Easy Deer Halloween Makeup

Here is another last minute easy Halloween costume idea that you could create with products you probably have on hand.  My husband is a big deer hunter, so he was my inspiration for this one.

What you’ll need:

  • Foundation
  • Light concealer
  • Light matte brightening/highlight powder or light powder
  • Bronzer and/or contour stick
  • White, brown & black eyeshadow
  • White & black eyeliner
  • False eyelashes & lash glue (optional)
  • Deer antlers (optional)

Get the look:

  1. Apply foundation as normal.
  2. Apply the lightest concealer you have to the center portions of your face and blend out.
  3. Using a dark contour stick or bronzer, start building the perimeter by bronzing the outer portions of your face, sides of nose up into the brow bone then blend.
  4. Set the areas that you applied the concealer with a light matte brightening powder to brighten the center of the face even more.
  5. Using a contour or powder brush, heavily (and I mean heavily) apply bronzer around the outer portions of your face again to deepen the color.  (You can use brown eyeshadow too if you don’t have a deep enough bronzer)
  6. Fill in your eyebrows with the brown shadow and blend down the sides of the nose.  Apply the brown shadow into the crease of the eye and blend.  Then apply a white or light eyeshadow to the lid.  Blend any edges you may have.
  7. Using black eyeliner create a wing liner and using white eyeliner create an exaggerated white line along your lower lash line ending at a point facing towards the bottom of your nose.  Using a fine-pointed brush, draw a new faux lower lash line below the white line you just made stopping before the downward point with the black liner and make little eyelashes on the lower part of the line.
  8. Using black eyeliner, fill in around your nasal tip and down the center line to your lips.  Outline the upper lip line and extend the corners outward and fill in the top lip only.
  9. To finish up, take white eyeliner and trace out the circle deer spots and fill them in.  Then apply your false lashes (I recommend going bold to create those big doe eyes).  If using antlers anchor them to your head.

(In case you’re wondering I got the bling cat ear headband in the dollar bins at Target)


Easy Scar SFX Halloween Makeup

In need of a last minute Halloween costume idea?  Here is a quick and super easy way to create nasty scars to your face (or body).

What you’ll need:

  • Rigid Collodion– Is a clear liquid that puckers the skin as it dries, to create the appearance of a scar.
  • Lipliner, lipstick or face paint  (deep red/brown for an older scar or bright red or pink for a fresher scar)

How to:

  1. Draw out your scars with lipliner, lipstick or face paint of choice.
  2. Apply a thin layer of Rigid Collodion on top of the scars.  For deeper scars, apply several coats after each previous one has dried.

If you wanted to do a simple flesh scar, you could forego the color all together and just apply the Rigid Collodion straight to the skin.

To remove simply peel off like a sticker and remove any residue with spirit gum remover or soap and water.

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How To Make A Zombie Bite (easy)

How many Walking Dead fans are out there?  I’m definitely one!!!  When Mack and I first moved up to the D.C. area we binged watched the first several seasons of TWD on Netflix.  You talk about having some wild nightmares….So in celebration of season 8 starting back, I’m bringing you a two part “how to” zombie post.

But first you have to start with the dreaded zombie bite and here is a simple way on how to create one.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper towel
  • Elmer’s glue or liquid latex
  • Red face paint & lipstick
  • Red blush or eyeshadow
  • Brown, purple and black eyeshadow
  • Green and yellow paint or shadow
  • Foundation or concealer
  • Hairdryer (optional)

Get the look:

  1. Start by ripping a paper towel in half.  Then line the edges of your upper teeth with lipstick and bite onto the paper towel and create a bite mark.  Repeat with lower teeth.  (This doesn’t taste the best but it creates a realistic bite mark.)  Rip the bite marked paper towel into two small pieces.
  2. Apply a thin layer of adhesive to the area you want your bite to be and press the paper towel onto it.
  3. Allow to dry and apply another layer of adhesive.  Rip up more small pieces of paper towel and apply over the bite.  Allow to dry again.  (You may have to go in with the lipstick or red paint in between layers to keep the teeth marks prominent.)
  4. Repeat the process a few times to build up the bite.  Use a hairdryer on the cool setting to speed up the drying process.
  5. Once you get the desired thickness of your bite, take a spatula knife or something that you can hole out the teeth marks with (very carefully, please don’t stab yourself).
  6. Apply foundation or concealer the same color as your skin tone over the bite mark to blend into the skin.  Then fill in the teeth marks once again with red lipstick or paint.
  7. Now the fun part…time to add the bruising and infection.  You can go in any order, just start stippling brown, purple, and red shadows all over the bite for the bruising.  Once you finish that, alternate between yellow and green and add the infection portion.
  8. Next take the black shadow with a thin eyeliner brush and add veins coming out of the bite.
  9. Stipple blood all around the bite and into the teeth holes.
  10. Wait for the infection to take place  🙂


