It’s Almost October… Here’s Some Halloween Style Inspiration

It’s almost October 1st, and we all know what that means. It’s time to let your inner witchy girl out. Evil or fun? Skeletons or ghouls? You can wear all of your favorite Halloween things… and you can even put ’em in your piercings!

Halloween Body Jewelry

What about some spooky makeup trends? Metallic lip color is all the rage right now! If you’re not feeling adventurous, nudes are always in. A glistening highlight, some perfect wings and you’ve got an awesome Halloween look, with or without a costume.

Fawn Makeup Red Lips Halloween Winged EyelinerOpalite Moonstone Stone Plugs TunnelsNatural Makeup Nude Lips Shimmer Metallic Pink

You can also keep it simple with black body jewelry that you can wear year round. Not everyone wants a spider web hanging from their ear, but a sparkling black diamond in your nose is just as bold!

Blackline Titanium Body Jewelry

What are some of your favorite fall and Halloween inspired looks this year?

Cool Costume Tricks – Faking Piercings and Tattoos

cool costume tricks

The amount of piercings and tattoos across the younger generations is definitely growing every day, so it’s no surprise that as far as Halloween costumes go, faking body art is increasing in popularity too. So here’s how to fake a piercing or tattoo with ease!

For piercings, you’ll need to get a “clip-on” or faux piercing hoop. There’s a few different types of these depending on what you’re looking to fake, but piercings of the nose, lower lip, and ear cartilage are generally the easiest to imitate and look the most real, so the two best types of jewelry to pull those off are an illusion ring, or a spring loaded ring.

faking nose, lip, or ear piercings

Illusion rings, just pry open to be put on and squeeze together to tighten, and you can even get some that have a little bead on them that makes them look like a ball captive ring. Super authentic.

illusion faux piercing rings

Spring-loaded rings can come with beads or even other decorations too, and because of the spring they can be used to fake other, more difficult piercings better, like belly piercings. Just push the spring arm to open it and when you let go it’ll close and hold itself in place.

You can fake stretched piercings in places where you only have regular piercings too, with cheater plugs. Some of these look like plugs, others like tapers, and because they usually come in a 16 gauge you can use them to fake stretched lip piercings too, like your medusa or labret.

cheater plugs for fake gauging

For fake tattoos, there’s obviously temporary tattoos, but if you want those to look real, it’s best to only buy the traditional style. Anything that has glitter or glows in the dark will definitely look fake, and the most realistic looking pieces will be monochrome and relatively simple, like tribal tattoos. To make it look even more like a real tattoo, cut as close to the edge of the actual design as possible, removing any areas of dead space between as well. Then after applying, you can trace over the design with liquid or gel liner, and finish with a translucent powder. This will give your “tattoos” a nice realistic finish.

faking ink

Even if you already have body art, it’s still fun to add to your collection for Halloween. I mean, you can never have too many piercings and tattoos, right?

Holiday Costuming – Sweet Mardi Gras Style

alt Mardi Gras fashion(by itashleys-makeup on Deviant Art)

 It seems like Mardi Gras gets better every year, especially if you’re lucky enough to live in area where they hold public celebrations, or have dance shows, or parades.  But one of the best things about this, one of my favorite holidays, is the costuming.  Mardi Gras is like getting a second Halloween; beautiful makeup, colorful hair, and outrageous costumes aren’t just expected, they’re practically required!  So without further ado, here we go, with some of the most amazing modified and alternative Mardi Gras fashions for 2014.

modified Mardi Gras fashion

For anybody who doesn’t know, the traditional Mardi Gras colors (as seen above of course), are royal purple, emerald green, and golden yellow.  Other festive jewel tones like tourmaline pink and sapphire blue are also commonly worked in, with the point being to use color playfully and make what you wear stand out.  For those of us that have color tattoos, rubbing in some natural oils like organic coconut oil, or adding some fun shimmer are great ways to make beautiful body art really pop.  But don’t despair if you aren’t part of the tattoo club, because body painting is another staple of Mardi Gras, and rocking temporary art can be just as fun.

cool festive temporary body artbeautiful body paint by Craig Tracy (source: www.craigtracy.com)

If you do nothing else looks-wise to celebrate this year, make sure that you wear a mask, whether it’s real (you can get them at most dollar stores) or painted on.  Half the fun that makes Mardi Gras such a magical night is not knowing who’s under those magnificent masks.  Happy Mardi Gras!

