So I'm celebrating Halloween twice this year, once in New Orleans and a second time in my favorite city, Manhattan. Since I went pretty cliche and simple for my NOLA look (I'm going to be a cat that weekend) I decided to go with something a bit more glamorous and a little more intense for my NY weekend since I'll be closer to home and can go a bit more complicated with the makeup and accessories.
I started off thinking that I wanted to be a vampire but I didn't want to have to stick those false teeth to my canines. Then, I got thinking that it would be easy to be a Grecian goddess since I just got a new pair of gladiator sandals but that wasn't creepy enough. So, I settled on Medusa. I can wear Grecian-looking garb but I have the added fun of gold accessories and snakes in my hair.
small plastic snakes (I used about a dozen)
gold spray paint
gold glitter spray paint
green glitter spray paint
snake hair clips
spray-painted small plastic snakes (I used about a dozen)
snake arm cuffs / choker
gold floral wire
spray-painted small plastic snakes (I used 2 per cuff and 1 for the choker)
white flowy dress
any other gold accessories
Spray painting the snakes is the first step. You'll want to do this outside because paint fumes are no fun. Lay them out in a layer on a piece of newsprint and then gently spray the snakes with the gold spray paint. Then, go back over them here and there with the glittery spray paints. I like that this adds some dimension and of course, I love the sparkle of glitter. Let the snakes dry for 24 hours.
Oh, and while you're spraying the snakes, give the headband a quick once-over with the gold spray paint.
To assemble the headband, glue on several snakes in different orientations. I also chopped a few snakes in half and then glued them standing straight up to add some more dimension.
For the hair, I made five braids and criss-crossed them across my head and pinned them into place. Then, I tucked the headband onto my head, in between a set of braids, and then clipped in a bunch of the bobby pin snakes.
I love the way the snake hair looks! The headband and random pin snakes make it look so wild and crazy and I definitely felt like Medusa.