How to Accomplish the Scarecrow Makeup From "The Wizard of Oz"

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Recreate the scarecrow look using makeup.
Recreate the scarecrow look using makeup. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

In the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," Ray Bolger immortalized the character of the Scarecrow. Bolger wore foam latex prosthetics over much of his head and face to transform him into the character. If you want to create a scarecrow costume, your makeup does not need to be nearly as intense. You can use cream theatrical makeup, combined with costume pieces, to recreate the beloved character.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth tape measure
  • Burlap
  • Scissors
  • Rope
  • Needle and thread
  • Tan makeup
  • Brown makeup
  • Ceramic tile
  • Butter knife
  • Makeup sponge
  • Powder
  • Powder puff
  • Makeup brush
  • Black makeup pencil
  • Floppy hat
  • Straw

Measure the diameter of your neck with a cloth tape measure.

Cut a rectangular piece of burlap that is 6 inches wide and as long as the measurement from Step 1.

Cut a piece of rope into two 12-inch pieces. Knot these pieces together into a single piece.

Sew a long end of the burlap to the rope using thread that matches the burlap's color. Line up the center of the burlap with the knot in the rope so that the same amount of rope expends past both ends of the burlap.

Slick your hair back with hair gel. If it is long, braid it and pin the braid to the crown of your head with bobby pins.

Scoop tan and brown cream makeup onto a ceramic tile with a butter knife.

Mix small amounts of brown into the tan until the color matches the burlap. The exact ratio will vary depending on the color of the burlap you are using.

Apply the mixed makeup to your face, neck and ears with a makeup sponge.

Powder the makeup with colorless powder and a powder puff. This will set the makeup and help to prevent it from smearing.

Paint your nose brown with a makeup brush, then set it with powder.

Darken your eyebrows with a black makeup pencil.

Tie the rope and burlap around your neck, knotting it in the back.

Put on a floppy hair to cover your hair. Poke in bits of straw that will hang over your ears and forehead.

References

  • "Stage Makeup-Sixth Edition"; Richard Corson; 1981
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