Halloween is three weeks away, and I know that despite our best efforts, many of us end up waiting until the last minute to come up with a costume. It happens. If you know you’ll be busy or pressed for time, go ahead and make a list of costumes you can pull together in a couple of days. Having that list ready will save you some headaches later, and I’ll help you by posting some quick DIY ideas over the next two weeks – like this pop art girl costume!
If you have a great makeup idea, you have the start of a costume and you can build the outfit around it. This pop art girl makeup will make you look like you belong in art by Roy Lichtenstein, and you can wear a polka dot dress with the makeup or a vintage outfit in bright colors. YouTuber Emma Pickles has a handy tutorial to show you how to bring the look to life. Gina of Vanilla and Velvet (pictured above) followed the video’s instruction for her Halloween costume last year.
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