How to Make a Kiss Costume

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Kiss, the band
Kiss, the band (Image: Wok/Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License)

One of the most recognizable rock bands ever is Kiss. Kiss has been around since the early 1970s and are known as much for their black-and-white face makeup and their wild outfits as they are for their music. You can go solo and create a Kiss costume for yourself. Or get a group of friends together and rock any party when you all show up dressed as the members of Kiss.

Things You'll Need

  • Black vest or T-shirt
  • Acrylic rhinestones or sequins
  • Glue
  • Black leggings or bike shorts
  • Chalk
  • White and black makeup
  • Silver or green makeup
  • Black lipstick
  • Red lollipop
  • Black vest
  • Aluminum foil
  • Black wig
  • Red or black lipstick
  • Scissors
  • Gloves
  • Black nylons

Cut a large V-shape down the center of a tight, black T-shirt. For the best rock effect, cut the shirt down to the bellybutton, to show off the chest. Glue acrylic rhinestones onto the shirt, following the "V" pattern. Cut the sleeves off the shirt. Glue rhinestones around the edge of the sleeve. A black tank top or a black vest would also work.

Put on a pair of tight, black pants or bike pants. Draw lines with chalk where you want to cut out two or three large circles or stars. Remove the pants and cut out the shapes with scissors. Glue aluminum foil around the edges of the cutout shapes.

Cut the legs off a pair of black pantyhose. Stretch one piece of hose over your hand and arm. Cut out a small hole for one or two fingers. Remove the hose. Glue aluminum foil or acrylic rhinestones onto the homemade gloves. Use black craft leather to tie around the gloves on the forearm or elbow, to keep them in place.

Make a collar for your neck using leftover material from the hose. Cut a strip 1 inch thick and glue the ends together. The material should be stretchy enough to fit over your head and onto your neck.

Paint your face white with costume makeup. Add a large 5-pointed black star around one eye for Starchild. Draw silver flames with black outlines around each eye for Spaceman. Paint four whiskers, a nose and symmetrical "D" shapes around the eyes for Catman. Add black flames around the eyes for The Demon. Color your lips black for Spaceman and The Demon; red for Starchild and Catman.

Accessorize the Kiss costume with studded belts and silver chain jewelry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Suck on a red lollipop or candy to make your tongue red, if you want to be like Gene Simmons.
  • Create spiked armor for The Demon by gluing craft foam spikes to shoulder pads and wrist guards; then spray paint it all grey.
  • Get a black wig from a costume shop that matches your favorite Kiss member's hairstyle.
  • Gather three friends to join you at Halloween so you can each play a member of the band.

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