Werewolves are monsters from legends that have found a home in Hollywood movies. Werewolves, like other movie monsters, are also popular Halloween costumes for the young and old. Werewolf costumes can get very complicated and very messy or they can be simple. A simple approach to making a werewolf costume can be as easy as putting together a little make-up, an old shirt and some faux fur.
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Things you need
- Basic Halloween make-up kit
- Additional make-up sponges
- Black lipstick
- 1 yard brown faux fur shag fabric
- Old button down shirt
- Set of fake black fingernails
- Set of costume teeth with fangs
- Needle and thread
Take the button down shirt and lay it out on a flat surface. Open the front of the shirt and the cuffs.
Cut the yard of faux fur into three sections: One strip about 4 inches wide and the length of the shirt from the top button to the bottom button, and the other two cut to fit in the shirt cuffs.
Sew the strips of faux fur to the inside of the shirt. Sew the long strip to the side under the button holes of the shirt. You may need to trim the long strip so that it only comes up as high as the highest button you intend to button on the shirt. Sew the short strips into each sleeve, making sure the faux fur can poke out the gap where the shirt cuffs button and at the end of the sleeve around the hand.
A Furry Body
Paint your face with a layer of base colour. The base colour from the Halloween make-up kit should be a brown or tan. Pick a make-up kit and base colour based on your own skin tone. For those with a lighter complexions a dark tan should do; for those with very tan complexions, a darker brown may be preferable.
Paint black make-up around the eyes and on the nose. Look at a picture of a wolf as a reference. Wolves have black circles around their eyes and their noses and lips are black. Also, use black make-up to create some depth around the nose and eyes. Painting most of the eyes black gives them a sunken look. Lightly applying black make-up to the sides of the nose can suggest shadows that make the nose appear larger and longer.
Paint in details on the face. Use a combination of the black make-up and the base colour to enhance the facial features. Draw in a heavy brow or add some shadow below the cheek bones to make them look more sunken. Mix the base colour and the black to create colours in between, or mix the base colour with some white make-up to lighten it.
Put on the shirt to which you added the faux fur. You may need to make some adjustments to make sure that the fur is poking out between buttons and out the top of the shirt and the sleeves. Stuffing the shirt with some old T-shirts or newspaper may help with the illusion.
Paint some of the base colour on the backs of your hands and fingers -- just enough to match the face.
Put the fake teeth in. Be careful with costume teeth; they may require some washing and trimming before using to be sure they're clean and fit well.
Apply the fake black fingernails to the tips of your real fingernails.
Putting the Pieces Together
Tips and warnings
- If you're unsure of your make-up skill, purchase a werewolf mask to use instead. Be careful, as masks can limit peripheral vision.
- Check the faux fur and make-up in case they are made of materials that you're allergic to.
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