She-Ra Pop Art Halloween Makeup

I wanted to do a different take off of the pop-art comic character I did last year, but make her into someone who was a childhood hero of mine.  Wonder Woman has been done to death this year, so I chose to do She-ra. Nothing against Wonder Woman (I loved her too), I just wanted to do something different and I haven’t seen She-Ra anywhere.

Growing up, I had a She-ra doll and her winged unicorn, Swift Wind. I played with those items ALL the time and couldn’t wait to have long blonde hair, which is probably subconsciously why have long blonde hair today.

What you’ll need:

  • Black gel eyeliner or face paint
  • Yellow face paint
  • Red lipstick or face paint
  • White face paint
  • Foundation/powder
  • Taupe eyeshadow
  • Translucent colorless powder or baby powder
  • False lashes & lash glue
  • She-ra’s headpiece (can hand make or buy one off Amazon or Spirit Halloween stores).  I handmade mine with thick watercolor craft paper.
  • Sword

Get the look:

  1. For the headpiece, I stenciled it onto a watercolor paper (a rough, thick & sturdy paper) by looking at a reference photo on Google.  Then I cut out the shapes and painted it with my yellow face paint and ran a black eyeliner pencil over the markings (I’d recommend a sharpie or black paint.  The pencil didn’t work all that great.  It smeared and was choppy).
  2. Apply foundation as normal and set with powder.
  3. Apply a taupe eyeshadow color to the eye lid.  For outlining, you can go in any order you prefer but I like to start at the top and work my way down all the major features with black liner or paint.  (Eyebrows, eyes, lash line, lashes, nose, cheek contour, around the jawline and collar bone.)
  4. Block out the eyebrows.  Line them in the shape you want and fill in.
  5. Define the crease with a line and line upper lash line creating a wing.
  6. Apply false eyelashes.
  7. Use either white eyeliner or white paint to create a white line along your lower lash line.  Using a fine-pointed brush draw a new faux lower lash line below the white line you just made with the black liner or paint and make little eyelashes on the lower part of the line.
  8. Trace around your nose and draw a line down the bridge, slightly off-centered and curve at the tip.
  9.  Draw lines down your cheekbones and jawline.  Draw lines on your collar bone too.
  10. Apply red lipstick as a lip base, then use white to give a highlight to the lip. To finish the lip, outline in black liner.
  11. For the sides of the headpiece, I applied lash glue to the sides and held to my temples until it dried.  Then I taped the back of them with scotch tape to my face for extra support.
  12. I outlined the shape to the forehead piece with a white eyeliner pencil and filled it in with yellow paint then filled the circle on the piece with red paint.  Then outlined it with black paint.
  13. Same for the neck choker.  Outline it with white eyeliner and fill it in with yellow paint.  Afterwards, outline it in black paint.
  14. For the bodice I traced out the heart shape neck line with the white eyeliner and drew the wings on the corners.  Filled in the bodice with white paint and the wings with yellow.  Then outlined everything with black.  This part is technically optional bc if you’re wearing this to a party, you’ll more than likely be in a costume and not strictly in body paint.

I ended up changing the shape of my chin outline last minute.  I had a line across it but decided I didn’t like it so made it into a small vertical line.

She-Ra….Princess of Power!!!!!


Monster Mouth SFX Halloween Makeup

AAAAHHHHH!  Do you ever have nightmares?  Well this post won’t help!  This is probably the scariest Halloween look I’ve done so far, and I had a $h*t ton of fun doing it!  Keep reading to see how I transformed myself into a flesh eating monster.

