How to Make a Magenta Costume

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"Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a cult movie about an engaged couple who becomes lost in the middle of a storm and stops off at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s to call for help. Frank-N-Furter’s home is full of strange and bizarre characters, including the maid, Magenta. Fans of the show attend interactive screenings, often dressed as their favorite characters. If you want to dress as Magenta for an interactive showing or Halloween, making your own costume takes little time and money.

Things You'll Need

  • Auburn hair dye
  • Rubber bands
  • Hair spray
  • Brush
  • Bobby pins
  • White maid’s cap
  • French maid’s costume
  • Stitch ripper
  • Black sheer panty hose
  • Black granny boots
  • Light foundation
  • Eye pencils
  • Eye shadows
  • White lipstick
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Lip stick
  • Nail polish

The hair

Dye your hair auburn. You can use a rinse-out that lasts a couple of days or a permanent color. If you do not want to dye your hair, purchase a wig.

Wash your hair and towel dry it the night before you want to dress up. Braid your hair with 20 to 30 small braids while it is still wet. Tie the ends of the braids off with rubber bands and sleep on the wet braids. When you are ready to dress up, remove the braids.

Spray your hair with a heavy layer of hairspray. Use a brush to back-comb your hair. Back-combing is when you hold a section of your hair and comb from ends to roots. This creates frizz and volume.

Part your hair down the center and spray it with hairspray a second time to hold it.

Use bobby pins to pin a white maid’s cap to your hair. You can find maid’s caps in costume shops and sometimes in thrift stores.

Makeup

Apply a very light or white colored liquid foundation. Do not white out your entire face; just give yourself a pale look.

Line your eyebrows with a dark brown or black pencil.

Draw the outline of your eyelids using a purple eye pencil. Fill this shape in with brown and purple eye shadow. The top of the eyelid, from the crease up, should be purple and below the crease should be brown. Add white lipstick to the space between your eyebrow and the top of the purple eye shadow.

Line your upper and lower eyelids with a thick, black line. Use a liquid liner if possible to get a clean dark line. Add black mascara to the top and bottom lashes or, if you prefer, add fake lashes in jet black.

Define your lips using a glossy, red color of lipstick. You want a true red as opposed to one with a pinkish hue. Paint your nails bright red. Allow them to dry.

The clothes

Wear a black French maid’s costume. If possible, find one with suspender-style straps for the apron. Look at specialty costume shops for these. The dress should have sleeves with white cuffs and a white collar. Use a stitch ripper to remove the thread from the first inch of the collar on the right side. This gives magenta a more disheveled look, like in the movie.

Wear sheer black panty hose.

Wear a pair of black granny boots. These can be found at shoe stores or local thrift shops. Granny boots are high-heeled boots which come up to the calf.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the buttons on the French Maid’s costume are not black covered, use pieces of black fabric and hot glue to cover them.
  • If you are looking for a prop to carry, choose a feather duster with dark feathers.
  • Although there a several other costumes Magenta wears throughout the movie, the maid costume is the most iconic and the one most often chosen by serious "Rocky Horror" fans.
  • For an added touch, wear a black garter belt and black thigh-highs instead of pantyhose. Also, leave the bottom three to four buttons unbuttoned on the dress.
  • If you can't find a maid's costume, purchase a black dress and add a white apron. Use white satin fabric to make cuffs and a collar, then sew it to the dress. Create the maid's hat with a doyley.

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