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5 Incredibly Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Women

Updated on September 15, 2015

It's that time of the year again!

Every time that October rolls around, the most commonly asked question is 'What are you dressing up as for Halloween?'. Some people plan months in advance, while the majority of us use the last few days leading up to the party.

If some of you ladies are not sure what to dress up as yet, no fear - here is a compiled list of five easy DIY costumes, all with pop culture inspiration. With a raid of your closet, some makeup, and a few props, you'll be the belle of the spooky ball!

Have a great Halloween!


1. Rosie the Riveter

One of the easiest costumes on this list, people will instantly recognize you as one of history’s most famous figures.

Wear an all-denim outfit (however, if you have access to a jumpsuit, that’s even better) and heavy boots. Tie your hair up with a bright read bandana, and sport your reddest, brightest lipstick. Be sure to strike the famous pose!


2. Breakfast at Tiffany's

This is one of classic Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn’s most famous roles, and decades later this outfit is still instantly recognizable. Holly Golightly (the character’s name) is seen as a symbol of class, elegance and timelessness.

Wear a long black maxi dress, and be sure to accessorize with lots of pearls – pearl earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anything! Style your hair into a high bun or top knot, and if possible, add in a little tiara. Keep your makeup simple, but be sure to have defined eyebrows (Audrey was known for her classy brows) and wear a pair of large shades. If possible, a pair of elbow length black gloves would tie together the outfit perfectly. Carry a long cigarette holder (or simply a long black wooden or plastic dowel), and you’ll be ready for Fifth Avenue!


3. Orange is the New Black character

Netflix's Orange is the New Black (or simply known as Orange or OITNB) is easily one of the most popular television shows ever, despite having only two seasons (Where are you, season three?) Taking place in a women’s prison, this show has many memorable characters. Everyone wears the same uniform - khaki shirt and trousers, white long sleeved tee and black boots - but each character puts her own twist on it.

If not khaki, you can always go for wearing bright orange clothing – it’ll tie in much more with the title!

For a Suzanne/Crazy Eyes vibe, tie your hair up into little Bantu knots and mimic her jerky movements and hilarious quotes (Remember “chocolate and vanilla swirl”?)

To be Red, adopt a thick Russian accent, wear a white shirt with gray pants, and if possible, style your hair in a similar ‘messy’ way.

For easier identification of your character, feel free to add a name tag!


4. Amy Winehouse

Known for her beautiful voice, alternative style, and tumultuous personal life, Amy Winehouse was one of the music industry’s biggest stars who passed away far too soon.

Wear a black tank top and a pair of frayed denim shorts. Amy was known for her ‘beehive’ hairstyle and dramatic winged eyeliner. Also be sure to draw on a beauty spot to mimic Winehouse’s Monroe piercing. To take this costume a step further, you can wear tattoo sleeves, or even apply some temporary ones along your upper arms.

Roy Lichtenstein's 'Drowning Girl'.
Roy Lichtenstein's 'Drowning Girl'. | Source

5. Roy Lichtenstein artwork

This one is for the ladies who are more skilled in the makeup department, and will definitely need a little extra time to prepare.

Roy Lichtenstein was known for his pop art, most of which featured figures drawn in a comic-book style. One of the most defining factors is that every character’s skintone is made up of little pink or red uniform dots. Also, be sure to define your brows, eyes and lip outlines.

Check out the many YouTube tutorials (one is included below) and gather the necessary makeup, tools and brushes. It’s strongly recommended to use costume makeup, or the type that won’t smudge away with sweat or water.

Some people apply the makeup only to the face and neck areas, but if you’re feeling adventurous, continue the dots all along your forearms and visible skin areas.

Wear a simple outfit and hairstyle, as you don’t want to overshadow your amazing makeup. Everyone will be amazed by this costume and will beg to take photos with you, guaranteed!

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