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Homemade mime Halloween costume

When pressed for time and money, a mime costume is an ideal choice for adults and children alike. You most likely have all of the materials for a home-made mime costume around the house already, so you don't have to visit a costly costume store. Simple dark clothes, light make-up and some silly accessories are all you need to dress up like a mime for Halloween, a fancy dress party or just while playing dress-up with the kids.

Clothing

Mimes traditionally wear dark clothing, so as long as you have a black shirt or a black pair of trousers, you're all set. The black trousers should be as tight as possible; mimes use their body to tell the story, so the more you can see of their bodies, the better. Spandex black trousers are ideal. You can wear a black turtleneck or, if you have one handy, a black and white striped shirt to accentuate the movement rather than the outfit. Go with simple black shoes; black ballet flats for women and plain black dress shoes for men. Choose clothes that you can move around in easily.

Make-up

Mimes rely heavily on their faces to convey emotion, so adding make-up to accentuate their expressions is a must. Traditionally, mimes paint their entire faces white. It contrasts well with the black clothing, making the face the focus of the outfit. After painting your face white with make-up, use black eye liner to accentuate your eyes and paint on expressive eyebrows that will help you convey a wide range of emotions. Some mimes choose to paint on rosy cheeks, but it isn't necessary.

Accessories

The point of a mime is not having to use props, but you can still add some accessories to take the homemade mime costume to the next level. A pair of black suspenders would be a good look over a striped top. White gloves bring attention to your expressive hands as you act out scenarios. A black beret makes you look like a more traditional French mime and can be easily found at a thrift shop. If you're worried about people not knowing what you are dressed as, bring along a small, transparent box to carry with you; a mime's most popular trick is to look like he's in a glass box. Even if you don't have the acting skills to be a mime, there won't be any question what you are supposed to be.

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Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.