How to Dress as a Fairy With a Fancy Dress

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How to Dress as a Fairy With a Fancy Dress
A fancy dress forms a great foundation for a fairy costume. (blue fairy image by laviniaparscuta from

Use a fancy dress to form the base for your fairy costume as this kind of dress can provide the amount of sparkle and flounce that your fairy look needs. To continue in the fairy theme, you will only need to add a few accessories. You can find a wide range of fairy-related items around Halloween, or you can purchase them at major costume shops, either in-store or on the Internet. Additionally, if you are craft-oriented, you can make your own wings, wand and headpiece.

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Things you need

  • Fairy wings
  • Magic wand
  • Headpiece
  • Glitter eyeshadow
  • Shimmer powder

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    Choose a theme that goes well with the colour and style of your dress. For example, base your costume on a flower fairy, woodland fairy or a water fairy. Choose to make a seasonal fairy costume since you can easily accessorise it with themed flowers and plants. Alternately, go with a colour theme and pick accessories to match.

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    Get wings, one of the most common elements of a fairy costume. Fairy wings generally tend to be made from net, mesh or gauze, in keeping with the ethereal look. Decorate your wings with glitter, sequins or beads to reflect light. Try to match the colour of your wings to your fancy dress for a more realistic effect.

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    Create a magic wand as they are the ideal accessory for the fairy look. Use ribbons, silk flowers and glitter to enhance the wand. Wind ribbons around the shaft of the wand and let some of the ribbons dangle from the bottom of the wand to give it a flowing feel. Add flowers, costume jewels, sequins or other materials to give the wand a bit of glitter.

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    Try a headpiece. Using the same decorations as your wand, create a headpiece or enhance a purchased headpiece. Leave long ribbons trailing down the back of the headpiece to make a sprite-like fashion statement. Add flowers or feathers in complementary colours. Alternately, use a necklace draped over your forehead and wind silk flowers and ribbons into the chain.

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    Use shimmery make-up. Lotions and powders with a pearlescent sheen can give your skin an otherworldly appearance. Use glittery shadow to enhance your eyes. Or, opt to draw intricate patterns on your skin, such as vines or flowers, using eyeliner pencils.

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