So, I love Halloween (like a lot), and I’d like to share some tips on creating the best Wicked Witch of the West costume!
Because if you haven’t dressed up like the Wicked Witch of the West yet, then you just haven’t lived a complete and fulfilled Halloween-life yet, my friends!
We all dressed up as characters from The Wizard of Oz for Halloween last year. Yup, I convinced my hubby, my 2-year-old son had no choice, and my hubby’s niece and dad joined our theme!
I initially wanted to make my costume by hand (yeah, I don’t know what I was smoking to think I’d have the time to pull that off with a needy 18-moth-old attached to my hip) but it was a happy delusion that led me to one of my all-time favorite books: Wicked.
For some reason I was late to the craze that was the Broadway musical Wicked, but I fell pretty hard for the franchise after reading Gregory Maguire’s top seller about a very, very different kind of Oz than was Judy Garland’s.
THE BEST STORE-BOUGHT WICKED WITCH COSTUME:
While researching dresses for my Wicked Witch costume I came across a beautiful Broadway costume created for the character Elphaba (a.k.a The Wicked Witch from the musical Wicked.
I decided that I wanted my costume to be based more on the young Wicked Witch character but I didn’t have the “mom hours” (an equivalent to man power) to make my own costume.
So, the quest became picking the best store-bought Wicked Witch costume that looked authentic, classic, interesting and flattering. I ended up going with the “>”Wicked Witch Elite Collection Adult Costume” from BuyCostumes.com.
I highly, highly recommend this costume for anyone who is interested in truly embodying the Wicked Witch this Halloween. This is also a great “base” dress to embellish to make more of a Wicked musical, Elphaba-type costume (and will save you a lot of construction work).
The price tag is steep at $89.99 (now $62) but in my opinion it is well worth it!
- The craftsmanship is much higher than a standard Halloween costume
- it comes in a garment bag
- the hat has a lot of character with a tulle sash
- there are a lot of authentic details included like puff sleeves (that have great body) and buttons going down the bodice
I rate this 5 out of 5 stars. Don’t spend less because you’ll just get less!
I’m currently selling all of our Wizard of Oz costumes from last year on eBay, but I can bear to part with my Wicked Witch costume because I figure I can easily be the witch year after year (click here to see the costume 5 years later!) and I hope to add special embellishments along the way!
WICKED WITCH MAKEUP:
Your witch make up can make or break your costume!
I researched many a YouTube video to learn what makeup was used on the Broadway musical Wicked, and how to apply this makeup properly and professionally. There was, of course, some trail and error involved and here are my notes for the Wicked Witch-in-training.
There are two green bases I recommend: (1) “>MAC Pro Chromacake in “Landscape Green”–this is what they used on the actual Wicked musical and costs $60 (forgedaboudit), or (2) “>Mehron’s Paradise Makeup AQ in “Light Green”— that costs $17, this is what I used!
The cost difference is substantial. Mehron’s has all the best parts of the MAC version with a third of the cost. The great thing about both of these are that they are water-based and come off great with just warm soapy water–no staining!
After you choose your base color you will need to apply it correctly. Both of these are used with water and a brush. The brush doesn’t need to be too special, I bought mine at a craft store.
The key is dipping the brush in water and working into the makeup cake and applying in quick fluid strokes. If you need to darken the look, simply apply another thin layer. After putting on the green base you will need to do your eyebrows and then create shadows and highlights.
For the brows I used a black liquid eyeliner and made them extra-bushy. Then I used Loreal H.I.P. Pigment Eyeshadow Duo in Olive Green and Goldish Yellow and dusted the green color all over my face to “set” the green base and give the color more texture. I used the yellowish-gold color to highlight my cheekbones and under my eyebrows. I used a purple eye shadow to give my cheeks some definition. I used Milani’s Lip Flash in fuchsia for my lips.
I debated on painting my hands green. I wanted to do it because it made everything look so authentic but I thought better of it because I would likely be holding Kysen a lot that night and I didn’t want it to rub on his costume. Looking back on the pictures it would have been nice but there are many, many other Wicked Witch Halloweens in my future!
Because of my height, the “to the floor” length of the costume really only hit me just above my ankles (I’m 6’1″). So, I accessorized with purple and black striped stockings that I picked up for a few bucks at Jo Ann’s.
I liked the contrasting color with my green skin. I also found a perfect pair of black round-toe wedges from Pay Less that even had a buckle detail on them and those came in at $14.99.
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