Fan Art Fridays: Red Queen from ‘Alice in Wonderland’

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Halloweekend is here! In honor of the festivities this weekend I’ve made this week’s Fan Art Fridays Halloween themed.

In Hollywood, I’d assume that makeup artists get paid a lot of money to transform actors playing characters like Johnny Depp’s Benjamin Barker/Sweeney Todd and Effie from The Hunger Games. Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland (2010) is no exception.

We all know that Tim Burton’s movies are just a parade of heavily costumed characters, some more than others. His visions are like a circus-like dream that comes to life in his films, Helena Bonham Carter transforming into an evil Red Queen.

I just love the detail in her costume, which is well depicted in this oil painting. The lips are perfectly plump and heart shaped, the red hair rolled to a tee, and her eye makeup blue as the people she upset during her reign as Red Queen.

The cat is also really cute as it pokes out from behind her.

I have no idea who painted this piece of fan art. There’s no attribution on Fanpop and I can’t see a signature on the painting either!

Anyway, if you’re trying to achieve this look for Halloween, here’s a makeup tutorial:

Enjoy your Halloweekend!

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Wardrobe Wednesdays: Kate Middleton’s Engagement Announcement (Halloween Edition)

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Ever since the day Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement in 2010, the world has watched the Duchess continue to wow us with her impeccable fashion sense.

Probably her most well known outfit, the blue wrap dress she wore for the announcement, has a simple elegance to it, matching perfectly with the family ring William gave her.

If you’re still stumped on what to dress up as for Halloween, here is a simple yet sophisticated suggestion: Go as Kate Middleton.

You might even already have a pair of black heels in your shoe closet somewhere. All you’ll need is a blue dress and a ring that looks similar to her engagement ring and you’re good to go!

I’ve done some of the work for you below with some items that look similar to the originals on Kate. For a makeup tutorial to complete the look, check out the YouTube video as well!

Dress:

1. Neiman Marcus Last Call, $89.00

2. Nordstrom, $108.00

Ring:

3. Rakuten, $24.99

4. Bling Jewelry, $36.99

Heels:

5. Saks Off 5th, $49.99

6. Shoes.com, $32.99 

Gallery Mondays: Jasmine Worth’s “Wounded”

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With Halloween coming up this weekend, I just had to revisit a piece of art I found while perusing Last Rites Gallery in Midtown a few months ago.

This piece is called “Wounded” is by California-based artist Jasmine Worth. Several things about this piece remind me of the day we all play dress up and take candy from strangers.

The pale-faced, light-eyed girl depicted in the oil painting looks a bit like a Catholic nun. Halloween comes from the Christianized “Hallows Eve” feast that was influenced heavily by Celtic harvest festival celebrations. According to Wikipedia:

In England, from the medieval period up until the 1930s, people practiced the Christian custom of souling on Halloween, which involved groups of soulers, both Protestant and Catholic, going from parish to parish, begging the rich for soul cakes, in exchange for praying for the souls of the givers and their friends.

I can totally see this nun as a souler in the 19th century. The tattoos on her left hand and the symbols around her head are very cryptic and almost Mayan looking. But what gets me the most about her is the gash in her neck that’s bleeding down onto her clothing. Now that’s something to go up against the Frankenstein monster with, eh? 

Any takers for this souler nun costume? I know a girl who can get your cheeks contoured and your lips done up just like the nun in the painting…

See more of Jasmine Worth’s art here.

Fall 2015 Halloween Dance Party Playlist

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If you’ve been tasked with creating this year’s Halloween party playlist and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, it’s time to sit back and take a listen to a few tracks that will definitely get your guests on their feet. From electronic dance to dark pop, this Halloween party playlist is going to have your party pumpin’ blood (no, not really…at least I hope not…).

Below are 17 tracks that I’ve curated to spookify your Halloweekend 2015. Enjoy!

1. Paralyzed, Mystery Skulls: Try not to become paralyzed by the first costumed guy or girl you come in contact with at the party(ies) you attend this weekend.

2. Maneater, Nelly Furtado: Let’s stay away from the maneaters in the room for the night, shall we?

3. Blue Jeans, Lana Del Rey (Gesaffelstein Remix): This one goes out to the wallflowers in the room.

4. Doomsday, NERO: Feel that heavy synth pumping through your bloodstream.

5. Afterburner, Futurecop! feat. Renegade: Do you feel that eeriness in the intro?

6. Feed Me Diamonds, MNDR (RAC Remix): If you’re going to be eating anything that night let it be anything but actual diamonds. We don’t need any real paramedics showing up at the party, please and thank you.

7. Houdini, Foster the People (RAC Mix): “Sometimes I wanna disappear…”

8. Teeth, Lady Gaga: All those in Lady Gaga inspired costumes please rise to this occasion.

9. Afraid of the Dark, MKTO: It’s okay to be afraid of the dark. Just dance the fear away.

10. Don’t Move, Phantogram: Are you going to obey Phantogram’s command to “keep your body still”?

11. Yellow Flicker Beat, Lorde: Try out some of Lorde’s infamous dance moves on the dance floor. Tonight it will be totally cool, I promise.

