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If you're putting together an ensemble to shock or amuse, the little details will be what makes the outfit work. Our belts, canes, and suspenders are the finishing touches you need to make people believe your costume. With celebrity costumes, an accessory could be the difference between a laugh when you enter a room, and that dreaded question: "what are you supposed to be?" Let everyone know what you're supposed to be right away by choosing the perfect accessories.

Costume Accessories and Makeup

The great thing about costumes is that you can enhance them with accessories! Truly become the character you are dressing up as with makeup, accessories and props. Wigs, jewelry, leggings, inflatable props, swords, hats and masks are just a few things you can add to complete any costume!

Using accessories to complete a dress-up idea shows a lot of foresight. For those who enter cosplay contests, the use of accessories can mean the first-place trophy. A cowboy needs a hat and a lasso, and a ninja needs a sword and nunchucks. A clown needs brightly colored hair and a red nose. Without these extra accessories, you would feel like these costumes are missing something.

Masks are another great accessory. They are available for almost every type of character, from animals to horror characters, and even historical figures. Most superheroes wear a mask to conceal their identity so make sure you grab yours so you can save the day incognito!

Makeup is a great way to complete your look. It is available both in kits for specific themes, and separately. Kits are most often sold for clowns, vampires, and witches. Get your face paint and fake blood to really amplify your look! For those who enjoy using prosthetics to complete a costume, stage makeup is the way to go. Theatrical quality grease paints and tools can provide professional results with only a little bit of skill. With some practice, it is possible to make realistic wounds and add facial hair or prosthetic facial features. Use face paints to achieve similar results!

The best way to get great results when applying makeup is to use the right tools. Foam wedges work well for applying a smooth base, and smaller wedges for more detailed areas. Use a stipple brush to make realistic scrapes and bruises. A fine-tipped applicator is best for oozing blood. Color pencils, similar to eyeliner pencils, are good for fine lines and adding details.

Well-applied makeup can be a costume in itself. It is a great alternative to masks, which may be tricky to see through. That can be dangerous when traveling in the dark on Halloween. The green used for a witch's face also creates a sickly pallor for a zombie.

Halloween isn't the only time to use accessories when dressing up. Accessories are great for sporting events, parties, plays, and other stage performances. Using makeup and accessories can make the difference between ordinary and amazing. These little extra touches can make a big difference in the authenticity of your ensemble.