The bearded lady costume is a versatile Halloween or party costume that can be worn by either a man or woman. Mainly, you will need a beard, a dress, and feminine dress shoes. There are particular advantages depending on your sex, though. For instance, a woman would not need to attempt to create breasts or look feminine, but would need a false beard. A man could hypothetically grow a beard for the costume, but his challenge would be to add a feminine touch.
Things You'll Need
- Braided wool
- Liquid latex
- Medical adhesive
Grow a beard if you are a man. Plan ahead to begin growing and grooming a beard to ensure that it will be the thickness and length desired.
Separate and iron strands of braided wool that match the color of the hair you will use if you do not wish to grow a beard or cannot.
Test the wool out against your face to determine the desired length of the beard. Cut the wool to the length you choose.
Apply liquid latex or medical adhesive to your face in a light coat on the areas where you want the beard. Press the wool in place and hold it for a few minutes until it dries.
Choose a wig that matches the color of the beard if your hair is too short or you would prefer to use a different hair color. Wigs can be purchased cheaply from costume shops.
Pad a bra with folded pantyhose to reach the desired effect, if necessary. Pantyhose is soft and easy to manipulate, so it will likely look more natural in a stuffed bra than socks and stand up against sweat better than tissues.
Choose a dress, shoes and accessories that you want for the costume. These can be as traditional or gaudy as you like. If your ears are not pierced, consider wearing clip-on earrings.
Apply lipstick and other makeup that you feel comfortable with as a finishing touch. This part may be especially important for men who need an extra feminine push.
Tips & Warnings
- If you will be out in the heat for an extended period, choose medical adhesive over liquid latex on the beard for comfort.
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