A mime is an artist who acts out scenes and emotions without using words. The art of miming goes back to ancient Greek and Roman times and is still practised today. This Halloween, dress as one of these silent actors with a traditional mime costume, or create a variation of your own. All a girl needs is the right outfit, some face paint and the discipline to be silent for the day.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Striped shirt
- Black trousers
- Black shoes
- White gloves
- Face paint
Create a traditional outfit. Look for a long-sleeved shirt or turtleneck with black or red horizontal stripes. Wear a pair of black trousers or jeans, topped off with red, white or black suspenders. Add black shoes and a pair of white gloves. The gloves are a must for mimes because they draw attention to the actions of the hands. Most female mimes wear their hair pulled back in a bun. If you want to wear a hat, a black beret or top hat will fit the look.
Paint your face. Make-up is a mime's trademark. Start by painting the face with white make-up. You can choose to paint over your eyebrows or leave them natural. Natural brows can help exaggerate facial expressions. Using black face paint, draw a slim upside-down triangle, or V, under each eye. Some mimes draw triangles above their eyes as well. Colour your lips red or black for the finishing touch.
Practice miming by acting out a scene or conveying a feeling using only movement and facial expressions. Create a line-up of typical miming scenes that you can portray without speaking, such as climbing up a ladder or being trapped in a glass box. Once you get the hang of it, create more elaborate scenes of your own. Just remember to keep your lips sealed.
Tips and warnings
- When it comes to your Halloween mime costume, you don't have to stick with tradition. Create a more modern mime outfit by wearing a black-and-white striped dress with heels, or become a zombie mime by adding some slashes and blood stains. At Halloween you can be as creative or gruesome as you want.
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