How to make a Gothic rag doll costume

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How to make a Gothic rag doll costume
Add your own style to your Gothic rag doll costume. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Whether you are into the Gothic scene or simply want to put a twist on the classic rag doll costume for a party, the Gothic rag doll look is a fairly easy look to put together. A far darker version of "Raggedy Ann," any short gingham dress will do, though short black dresses will look just as authentic. The Gothic look can be created for a number of dark looks in addition to the rag doll, such as Gothic bride or ballerina.

Things you need

  • White, short-sleeved shirt
  • Short, black baby doll-style dress
  • White or black bloomers
  • Striped leggings
  • White cream make-up
  • Black cream make-up
  • Black eye pencil
  • Black powder shadow
  • Black mascara
  • False eyelashes (optional)
  • Black or burgundy lipstick
  • Black or burgundy lip pencil
  • Spiked choker (optional)
  • Skull hair ties
  • Hair dye (optional)
  • Black boots

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    Put on a white shirt and a short, black dress over it. Wear white or black bloomers with striped leggings. The leggings can be black and white, black and red, black and purple or another striped combination.

  2. 2

    Dye your hair black or with black lowlights or create chunky colour stripes in your hair with hot pink or red hair dye if desired. Use skull ponytail holders to style your hair in pigtails on the sides of your head.

  3. 3

    Paint your face white. Use black cream make-up to create black circles on cheeks as opposed to the red seen on most rag dolls. Rim the eyelids with black eye pencil and use black powder eyeshadow all over the eyelids. Cover eyelashes with heavy applications of black mascara. Add false eyelashes if desired to further create the wide-eyed look of rag dolls. Paint the lips with black or deep burgundy lipstick and lip pencil. Wear black nail polish on the nails.

  4. 4

    Add accessories such as spiky chokers and bracelets. Put on a pair of chunky-heeled black boots to complete the costume.

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