What you’ll need:

  • Black eyeshadow
  • Black, green and yellow face paint
  • Red face paint or lipstick
  • Foundation or concealer to match your skin tone
  • Colorless or baby powder
  • Paper towel
  • Cotton ball
  • Liquid latex or Elmer’s glue
  • Fake blood and/or coagulated blood (optional)
  • Fake fingernails (I used oval shaped but you can use square and cut them into teeth)

Get the look:

  1. Apply black eyeshadow sloppily all over eyelids, crease and under the eyes.
  2. Using an eyeliner or whatever you have on hand, draw the shape of your mouth, extending down the neck onto the chest.
  3. Rip up strips of a paper towel and roll into cylinder shapes and working in sections adhere around your mouth using liquid latex or glue.  To do this, lay a thin layer of the adhesive around the perimeter of the mouth and press the paper towel into the latex. Be sure outside edges are smoothed out but they don’t have to be perfect for this look, since you’ll be adding blood. Once the area is dry repeat the process but don’t roll the paper towels.  Allow jagged edges of paper towel to hang towards the inside of the mouth area.  Apply latex on top of paper towel and allow to dry.  This gives it that skin like feel and texture.
  4. While the latex is drying, you can add black shadow around the face to dirty it up or contour it however you want.
  5. Once the mouth area is dry you can go in and rip off any excess paper towel pieces if you wish.  I tore some of mine off because I didn’t want too much skin flap around the sides.
  6. Apply foundation around the latex to blend into your skin and set with powder.
  7. Fill the inside of the mouth with black face paint and heavily set with black eyeshadow, as face paint creases easily.
  8. To apply the nails to the face, dip the ends in liquid latex and apply a small amount of cotton from a cotton ball to the end.  (This gives it something to hang onto when you apply it to the face).  Allow to dry slightly and apply more latex to the cotton then apply to paper towel.  Hold in place for a few seconds until secure.  Add more liquid latex around the teeth to create the gums.  Rip off more small pieces from the cotton ball and apply to latex and add more as needed to cover the cotton.  Not only does it give the mouth gross textured gums, it adds extra hold to the teeth.  Allow to dry completely. [Sidenote: If you’re using Elmer’s this may not work as the glue may not be strong enough to hold.  You’d have to hold down twice as long to allow it to try.  I’d recommend lash glue as an alternative]
  9. Apply green and yellow face paint to the teeth to give them a rotten effect.  You could also leave them white.
  10. Using red paint or lipstick shade the area around the mouth to give it that raw ripped effect.
  11. Stipple fake blood around the mouth and any areas on the face you’d like.  I wanted to use coagulated blood to give it more of a clotted deeper feel.  As if the monster had been chewing on flesh.  I applied it around the torn paper towels, around the gums and made tears and blood drips out of it.

You could do this whole look with paints only to give it a more cartoony look.  Draw the mouth out, then the teeth and paint in the teeth before filling in the mouth with black paint.  Then add your fake blood if you choose.  Red lipstick would work too.

Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to chew with your mouth open?

Sorry, not sorry if this gives you nightmares….


Gouged Out Eyes SFX Halloween Makeup

Kids….don’t run with scissors….

Here is an easy tutorial on how to give the illusion of missing or gouged out eyes.  Perfect for Halloween or to freak your friends and family out with.

I love doing these type of special effect makeup looks.  It’s really a fun way to be creative and pushes me outside the box.

What you’ll need:

  • Tissue
  • Elmer’s glue or Liquid latex
  • Glue stick
  • Palette spatula, popsicle stick or disposable sponge
  • Black face paint or gel eyeliner
  • Foundation or concealer that matches skin tone
  • Black, red, brown eyeshadow (for bruising)
  • Scab blood and/or stage blood
  • Stippling sponge or Q-Tips

Get the look:

