My husband and I are attending our first adult Halloween party since before we had kids this year and I’m so excited!
It’s been at least a decade since I’ve thought about a costume for myself, though, and that’s kind of a lot of pressure! Especially since Halloween costumes for grown women are notoriously ridiculous; i.e. “sexy _______” is basically our only option.
Not only do I refuse to set that kind of example for my kids, I’m also all about being comfortable!
Which is why I got super excited about the idea of dressing up as a character from the uber-popular book, and now show, The Handmaid’s Tale. A quick Amazon search revealed all sorts of comfy red dresses and capes and even the perfect Handmaid’s bonnet.
The only problem? I wasn’t the first – or even the fifth – person to think of this brilliant costume.
I do like to be original but I was just too excited about this costume idea to give up on it… so I put on my thinking hat and came up with the idea of being Janine, the character who’s unfortunate fate led to the loss of her eye.
At first, I contemplated actually using an eye bandage like this one over my eye but – let’s be real – this mama doesn’t get that many opportunities to let loose at actual adult parties and I will be having some drinks. This means a lack of depth perception from having one eye covered is NOT a good idea.
So, next best thing, I decided to teach myself how to make a mean looking scar around my eye.
And guess what – it was actually ridiculously easy!! All you need to pull this off are two secret ingredients: the YouTube tutorial above and this stuff. Just apply a few coats to your face and boom – insta-scar!
I’m telling you, everyone who saw the dress rehearsal of this costume was SUPER IMPRESSED.
I can’t wait to wow everyone at the party… all while chilling in an ultra comfy dress with pockets (my absolute favorite).
To recap, here’s what you need to pull off a Janine costume of your own:
- Super comfy modest red dress or cape (or both if you’re really going all out)
- Handmaid’s Tale style white bonnet
- Rigid Collodion
That’s it! If you really want to finish off the look you could add brown boots and one of these mesh bags like they carry in the show.
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