For years Maleficent has risen to the top of my Halloween costumes and this year I finally executed it. This costume was certainly my biggest undertaking due to the creation of the headpiece.
- Horn headpiece — bonus points for handcrafting your own! I made mine and finished it within 30 minutes of my Haute Halloween party
- Vampy makeup
- Green contacts — the lighter and yellower the better
- Feather choker — repurposed from my Raven costume last year
- Black lace shirt
- Black corset — borrowed from my friend Kim (this was her custom made wedding corset. Girl is badass.)
- Staff with crow atop — I made mine with a piece of black bamboo, a plastic ball, black gaffer’s tape, and a black crow purchased from Michael’s
- Edgy rings from Forever21
- Black skirt — or black dress
- Bonus: Nude manicure with red on the inside of the nail a la Adele at the Grammy’s
Richard Darbonne is a talented Seattle portrait photographer I work with who suggested we do a portrait session after he saw my Malefiselfie on Instagram — “My heart stopped when I saw it,” he said. Richard created an environment with light that really highlighted the drama of Maleficent’s persona. “This light was especially crafted for you,” he told me when I sat down on set. “I tried to get other people to sit in, but it didn’t work.” It required the makeup and light and dark drama of the costume.
This is an award-winning costume as well! On Thursday I won Best Costume at the zulily Halloween party for this Maleficent costume. When announcing the best costume, our Studio Director said, “I can see your horns from here!” As my friend Charity said, “You won Halloween.”
Watch for a forthcoming detailed post on the making of the Maleficent horns.
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