This year I decided to go with the Bride of Frankenstein. I absolutely adore this movie and it was time for a tribute!
For this Bride of Frankenstein Costume I started with the hair. My hair is 3 feet long, I knew this was going to be a challenge. I took sections of hair no bigger than my finger and teased it starting at the base and worked inch by inch, hair-spraying every inch. Doing it upside down as much as possible helps. My hair was too heavy to stay straight up, so I used a hair claw and put it under my hair as high as possible. Then lots and lots of bobby pins.
I bought some white hair color spray and cut out lightning bolts from cardboard. I sprayed both sides. Also, the original Bride did not have black hair, it was actually red. The movie was just in black and white, so you don’t need the black hair dye of doom.
For the makeup, I washed my face so there was a clean, dry surface. I bought foundation and powder that was 3 times lighter than my natural color and applied it evenly. I used black eye shadow and an angled small brush. I applied it to my upper and lower lids. Think eyeliner if you will.
I bought false eye lashes and applied them, the longer the better, it will look amazing! I then used mascara and applied it very thick. The original bride had varied clumps and imperfections, so go all out. I used the black eye shadow and angled brush and went over my eyebrows. I angled the front down a bit, then swooped it back towards my temple. I took a burgundy lipstick and mixed it with a copper brown and a black eye shadow. It creates a wonderful dead look. I then used the same black eye shadow and angled brush to make the scars on my jaw line.
The dress was a king sized sheet from the thrift store. I folded it once lengthwise then once width-wise. Marked the spot where my head would be, then cut a square. I folded the edges and glued them with fabric glue to make an even neck line. I folded the arms 3 times and used safety pins to hold it together. The bandages on the arms were just another sheet that had been cut into long strips. I tied the ends to my clothes underneath and worked my way down.
I had my boyfriend safety pin the sides together (as I was completely unable… my fingers were covered in bandages). Remember to tie them to clothes, bra, anything – they will fall down otherwise.
All in all, the Bride of Frankenstein Costume cost about $45 and it turned out amazing!
“It’s a perfect night for mystery and horror. The air itself is filled with monsters.”