How to Make Cyndi Lauper Halloween Costumes

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Making a Cyndi Lauper Halloween costume is a fun and sexy way to bring back the 80s for a night. Cyndi Lauper is an iconic figure of the 80s, with hits such as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time after Time" and "True Colors." She also served as a fashion idol for teens during the 80s. Girls flocked to mimic her fashion style, with neon colors, crazy hair and crinoline skirts. There are many pre-made Cyndi Lauper Halloween costumes available, but making your own is easy and fun to do.

Familiarize yourself with Cyndi Lauper's '80s fashion.When considering Cyndi Lauper Halloween costumes, it is important to understand her overall style. This will help you think with Cyndi Lauper fashion in mind and will get you more realistic Cyndi Lauper Halloween costumes. Lauper's style included explosions of clashing color. Each clothing piece stood on its own. Accessories were as important as the clothes.

Get an '80s-style wig, preferably one with multiple hair colors. You can buy pre-made Cyndi Lauper wigs or you can buy a blonde real hair wig and take it to a hair stylist to get it colored and styled. For most costumes the pre-made wig will be cheaper and all that is needed. The real hair wig, will be more expensive but will look more realistic.

Find some bright-colored leggings. Fluorescent colors are perfect for this '80s costume. Look at thrift stores, dance stores or discount stores for cheap leggings. If you are not a leggings girl, consider wearing fishnet stockings of black or various colors for an equally '80s look.

Choose bright colored shoes or boots. You can either wear brightly colored pumps that you dye at home or ones found at thrift stores or in friends/family member closets. Choose shoes that do not match the rest of the outfit. If you are concerned about the comfort of pumps, you can safely go with brightly colored flats or even laced up clonky army boots (featured in one of Cyndi Lauper's most famous '80s outfits).

Buy or borrow a crinoline skirt. No Cyndi Lauper costume is complete without a brightly colored, billowy crinoline skirt. You can find colored crinoline vintage skirts on auction sites and at thrift stores, dance stores or costume shops.

Find an '80s style top. When it comes to finding a perfect Cyndi Lauper costume top, consider layers, torn off the shoulder shirts, crazy prints, bustiers and bright colors. Think color explosion, but choose something which you feel comfortable in and suits the rest of the outfit. Look at the other components of your outfit and see what shirt will fit best. You may be able to wear a shirt from your closet, a thrift store or retail store.

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. One of the best you can do to make your outfit fit the '80s look is to accessorize. Accessories can include bangled bracelets, long earrings, lacy elbow length gloves with the fingers cut off and beaded necklaces. Look to find accessories at vintage stores, today's accessories stores for tweens, costume shops, the dollar store, thrift stores, auctions sites and retail stores. Also consider making your own accessories by buying beads at a craft store and stringing them yourself.

Don't forget the make-up. A Cyndi Lauper costume is not complete without the makeup. '80s make-up was big, bright and bold, and Cyndi's was no exception. Brightly colored eye shadow and even colored mascara would not be out of place. Start with your regular foundation and powder. Line your top and bottom eyelids heavily with black eyeliner and then use your finger or a sponge to smear it slightly out from the eye. Apply eye shadow in shades of bright orange, blue or green. Apply all the way to the brow line. Curl your eyelashes until they stand up on their own. Apply mass amounts of mascara. Line your lips with a frosty fuschia color or bright pink and fill in. Use pink blush.

Tips & Warnings

  • Look at pictures of Cyndi Lauper in her '80s garb throughout the costume selection process.
  • Be prepared to look larger than life. The 80's was all about being bright and bold. Enjoy it for your night out.

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