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Hi Guys & Dolls!

I have been planning this look for a LONG time. I’ve been wanting to do this type of video for at least 2 years, and here it is!! I feel cleansed, I feel happy. I feel tired, lol. One thing I love about all my Halloween videos this year is that I’m using elements from my own everyday wardrobe into the costumes- with this it’s my boots, a camisole and my leggings. The Top Hat and Wig I’ve had for a long time and I have to tell you- this wig SUCKS! I mean, it looks great and all, but it’s too shiny, which could be taken care of with a little baby powder, but it’s SO itchy. I tore it off my head the second I was done with this. You’ll also remember this corset from my Victorian Lolita look- the funny thing is this look was conceptualized first, but the  Victorian one came first because I’m uploading them in chronological order based on the era of influence.

I hope you’re loving my “theme” this year as much as I am- it’s helped me make a plan and stick to it, and also I feel these work year-round as a beauty through the ages sort of thing. There are quite a few videos left- are you excited for what comes next?

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Makeup Details

  • NARS Smudgeproof Primer
  • Sugarpill Bullet Proof and Diamond Eyes Eyeshadows
  • Urban Decay Perversion Liquid & Pencil Liner
  • Lit Cosmetics Marilyn Monroe Size 3 Glitter
  • Illamasqua Sealing Gel
  • Sugarpill Saint Lashes
  • Blinc Mascara
  • NYX Wonder Pencil
  • Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer
  • MAC Matchmaster Foundation 1.0 & Pro Longwear Concealer NW15
  • Purely Cosmetics Diamond Powder
  • MAC Wedge Eyeshadow (Contour)
  • Sugarpill Dollipop Eyeshadow (Blush)
  • Urban Decay 69 Lipliner and F-Bomb Lipstick


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Costume Details

One thing to note: If you notice in the photos, my hands look dark- I think the dye from the skirt rubbed off on them, so if you get the velvet skirt, wash it before you wear it!

Costumes this could work for:

  • Vaudeville
  • Circus Performer
  • Ringleader
  • Burlesque
  • Dark Carnival
  • Black Parade


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Cora (vintageortacky)


  1. October 17, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    I’m not sure how I feel about the tights except when the jacket is closed… I would pick different tights… but other than that you look fabulous! Loving the look. The hair reminds me of Effie. The makeup is fabulous as always.

    -Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com

  2. Yasmin
    October 17, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. October 17, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    Oh my word, Cora! Could you be any more fabulous?

  4. Maria Abramovic
    October 17, 2013 / 4:35 pm

    My dear Lawd Cora!!! You look ama-waitforit-zing!Love love love!

  5. October 17, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    So good! I am just really amazed and impressed by how much work you’ve done on your costumes. It really shows, though, you look awe-some.

    • Cora (vintageortacky)
      October 18, 2013 / 11:20 pm

      thank you! Some of these I’ve been working on for over a year, some a few months!

  6. Yoru
    October 18, 2013 / 3:49 am

    This look completely surprised me! <3 And with just minor adjustments I actually can pull this off for a regular daily look -Swoons-.

    • Cora (vintageortacky)
      October 18, 2013 / 8:37 pm


  7. October 18, 2013 / 8:36 am

    Love it! The makeup look is amazing and your costume is superb!

  8. October 18, 2013 / 2:26 pm

    I love this so much! It’s amazing!

    • Cora (vintageortacky)
      October 18, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks Courtney!!

  9. October 20, 2013 / 5:29 am

    what kind of makeup brushes do you recommend?

  10. Maegan Morin
    October 20, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    LOVE your site and videos. Im a new follower and I was wondering if there is anyway to follow you via email. I see that I can follow you by bloglovin but I already follow a ton of people that way and I would hate to miss ANY of your posts! Keep up the great work, you are a HUGE inspiration to me.

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