Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween & Steampunk Costume Ideas from the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball 2012

The Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball is a great event that is held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los

Angeles in July. The Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade ball provides costumed guests with the opportunity to take part in the

story line with the Labyrinth masked characters.
The Park Plaza Hotel is a great location for the LOJ ball, as it provides several different

rooms that afford different themes.

There are two ballrooms on the bottom floor and two ballrooms on the upper floor,

which are connected by a wide staircase.  There is also an outdoor ballroom space which is great for those who enjoy an outdoor venue.  Also,  the folks at the LOJ ball turned the parking area behind the hotel into an outdoor picnic area with entertainment and food vendors.
Looking down the Central Staircase
Each year the ball has a slightly different theme that follows a particular story line.

The masked  characters roam from room to room to interact with the guests and

maintain their story line.

All the guests are required to either wear a costume or be in formal dress with a mask.

The theme for this year was a celebration of the "Royal Court of Sypher".  The story line was

unravelled throughout the venue.  Each room had it own theme

and entertainment.

Weaving a magical atmosphere for all to enjoy.

I held off posting pictures of this event in July, so that I could post them in October instead.

I love Halloween, and at this time of year, most folks are planning their costumes for the various

holiday parties and events that take place this time of year.

So here a pictures from the ball to entertain and inspire.














If wearing a mask is a bit of a bother, I found a great video on YouTube on Fablesinfashion's channel for a black lace mask makeup tutorial.







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Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween Costumes: A Look At Some Creative & Fun Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner and many of us are already planning our Halloween party wardrobes.  So I thought I would upload some pics of some of the costumes from the various Cosplay costumes, fantasy costumes, and Renaissance Faire costumes that I have encountered during my own visits to various trade shows and costumed events to inspire and amuse.
Lego People
With Cosplay being so popular, you can find some great tutorials for both the Cosplay costume and makeup on YouTube. Here is a good tutorial for a quick and easy female Pikachu Cosplay girl costume from "Jojogirl34's" YouTube channel.  FYI, the picture is sideways but the video in in the correct format.

An interesting version of a Pikachu girl costume.
pikachu girl
By the way I found a great video on YouTube for creating "Ryuk" Cosplay makeup and costume. It is well made and has a great breakdown of the steps for applying the makeup and making an inexpensive costume.  It used to be on QueenBeauty's YouTube page (before she closed the account) and was apparently uploaded onto the Cozplaii YouTube account recently.


And for a little Asian Costume inspiration.

Fairy costumes seem to always be a popular choice.
Blue Fairy Costume

Dark Fairy Costume
Green Fairy Costume
Earth Fairy Costume
I liked her idea for fairy wings.
Fairy Wings for Costumes
Flame Fairy costume
Red Fairy Costume
Male Fairy Costume
Sleeping Fairies
Charisma Star Tv on YouTube uploaded a great video on doing fairy makeup, it is really easy to follow and she a very talented makeup artist.


Pirate costumes are popular choices because you can be as creative as you like with them.


Werewolf's also seem to be gaining in popularity.
Male Werewolf
Werewolf's
And a female Robin Hood is always fun.


I came across some cool dragon costumes.



Then there are the Trolls of the world.
Princess Fiona



Here are some unique and humorous costumes.


The Viking hat is hand crocheted.


Then there is the spandex crew.
And for the Steampunk fans.


The Painted Ladies are characters from the Ren Faire who wear heavy makeup and bright colors. 


There are so many great ideas out there.  I recommend doing a google image search for more ideas.  As for makeup tutorials, you can find some fabulous ones on YouTube.