Hello, Halloween! Well, almost. To say I waited til the last minute for my annual Halloween make-up post is an understatement. Nothing like cutting it close! This year was a little different than the last 2 and I wasn’t even planning on doing a Halloween look for 2018. The gals I normally work with moved to Colorado so I was a little bummed I wouldn’t get another one done! I was working on a Dell commercial with Tara (make-up artist) a couple weeks ago and we started talking about how fun it would be to do a creative look for Halloween. After the job ended I figured neither of us would have any time to get something creative done in our free time.
I made a point this time to actually get a small group together! I couldn’t bare thinking about breaking my Halloween make-up tradition! Tara kept raving about her friend Alissa who does amazing hair and that she would be perfect for this project. Shockingly, our schedules aligned and we all had Monday available! At this point, it was Friday evening and all of us had plans this weekend so it was going to be an extremely quick turnaround for planning.
For this look we wanted something more intricate and glamorous compared to my past looks which consisted of more skeletons. If you missed any of those you can check them out HERE and HERE. We took inspiration from a couple different images we found online to create our look. After a lot of emails back and forth going over detail after detail, we landed on the mother nature Halloween costume idea.
Everyone showed up Monday with loads of fun goodies to make this look happen! Alissa started out with hair first since that was one of the most extensive parts of this look. Let me tell you, her braiding skills are on point. Like if I ever need any kind of braid, I’m calling her. The hairstyle consisted of 2 braids; one extremely tight, tiny braid along the side of my head and another thicker braid above. The top of my hair would be more like a faux-hawk, rat’s nest with different types of plant-life added. 😂 Those pieces came from a bouquet from Whole Foods but you can get similar items from a craft store.
Tara started on make-up and we ended up toning the original idea down a little bit. Our inspiration shot had the model’s face covered in silver pigment and we really wanted to be more glam than Halloween. We were hoping for an extremely editorial type look and I think we completely nailed that idea.
With the forecast consisting of 100% rain we were concerned it would be hard to get good light to shoot the final look. But we got so lucky. The rain held off long enough for us to shoot some iPhone shots at the house. Right when Grayson and I headed out to the woods to shoot it started raining but we ended up getting some gorgeous photos.
One of the toughest parts of these Halloween shoots is what to actually wear. It’s so funny because I absolutely kill it styling people for commercials and advertisements but when it comes to styling myself, that’s another story. I had picked out a few pieces that could work but didn’t really feel that any were the perfect fit.
I woke up early Monday and started perusing through my styling closet and found the dress. It was an older Chicwish dress that I had used for a magazine cover and then had it stored away. When I saw it I knew that this was it! And let me tell you, it worked perfectly!! I don’t know about y’all but I really don’t like going out and having to spend money on costumes I will never wear again. Your closet is the best place to source costume ideas. Everything fit together so beautifully, I think this is my favorite Halloween look ever.
(Funny story about these photos. This spot is literally about 50 feet from our house. The spot I’m standing has a massive drop off behind me and it was raining when we were taking these. Apparently this spot is on someone’s property… Little did we know the guy was walking his dog right when we started shooting and came over freaking out that I was going to fall off the ledge and die. Long story short, we shot for about 5 minutes before we were kicked out of our neighbors yard.😂 I don’t think he realized we lived right next door.)
This mother nature Halloween costume is an extremely easy look to recreate. I know some of y’all have text me saying they could NEVER do something like this. I promise, it’s not has hard as you think and it doesn’t have to look identical to this look. It’s super easy to find clothing and accessories in your own closet that could double as a costume. You just have to get creative! The makeup portion is the second easiest! Just give yourself a super smokey eye and put your hair in pigtail braids. Clip-in hair extensions also work wonders if you want to add more depth to your hair.
I have linked all of the products used but you can really use anything similar.
Mother Nature Halloween Costume Outfit Details:
Dress – Chicwish (Super old and sold out everywhere) – Similar HERE
Earrings – JCREW (Also super old)
I’ve listed some similar statement earrings below from Baublebar that would go perfectly with a similar look.