Ask Chuck: Does Halloween have to be just about the costumes?

By Charles Colson
Oct. 18, 2012 at 5:18 a.m.

Many times, my daughters really pick the most perfect looks with their costumes. However, they always are looking for something different and special to do with their hair styles. Do you have any great suggestions to make them look scary and attractive?

Yes. Halloween doesn't have to be just all about the costumes. Hair and makeup are equally important. There are quite a few great suggestions online, especially a website called

There, it will tell you of the latest, most popular costumes that are getting the most attention this year. Some examples are: Michelle Obama, President Obama, Lady GaGa, Queen Latifa, etc. Yes, whether it be a girl or boy, try changing female to male looks and viceversa and keep your own cute face appearance. That's the fun of Halloween. Keep 'em guessing. Makes it more interesting, don't you agree?

Keep in mind, crazy, creepy and wacky hair styles pair perfectly with some of the scariest costumes out there. For example, one look is easy to replicate at home: blow dry hair straight with volumizing mousse. Follow with a crimping iron on just the middle portion. Graduate down with less crimping at the ends. Add a temporary red hair dye for a more interesting effect. Pull hair out at different levels while spraying. Be sure not to get it too stiff, you may need to make changes before the finished product. Another super effect is to braid different sections of the hair, loose and tight. Follow up with colored hair sprays, especially those with glitter added. Just let your imagination go wild. Its just for the one time. Who knows, you guys and girls might just look wild, crazy, shocking and handsome besides gorgeous all at the same time. It could change Boo Hoo to WOW.

You mentioned earlier about different makeup looks for Halloween. Do you have any extraordinary ideas that can be kept quite reasonable?

Definitely. Let the fun begin and keep everything less complicated. Think of this: use simply a black costume and add these nifty eye make up ideas.

Want to look spooky and wicked? Achieve blue/green eyes. Step 1: Sweep a bright blue eye shadow (like NYX Single Eye Shadow) in irises, from the inner corner to two-thirds of the way across the lid. Then dust it along the outer half of the lower lashline. Step 2: Apply a shimmering green shadow to the outer one-third of the lid, sweeping the color up at a 45-degree angle from the corner of the eye. Next, smudge it along the inner half of the lower lashline. Feel wicked yet? Step 3: Dot a purple shadow above the inner corner just under the brow bone and along the upper lashline. Then use a clean shadow brush to blend the colors together, sweeping them up over the crease. If desired, finish with false lashes and use two coats of mascara. There you have it. Bet you didn't know hair stylists were so smart.

Isn't there some smart and nifty tips for Halloween nails that you have heard about?

As a matter of fact, yes. How about a black crackle manicure. Paint on two coats of vivid green polish and let dry completely. Next, apply a very thin coat of black crackle polish. Let dry. Finally, finish with a clear top coat to seal the design.

Now you guys and girls can have fun making this all look professional and smart. OK, little dudes, this is your only chance to get by with this experience. And for adults, go for it. Happy safe Halloween to everyone.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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