This year for Halloween I decided to go as something iconic and old school… and the old story of Jekyll & Hyde came to mind. I jumped online looking for costumes and make-up ideas, but there was hardly anything out there! So, I ended up getting different bits and pieces of inspiration from all over the place and put it together to make my costume.
As there is hardly anything out there for a Jekyll & Hyde costume, I decided to extend my first official blog post to include my whole costume, not just the nail art I did. So firstly, lets start with the nails…
~~ NAILS ~~
First, always start with clean, dry nails. I always wash my hands after using nail polish remover to make sure there’s no remaining liquid effecting my nail art. Prep your nails how you wish (filing, buffing etc) and then start with a clear base coat to protect your nails.
On the “Hyde” side, start with brown as your base colour. I did 2 coats of this.
Then, once this is completely dry, use a black crackle polish. Be quick with this as most crackle polishes start to dry and crackle really quickly as soon as they come off the brush.
This looks a bit strange on its own, but with the costume it looks pretty cool.
You need to seal your design with a clear top coat, but we don’t want our nails to be too shiny and “pretty”, so you want to use a clear matt top coat to take away the shine. In the picture below you can see the difference. On the left is with the matt top coat, and the right is without.
Now for Dr. Jekyll. Start with a base coat, and then use a sheer pink French polish all over your nails.
You can hardly tell that I have nay polish on this hand, but that’s kinda the point. I used 2 coats. Then, I used a white crackle polish. I did this to make my nails more similar and contrasting… and also because I couldn’t stand having my nails look that boring!
Once that’s dry, finish with your matt top coat and you’re done!!!
~~ HAIR AND MAKE-UP ~~
You’ll have to forgive me for not taking too many photos while I was getting ready. I was half making it up as I went a long, and half rushing to get to a Halloween party! But I did take SOME photos, so you’ll get to see bits 😀
Firstly, my hair. Another reason why I decided to dress as Jekyll and Hyde is because I have short hair so I could dress like a dude without needing to do much to my hair! If you don’t have short hair, you could still easily do this look. Jump on YouTube and find the Jekyll & Hyde musical starring David Hasselhoff as Jekyll & Hyde. He has long hair and it works really well. Or, alternatively, you could go as Dr Jekyll and MISS Hyde, and sexy up your costume a bit.
So, straight after the shower, I parted my hair (rather than letting my fringe dry over my forehead).
Then I used BedHead’s Superstar Thickening Spray and put a heap of that onto my roots on the Hyde side. This stuff is great for boofing up your hair, and I used to use it all the time when my hair was longer. By doing this while your hair is still wet, you can mess it up so it dries with a dishevelled look.
Then, when my hair was completely dry, I used my hair straightener to bring some pointy bits of hair over my eye on the Hyde side. On the Jekyll side, I used gel to help it stay behind my ear. Sorry there’s no photos of this… but you can see what it looks like in the other photos.
~~ MAKE-UP – DR JEKYLL ~~
Now onto make-up, and I’ll start with the ‘easy’ side. I was going for a manly look, so if you’ve decided to be a female version you can skip this step and just put on your regular make-up on the Jekyll side of your face.
The first thing I did was use a brown eyebrow pencil to make my eyebrow look less shaped and feminine. Then I applied a foundation which was way to light for my skin colour. I wasn’t going for a dead look, but I wanted to cover up my blemishes and provide a better contrast. I used a red lip liner and used that along my top and bottom lash lines, to make my eyes look tired and slightly aged. Then, I ripped a make-up sponge in half and, using the ripped edge, dabbed on a brown face paint to add a 5 o’clock shadow. Using the ripped edge means the paint goes on more randomly, and doesn’t look like you’ve just painted on a beard. I used a nude lip colour to take the pinkness out of my lips, and used a small amount of blush on my cheeks to give them a little bit of colour.
~~ MAKE-UP – MR HYDE ~~
Now, creating Mr Hyde was fun! Not all my ideas worked, but it was fun working through them!
Start with a coloured contact in your Hyde eye. I used white, because that’s what I had. You could use red or yellow.
With a white eye-liner pencil, I decided to draw veins on my face. I wanted to have a popping veins look. It looked kinda cool.
I mixed up a home-made prosthetic gel, an idea I found on YouTube. I’ll link the video to BeautyByBrig Here so you can make your own.
Drizzle the gel onto a plate to create some lines. It’s easier doing this than trying to drip it on your face… trust me!
The gel peels off really easy once it’s dry. Use a little of the heated up gel as glue to stuck the lines to your face along where you’ve traced with the eye-liner.
Then, cover this half of your face with a green face paint. Use a black eye shadow for shading, black eye-liner for wrinkles, and black lipstick for your lips. I also went over the veins lightly with a deep purple eye-liner. If you didn’t want to use the prosthetic gel, you could just use the purple eye-liner or a face paint and a thin brush to draw on your veins. I also used a black tooth varnish to black out my teeth a bit and make Hyde look just that little bit more creepy.
~~ COSTUME ~~
Now, this is the section I don’t have any pics for. But there were plenty of pictures taken at the party, so I’ll use them!
My costume was pretty easy. I just wore a suit I concocted from black pants, white shirt, black vest and a black tie. I wore my cons because I didn’t want to go and buy a pair of shoes just for the costume. When am I gonna wear black school shoes again?! I also had a top hat and a monocle which I bought from a costume shop, and for a prop I had a beaker. I did start the night out drinking from this, but it would have been better if I had a straw, so I stopped. Haha.
And here are some pictures from the night!
In this one I’m with my cousin, dressed as Medusa, and my Auntie dressed as a ghost. I’ve got my beaker! Cheers!!
And in this one I’m with my brother dressed as The Joker, and his mate dressed as a good ol’ gangsta. I tricked a lot of people as they thought I was actually a guy!
Thanks for reading my first blog! I hope it helps someone in the future if they decide to dress as Jekyll and Hyde for Halloween or another fancy dress occasion.
Love Michelle xx