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

celebramos el Dia de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday that is celebrated around the world, particularly in Mexico and Latin America. It all started hundreds of years ago as an Aztec tradition. This holiday celebrates family and friends who are both alive and deceased.

 altars and trinkets

Traditions that go along with the holiday include painting your face like a Catrina (beautiful skeleton woman), and building alters and leaving offerings (ofrendas) in your home and at the cemetery. These alters can contain flowers, statues of the Virgin Mary, decorative skull candy, the favorite foods of the deceased, tequila, toys, photos, and mementos. This is meant to encourage visits by the souls in hopes that they hear the special prayers sent their way. Along with prayers people will share funny stories and memories of the departed. While visiting the grave people dance and sing, hoping to be loud enough to wake the dead.

 elegant skeleton costumes

Although the Day of the Dead is this week, it’s important to remember those who have departed every single day. Custom photo or name jewelry is a beautiful way to memorialize someone forever. Every time you look at the piece, you will remember that special person. Wearing awesome sugar skull belly rings, plugs, and earrings are another way to celebrate this holiday in style. You can also create your alter on your body by wearing food, drink, religious icon, or flower themed jewelry, along with popular sugar skull makeup to complete your look.

cool sugar skull lady plugs

Hungry for Fashion – Why We Love Effie Trinket

A big thank you to the stylists on the new movie The Hunger Games for finally making fun and fearless alternative makeup, unnaturally gorgeous hair colors, and gems/piercings that are purposefully visible on the face fashionable in an entirely mainstream sort of way.  Hunger Games character Effie Trinket (brought to life by Elizabeth Banks) may be from a different generation, but we actually have a few things in common.  We both have fair skin, change our hair color almost every time we change clothes, and enjoy the feminine beauty of a strategically placed Swarovski crystal or two (or ten, haha.)

Effie Trinket and changing looks

The real story of Effie’s interesting makeup in the best photos that have been released by the Hunger Games team, is the cute little crystal on her cheek.  While I’m sure Elizabeth Banks didn’t go out and get herself a microdermal piercing for the role, the way it mimics one definitely seems intentional.

Hunger Games alternative makeup

And lets not forget that the Effie character’s alternative fashion sense has already sparked a noticeable rise in frosted violet wig sales, and, among other things, a Hunger Games inspired photo shoot starring alt fashion icon Audrey Kitching.  (For those of you who don’t know Miss Audrey by the way, she’s been a driving force in the resurgence of the Monroe piercing.)

Hunger Games inspired photo shoot

On a softer note, the stunning maquillage seen recurrently on Effie in the movie is actually quite reminiscent of the images seen in recent campaigns from some major luxury cosmetics superpowers, like Dior and Illamasqua.  This of course begs the everlasting question of gothic and alternative fashion: “does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?”

makeup from Illamasqua and Dior

I’d prefer to think that it’s a little bit of both.

 

Kiss Me I’m Irish – St. Patrick’s Day Body Piercings

Maybe it’s the three B’s (balloons, beads, and beer), that make Saint Patrick’s Day one of the best holidays of the year, or maybe it’s the amazing fashion that shows off our Irish heritage.  For those who are Irish, and many who aren’t, this fun and festive celebration provides the perfect opportunity to let loose and doll up.  More people every year are dressing up for Saint Patty’s including gorgeous makeup, flirty accessories, and awesome costumes.  Green?  You betcha.  Shamrocks?  Uh-huh.  And body jewelry?  Definitely!

