Get Your Costume On With Emma Pickles


Holy crap, when did it get to be late October?? Halloween is so close!

Fortunately, YouTube has an unending wealth of suggestions and tutorials for costumes. We brought you a quick list of a few ideas earlier this month, but let’s delve a little bit further into one of those channels, shall we?

Emma Pickles is a beauty guru. Now, when I think of beauty guru, I think of those very talented and patient women on YouTube providing ideas for seasonal looks and sharing their suggestions for the best products to use — and Emma absolutely does these things. She’s got some fantastic practical, every day makeup tutorials, along with ones for more specific looks, style guides, and hair how-tos.

But a decent portion of Emma’s channel is comprised of more costume-y tutorials, which is obviously incredibly useful for something like Halloween. Though, hey, if you wanna pop on down to your local coffee shop in full zombie get up, we support you completely. And honestly, I’ve seen it happen. The world is a strange and (sometimes) wonderful place like that.

So whether you’re looking for a Halloween plan, or cosplay for your next convention, or just something for a fairly unconventional date night, here are some of Emma’s tutorials we think are worth checking out.

You won’t have to worry about nobody recognizing your costume if you use this Edward Scissorhands tutorial. Not only is this classic Tim Burton character inarguably distinct, this tutorial is simply impeccable.

Can we talk about the music Emma chooses for her tutorials for a sec? Talk about setting the mood. And whether you spend the night talking JenLaw or Rebecca Romijn (or, yes, the comics), this Mystique costume will definitely have people talking.

Sometimes wearing somewhat obscure costumes to test your media compatibility with strangers and friends alike at whatever Halloween party you end up at is the best way to go. And honestly, if anyone looks at you dressed up like this and exclaims “Fornicus, Lord of Bondage and Pain from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s Cabin in the Woods starring Thor and that one girl from House of Cards!” then hot damn that’s a person you should talk to until they find other friends and you go back to playing Candy Crush on your phone in the corner. Or, like, whatever.

No matter how many disapproving letters Clowns of America pen to Hollywood sadfacing over the media’s “damaging” nightmarization of clowns, clowns are always gonna be scary. It’s just fact. Even if they aren’t oozing blood or murdering virgins, they’re still gonna be scary. NO ONE SHOULD BE THAT HAPPY ALL THE TIME, IT IS HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS. Ahem. But yeah, if you want to go for traditionally scary clown rather than “I wear this smile but inside I feel nothing” scary clown, this is a great tutorial for that.

Girls dressing up as guys and guys dressing up as girls is no new concept, but I love this new video series Emma launched where she takes male characters and creates looks and tutorials for female versions of them. The first is none other than Game of Thrones’ Khal Drogo. And damn, lookin’ fierce.

If you’re looking for other spooky options, or even if you want to go with slightly less frightening fare along the lines of Katy Perry (eh, debatable) or Twiggy, pop on over to Emma’s channel and browse for yourself. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Which tutorial was your favorite? What are you going as for Halloween? Which will be disguised more deeply: your body or your heart? Don’t forget to share the article with your friends on social media!