My wicked witch costume and makeup from last year was epic!

So, I apologize if you’re one of my 95% of readers who’s here solely for rocking out your health with Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian approach!  I’m interrupting my typical broadcasting for a sec and I’m hitting pause on ebook writing today, because this is just too fun not to share!

One of the most popular posts on the blog this time of year is when we all dressed up as Wizard of Oz characters in 2010.  Last year, I decided I must resurrect the wicked witch!

I’m a much better witch now.

What can I say?  I had 5 years to mature, with my makeup game that much stronger (oh, and all the old makeup and supplies still worked–no magic spells required)!

I’m so impressed with this costume and makeup that I had to share a newer (and better) tutorial with all of you soon-to-be-witches this season!

Let’s talk about:

  • the best wicked witch costume out there
  • the 4 essential pieces of wicked witch makeup & how to use them
  • why green hands are a must (and a how-to)

Wicked Witch of the west halloween costume witch makeup tutorial the wizard of oz Elphaba Wicked costume ideas wicked witch halloween costumeThe Best Wicked Witch Costume You Can Buy

Let me start by saying: if I could paint myself green everyday, and it would be socially acceptable (and my kids wouldn’t be made fun of at school to a point of harassment), I soooo totally would!

Unfortunately, it kinda needs to be Halloween and you kinda need to have that witch dress to make it all work…

Here’s my exact costume:

InCharacter Women’s Witch Costume Review

I’ve had this witch costume for almost 6 years now and it’s still in pristine condition!  The material is thick and the stitching along every seam is very well done and strong.

This costume has had its share of green makeup smudges and I’ve been able to get all of them out with just a damp cloth (remember to use a water-based makeup, more on that to come).

The InCharacter wicked witch costume has a very flattering shape and silhouette.  I also like that it has a clean look that you could easily embellish if you wanted to go for more of an Elphaba from Wicked vibe.

It includes the dress, a petticoat (that adds just a hint of volume to the skirt), a pointy hat, a sash for the hat, and a set of black press on nails.

I’m 6’1″ so it’s a bit short for me, but if you’re in the 5’9″ and under range it would easily be floor-length.

At $62 it’s not a cheap costume, but it’s worth it.  You certainly get a well-made costume that can be worn for many Halloweens to come!

wicked witch of the west makeup and costume tutorial elphaba wicked halloween costume ideasThe Essential Wicked Witch Makeup Supplies

You only need a few special makeup supplies to make all your wicked dreams come true!  I used these pieces along with my regular lipstick, black eyeliner pencil, mascara and dark brown eye shadow.

The first is Mehron’s Paradise Makeup AQ in “light green”:

This was the cheapest alternative to MAC’s Pro Chromacake in “Landscape Green”, which is the green makeup actually used on the musical Wicked.

The best part about this makeup is that it’s activated by water, water-based and easily removable with warm soapy water!

All you need to apply it is a flat-tip paintbrush that you can pick up at your local craft store.

The next supply you’ll need is Graftobian’s Face Powder in “Translucent”:

This is a setting power that will keep your makeup in place and not rubbing off on your witch dress or loved ones–especially since you’re going to be rocking those green hands!

Recommended Eye Shadows

I found these eye shadows at the drug store.  You’ll want the following colors:

  • light green
  • dark green
  • dark brown or black
  • yellow, gold, yellow-green or very light green (this is optional) 

You’ll use the eye shadows for contouring and highlighting your face and for filling in color around your eyes (since the green foundation shouldn’t go right up to your eyes).

This NYX Eye Shadow Pallet would work well:

After you’ve rounded up your supplies it’s time to transform…

how to paint your hands green wicked witch make up tutorialYou Really Need Green Hands!

When I saw my pics from my 2010 Wicked Witch costume, I cursed myself for not taking the extra time to paint my hands!

I mean if I’m going to paint my entire face green, why stop there?

You can see the 2015 pic looks like a proper Wicked Witch of the West.

Let’s talk about how to apply this green witch pain, and the easiest way for me to show you (given my current technological capabilities) is by painting my hands!  You’re going to apply this same technique when doing your face make up and in the next section I’ll go over contouring!

how to apply green makeup wicked witch of the west makeup tutorial elphaba witch halloween costumeHow to Paint Yourself Green!