  1. Start with freshly cleansed skin.
  2. Apply a layer of glue from the glue stick on the brows and brush upward.  Allow to dry.  This will help protect the hair from the adhesive in case you get any on the brows.  (I’ll just say ouch).
  3. Rip up tissue in several small jagged pieces and be sure there are no straight-edged pieces. This will become the damaged skin around the eyes.
  4. Cover eye area with black face paint or gel eyeliner.  You could do this after applying the tissue but I found it easier to do first.  (Be sure to not bring it too high up or down so the adhesive will be able to stick to your clean skin.)
  5. Apply a layer of Elmer’s glue or latex around the eye area.  If you are using latex, be extremely careful because it does contain a bit of ammonia and can cause your eyes to burn and water.  And watch those eyelashes!!!
  6. Stick down ripped tissue pieces, one at a time around the eye area.  Once it dries down a little apply another layer of adhesive on top of the tissue and smooth it around the outer edges with a spatula, popsicle stick or sponge.  (DO NOT GLUE IT TO YOUR ACTUAL EYE/LID/LASH AREA!) Add another layer of tissue and allow to dry down.  Repeat 2-5 times, depending how thick you want your wounds to be.  I applied about 5 layers.
  7. Once adhesive is completely dry, lightly tug on the “skin” around the inside of the eye socket area to give it that loose hanging damaged look.  Go back in with the black face paint or liner and cover up any blank spaces around the eye and set with shadow.
  8. Apply foundation or concealer over eye area to blend into the skin and can apply to the rest of the face if you wish.
  9. Using an eyeshadow brush, dab red, brown and black eyeshadow around the eye area to create the bruising and skin irritation.
  10. Apply scab blood and/or stage blood with a stipple sponge or q-tip.

[Sidenote: If you’re doing both eyes and are going to a party, you can glue a black mesh across the eye before you apply the tissue, so you’ll be able to see somewhat.  Might be hard to walk around with both eyes shut]

“Drats, I can’t see a darn thing…”

I am all about the scare and gore at Halloween time.  Would you wear this gory eye look?  Or do you prefer more glam type looks?


Michael Myers Halloween Makeup

“I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.”- Dr. Sam Loomis

I couldn’t do a Jason tutorial without doing a Michael Myers one!  He’s the BEST scary movie slasher villan that’s ever been.  I don’t care what you say.  I have seen Halloween so many times I’ve lost count.  Every year my sister, best friend and I used to have a Halloween movie marathon and we’d watch them all in a row.  Michael is the one that always has scared me.  My dad used to torture my sister and I with a Michael mask when we were younger.  Now my husband does, go figure.  Here is my tribute to Michael!

What you’ll need:

  • White face paint
  • Black face paint or gel eyeliner
  • Black and gray eyeshadow
  • Translucent, white powder/shadow or baby powder- colorless
  • Elmer’s glue stick (optional)

Get the look:

  1. Cover eyebrows with a glue to stick to block them out.  (Optional-it hides the hair but gives the skin  a nice “mask” texture.) To see how click here.
  2. Shape out circles around the eyes for the eye holes and neck line for the “mask”.  You can use any eyeliner you have on hand.
  3. Fill in entire face and neck area (except eyes) with white face paint.
  4. Generously set with powder.  I set my face with baby powder first, then applied a white eyeshadow over that to make the mask as opaque as I could.
  5. Fill in eye holes with black paint or eyeliner.  Set with black shadow.  Face paints crease really easily so be sure you set it with a heavy coating of shadow.  Lightly shade bottom of the neck by tracing a thin line around perimeter.
  6. Now for the shading….Start with the basic contour steps, using a contour or powder brush, lightly blend gray eyeshadow around the hairline, hollows of cheeks, jawline and down the side of the neck.  Then shade in the eyebrows, down the sides of the nose, nostrils, down to the upper lip, chin.  Be sure to start with a light hand and then build up the color.
  7. Using a tapered eyeshadow brush, lightly with a mix of gray and black shadow shade in the U’s of his cheeks and blend into the contour.  Go back over all the shading with the darker shade and blend out.  Crinkle your forehead and blend gray shadow into your own wrinkles and shade the outer rim of your lower lip.  This is helping create the lines and texture of the mask.
  8. For extra details, take a small eyeliner brush and outline the bottom of the brows, under the eyes and outline the upper lip line with black eyeshadow.  Michael has a very straight upper lip so try to keep the outline as straight as you can till you get to the corners then slightly flick up.  Fill in with black paint or liner.
  9. For extra measure go through and shade all areas one more time.  If you prefer that is, I am a fan of the dirtier Michael mask vs the stark white one.

