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Quick DIY Halloween Costumes

No Halloween costume yet?? That’s me… every. single. year. Cue the Google searches, glue-gun disasters and ghostly sheets. I mean, really…. why do we do this to ourselves?!

Consider this a costume cheat sheet that doesn’t require tons of time, money, or insane DIY skills [thank god]. Here are three last-minute ideas you can all recreate. Best part? You can dress these up or down, depending on whether you need to be kid-friendly, or dressed for an adults-only party.

HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAK

Sorry, Hollywood. You gave us material that was way too good not to use this year.

Laurens-Lyst-DIY-Halloween-Costume

Laurens-Lyst-DIY-Halloween-Costume

Laurens-Lyst-DIY-Halloween-Costume

You’ll need: white tee, magazines, red felt, scissors, glue, blue eyeliner

  1. Browse magazines for photos of Hollywood couples who have called it quits
  2. Cut out half-heart shapes around the heartbroken celebs
  3. Glue all of these half-hearts to red construction paper (using a glue stick or glue gun) leaving about half an inch of space around each shape.
  4. Cut out all of the half-hearts so they have consistent red borders
  5. Glue the broken hearts all over your white tee. We also added some red broken hearts.
  6. Draw a teardrop under your eye using blue eyeliner. Outline in black for a more dramatic look.

KITTENS AND SPIDERS AND BEARS, OH MY!

Animals are just too easy. Ears, tails + wings are available everywhere right now [TopShop, Party City, Target, Walmart] Apply festive makeup and you’ll inevitably look adorable.

Laurens-Lyst-Cat-Costume

Laurens-Lyst-Cat-Costume

Laurens-Lyst-Cat-Costume

You’ll need: animal ears [or wings], black eyeliner, red lipstick, bodysuit [available at American Apparel]

  1. Decide on your animal. In this case, I chose a black cat.
  2. Apply whiskers, a nose and winged eyeliner using a black makeup pencil. I also added a bold red lip to make the look feel more mature.
  3. Throw on solid-colored bodysuit or leggings and a top you already own.

VERY RISKY BUSINESS

Sure, it’s been done a million times before. But it’s SO simple and appropriately sexy.

Laurens-Lyst-Risky-Business-Costume

Laurens-Lyst-Risky-Business-Costume

You’ll need: men’s white button-down, tube socks, sunglasses

Simply throw on a button-down [with spandex shorts underneath], tube socks [+ white tennies] and a pair of black sunnies. Sing and dance all night!

Photos by Annie Shak