  1. Gather your supplies.  You’ll need: (1) the Mehron green foundation, (2) setting powder (we discussed both above), (3) you’ll also need a flat tip paintbrush that you can easily pick up at a craft store, (4) a blush brush to apply the setting powder, (5) some paper towels, and (6) a small bowl of water.   
  2. Dip your paintbrush into the water and begin creating your foundation.  Mix the foundation cake well with your paintbrush.  You want a thin, but not runny consistency. 
  3. Apply on your skin (hands or face) in long, fluid strokes.  I like to do 2 thin coats.  When you’re applying the green on your face, make sure to leave about 1/8th inch around your eyes. 
  4. If you’re going to apply the nails that come with the InCharacter Wicked Witch costume (linked above) then you’ll want to use a damp paper towel or wet wipe to get the paint off your nails.  
  5. Last step is to apply the setting powder.  Sprinkle the powder on the painted areas and buff with your blush brush.  

Green smoothie wicked witch halloween costumeIf you’re applying the long black nails included with the costume just follow the included instructions.  Or you can paint your nails first before applying the paint.

I wore the costume twice last year, so I did one with the long nails (and took this awesome green smoothie pic) and one day with just the green paint on my nails.

wicked witch makeup tutorial elphaba makeup halloween costume idea wicked witch of the westContouring Your Witch Makeup

I used the olive green eye shadow and contoured under my cheekbones and along each side of my nose up to my eyebrows.

I highlighted my cheeks with a mix of the bright green and yellow/gold eye shadows and a blush brush.


I started with the bright green shadow to fill in the small space between my eyes and where the paint stops.

For the eye shadow I started with my brown eye shadow as a base.  Then I layered on the olive green.  I highlighted the center of my lids with the yellow shadow.

Then I filled in my eyebrows with a black eyeliner pencil, concentrating on elevating my arcs.  I used the yellow/gold shadow to highlight my brow bone.


For my lipstick, I used my usual pink color and toned it down by pressing it with the brown eye shadow.

I hope you enjoy being a wicked witch as much as I have!

I promise you this a costume you can come back to year after year–and like I said before this makeup has lasted 5+ years!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment!

Wishing you a wickedly fun Halloween!

xo, Kristen

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xo, Kristen
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  • Jonathan says:

    OMG! I love your costume.

    • Kristen | Hello Nutritarian says:

      Thanks so much, Jonathan!

      It’s so much fun to dress up like a witch!

      – Kristen

      • Jonathan says:

        Witches have an intriguing air of strength and danger. Is there truly a collective unconscious like Jung said? Either way, the witch is a figure that impacts on our dreams and my dream girl would certainly be a witch.

  • Jami says:

    I love this! I was wondering if the finished product is dry to the touch? I’m assuming it is since you used a setting powder. I’m planning on dressing as the wicked witch of the west at school this year and want to make sure this will last a whole day of teaching second graders and won’t be too wet or sticky!

    • Kristen | Hello Nutritarian says:

      Hi Jami!

      Yay!! So happy to hear there will be another wicked witch in the ranks this Halloween!! Yes, as long as you use the setting powder you will be good to go! I wore the costume for about 6 hours at a Halloween party and didn’t have any “melting” issues. You could bring the powder with you for touch ups!

      xo, Kristen

  • Jenna says:

    Does this stain your skin after you take it off?

    • Kristen | Hello Nutritarian says:

      Hi Jenna!

      With this brand not at all!

      xo, Kristen

  • Mary says:

    I am so excited to be a wicked witch this year. I appreciate all the tips and links for the products used.

  • Dina says:

    What was the name of the green of Mehron green foundation?
    They have few different greens; Amazon Green, Light Green?

    • Kristen Hong says:

      Hi Dina! It was Amazon Green!

  • Dia says:

    Hi! I think there is a typo in the instructions. It says mix the “ Mix the foundation cake well with your paintbrush. “ what did you mean by cake?

    • Kristen Hong says:

      Hi Dia,

      They call them makeup “cakes.”