Fun Halloween movie facts:

  • This movie was Jamie Lee Curtis’s debut
  • They used a William Shatner (Captain Kirk) mask for Michael Myers
  • The original title for the movie was called The Babysitter Murders
  • The entire movie was shot in 20 days
  • Dr. Sam Loomis, was named after a character from Psycho, who played the boyfriend of Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother, Janet Leigh. (That was killed in the film’s famous shower scene).



“Friday the 13th” Jason Voorhees Halloween Makeup

What is Friday the 13th without a little bit of Jason Voorhees?  Which means, how could I not celebrate this day without recreating the mask?!  Right!?  Any Friday the 13th fans out there?

What you’ll need:

  • White face paint
  • Black face paint (could also use black gel eyeliner or eyeshadow)
  • Red face paint (lipstick could be used as a substitute)
  • Gray, black and brown eyeshadows
  • Translucent colorless powder or baby powder
  • Glue stick
  • Bald cap (optional) – If using a cap you’ll need spirit gum and spirit gum remover
  • Three flat washers and eyelash glue or an adhesive (optional) or silver face paint or eyeliner
  • Fake blood (optional)

Get the look:

  1. Cover eyebrows with a glue to stick to block them out.  To see how click here.
  2. If using a bald cap, slick hair back with gel and tightly braid or pin as close to the nape of the neck as possible.  Be sure skin is clean and fit cap to head.  Trace around your ears and cut away the excess.  Roll back the edge of the cap and apply spirit gum or adhesive to skin in the shape of the cap.  Allow gum to become tacky and press the cap down into place. Smooth out the edges of the cap, and allow it to dry for a couple of minutes.  Apply more spirit gum around the seam to help strengthen and hide the seams of the bald cap.  Allow to dry.
  3. Apply white face paint over entire face (except eyes) and up onto bald cap in the shape of a hockey mask.  Set with powder.
  4. Draw the mask’s straps by outlining them out with eyeliner or black face paint on either side of the face right above the ears, and another in the middle of the forehead straight back across bald cap.  If you’re not using a cap, just draw it up into the hair-line.  Fill in straps with black paint, shadow or eyeliner.
  5. Glue washers on the front center of each strap.  If you’re not using washers you can paint on the circular hardware with the silver paint or liner.
  6. Draw in the triangles on the mask with red face paint or lipstick and fill in.
  7. Very carefully draw in the black circles of the mask as symmetrical as possible.  The easiest way I found to this, was by dipping the cap of my eyeliner pencil in the black face paint and making a stamp out of it.  I then stamped it all over my face and filled in the circles with black face paint.
  8. Fill in the eye circles with black face paint or eyeliner and set with black eyeshadow to keep from creasing.
  9. Shade around the circle of the mask using a shadow brush with gray and/or black eyeshadow to create the shadow of the mask.

You could stop there, but I stippled black, red and brown face paint onto the scalp, down my neck and chest to give him that dirty look.

Then I stippled fake blood to the mask and scalp.

Had to throw in a little dark humor here.  Michael Myers is actually my favorite slasher character and I just so happen to have a head lying around…. Who do you think would win in a fight?

Hope everyone enjoyed my take on Jason!  Happy Friday the 13th!!!!!


Jigsaw Halloween Makeup

Do you want to play a game?  No, not really, I think I’ll pass…

My sister came to visit me a few weeks ago and we decided to turn ourselves into Pennywise (click here for that tutorial) and Jigsaw.  We were trying to decide what other vilan we could do, besides Pennywise, when we discovered a new Saw movie was being released this month.  It made perfect sense to add Jigsaw in the mix.  We had a blast doing this together, we were freaking each other out while laughing our heads off at the same time.  The dogs were even freaked out, they were barking and growling.  It was definitely one of my favorite sister nights.

Let’s get to it….