cute green haired girl with piercings

With so much cute and clover-centric piercing jewelry available on the market, it would be practically sinful not to show off our love of all things Irish with a fun lip ring, some flirty ear plugs, or a dangerously beautiful belly ring.  Afterall, piercings are about self expression, right?  Just check out these super sweet ways that other celebrants are putting their best Patty’s Day fashion foot forward:

St Patty's body jewelry

Do you love the shamrock industrial as much as I do?  Another thing that’s super cute is these fun plugs:

cute Irish and shamrock ear plugs

Seriously, they make we want to stretch my ears just so that I can wear them.  Be sure to let me know what your favorite Saint Patrick’s Day body jewelry is in the comments, and keep the fun Irish fashion coming this St. Patty’s Day.

Piercing Beauty – the New Evolution of Nail Art

All of us ladies are interested in our nails, whether it’s just keeping our natural nails healthy, or going for broke with a set of extremely artsy falsies.  It seems like nail art trends speed by like a freight train, shooting from gem encrusted acrylics, to texture focused crackles, press-on ombre enamel strips, and back again.  But the newest nail decoration trend might just be the funnest yet, and may be breaking the cycle of here today, gone tomorrow fingernail fancy.  I’m talking about pierced nails.

Geisha Art Nails

Nail piercing can be done with both fake nails and real nails, and many places that offer it professionally pierce acrylic nails with a drill.  The jewelry used can be anything from a small gauge captive ring to a spring-loaded hoop, with some who practice the art at home even designing their own pieces using jump rings and less traditional piercing jewelry.  Some of the most popular styles are dangling gems that match color nail art, crystal studs, and regular stainless steel hoops.

Art Nails with Piercings

There are even how-to designs out there for creating special nail art with piercings for birthdays and holidays.  Just check out this sweet set of ultra-femme Valentine’s themed fingertips:

Pierced Fingernail Art for Valentines Day

Pretty cute, huh?  And since the nail piercing process itself is entirely temporary and painless, there’s no reason that all of us can’t indulge in a little nail-centric alternative beauty.

Crystal Dangle Style Captive Rings

Coolest Piercings We’ve Ever Seen – Halloween Edition

Cool Pierced Zombie Tattoo Man Rick Genest

In this edition of Coolest Piercing We’ve Ever Seen:

Our old friend the corset piercing gets more intense, the “Wolverine Piercing” goes hyper, and temporary piercings get a sweet Halloween style web redemption.

So you might be asking yourself, is a “Wolverine Piercing” what I think it is?  And the Answer is YES!  Some do it for Halloween, others for nostalgia, and some because they just have a secret yearning for comic book style super powers, but whatever the reason, this piercing is blowing up.  It seems like everyone wants a piece of our favorite X-Men hero, or at least his awesome metallic accessories.  It looks painful, expensive, and like it might have a higher than average rate of rejection, but spiked surface piercing of the hands are still one of the coolest piercings I’ve ever seen.

Cool Hand Surface Piercings

Ever wonder where the corset piercing craze is going to end?  Well from what we’ve seen lately, it’s only just beginning.  Not only have more and more people taken the corsetry plunge, but the BCR piercings themselves seem to be increasing in quantity, quality, and creativity.  Just check out some of this awesome stuff:

Corset Piercing sets spun togetherSets of several corset Piercings

Definitely some of the coolest corset piercings ever.

Which brings us to our web redemption.  You might have seen some YouTube videos and interesting photos lately showing temporary piercings gone awry, but one of the ultimate coolest Halloween accessories ever is about to change your viewpoint on temporary piercing forever.  Just get a load of these piercing buffs spreading their wings.

Temporary Angel Wing piercingGirl with Pierced on Wings

The process is done like any other temporary piercing, but with feathers attached to the needle.  The piercings are carefully arranged in a fan-like formation to allow the feathers to properly create the shape of a wing, which (not gonna lie) is one of the neatest things I have EVER seen.

They may be provocative, interesting, creepy, amazing, or even a bit extreme, but there’s no denying that we all feel a little tinge of jealousy when we see someone with one of the coolest piercings we’ve ever seen.

