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Day 298: Best Halloween costumes for blondes, redheads and brunettes


Note: I do not recommend trying to get a costume on a cat.
But if you do? Post the picture so I can see it! ADORBS!

One great way to save money for Halloween (besides from getting costume bits from your wardrobe, and using makeup you already own) is dressing for your hair colour. Wigs cost money, and it's silly that redheads buy black wigs to be Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction, while people with dark hair buy wigs to be Marilyn Monroe and blondes buy red wigs to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

Nothing wrong with any of those ideas, by the way. Halloween is a fun time to try out new hair colours, and I'm a big fan of drastic hair colour and cut changes. But if you're looking to save money, here are some ideas based on hair colour.



Did you know Marilyn Monroe was originally a redhead (OK, brownish-red)? And that she wore her hair short because it was wrecked from all of the straightening and bleaching? And yet people (Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Lindsay Lohan) try and have long, luxurious white-blond hair to resemble her more, but really her hair was a mess and she'd have been better off embracing her curly red locks.

Wait, what was I saying? Oh, yeah. Marilyn Monroe is a great costume if you're a blond because a) the makeup is dead simple and b) put on a white dress and you're good to go.

Buffy Summers. There are heaps of blonde bombshell costumes you can wear, but only a blonde can go as The Slayer. Wear your hair loose, a pair of leather pants (or anything tight and dark), a leather jacket, and carry a wooden stake. I wish I could pull this off, seriously. So somebody blonde has to go out there and do this up so I can get my vicarious awesome.

Princess Diana. Perfect for ladies with short blond hair - put on a lot of blue eyeliner, lots of mascara, frosted pink 1980s lipstick, and something with shoulder pads. And probably a tiara. And a world-weary facial expression. She was elegant and stylish during one of the worst time periods of fashion, for which we should all give her props. I used to luuurve my Princess Diana paper dolls, so this is another one that I wish I could pull off.

Other options: Alice in Wonderland, Serena from Gossip Girl, Sailor Moon, Grace Kelly, Lauren Conrad!!, 1980s Madonna, Lady Gaga circa 2008, any of the Brady Bunch women, Galadriel from Lord of the Rings, Jerrica Benton (from Jem), Sandy from Grease


Anne of Green Gables. This one's pretty simple, and I should know, as I wore it two years ago for Halloween. Put your crimson locks into two braids (doesn't matter how long or short your hair is - little braids can be cute too!), draw freckles on your cheeks with eyebrow pencil (even if you have natural freckles, it can't hurt to emphasize them) and wear any sort of old-fashioned and/or pinafore-esque dress. Or, if you want to do Anne of Green Sexy Gables like I did, wear a short pinafore dress and over-the-knee stockings.

Joan from Mad Men. This was my costume last year. I used this tutorial for Joan makeup, and this tutorial for Joan hair. What's great about Joan is that, not only does she have gorgeous (dyed) crimson hair, but her pale skin is part of her appeal. So it's a great look to play up your natural pale complexion, if you're like me. Joan wears jewel-tone colours, so put on a slinky green, purple, red, or blue dress. paint a pen gold (to emulate her iconic gold pen necklace) and put it on a chain. (I used gold nail polish to paint my pen-necklace)

Rita Hayworth! Another dyed-redhead who became known for her fake hair colour. This one is always in the back of my mind for Halloween, but I don't have an appropriately slinky dress yet. Do up 40s makeup (as Lauren Conrad teaches us on The Beauty Department), part your hair on the side (so it hangs over one eye seductively), curl it 40s style, and wear a gorgeous strapless black dress. (Note: Lauren Conrad also shows you how to do 40s-style hair. Is there anything she can't do? She's like the cool aunt/babysitter to everybody in the world)

Other options: Princess Ariel, Lucille Ball, Pippi Longstocking, Emma Stone in Easy A, Midge (Barbie's redhaired friend), Judy Garland from Wizard of Oz (also suitable for brunettes... what colour was her hair, anyway?), Queen Elizabeth I, any member of the Weasley family, Angela Chase from My So-Called Life


Princess Jasmine. One of the sad things of my life is that Princess Jasmine is my fave Disney princess, but I could never in a billion years pull off a Princess J costume. The amount of self-tanner would probably break my makeup budget for a year, for starters. Plus, I don't have the patience for all those sit-ups. But if you've got a natural olive complexion and long dark hair, this one's easy. Blue crop-top, baggy blue pants, blue tiara and you're good. Plus, her eye makeup is to die for. And you can always carry around a stuffed tiger/ your cat (if your cat is very calm) all night for company!

Snow White. I promise all my picks won't be from Disney films, but this is so perfect for anyone with short, dark hair (even if your hair isn't white as snow). There are two more Snow White movies coming out soon (one with Kristen Stewart as WARRIOR SNOW and one with Lily Collins as Tim Burton-esque Snow) so you can also dress like either of them. Just carry around a really red apple and everyone will know who you're being. Or, buy a set of anime-eyes contact lenses and go whole-hog for the Disney look.

Katniss from The Hunger Games. As of next March, everybody will know what this costume looks like. But you can go ahead of the curve by wearing your hair in one long braid and... basically anything you want. Katniss wears glamorous gowns sometimes, and sometimes dresses to go off hunting in the woods. Make sure you've got the braid and a mockingjay pin, and you're set.

Other options: Justin Bieber (if you have short hair - just put on a hoodie and jeans and you're good to go!), Laura Ingalls Wilder, Audrey Hepburn, Winona Ryder from Beetlejuice, Blair from Gossip Girl, Brenda Walsh from Beverly Hills 90210, Coco Chanel, Deanna Troi from Star Trek: TNG, Madeline Kahn as Miss White from the movie Clue, Cleopatra

(Or if there are three of you, you can always go as the 1998 British girl band Cleopatra. COMIN' ATCHA!)

Have you guys chosen costumes yet for Halloween? More importantly, have you voted for my costume yet? Votes will be tabulated on Wednesday!!

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