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This Nail Artist Put Real Braces on Her Vampire-Teeth Manicure

A white vampireteeth manicure with braces brackets on each nailSavannah Walker

You know, not all vampires are simply reborn with straight teeth. Just like everyone else, sometimes vampires need braces to get that sinisterly straight look — and heaven (hell?) knows a properly aligned bite is a lifestyle requirement. At least that's what seems to be the case according to Savannah Walker's latest manicure. The Brooklyn-based nail artist is full of creative Halloween nail ideas, but this one may very well be the cutest and most clever.

Walker herself is currently undergoing the actual teeth-straightening process, sporting braces with colorful rubber bands. So during a recent trip to her orthodontist's office, Brooklyn's Fresh Orthodontics, she asked if she could have a few brackets — those metal pieces that are glued to each tooth for the wires to run through — for use in her nail art. They happily complied, and her vampire-with-braces manicure went from idea to reality on her very own hands.

After laying down the white base, "I applied the brackets using a light-cured gel, cut up some tiny wire pieces that I had laying around, and fit them in the notches on the brackets. I used a pair of tiny tweezers to pull the ligature ties over the brackets and sealed everything in with hard gel," Walker tells Allure. "The brackets are heart-shaped. I was kind of mad that they didn't give me that option for my braces!"

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Her own braces served as one of the biggest sources of inspiration behind this manicure, which features longer, pointier pinky and pointer-finger nails to represent fangs. "Having braces as an adult and watching my smile transform has been an interesting experience," Walker says. "It was difficult at first, but I've learned to embrace them and kind of view them as a fun accessory — which is what I guess led me to want them on my nails. I'm proud of my braces and love any chance to show them off, which is rare these days with our new normal of adorning masks over our mouths in public."

Walker also notes that friendly competition among nail artists is a major motivator behind manicures like this one. "There's a certain level of competitiveness that inspired me," she explains. "The online nail community is vast, and we're always trying to impress each other with some new weird concept that hasn’t been done yet." We think this design definitely counts.

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Halloween Costumes You Can Pull From Your Closet






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As much as we look forward to Halloween, we’ll admit it has a more-trick-than-treat way of sneaking up on us. October goes by in the blink of an eye, and when you’re caught up with picking apples, sipping pumpkin spice lattes, and checking off the rest of your fall bucket list, it’s easy to find yourself costume-less when the big day arrives. 

The good news is, there are plenty of Halloween costumes you can pull directly from your closet, using items you already own. This is a great way to not only cover up your lack of preparation, but also save some cash. Plus, bonus sustainability points for re-using items you already own rather than purchasing something you’ll probably only wear once. 

Whether you’re lacking time, budget or inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for nine easy Halloween costume ideas you can pull directly from the depths of your wardrobe.

 

1. Elle Woods

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Dress like your favorite Harvard alum with a pink ensemble from head to toe. Grab all the hot pink out of your closet and throw it on, and don’t forget your fuzzy pink pen and notebook! Bonus points if you can track down a small plush dog to throw in your tote or a pair of pink-shade sunglasses. To complete the look, put your hair half-up, half-down, and flick out the ends.

 

2. A Muse from Hercules

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The only things you need for this costume? A white dress and a printer. Throw on any white dress you have, and print out a picture of the iconic muses to attach as a belt. The finishing touch? Singing the Hercules soundtrack all night long.

 

3. A witch

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It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus. Grab all your favorite black garb and turn it into a spellbinding look. Short on a witch’s hat? Substitute for a metal headband, themed barrettes or other spooky accessories you might have on hand. Pearl collar necklaces, puff-sleeve blouses, and lace boots are all on-trend and on-theme.

 

4. Rosie the Riveter

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We can’t write a costume piece without giving a nod to one of our favorite feminists. This is the perfect costume to pull together if you jumped on the denim jumpsuit trend this fall or have a classic denim button-up hanging in your closet. Tie your hair up in a red bandana and add bright red lipstick to complete the look.

 

5. A cactus

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Pull a green sweater or dress out of your closet and embellish it with pipe cleaners for the easiest succulent costume ever. Add a pink hair accessory to pull it all together and create a prickly costume you won’t soon forget.

 

6. Sandy Olsson

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Leather (and faux leather) leggings and pants have been a hot item all fall, so there’s a good chance you have a pair folded in your wardrobe. Add an off-the-shoulder black top, red lipstick, and a pair of red pumps for a look that’s definitely not “too pure to be pink.”

 

7. Beyoncé from her Hold Up video

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If you have a yellow maxi dress in your closet, it’s ideal, but even if you don’t, the most recognizable part of this costume is the baseball bat. Pair any maxi dress you have with a baseball bat accessory, and it’s a costume for the books.

 

8. A scarecrow

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A fall-time classic: throw on your favorite flannel and grab some face paint. Complete the ensemble with booties and your favorite overalls or pinafore dress. Suede accessories are also welcome!

 

9. Wednesday Adams

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Channel your favorite 13-year-old with a collared black dress and pigtails. Add tights and boots, and have fun with spooky accessories and jewelry pieces.

 

10. Dionne Davenport

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Odds are, you have some black and white plaid in your closet, and paired with a pink top and a DIY hat, you’ve got Dionne from Clueless in the bag.

 

11. Violet Beauregarde

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Grab anything blue out of your closet and a piece of gum, and Violet Beauregarde is only a blue-painted nose away.

 

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These Are Allure Editors’ Favorite New Beauty Products

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At Allure, we get inundated with the latest and greatest beauty offerings every day. Most of it is exciting, some of it confusing, and sometimes it gets overwhelming, especially now that our homes have become our offices. Alas, that is the beauty editor's burden to bear.

When we really like something, you can trust that our opinion has come from vetting it against everything we've seen before, including our longtime favorites. (We've even written love letters to some of the products we hold most dear.) But we're always open to finding — and sharing — new favorites. It's a big beauty playground out there, so we'll gladly do the dirty work to test everything under the sun. And the crème de la crème often graduate to our Best of Beauty trials.

But let's stick to the present for now. Each week, Allure editors select the new hair, makeup, and skin-care products we're currently obsessing over. Trying to narrow down our favorites to just one or two products can be hard, but we manage. Check out what our editors can't get enough of right now.

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