I couldn't help myself (Yes, I did have a theme song in mind as writing this post today) with the title- I mean really, what better way to introduce a Poison Ivy Costume?!
This is already our last Wednesday post for the month of October-is it just me, or did this month fly by?
Onto the costume! I've always wanted to do this costume, but seeing as I don't quite have the...shape...as most versions of her, I never tried. Until now! Call it a "modernized version", call it a more "realistic version" (at least for a more stick shaped body type), but whatever you want to call it, it's still (intended to be) a Poison Ivy Costume.
I had originally made this outfit for an event at work- Super Hero Day - (feel free to be jealous of our fun Spirit Week days) but felt the shorts were still a bit too short, even with leggings under them. At least I get to show it off here and help inspire anyone who wants to create a Poison Ivy costume from clothes you already own!
I had a green button up shirt already, and black shorts, but I did go out and pick up some leggings in the same green (on clearance!!!). I added the black vest over the shirt as it's rather large on me, and didn't want to be swimming in my clothes for this look (Bonus, I have the perfect super-hero boots-over the knee, black, and heeled, so I threw those on!).
While I was getting the leggins, I bought green nail polish, but after putting on the outfit, when I knew I wasn't going to wear it to work, I decided not to paint them after all (I have other nail looks to try out anyways!)- but it's a nice touch to the rest of the outfit if you do!
Another fun touch I added was a string of Ivy Leaves from the craft store. I wrapped them into a sort of headpiece, but you can always pin them around you to add some drama to your outfit (or if you get enough, create your outfit out of them!).
The makeup basically consisted of just a few items: a yellow, and a light green eyeshadow, and a mid green, dark green, and black eyeliner.
- I started with yellow eyeshadow on the inner corners of the eye and under my brow bone.
- Next, I blended the light green shadow from the outer to mid eyelid, and in the crease. Add the dark green eyeliner on the outer part of the eyelid and blend into the outer crease and lid for some added drama.
- I also lined my top lid all the way to the inner corner, and to the bottom, outer half of my waterline.
- Line the inner half of the bottom waterline with the mid green eyeliner, and move on to your black eyeliner. I created a cat eye with the black liner on the top lid and extended it past the shadow, angling it toward the ends of my brows.
- Add some mascara, and the eyes are done!
- Onto the other features- I used the mid green eyeliner to fill in my brows, adding some highlight with a little yellow eyeshadow and an angled brush.
- For my lips, I outlined them with my dark green eyeliner, filled them with my mid green eyeliner, and added some highlight in the center of my bottom lip with yellow eyeshadow (A quick suggestion: add some clear lipgloss or vaseline to the lips if you want them to have some sheen).
Now for those leaves...I used both green eyeliners again, along with the yellow shadow, and a white and black eyeliner for highlights and shadows respectively. I really didn't follow any particular design scheme, I just tried to make vine-looking-greenery that didn't appear to blob-like.
I had one vine attach to the outer corner of my eye and wrapped around my eyebrow, onto my forehead. The other vine traveled from the opposite eye, across my cheekbone and down onto my jaw line. I found using a small makeup brush to create the leave shapes, and filling them in with an angled brush was less messy than trying to do it all with the eyeliner. It also allows you to create layers and build up color, so if you want certain leaves to be lighter or darker depending on their placement, it comes in handy to layer. Top it all off with your Ivy Headdress, and you're done!
And lastly, remember, even though you're a super villain (word play), be careful that your Ivy doesn't lull you into complacency...you never know when it will turn on you!
Halloween is just around the corner now...have any ideas already peaked your interest, or are you flipping a coin to decide on your costume this year?