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Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe Costume

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Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe Costume

My favorite pic from Halloween in NY

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Photo #1 - My favorite pic from Halloween in NY Photo #2 - With the poster. Photo #3 - Warhol and I found the tomato soup can! Photo #4 - Picture of me in the original blonde wig. Photo #5 - The wig after I painted it. Photo #6 - Face paint that I used. Photo #7 - Painting the shadows. Photo #8 - Almost done! Photo #9 - Close up!
Costume type:  Costumes for Women
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for women entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Rebecca, the 'Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe' costume creator:

I've done some pop art costumes the past few years. This year, I went with an Andy Warhol (both literally and figuratively) for Halloween.

For this, I knew I would need:
1 white dress
1 blonde wig (hightlighted with yellow and black paint for effect)
Pink face paint (I prefer water-based)
Black face paint
Teal face paint
Bright pink tights
1 tall gangly man to play my Warhol

That's it! I got it all from Amazon pretty easily for less than $50.

Ahead of time-
1. Paint wig with yellow and black for highlights and lowlights. This took approx 30 mins, but you definitely have to wait for it to dry, I would suggest doing it a few days before.
2. I also made a cumbersome poster that had different shots of the Marilyn piece. I only ended up carrying it around for like 15 mins total- not necessary for the costume, but it looked pretty cool. (See last picture)

Day of-
I put a picture of Warhol's Marilyn on the mirror for reference.
1. Paint exposed upper body pink. I needed a little help with my back, but in a pinch I was able to do it on my own one of the three nights I dressed up.
2. Now it's time for the shading. Follow the outline of Marilyn's face with the black facepaint- be sure not to add too much water, otherwise it will mix with the pink paint.
The important parts are to get the distance from cheekbone outlines and lips/ eyebrows right.
3. Use the teal facepaint to throw on that infamous eyeshadow. Really overdo it- Warhol wasn't about his art looking super realistic.
4. I also added a little cleavage line with black facepaint, because I'm sure Warhol would have if he had done a full body painting :)

Creepy in real life, but almost everyone knew who I was. My favorite picture was on the grate in Times Square- there were a crowd of about 150 people waiting to see what happened.

Difficulty: Not the hardest costume, but you have to have some idea of how shadows work and a steady hand. Also, you've got to be comfortable walking around in pink paint all day and having people want to take their pictures with you.

Rating: 5.0 of 5. Votes: 87

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#1 comment by Helen Ernest November 1, 2012

This costume was totally realistic and more than amazing! BRAVO!!!

#2 comment by Sharlene November 1, 2012

I have chills. This is CRAY!!!!!!

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