyday look.


There are plenty of ways to do Halloween. It’s not all scary and creepy; sometimes, it’s glamorous and elegant. You just need a bit of a delicate hand with a makeup brush. If you love the makeup portion of Halloween, you might want to check out an Ogle School cosmetology degree. Turn that natural talent into a career so that you can do glamorous makeup year-round instead of just during the month of October.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.