A couple of years ago, my friends and I went to a Halloween party dressed as the characters from Fight Club. We looked amazing, if I do say so myself. I did the makeup for our "Jack" (Narrator/Edward Norton's character in the movie), so well in fact, when we got home, her Father jumped and asked what happened to her before she realized she looked like she had been in a fight and had to explain it was all makeup (good sign you've done an accurate black eye).
Also accurate was my representation of Marla, in which I was a complete mess that night- of course, that was due to the food poisoning I got right as we got arrived at the party ...so not quite the intentional mess I had been going for. This is also why there are no pictures of that night.
Seeing as this has become a cult classic, and has so many memorable quotes, it makes for a fun costume idea.
Our narrator is actually pretty easy to put together, so it's one of those great "I don't have a lot of money to put a costume together" looks. If you have a white button up, a tie, makeup, and paper/pen/tape on hand, you're golden. Or if you want to get a button up from the thrift store that you don't mind ruining, even better.
- First step: add blood to your collar - there are a number of ways to do this. Seeing as I didn't want to ruin the shirt I had, and didn't have time to buy another, I just used red sharpie on a piece of tape, covered that sharpied tape with another piece so it wouldn't smear on my fingers/clothes, and simply stuck the tape on the collar. Something I learned during this process- if you're going the tape route, try not to use a shiny tape-it shows more easily in photos (Not the end of the world, but you know, it could look better). The best part of using tape is that its easily removable, and takes no effort to make.
- If you don't care about the shirt, splatter paint, nail polish, or whatever you have on hand on the collar. You can also get fake blood from the costume store and use that on it if you so desired.
- Throw your tie on (don't worry about making it look too good, you did just get in a fight after all), and the hard part of your costume is done.
The classic fight look - black eye, cut under the eyebrow, scrape on the forehead, and a bloody lip/nose. Oh, and don't forget the bags under your eyes.
The only items I used to create this were eyeshadow and lipgloss-probably the least amount of items used so far for a single look this month.
- I started with pink eyeshadow in the corners and under my eyes, on the side of my nose, above my eyebrow, below one nostril, and on the side of my lip. I went in with a light purple shadow to add more depth.
- I used a combination of blue, dark purple, and green around one eye to create the bruise effect for a black and broken nose/bruised lip, highlighting with yellow.
- Lastly, I went back in with a red lipgloss, using a brush to fade the edges and leave a stronger line of red where there was suppose to be blood (under the nose, above the eyebrow, and around the mouth).
Ta-da! This is probably the easiest makeup look I've done because it's ok if it looks a bit messy (that and I'm not attempting to look pretty, so I don't feel the need to cover any imperfections). Side note for this look, you could do a five o'clock shadow if you're feeling adventurous...or you know...grow one if you have the ability.
The great thing about this costume is you can easily turn it into a duo or group look.
Tyler Durden can have similar (or no) makeup, but don't forget his chipped tooth if you're going for the full fight look.
For costume ideas, combine the signature sunglasses and a fun bath robe, or go for his slightly unbuttoned collared shirt and red leather jacket look. Oh, carrying around a briefcase full of soap gets you additional points.
For Marla's costume, you can go with her pink bridesmaid dress (extra points if you get it from the thrift store) and wild hair, or her black dress and open black suit jacket.
For the second outfit, throw on a pair of shades and a wide brim black hat, along with her "Hello my name is: Marla" badge.
For any of her looks, do your makeup with the opposite hand you usually use. This will assure that you don't try to make it look too good (not to mention, its how the makeup artist for the movie did her makeup). Her makeup seems to be pretty similar for every outfit she wears: purple or gray eyeshadow and black eyeliner. And no matter the outfit, she is also rarely without a cigarette in her hand.
I had borrowed the dress I used for my Marla costume, which is why I didn't do a tutorial on her during this blog post. I included the reference pictures though to give a basic idea of where to start with any of the characters if you weren't feeling "Jack". But really, don't worry about it too much, because the less you care, the more in character you'll probably be.
Just remember, "We are all part of the same compost heap."
Stay tuned for more costume ideas!