So I am officially in Halloween mode. I have dropped over $50 in makeup purchased off eBay alone. I am a fanatic and an eBay Queen. So far, the haul includes an Urban Decay lot (Primer Potion in Eden, travel sized All Nighter, an a very pretty mini lip gloss), 12 chunky eyeliner/lipliner pencils in every color I could imagine wanting (golds, blues, whites, reds, greens and a lovely purple), and a pot of Yves St. Laurent creame eyeliner in the blackest black. I am at a loss for how to do my face. The last few days, I have poured over online tutorials and Lime Crime and MAC tutorials. Since my theme is Claudia meets Queen Mab masquerade, the possibilities are exponential. *le sigh* Tragic rabbit, all art… This year will be superb. I feel it in my bones like a caged bird’s song calling up through my chest. It is an electric peace that settles into my movements. And I am happy.
As usual, I am planning the costume and makeup for at least one person already. Since I am headed out of town this time, I will only have one or two people to work on, as oppose to 4-6 respectively. =p I enjoy it, but the last time I had to help 5 girls all at once, I barely got my Medusa costume together in the way I wanted. I managed a miracle that year. This time, it will be far easier, since it is a male I am working on. Most of the effort goes into the dress and fittings, which can be perfected in advance.
The next stop is to hit the stores for decor items and magazines. As lame as it may sound, the Martha Stewart Living Halloween editionis a great find, especially if wanting a little Halloween around all through the year. I hope that Peachy will allow for my gusto in decoration (the downside of forfeitingyour own space to save money). I am saddened by the fact that Halloween is become less of a holiday in most places in the South. The decline occurred sharply after 9/11 and never recovered. All the mystery and mystique has been sanitized and anyone who shows true love and expression for that time of the year, seem to be demonized if you are not hosting some skank party for the frats/soros in the area. The sadder truth is that there are hardly any Trick or Treaters. Now, they populate only the upper scale areas. It use to be that they were everywhere in every neighbor hood. Now, they are relegated to sponsored functions, or going far outside their area, if the parent is willing. Even worse is the reaction some people have with them… the WTF are you doing on my property, stare. So much of the charm has evaporated. It cuts like a knife. These kids will never understand the full joy of relinquishing social norms for a day and just being… if only for a night.
Ah well. I am making myself sound dated.
Back to eBay. There is still much planning ahead.