The cave-woman costume is a classic option for Halloween and other costume parties. Simple to create and typically cheap to manufacture or buy, the costume nevertheless encompasses a good amount of options when it comes to accessorising and tweaking the outfit.
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The basis of a cave-woman costume comes in the form of a dress or top-and-skirt combination in materials such as brown suede, animal prints and even faux animal fur. Some individuals will want to reveal more in a miniskirt and crop top, while others will opt for a more modest dress. Either way, the look tends to be tattered around the edges to give it a savage feel.
Body paint can be a great way to express yourself in a cave-woman costume. Smearing body paint over your face and arms creates a primitive, savage look; lean toward earthy, tribal colours, such as green, browns and dark reds. Face paints could alternatively be used to add tribal markings to a costume. These designs can be anything from complex tribal drawings to simple patterns, and can show up on the face or arms.
Cavemen weren't the only ones to carry a club for snaring prey. A big club adds an element of fun to a cave-woman costume and can be created from a range of safe materials, including latex and foam; you could even add spikes or bits of loose foliage to give the club a prehistoric feel. Inflatable clubs can also be purchased via the Internet or at your local costume shop.
No cave-woman costume is complete without a prehistoric hair style to match. Go for a messy look to keep in line with the savageness of the costume; the Beauty & the Bath website suggests opting for big, backcombed hair combined with long hold spray, or alternatively buying a wig if you don't have enough hair for it. A bone barrette can top off the look.
Bones don't just have to turn up in your hair. You can accessorise with pieces of animal bone or fake bits of bone bought from a costume store, by forming these into a necklace or wristband to wear with the costume.
You'll want to adapt your footwear depending on the kind of costume event you're attending. If you're heading to a house party or similar, you might side with realism and go barefoot. For other venues, consider animal print sandals or flip-flops.
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