Thursday, October 29, 2009

Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas - Frida Kahlo

Last year while I was in Montreal taking a French course I had no Halloween costume ideas. I was actually thinking of not dressing up (blasphemy I know). But the morning before my school's Halloween costume contest I decided to go as Frida Kahlo. I had an hour to get ready. After digging though my closet, I was able to put together my costume and my impromptu ensemble ended up winning me first place (tied with a male nurse wearing a skirt).

What you will need
Colorful and flower clothing. Use the clothes you already have, anything Mexican inspired. Frida Kahlo had a very unique style and used lots of full and floral skirts and dresses. Put on a white blouse or a black cape. Put flowers in your hair and put on statement jewelry pieces. Costume jewelry is perfect. Craft stores have fake flowers connected to wire which you can easily affix in your hair.

For my costume I found a flowered Spanish style dress that I had gotten at H&M. Then I put on a pair of dangling gold earrings and a beaded red necklace. I used the fake flowers I had in my apartment and put some in my hair (not pictured below). This took me less than an hour to find and put together. If you have more time and planning you can achieve a much more fun in depth look.

Signature Brows
To create the eyebrows you will need brown eyebrow makeup (or brown eye shadow - no shimmer) and mascara. First take the brown eyebrow color and fill in your brows with a shadow brush. Apply a little at a time because you want to make it look as natural as possible. After you connect the brows take some mascara and go over the makeup with your brush, going upwards. Again less is more. You don't want it to be too overpowering.

For Frida's hair you can pull your hair up into a simple bun or create the braid around the crown of your head. If you know how to french braid hair it will be simple. Instead of doing a typical french braid you will do one along the crown.

1- Bend forwards so it falls evenly and gathers at the front of your head.
2- Section your hair from behind your left ear until the middle of your head (the center part).
3- Divide this section into 3 more sections and start doing the french braid along the crown of your head.
4- Tighten the braid and make sure it is close to your head and not loose.
5- Braid until you reach your other ear. Now you can pin your hair into place and create a bun.


  1. Just the post I needed! I think I will be Frida this year--she is after all my favorite artist!

  2. Hi Cafe Con Leche!

    I found your post a few months ago when I started working on my Frida costume for a performance I just did. Here's what I came up with: