Only totally boring people need Halloween as an excuse to be someone else for the night. Just like last year, I’m kicking off Halloween a little early with a DIY Halloween Costume Series: 2014 Edition to help you decide what to be this year while I test out looks prematurely around town.
I normally prefer terrifying Halloween costumes, like my recent DIY Halloween Costume: Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta, but for the sake of the success of my DIY Halloween Costume Series: 2014 Edition, I’ll mostly be doing costumes based on what Google search results tell me you want to be for Halloween 2014. As it turns out, a lot of you want to Daenerys Targaryen… again. So be it. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the prettiest person at the party… I just normally call that “Saturday” — kidding! Let’s get to it…
Don’t invest in any ol’ Daenerys costume you find at a party store. It will probably be nothing more than a altered Cinderella ensemble made to be decidedly more revealing in the cleavage and thigh zones (and if you wanted to be a Disney princess gone bad, you should have begged your parents to make you a child star when you had the chance). Besides, the best Mother of Dragons can and should be made with products you probably already have in your household, or can acquire from a nearby beauty store. Last year, my hair was slightly longer and darker, so to get perfect white-blonde waves for my 2013 DIY Daenerys Targaryen Halloween costume, I used a 1.5″ curling iron on my locks and then doused them in cornstarch (before locking it all in place with hairspray). It’s slightly messy, but it works.
For 2014, I’m all about repping Daenerys Targaryen in all her Game of Thrones season 4 glory. She’s more commanding than ever and has an army of men behind her to back up whatever she decides to do next. That’s why my curls this year are more refined — because the Mother of Dragons is starting to assume her powerful role like it ain’t no thang. Instead of using cornstarch to get the white-blonde bleached look, I’m opting for clip-in hair extensions made from real human hair (if you happen to live in Toronto, I love buying everything from crazy pink wigs to real hair clip-in extensions at 4 Your Hair Extensions in Parkdale… because dressing up and having fun shouldn’t just be for Halloween costume parties, right?). This way, you can take a 1.5″ curling iron to the clip-in extensions without them melting the way plastic clip-in extensions will (inevitably ruining your curling iron in the process). Just take 0.5 inch sections of the clip-ins and curl them in the same direction before pinning them into your real hair for Daenerys Targaryen season 4 perfection.
All you need to finalize your look after you’ve finished making your hair beautiful (because the heart and soul of a perfect Daenerys Targaryen Halloween costume is in the hair… and your ability to project wold domination entitlement) is a little bit of powder and two coats of mascara to draw attention to your eyes. Go lipstick-free and blush-free to up the paleness factor of your face. Opt for a head-to-toe blue ensemble — be it a sheet made into a toga-style dress like I wore last year, or a summer jumper styled to look like a warrior princess gown like I ‘m sporting this year. If you have natural blue eyes like Daenerys, the monochrome outfit will have the added bonus making your eyes pop even more. Now get out there and take over the world… or at least the Halloween costume party.