What you’ll need:

  • White, red and black face paint
  • Deep red lipstick
  • Black & red eyeshadow
  • Translucent, white powder/shadow or baby powder – colorless
  • Cotton balls (optional)
  • Elmer’s glue or liquid latex (optional)
  • Black wig
  • White button up shirt
  • Black blazer
  • Red Bow tie (I didn’t have one so used a red handkerchief)

Get the look:

  1. Start with a freshly cleansed face.
  2. Cover eyebrows with a glue to stick to block them out. (Optional-it does hide the hair and helps the face paint blend in better.)  To see how click here.
  3. You could skip these next two steps and just paint eyebrows/cheeks straight onto the face but we wanted to give it more of a 3D look.  Lay down a layer of glue/latex above the eyebrows and shape a cotton ball into fluffy shaped brows and place on top of the adhesive.  Apply a layer of glue or latex over the brows to seal cotton and hold in place.  Allow to dry.  Set with powder.
  4. Repeat steps for the cheeks.  Lay down a layer of glue on the apples of your cheek and shape cotton balls into a circular ball and place on top of the glue. Apply a layer of glue or latex over the cheeks to seal cotton and hold in place.  Allow to dry.  Set with powder.  [Sidenote:  Start by shaping the cotton balls into the shape you prefer.  I couldn’t shape them after I stuck them down so they ended up being more marshmallow shaped than I wanted].
  5. Paint entire face and neck with white face paint (leaving eyes blank) and generously set with powder.
  6. Using the red paint, draw and fill in circles on the center of your eyelid for Jigsaw’s eyes and set with red eyeshadow.  If you don’t set it, it will crease quickly.
  7. Then lightly paint around the cheekbones in a circular motion with red face paint.
  8. Fill in rest of eye area with black face paint and a small pupil in the center of red eye.  Set with black shadow.
  9. Draw two black lines down the chin starting at each corner of the mouth.
  10. Sloppily add deep red lipstick to lips.
  11. Slick hair back with gel and tightly braid or pin as close to the nape of the neck as possible and put on the black wig.

You could ride around on a red tricycle to raise the creepy factor….


“It” Pennywise Halloween Makeup 2017

“We all float down here…!  You’ll float TOO!!!!”

I love Stephen King and have a general love for horror movies.   The original It movie made me terrified of clowns when I was a kiddo (still not a fan), so it made sense to dress up like one, right?

Here is how I became Pennywise.

What you’ll need:

  • White face paint
  • Black and gray eyeshadow
  • Red face paint or lipstick
  • Translucent, white powder/shadow or baby powder- colorless
  • Orange/red wig
  • Bald cap (optional) – but highly recommended for Pennywise’s large forehead
  • Spirit gum (and remover) or a skin safe adhesive – if using cap
  • Fang like teeth (optional)

Get the look:

  1. If using a bald cap, slick hair back with gel and tightly braid or pin as close to the nape of the neck as possible.  Be sure skin is clean and fit cap to head.  Trace around your ears and cut away the excess.  Roll back the edge of the cap and apply spirit gum or adhesive to skin in the shape of the cap.  Allow gum to become tacky and press the cap down into place. Smooth out the edges of the cap, and allow it to dry for a couple of minutes.  Apply more spirit gum around the seam to help strengthen and hide the seams of the bald cap.  Allow to dry.
  2. Cover eyebrows with a glue to stick to block them out.  (Optional-it hides the hair and helps the face paint blend in better.) To see how click here.
  3. Apply white face paint over entire face and up onto bald cap.  Generously set with the colorless powder.
  4. Adjust wig and fill in ears with white paint and any other areas of skin that may still be showing.
  5. Stipple gray and black shadow around forehead, temples and lightly around face to dirty up his skin.  He has crackle like skin so I added a few squiggles around the forehead and smudged them out with gray shadow.
  6. Lightly shade in those high arched eyebrows as symmetrical as you can get.
  7. Smoke out your eyes (lids and lower lash line) with a black or dark gray shadow.
  8. Since the new Pennywise doesn’t have the typical circular nose, I flared my nose out and applied the red paint to the sides of my nostrils and and across the tip.
  9. With that same red paint, slowly draw on those iconic smile lines being careful to make them as even as possible.
  10. Pop in your scary teeth and hair spray his hair out and up.  Pennywise does have a widow’s peak but I didn’t want to cut the wig in case I use it for something else.  You could cut a chunk off the back and glue the hair in the center of the forehead against the wig line to form the peak.

(I didn’t have my ring light on, clearly.  Sorry about the lighting and quality)

The Pumpkin Spice shirt really completes the look I think….