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How To Dress Up As An Artist For Halloween

Updated on October 31, 2017

Dress up as Vincent van Gogh or Bob Ross this year for Halloween if you are looking for a simple art inspired costume, but know that art costume ideas come in many difficulty levels. There's a choice to be made right up front, do you go as the artist or as the work of art?

These costume ideas have one thing in common, they will amaze your friends and probably win you a costume contest! Arsty costume ideas are fun and easy to make yourself. These fun homemade costume ideas are also less expensive than store bought outfits, so have fun and save money with these art inspired costume ideas.

Art inspired Halloween costume ideas
Art inspired Halloween costume ideas | Source

This list names a few of the many art inspired Halloween costume ideas you can find online or in your art books:

  1. Freida Kahlo
  2. Birth Of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
  3. Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci
  4. Vincent Van Gogh
  5. Pablo Picasso
  6. Girl With The Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
  7. Vanitas (his style of painting showing the inevitability of death)
  8. Georgia O'Keefe
  9. Blue Guitarist by Picasso

Magritte art is a great Halloween costume idea
Magritte art is a great Halloween costume idea | Source

Combine Some Of Magritte's Art To Create A Unique Costume

This Halloween costume combines a couple works of art from the famous Magritte. This costume is made up of "The Son of Man", "The Large Family", and any one of Magritte's famous cloud paintings. Check out a page of Rene Magritte's other paintings to find more inspiration for your unique and fun outfit.

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Costumes Based On Picasso's Blue Period

The Old Guitarist a study in blue
The Old Guitarist a study in blue | Source

This painting of The Old Guitarist is from Pablo Picasso's blue period, so to make this easy costume you are going to need lots of blue. The list of materials you will need to make this DIY costume are:

  • A Guitar
  • A Blue Dress
  • Blue/Gray Hair Coloring
  • Blue/Gray Halloween Body Paint or Make Up

Mehron makes a great FX make up to paint yourself for Halloween.

The Birth Of Venus Costume How To

Art Inspired Halloween costume
Art Inspired Halloween costume | Source

This fantasy costume idea is fun to wear and easy to make. To dress up as Sandro Botticelli's "The Birth Of Venus" you will need the following materials:

  • A Long Blonde Wig
  • A Beige Body Suit
  • Blue Hair Ribbons
  • Sea Shells
  • Netting
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

The Mona Lisa Costume DIY Instructions

Dress up as the Mona Lisa Painting this Halloween
Dress up as the Mona Lisa Painting this Halloween | Source

There are a couple parts to this art inspired costume, "The Mona Lisa". This work of art was painted by Leonardo da Vinci and is one of the most famous paintings I know.

To make this Halloween costume you will need:

  • A Gold Frame
  • A Dress
  • A Poster of the Mona Lisa
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft Knife
  • Poster Board

Frida Kahlo Art Inspired Halloween Costume Tutorial

Make your own Frida Kahlo costume
Make your own Frida Kahlo costume | Source

To make your own Frida Kahlo costume you will need an outfit like Frida used to wear and some makeup. The most prominent feature on Frida's face is the iconic unibrow that makes her so very recognizable. You will need the following items:

  • Lacy Top
  • Bright Floral Skirt
  • Jewelry - Necklace, Bracelets, Earrings
  • Scarf
  • Bright Big Flowers
  • Black Boot or Low Heeled Shoes

Check out the video I found below to see exactly how it's done.

DIY Frida Kahlo Costume | PaolaKassa

How To Make A Vincent van Gogh Costume

Go dressed up as the artist, Vincent van Gogh
Go dressed up as the artist, Vincent van Gogh | Source

A homemade Vincent van Gogh costume isn't all that difficult to make yourself. You will need some FX costume makeup and an old suit jacket. Here is a more detailed list of what you will need to make this costume:

  • An Old Shirt
  • An Old Jacket (or a cheap one from a thrift store)
  • Paint Brushes
  • White Paint
  • Orange Paint
  • Yellow Paint
  • Make Up Paint Brushes
  • Mehron White FX Makeup
  • Mehron Yellow FX Makeup
  • Mehron Orange FX Makeup

If you want to get into more detail, check out the video below and follow it step by step. If you are satisfied with the picture up above of the Vincent costume, just watch the video to see how she applies the makeup with the brush strokes.

Make Yourself Into Vincent Van Gogh: A Makeup Tutorial

The Girl With A Pearl Earring Costume How To

Make your own art inspired Halloween costume
Make your own art inspired Halloween costume | Source

I love this easy to make costume idea. It is simple and lovely. To make this costume at home you will need:

  • Pearl Earrings
  • Blue Head Scarf
  • Yellow Head Scarf
  • Brown Wrap or Jacket
  • White Blouse
  • Blue Skirt
  • Ankle Boots
  • Pink-Red Lipstick

Bob Ross And Happy Little Tree Couples Costume Ideas

Make your own Bob Ross and Happy Little Tree couples costume
Make your own Bob Ross and Happy Little Tree couples costume | Source

To make your own Bob Ross and his "Happy Little Tree" costume you will need:

  • Blue Button Down Shirt
  • Blue Jeans
  • Paint Brush
  • Afro Style Brown Wig
  • Paint Palette (make it out of cardboard & dab some color markers on it)
  • A Shirt, Pants, or Dress
  • Headband
  • Fake Leaves (fake flowers or cut them out of felt for shirt, pants, or skirt & headband)
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Optional: A Squirrel For Your Tree

Roy Lichtenstein And A Pop Art Costume

+ 25 Pinterest Art Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas
+ 25 Pinterest Art Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas | Source

Roy Lichtenstein pop art is full of vibrant colors as you can see for yourself in the picture up above. The makeup detail looks difficult to achieve, but it's really pretty easy to become a Lichtenstein work of art. I've listed the supplies you will need to put together this costume, but go with the theme rather than each individual item. The shoes can be yellow, the bag can be blue, the dress can be black polka dots, mix and match with bright colors.

To make this DIY Lichtenstein Pop Art costume you will need:

  • A Polka Dot Dress - the one above is red
  • A Bright Purse - the one pictured is yellow
  • Pretty High Heeled Shoes - the ones in the picture are blue
  • Jewelry Accessories - show are red earrings, a yellow ring, and a pearl bracelet
  • A Wig - that's show in yellow and of course, the wig is optional
  • Make Up


Pop Art - Lichtenstein - Comic Book Makeup Tutorial

The products used to create this Pop Art look are:

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
  • Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
  • Kryolan Aquacolor Plus (Black)
  • Mac Boot Black Liquid Liner
  • Mac Fascinating Eye Kohl
  • Mac Cyan Pro Performance HD Airbrush Makeup (pro product)
  • Illamasqua Scribe Liquid Liner
  • Maybelline Colossal Mascara
  • Mac Viva Glam I Lipstick
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O


She used several different make up brushes to create this comic/pop art make up look and those brushes are:

  • Mac 224
  • Mac 195
  • Real Techniques Stippling Brush
  • Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush
  • Real Techniques Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush
  • Real Techniques Accent Brush

As for all those brushes and that make up - check what you have that you can use...the woman in the video does this stuff for a living...you are probably not going to do that so do not spend a fortune on these names and brands. Use the make up you have and buy one or two items you may want to use.

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