Halloween 2012: A Quick, Easy and Ferocious Leopard Costume

Your completed leopard look!.
Photo: Annamarie Tendler

This is what happens to me every Halloween: I say,  "I'm not going out, I'm not going out, I'M NOT GOING OUT!"  And then, two days before the 31st, I decide, "ok FINE, I'll go out!"  Frantic running around New York City then ensues, as I hilariously try to scrape together some half-baked idea.  Of course, I always come up with something totally brilliant in the middle of the night, but there is no way I'd be able to pull it off in time.  Does this scenario sound familiar to any of you?  Yes?  Well then this post is for you!

This year, when you need a costume ASAP, go as a leopard!  All you need is some leopard print clothing, (let's be serious, you probably already own some), cat ears and black eyeliner.

First, layer on all your leopard print clothing.  Here are some of my suggestions if you're wardrobe is lacking in the leopard department.

Everything you need for your leopard costume, besides the makeup.
Photo: Zara/Topshop/Urban Outfitters/H&M

+ Pants: H&M $19.95

+ Shoes: TopShop, $40

+ Shirt: ZARA $59.90

+ Coat: Topshop $150

+ Gloves: Urban Outfitters $18

+ Cat Ears: Urban Outfitters $12

Next, using your black eyeliner apply a dramatic cat eye liner.

Step 1: Cat Eye.
Photo: Annamarie Tendler

Then draw on an adorable cat nose with whiskers.  Draw the outline of the nose first and then smudge the interior edges with a Q-tip, this will create a shading that will look more life-like than just a solid blob for a nose.

Meow! What's a jungle cat without whiskers?!
Photo: Annamarie Tendler

Last, put on some cat ears.

Voila!  You're a leopard!  The best part about this costume is, while all your friends are freezing in their ridiculous "sexy ____" costumes, you will be nice and toasty warm as you enjoy your delicious candy.

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