On October 31st, people everywhere use Halloween as a runway to showcase their creativity and skills. It could be through an elaborate costume they’ve made from scratch or through an ornate special effects makeup.
People often plan their outfits in advance, and now that things seem to be going back to normal, looking for Halloween costumes in the Philippines is going to be a lot easier.
But if you’re still looking for inspiration, then read on to discover some exciting Halloween costume ideas.
Channel the Circus
We’ve seen the circus on TV through the heartwarming animated movie, Dumbo, and through the live-action musical, The Greatest Showman. This Halloween, why don’t you bring the magic of the circus from the trapeze’s height all the way down to the solid ground by dressing up like a circus performer?
You can take a page from Britney Spears and dress like Ringmaster, or you can choose from any of Anne Wheeler’s eye-catching outfits from The Greatest Showman.
When it comes to makeup, you don’t need to look any further because Cirque du Soleil, a traveling circus from Canada, just launched their new line of products with Nyx. If there’s anyone you can trust with surreal makeup to get you through the night, it’s the folks over at Cirque du Soleil.
This new line from Nyx in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil focuses on highly pigmented products that come in bold colors that’s bound to make you stand out from the crowd, just like any circus performer. Its waterproof formula will leave you looking show-ready all night!
You can also check out Mimi Choi on Instagram for more SFX inspirations for circus makeup tips. Choi’s application shows mastery in her craft. Her work boggles the mind and completely transforms a person into surreal being.
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Drag Out the Inner Queen
The launch of RuPaul’s Drag Race Philippines has taken over the nation. A show that’s well-known for its catty drama and big personalities that often converge. These larger-than-life Filipino queens are easy to draw inspiration from because of all the remarkable looks they’ve served throughout the season.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is known for allowing its participants to exercise their ingenuity in creating their own themed costumes through different Maxi challenges. In these challenges, they’re usually provided a certain set of materials that they must work with to create an outfit for the runway.
You can serve impressive, head-turning looks by trying to emulate any of these legendary queens. And if you’re looking for something a little scarier for your uniquely Pinoy Halloween costume, you can draw inspiration from RuPaul’s Drag Race Philippines’ Episode 3’s runway, themed “Shake, Rattle, and Rampa.”
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Be Your Favorite Character
New shows have appeared on multiple platforms this 2022. We’ve got the long-awaited prequel to Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, the anticipated Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and the well-received Wandavision. When it comes to movies, who can forget the messy, maximalist, heartwarming dramedy, Everything, Everywhere, All at Once.
While it may be hard to dress like Rhaenyra Targaryen because of the finery, you can pretend like you’re from Westeros by employing SFX makeup for the Dragonscale disease. Of course, dressing up like an elf from The Rings of Power can easily be done with the right ear extensions.
If you’re looking for something a little more embellished for your costume, you can peek at any of Jobu Tupaki’s many Avant Garde outfits.
Dress Like an Artist
Taylor Swift has recently been in the limelight because of her album reveal. Her outfit when she spoke about it was also another point of discussion for Swifties everywhere, but mostly because of how great she looked.
When it comes to iconic artists, there is never going to be a shortage of Halloween costume inspos. However, if you’re looking for a more Filipino Halloween costume, you can try to cop Sarah Geronimo’s Tala ensemble or maybe copy Mimiyuuuh’s Dalagang Filipina look from the video that launched her to stardom.
Match With Your Best Friend
Of course, the option to match with your best friend is on this list. What is a Halloween celebration without our favorite people?
Plan your costume with your favorite other half. Dress like any of your favorite duos from TV like Alexis Rose and David Rose from Schitt’s Creek or Vi and Jinx from League of Legends to name a few.
You can also go the local comic book route and arrive as Darna and Valentina from Mars Ravelo’s Darna or even Crispin and Basilio from Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimi’s Trese.
Getting Creative for Halloween
Whether you’re going out to trick-or-treat for candy or just dancing the night away with your friends for Halloween, you’re sure to have an epic night ahead. Just make sure to have fun with your costume and to get as comfortable as you can for one of the spookiest and most creative days of the year.
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