Easy DIY Halloween costume! 

Happy Halloween everyone! It’s officially Halloween even though everyone probably celebrated this past Saturday (I know I did)! I wanted to share my super quick, easy DIY Halloween costume this year. I decided to dress as a creepy vintage wind-up doll! Here’s a selfie:

I settled on this costume for a few reasons: First, it would cost me no money. Second, the DIY portion of the costume was truly a no brainer. Third, it was fun to do the makeup! So if you love makeup and spending hardly a dollar, here’s how to do this DIY wind-up doll costume!

What you’ll need:

  • Black eyeliner
  • White eyeliner
  • Concealer
  • Red lipstick
  • Fake eyelashes (optional)
  • Curling iron (or curly hair!)
  • A big bow (suggestion)
The vintage key:
  • Toilet paper or paper towel roll
  • Gold paint
  • Paint sponge
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard (I used a sturdy paper plate)
  • Mug
  • Another container with a smaller circumference than the mug
  • Pencil
  • Elastic

Luckily, I’m a crafty person and already had most of the DIY supplies, but if you don’t have gold paint or elastic or things like that, this costume may only cost you about $10. Still cheap!

Here’s how I made the key (DIY originally found here):

  1. Trace two big circles onto cardboard using the mug.
  2. Trace two smaller circles within the larger ones using a smaller jar.
  3. Draw the stem of the key about two inches wide.
  4. Cut out the key and the inner circles.
  5. Paint the key gold.
  6. Paint a toilet paper or paper towel roll with the gold paint.
  7. After dry, cut the paper towel roll (if you used that) so it’s about a third shorter.
  8. Insert the stem of the key into the roll and secure it on the inside with tape.
  9. Cut two slits into the end of the roll so you can thread the elastic through.
  10. Cut a length of elastic long enough so you can tie it around your torso.
  11. Thread the elastic through the key and tie the finished key around your waist.
  12. The tightness of the elastic should make the key stick out from your back.
  13. That’s it!

As for the makeup, I did my normal foundation base and my normal neutral shadow (contour color through the crease and a soft light shimmer shade on the lid). Then I did a thick black line on my upper lid. On the bottom lid, I traced a wide semicircle under my eyes in a thick white eyeliner pencil. Then I used a black pencil liner to outline the white, creating the illusion of bigger, wider eyes. I made sure to coat my bottom lashes in the white liner, too.

Next I drew doll-like eyelashes on my bottom faux “lid” and put mascara on my top lashes (with some eyelash extensions).

For the lip, I concealed my lips and powdered them to set. Then I took my Mary Jo Kylie lip kit and outlined a rough heart shape on my lips, then filled it in with the liquid lipstick.

Cheeks: massive amount of blush in well-defined circles on my cheeks and soft freckles dotted on with the same black liner I used on my under eyes.

That’s basically it! I curled my hair in ringlets and tied a bow around my head all floppy, and I got used to staring at everyone with creepy, dead eyes. I ended up winning Scariest Costume at my friends’ party. 😉

Poor iPhone photo of the finished product:

I had so much fun with this costume, and it was so easy to throw together only a couple days before. Even the makeup only took like 20 minutes! Much love to Pinterest for the idea. 🙂

What were/are you guys this year? Do you prefer to DIY or buy your costumes? signoff


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  • This is a great idea! You look great!