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Teacher’s guide to World Book Day costumes Comments Off on Teacher’s guide to World Book Day costumes

Posted on February 10, 2014 by admin

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During these chilly wintery months, there’s no better time to cosy up with a great book and revisit your favourite characters. The 6th March is World Book Day and to celebrate our love of literature, schools across the globe will be encouraging kids and teachers alike to spend the day as their favourite character.

If you’re a teacher struggling for ideas for this year’s costume, then let Fancy Dress Ball be your source of inspiration. We’ve got loads of clever character ideas to help you put together a winning costume for this year’s WBD.

Fantastic Mr Fox

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Roald Dahl was famous for creating dynamic and imaginative characters. Check out these excellent Fantastic Mr Fox costumes which use Wes Anderson’s characters from the big screen adaptation for inspiration.

Oompa Loompa

Another Roald Dahl inspired costume are the Oomap Loompa’s from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Once you’ve got your costume sorted, check out this excellent video tutorial from Pinkstylist who show’s you just how to get that orange Oompa Loompa make-up just right!

Mary Poppins

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Just a spoonful of sugar and a dash of creativity and you can transform yourself into PL Travers’ beloved magical nanny. This costume is a simple one to throw together, and effectively finished with the right make-up and hair. Check out this brilliant video tutorial from JoeyBBugg, to help you finish your look.

Pippi Longstocking

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Created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking is one fictional character who never goes out of style on World Book Day. The trickiest part of the Longstocking look is achieving those gravity-defying pigtails. One suggested method is to use wire in your braids to hold them upright.

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If you’re worried about having headache-inducing pigtails during a full day of teaching, then why not consider these stunning fishtail plaits instead?

Elizabeth Bennet

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If you’re going for a more classic character, then Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a simple and timeless look that can easily be achieved. Finish this look with a stunning hairstyle of loose curls.

Got some great ideas for your character costume this World Book Day? Why not share them over on our Facebook page!

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Get the look… Queen of Hearts Comments Off on Get the look… Queen of Hearts

Posted on January 17, 2014 by admin

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Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic Alice in Wonderland is never-ending source of inspiration for fancy dress and costume. The weird and wonderful characters can and have been reinterpreted time and time again and various screen adaptations of the story have provided the characters with a variety of looks and styles.

One character who has been reinvented countless times is the fabulous yet terrifying Queen of Hearts. This dynamic character has had many looks over the years ranging from angry Queen to a fierce fantastical force to be reckoned with.

If you’re looking for a new twist on this classic character, then check out these fantastic tips for your Queen of Hearts costume.

Get the look… Make up

When it comes to choosing the make-up for your Queen of Hearts costume, you can choose something simple but bold or something far more striking and detailed. In this fantastic make-up tutorial from Julia Graf, the entire face is used, making the make-up the focus of the whole costume.

Alternative looks

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You might choose to go for something a little more subtle and create a more detailed look using eye-shadow. This simple yet effective look uses pink and orange eye-shadow to create a soft heart shape around the eye.

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Create a deeper more striking look using a bold red eyes-shadow and black liquid eye-liner. By painting the base of the eye with a pale white shadow you can create an excellent contrast with the black and red colours.

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Depending on the kind of look you’re going for you might want to use some white face paint along with some red glitter for the lips and eyes. These false eyelashes also work well to add an extra bit of detail to your eye make-up.

Hairstyles

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When it comes to creating a hairstyle for your Queen of Hearts you can make it as big and eccentric as you like. Alternatively, you might go for something a little simpler, if you’ve gone for a more fearsome looking Queen. This smooth, sleek bob works really well to create a more severe Queen.

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This eccentric hairstyle is created by back-combing and pinning curled hair, creating a frantic and crazy look for your Queen of Hearts costume. This design combines using bold eye make-up and face-painting, to create a simple but effective look. Only part of the face is painted with an Ace of Hearts design, with a bold eye-shadow and false eye-lashes on the opposite eye, creating a more detailed look.

Got a great Queen of Hearts costume or some excellent hair and makeup tips? Let us know on our Facebook page.

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