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Coolest Samara: The Ring Costume 5

by Gregory B.
(Orlando, FL)

Homemade Samara: The Ring Costume

Homemade Samara: The Ring Costume

This idea for a Samara: The Ring Costume comes from the very popular horror movie "The Ring." I spent a couple weeks getting the costume to look exactly how I wanted it, but none the less, I was pretty happy with the result. Everything you see (aside from the wig) was made by me. (Of course that's me in the picture too!

The shoes were made out of a regular pair of old dress shoes. I have size 13 feet (men's) and was having a hard time finding a good pair of Mary-Jane's to fit me, so I made my own! I cut out the lacing with heavy duty scissors and took an old pair of black sandals that had a strap with buckle and cut off the strap and buckle and sewed it to the shoes in a Mary-Jane type fashion.

The nightgown was also sewn from a pattern - Victorian style nightgown. The bottom edges and sleeves were ruffed up by painstakingly pulling out cross-threads, so that only one part of the strand remained. I then took makeup (being the makeup artist I am) and used it on the costume (Ben Nye cream makeup) lightly with a sponge to create the illusion of "wet" and "dirty."

The wig is a plain ole' Cher type wig that I ruffed up with hairspray. I was also covered from head to toe in makeup. I applied a "stretch and stipple" effect to my legs, arms, hands and face and applied a prosthetic brow that I created to my eye-brow region.

Contact lenses were added, as well as nails I also made from scratch, using plain old plastic nails I bought from the store for under 2 bucks. I carefully sanded the nails until they were dull, then took a box cutter and carefully cut into the nails to make them look dried and cracks. I then used Ben-nye makeup and colored the nails to look "dead." I applied the nails to my hands, over-top of a layer of latex and tissue and glued down with nail glue. I then took dark tooth enamel (for teeth black outs) and painted under the nailbed to look more realistic. I hope you enjoy my humble recreation.



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super creepy
by: Kimberly

Love it!

by: jessica

hey our family does this haunted house every year and they want me to be Samara from the ring. Can you tell me how you did your makeup on your face? thanks!

by: jessica

Me and my family do a haunted house every year and they want me to be Samara from the Ring and if I can I would like to know how you did the makeup on your body and face.thanks!!

Awesome Costume Tips!
by: Michelle

You are a genius! Been thinking about doing Samara for a few years, but didn't decide until my other costume idea bit the dust. Coming across your info on this website was a Godsend! I think it's the best costume I've ever done.

by: Anonymous

Great job! How did u stain the nails? And what kind of makeup did u do for ur face and do u think black greese paint will work to make urself look " dirty"?

love it,
by: Lady Gaga

Nice little monster ('''') ('''')

Thank you all....
by: Gregory Allen Brown

Sorry for the delay in my thanks of everyone's an apology....please contact me on and i would be happy to give you tips for this years' costume. A big thank you to Lady Gaga (I'm hoping its the real you) for your comments, not to mention your fabulousness :-) If you ever need another artist on deck...I'd be happy to help.

cool samara
by: tylerclementringlover

those finger nails are SOOOOOO realistic!

Wig Question
by: Anje

Can you please tell me where you got the wig from? Thanks! xxx

Real Samara Dress Reference
by: Ann

I have the actual dress used in The Ring if anyone needs a reference. I can show share a pic of it.

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