So around this time, my blog starts to get a lot of hits…All the crafty ones start coming around this time to find ideas for Halloween.
Halloween is DEFINITELY my favorite holiday, second only to Christmas.
I want to share a few other Halloween ideas, for those of you who are not interested in turning themselves into Edward Scissorhands (that post can be found HERE).
This post is all about my Oompa Loompa costume from a few years ago. Enjoy!
Unfortunately, these are the only photos I could find, as this costume was from a few years back. Im actually considering doing this again, it was so fun!
Anyway, this costume was pretty simple. The hardest part is the pants. Now I’m a pretty crafty girl, and I have been known to sew/design my own costumes…BUT…these pants I actually had to buy. I know, total bummer. I just couldn’t figure out to get them just right, and everything I made was a total failure. I caved and ended up just getting them custom made. In retrospect, I realize now I could have made them myself, after looking closely at how mine were made…..but truth be told, its the most important part of the costume. Everything else you can skimp on, and buy super, super cheap.
The pants I ordered off Ebay (seller is no longer on ebay, I checked). The seller custom made them, and I had to order them a couple weeks in advance. I paid about $30 for them. They are made out of felt…and after seeing them, I realized that felt was the PERFECT material to make them out of. Just buy it in bulk, trace out the “oompa” pattern twice (one for the front part, and one for the back) and sew them together. You can use your best fitting jeans as a pattern, just add the “oompa” hips. After looking closely at the seams of my pants, thats exactly what the lady I bought from did. Hindsight is 20/20 I guess. I would have never thought to use felt. The suspenders are also made out of strips of felt and the buttons are just large black plastic buttons that are attached to the pants/suspenders by safety pins.
The wig is also from ebay. I searched for the cheapest one possible and I paid about $10 for it. You can search for a plain green wig and style it yourself with a regular poof, or you can search for an “oompa loompa” wig on ebay/amazon like I did.
The turtle neck I already had. I just took some white fabric paint I had left over from a previous project and painted the white lines on the neck and sleeves. I suggest hitting up a thrift shop for an old brown turtle neck if you dont want to ruin one you still wear. If you’re in a pinch for the white stripes and its super last minute, the liquid type of white out or white nail polish will work just as well.
The white gloves I had from a previous costume, but you can also find really cheap ones on ebay or the dollar store.
In the photos you cant see my feet unfortunately. But im just wearing brown/white striped socks I had from my pirate days at the renaissance fair and my fairy shoes. I had shoes custom made for one of my old renaissance fair costumes, and I used them again for the oompa loompa. The seller can be found on Etsy, she makes the most amazingly comfortable shoes…and honestly, I wear mine all the time. Sadly, she doesnt have anything listed on her shop currently. Im not sure if that will change or not. :( Obviously, not everyone is weird and has a pair of custom made fairy shoes that look remarkably like fashionable oompa wear, so a pair of brown leather flats will do. If you have old ones, you can simply glue a white pom pom to them, to match the oompa’s shoes.
Now for the make up.
Basically, I started off by using a concealer/foundation that was about 3 shades darker than what I would normally wear. I used this super affordable concealer palette from ebay (its cheap, but it did not cause any breakouts or damage to my skin even after using it all over my face). Then I used the most orange bronzer I could find at the drugstore. I dont have the bronzer anymore, so I dont remember what brand it was…but honestly I just went into a walgreens and got the most orange one I could find. My face was already pretty orange with just the orangey shades from the concealer palette, but an orange bronzer helps to keep things matte, and more importantly, in place. If you cant find a very orange based bronzer, use many layers of your regular bronzer. You are more than welcome to use orange face paint. If you do, I would first mix some of the paint into my foundation and build it up from there so it looks more like a bad tan than just regular face paint. Then you can set your paint/foundation mix with translucent powder.
DONT FORGET TO PRIME THE CRAP OUT OF YOUR FACE FOR THIS. SERIOUSLY.
For the brows, I used the glue stick method. Take a glue stick and use it to cover your eyebrow hairs. Word of advice, you want to cover your brows BEFORE the foundation and bronzer. Then I just took some white eyeliner to re-draw them back on. I used a glue stick to cover them because I have very dark, very coarse hair. If I left them alone, nothing would be able to cover them…not the concealer/foundation or super orange bronzer. Obviously, if your brows are more well behaved than mine, you can skip the glue stick. Don’t be afraid of the glue stick method either, it will come off very easily with make up remover and warm water. It wont rip out any of your eyebrow hair, and it wont hurt. If you have sensitive skin, I would first test the glue on a corner of your brow to make sure your skin doesn’t have any weird reactions to it.
We made it to the end!
I hope you guys enjoyed this!
If you try any of the Halloween costumes you find via my blog, please tweet me your pics @TinyxThalia!!!!!! I would love to see them! <3