Vampires are a classic Halloween costume that have come back in recent years with the success of Twilight. Here are a few elements of vampire costumes from classic to modern styles.
1. What Kind of Vampire Do You Want to Be?
With the success of Twilight, many young costumers are opting for a more casual vampire look ala Edward and Bella. These are really easy to do because they don't require any fancy elements.
A Victorian-era style vampire in the style of Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire is a timeless style of vamp that doesn't go out of style. The components of these costumes, however, can be complicated and expensive. I'll show you how to get them on the cheap.
The traditional white face and draping cape of a Dracula-era vampire is always a hit with the kids and materials for these costumes are easy to find.
Twilight vampires have a style all their own that deviates from the damp, gothic catacombs of Dracula or Lestat. Learn how to create this sparkly modern wonder.
3. The Gothic Undead
4. A Classy Victorian Vamp
Thrift Store Finds: Pick up a pair of boots or dark heels at the thrift store, but don't waste your time looking for the right puffy shirt and period-style hat. Guys, try to find an old suit that comes close in fit.
For a cheap ladies costume, you can make many elements that are expensive in stores. Make your own corset top and long skirt with these simple tutorials.
5. Traditonal Dracula
Ladies: Create a corset top to wear with a white dress shirt. Wear a dark skirt, long or short. A pair of boots or heels will both work with this look. Make a long hooded cape, and style your hair in a neatly polished look.
Guys: Wear a white shirt with a vest. Red and black work best for Dracula vest colors. The small tie at Dracula's neck can be imitated with a simple piece of black ribbon tied under the collar. Wear a pair of dress pants and nice shoes. Don't forget to slick back your hair and add a small 'widows peak' at the middle of the hairline with a bit of dark makeup that matches your hair color.
6. Universal Vampire Makeup
For all vamps, a little bit of purple and red under the eyes gives a good undead impression. Powder the entire face for a white look. White cream makeup can be used, but apply sparingly, blotting and blending well. Make a batch of fake blood to drip at a corner of the lips. Add dots on the neck for a bite.
Ladies: Apply a generous amount of mascara and makeup to the eyes. Victorian vamps are always gorgeous and without facial flaw. Skip the blush to maintain the death look and apply a dark lip color.
Guys: Add the dark circles under the eyes and create a slightly hollow cheek by blending a light sponging of black makeup under the cheekbones. Don't overdo it.
7. The Fangs
- Stage Fangs (Compare Prices) by Toynk Toys are a cheap option.
- Fangs with Fake Blood Capsules (Compare Prices) by Scarecrow come with stage blood to help complete the look.
- Custom Designed Fangs (Compare Prices) by Sexy Bites
- Custom Fit Fangs (Compare Prices) from Costume Express are a dental-cap kind of fang that snap in place.