12. In the Dark, Dev: Just keep on “dancin’ in the dark.”

13. Ragdoll, Ashlee Simpson: Don’t you dare let anyone throw you around, even if you’re dressed up as a ragdoll for the night.

14. Dancing With Your Ghost, Cazzette feat. Sterling Fox: I hope this is a friendly ghost you’re dancing with for this number… 

15. Here, Alessia Cara: I’ll tell you what you’re doing here. You’re here to dance.

16. Road Trip, Darius: Time to slow things down with a little bit of Darius.

17. Ghost Town, Adam Lambert: Is your heart feeling like a “ghost town” yet?

Have a happy and safe Halloweekend 2015!

Paras Pumpkins: Because Carving is So Old School

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When it comes to pumpkins, there’s a way to decorate a pumpkin and there’s a way to DECORATE a pumpkin. Jeanette Paras of Paras Pumpkins is known for the latter.

My darlings, this woman has put our pumpkin carving to shame.

Instead of carving a face into a little store bought pumpkin, Paras paints the faces of famous people onto ginormous pumpkins, some weighing over 350 lb.

Yes, you read correctly. Three hundred and fifty pound pumpkins.

The faces of Kim Jong Un, Lady Gaga, Steve Jobs, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus and even Betty White have been marvelously pumpkin-ized by Jeanette Paras.

Enjoy some of her creations below!

Re-visit Your Childhood Home with “The Wilderness Downtown”

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I challenge you to creep yourself out this Halloween by re-visiting your childhood home using the 2010 interactive short film “The Wilderness Downtown.”

The short film by Chris Milk is a Google Chrome experiment created with the help of Google Maps and a song long enough to navigate through the streets of the neighborhood you grew up in.

Just type in the address of your childhood home and grab a bowl of popcorn, because things are about to get grade-A stalker-ish.

“The Wilderness Downtown” begins with a faceless man wearing a hooded sweater as he runs through the streets. As the video progresses, Google Maps is figuring where the neighborhood that corresponds with the address is located.

Pop-up windows show a birds eye view of your childhood vicinity before zooming in to reveal the front lawn of your old abode.

The interactive video also allows you to write a letter to your childhood self. Of course, you won’t actually receive it, because you would have remembered getting a letter from your older self if that were the case.

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The film lasts for about five minutes, and it’s soundtrack happens to be the Arcade Fire song “We Used to Wait.”

“We Used to Wait” features a beautiful piano melody that keeps the songs medium tempo. I especially love the bridge where the line “we used t wait for it” is repeated several times before the song comes to an end.

This is one of the most impressive interactive videos I’ve seen to date.

Give it a try for yourself here.

8 Not-So-Spooky Halloween Movies

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I’m going to be honest here: I do not like scary movies. I just cannot sit in front of a screen while a character is being repeatedly tortured, brutally murdered and/or frightened to near death. Call me a scaredy-cat, a wimp or any other names you want–I don’t care.

I’m sure I’m not the only one, and this distaste doesn’t have ruin your Halloween film-watching escapades. No need to jump out of your PJs screaming, because here’s a list of eight not-so-spooky Halloween movies for you to enjoy!

1. Corpse Bride (2005): This move was created with so much beautiful artistry that there’s no time to feel afraid by it. Those who love a little bit of romance will enjoy this Tim Burton classic.


2. Young Frankenstein (1974): 
Turn your screams into laughs with this hilarious parody version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Who would have thought that such a horrid disaster could be so funny?


3. Disturbia (2007): 
It’s kind of hard to believe they were able to work some funny bits into this film. Become a spy while Kale, a student on house arrest for punching his Spanish teacher solves a neighborhood crime.

4. Vacancy (2007): Check into Pinewood Motel with Amy and David–or don’t actually, because you might end up the victim of snuff film. The couple’s paranoia becomes mildly laughable in some scenes.

 5. Warm Bodies (2013): Who doesn’t love a hopelessly romantic zombie? Warm Bodies will indeed warm your entire body, from the inside out.

6. Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It (2007): This family film is based on an R.L. Stine book of the same name. Oh, and the “evil thing”? I dare you NOT to think about it.

7. Edward Scissorhands (1990): A bedtime story about a man with scissors for hands who doesn’t try to intentionally harm people, and he even styles hair?! Where can I find him?

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8. Oscar’s Hotel (2014): Unlike Vacancy‘s Pinewood Hotel, Oscar’s Hotel is one you might actually want to check into. This short film by YouTuber PJ Liguori (KickThePJ) is loads of fun, featuring monsters, a crazy uncle, and YouTubers Mitchell Davis (livelavalive) and Chris Kendall (crabstickz).

 

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Have a happy and safe Halloween 2014!