Top Body Jewelry Trends for Halloween

Black Plugs and Red Lipstick

Whether the costume is a pin-up or something with the feel of old Hollywood, for all things retro that are making a Halloween comeback, simple black plugs paired with a red lip seems to be the statement of the moment.

Black Plugs, Tunnels, and Tapers

Glitter Plugs and a Bare Neck

When going for a soft, feminine look (a fairy, princess, ballerina, angel…) a glittering plug accents a bare swan-like neck and loads of feathers and frills perfectly.

Colorful Glittery Plugs

Blood Red Belly Rings

Flirty belly-baring costumes need just one accessory, a sultry blood red navel ring.   ‘Nough said.

Blood Red Gem Navel Rings

Labret Spikes

Guys and girls who go as ghouls, beasties, vampire slayers, or action heroes can let their evil-never-looked-so-good ensembles benefit from the classic cool of spike or talon labret jewelry.

Spike and Talon Labret

Indian Style Nose Jewelry

Belly dancers, Bollywood stars, exotic goddesses, and more will all be made stunning with another of the moment trend piece: Indian style nose piercings.  Flowered studs, skinny hoops, and jewel bearing fare add a real tropic flare and will be noticed for their uniqueness.

Indian Style Flower Nose Jewelry

Fangs and Lip Piercing

Vampires, werewolves, and monsters all have one thing in common this Halloween season.  Whether it’s real or fake, they draw extra attention to their lips with studs or hoops aplenty.

Vampy Lip Piercing Jewelry

What will you be wearing this Halloween?

Budget Halloween Accessorizing – Alice in Wonderland

This week we do budget accessorizing for one of my personal favorites in the dark fairytale genre: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in Wonderland film poster

To go as Alice:

Accessorizing an Alice costume

Alice’s trademark look is bare ears and minimalism, her only piece of prominent jewelry being the crystal teardrop necklace that you see her in throughout the film.  Rather than splurging on an overdone piece, the better way to go is grabbing something similar in size, shape, and color for less than half the price.  All three of these necklaces are under fifteen dollars, and you’ll never be late to tea wondering what to wear.

Amber Teardrop like Alice'sAlice style crystal teardropColor Changing ALice Style Teardrop Necklace

To go as the White Queen:

Alice in Wonderland's White Queen

Having bare hands and an exquisitely decorative gown, the white queen keeps it simple with a single pearly necklace.  To get the look for less, go for a regular strand that’s long enough to be doubled, or keep it minimal with a classic, gold tone ball chain (at just over $30, it’s affordable and luxe).

Pearly White Queen Style NecklaceGold Ball Chain Necklace

To go as the Red Queen:

Tim Burton's Red Queen

Our queen of hearts has a penchant for rings, and (you guessed it), they’re all in the shape of hearts.  To hit the mark, just be sure you layer at least two per hand and strategically pick your items to foster a look of opulence.  The awesome cocktail rings below all have an awesome price tag to match, and in deep earthy hues and jewel tones, they’ll make any rendition of the red queen steel the show.

Opulent Queen of Hearts Style Rings

To go as the Hatter:

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

Our friend the Mad Hatter is the very vision of coolly cuckoo, and since he wears literally NO jewelry at all, that leaves you free to add your own spin by incorporating generalized wonderland themes like locks and keys, tea cups, drink bottles, crowns, marigolds, and playing card suits.  The sky is the limit and the cost is extremely reasonable, so go nuts!

Lucite Wonderland Style KeyWonderland Style Antique KeysLock and Key Necklace and Earrings

To go as the Cheshire Cat or the White Rabbit:

The White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat

If you’re aiming for the white rabbit, you need only a waistcoat and a pocket watch, but the for the Cheshire Cat (who wears nothing but fur and a smile) a single comical accessory will really drive home the kooky mood, and I found the perfect pick: a fish necklace!  Just $3.99 and full of catty goodness.

Cheshire Cat Accessory Fish Necklace

Time to fall down the rabbit hole into Halloween costume Wonderland.