How to Make a Ziggy Stardust Costume

If you're looking for a costume that's relatively easy to create yet still has that "wow" factor, David Bowie's glamorous alter ego, Ziggy Stardurst, is the ideal choice. After a quick trip to your local drugstore's makeup aisle, you'll be armed with all the affordable supplies you need to transform yourself into the iconic, out-of-this-world rockstar. With a little eyeliner (and a whole lot of face paint), you'll be ready to jam like an extraterrestrial rock sensation. Completing the look by wearing a bodysuit is encouraged, but not required.

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Things You'll Need

  • Primer

  • Glue stick

  • Light shade of foundation

  • Beauty blender

  • Light shade of concealer

  • Concealer brush

  • Translucent powder

  • Powder brush

  • Powder bronzer

  • Bronzer brush

  • Red face paint

  • Red eyeshadow

  • Copper eyeshadow

  • Eyeshadow brush

  • Blending brush

  • Fan brush

  • Small eyeshadow brush

  • White highlighter shadow

  • Eyeliner brush

  • Black eyeliner

  • Black mascara

  • Red pencil eyeliner

  • Flat brush

  • Black liquid eyeliner

  • Blue pencil eye liner

  • Gold lip gloss with shimmer

Step 1

Apply a layer of primer to your face so the makeup has something to adhere to.

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Step 2

Use a glue stick to apply glue over your eyebrows (this will help you conceal them with makeup in a later step).

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Step 3

Apply a light shade of foundation all over your entire face, using a beauty blender to get even coverage.

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Step 4

Conceal your eyebrows with foundation by going over the glue you applied earlier, using a beauty blender to apply more pigment as necessary.

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Step 5

Apply a light shade of concealer to the center of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, around your eyes (including over your eyebrows) and to the middle of your chin just below your bottom lip. Blend first with your fingers and then with a beauty blender as needed.

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Set these highlighted areas with translucent powder, using a powder brush.

Step 6

Use a concealer brush to blend the concealer around your eyes.

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Step 7

Use a bronzer brush to apply powder bronzer under your jawbone, under your cheekbones, on the sides of your nose and along your hairline. Remember, you want that harsh contrast for dramatic effect, so apply bronzer liberally.

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Step 8

Use an eyeshadow brush to apply highly pigmented red face paint to your eyelids.

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Set the paint with red eyeshadow. Starting in the center of each lid, use your fingers and a blending brush to blend the shadow outward — toward the corners of your eyes and up toward your brows.

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Step 9

Use a clean eyeshadow brush to apply a copper shadow to the center of each lid and in the corners of each eye.

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Clean up any shadow that's fallen onto your cheeks with concealer and a beauty blender.

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Step 10

Use a bronzer brush to apply red shadow over the contoured areas — along your hairline, under your cheekbones, on the sides of your nose and under your jawbone. Blend with a fan brush.

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Step 11

Apply red shadow to your lower lids using a small eyeshadow brush. Keep the pigment brighter in the middle and outer corners.

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Step 12

Highlight the inner corners of your eyes with a white highlighter shadow. Then, take a black eyeliner and line your lower lid from the outer corner to the middle of your lid, bringing the liner up on the outer corners slightly. Blend and smudge with an eyeliner brush.

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Step 13

Apply black mascara to your upper lashes.

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Step 14

Draw the outline of Ziggy's signature lightning bolt with red eyeliner. Starting from the center of your hairline, bring the liner down to the arch of your left eyebrow. Then, draw a parallel line from your hairline to the beginning of your left brow. Draw a triangular shape above your nose and the beginning of your right brow to complete the upper half of the lightning bolt shape on your forehead.

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Complete the bolt outline on your left cheek with the red eyeliner. Then, fill in the bolt using red face paint and a flat brush.

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Step 15

Use a black liquid eyeliner to trace along the outer edge of the bolt line, starting from the bottom and working your way up.

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Step 16

Using a blue pencil eyeliner, trace along the black liner.

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(Image: Michele Anderson)


Set the lightning bolt with translucent powder, using a powder brush, to ensure the makeup doesn't budge.

Step 17

Apply a lipgloss in a shimmery gold color.

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All that's left to do is squeeze yourself into a bodysuit and channel your inner Ziggy Stardust.

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