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What To Wear To Hard Day Of The Dead: Glow-In-The-Dark Pieces

Allison Selick |
October 21, 2013 | 4:02 p.m. PDT

Style Editor

your neon monokini means nothing here (Skrillex @ravememes)
your neon monokini means nothing here (Skrillex @ravememes)
Hard Day of the Dead is back again, this time with an additional night of madness. While Hard Summer may have been ideal for neon colors and bikinis, the fall months mean that you should be priming for darkness. These glowing pieces will help you stand out and light up the night.


Glow in the dark nail polish

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(Pinterest @Acadiana Thrifty)
From Hello Kitty costumes to animal-inspired backpacks, EDM clothing can make us feel like a little kid again. Though glow-in-the-dark nail polish may seem reminiscent of middle-school days spent perusing the aisles of Claires, this trend is hitting makeup shops all around the country.

Established brands have created sophisticated versions. OPI's "Zom-body to Love" is a kelly green hue that glows under natural darkness, without the assistance of a blacklight.

If green is not your thing, Urban Outfitters offers "UO Glow-In-The-Dark Nail Polish" in 5 neon colors (yellow, fuchsia, teal, orange, and pink). 

Other big names in beauty like Ciate and China Glaze have created glow-in-the-dark topcoats to set over your polish of choice. These coats work best over light polish, such as baby-blue or white.

Users beware: glow-in-the-dark polishes may stain fingernails, so be sure to use a base coat.

Light up ponytail holder

Light-up ponytail holders, (spotted by our editors at Kaskade) add a little shimmer to your look without breaking the bank. The fiber-optic strands of the hair piece sway along with your body to the rhythm of the music, creating a light trail around your every motion.

These pieces are available at multiple online locations, and come in colors to match your outfit or add sparkle to your hair.

We recommend matching the hue to your tresses for a more blended, magical look (blondes look great in yellow, dark hair matches with purple, and redheads can wear orange). 

Glow in the dark hair product

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got that super bass? (Tumblr @queen-nickiminaj)
If you want to add a little more pizzaz than is offered by a single hair accessory, try having an entire head of glowing hair. Wigs are always an easy solution, but the heavy fabric and loose fit might cause discomfort on the dance floor.

A better option is to go with temporary glow-in-the-dark hair dyes. Dyes allow you to lose the heavy wig, and focus on dancing. They can be found online and at most costume shops, and are safe for external physical application.

Light-up glasses

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(Twitter @midnitepromo845)
One trend from back in the summer that is still going strong are statement glasses. LED glasses create a mini light show on your face. Those with diffraction lenses turn the stage lighting into a kaleidoscope of color and sound.

For a low-cost alternative, simple, glow-in-the-dark frames are available at most Halloween shops.

Light-up hallloween costumes

If you want to take the light-up trend to the extreme, wear an entire light-up Halloween costume. The light-up stick figure Glowman is always a classic. The full-body suit will keep you warm well into the night while giving you the stage to show off your dance skills.

If you're looking for something a bit more revealing, the traditional "sexy Halloween costume" also comes in light-up versions, with stores stocking butterflies, fairys, devils, heartbreakers, and even Medusa

Check back on November 3rd and 4th for outfits inspired by the sickest EDM light shows and for general music coverage of "Day of the Dead". Until then, you can see Skrillex, Nero, Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris for yourself, and watch the guys below dance in GlowMan suits.



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