How to Make a Good Bearded Lady Costume


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
  • Wig
  • Dress
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Bra
  • Pantyhose
  • Makeup


  • 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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