Style Tips with Emily Cheng: Getting ghoulish

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’Tis the season to scare or be scared… by the prospect of dressing up for Halloween. In the weeks leading up to the spooky occasion, we are inundated with the tasks of buying candy for demanding children, making hasty decorations for the house and, of course, choosing a costume for the night. If you’re dissatisfied with the cheap nylon choices of sexy witch and sexy cat available on Pottinger Street, perhaps it’s time to get inspired by the wicked but glamorous offerings on the runway this season. Read on for tips on how to perfect the sophisticated spooky look to stun (not scare) trick-or-treaters this holiday season…

True blood
Beauty this season has had a strong vampiric inclination, with models rocking blood red lips and shadowy eyelids that made them look like they stepped off the set of Twilight and on to the runway. Autumn is the season to play with darker shades of lipstick and eye shadows, ranging from vampy violet and burnt sienna to pure black. If looking like a blood-sucking succubus is not quite your style, embellish your eyelids with creative eyeliner patterns à la Fendi and Anthony Vaccarello that are cooler than your average cat-eye.

Freaky faces
When it comes to embellishment, it’s out with minimalism and in with maximalism this season. Perhaps the prime example of this was at Givenchy and Acne Studios, where models rocked facial piercings and especially punk rock nose rings on the runways. If you’re looking to stand out this Halloween without the pain of piercing, paint your eyelids with high-shine glitter, which is all the rage right now.

Neovictorian nightmare
This is the year for you to ditch the synthetic cat ears and opt for something a little more on the dark side. This season, fashion houses from Alexander McQueen to Givenchy present gothic outfits replete with high collars, lace chokers and ruffled layers to make you look like the freaky star of the next Tim Burton film. Subvert the prim and proper Victorian stereotype with sheer fabrics and modern silhouettes that turn scary into the new sexy.

Check out more styles from Cheng at girlgonevogue.com.

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