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Costume Tutorial: Jack Skellington From Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington costume Gender Bend

I love how this costume turned out! I am all for using thrifted items for Halloween costumes, but I realize that finding a pinstripe suit that fits and looks the part is no easy task. Thankfully, Tim Burton’s style lends itself perfectly to hand painted stripes, so you can find any suit jacket that fits you and make it work!

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Jack Skellington Costume Tutorial

In this particular tutorial, we skipped doing a pinstriped pant and opted for sleek black leggings with heels to give Jack a little more feminine appeal, but you can easily continue the pinstripe described below for a pair of black pants as well, and it could still be paired with heels or a flat shoe, whichever you prefer. I also like how the heels extenuate the tall skeletal look, and as my sister has a much more slender and tall frame than I, she was the perfect model!

What you will need:

  • Bat Bowtie (see previous tutorial)
  • Black suit jacket
  • Black leggings or pants (painting optional)
  • Black shoe, heels optional
  • White tank top or undershirt.
  • White acrylic paint and paint brush

Super Simple Instructions

1. Start by painting along vertical seams on the jacket, then following the seams and any curves with the white paint. Space out your stripes about half an inch between each.

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2. Leave details, such as jacket pockets, untouched.

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3. Finish by painting the lapels with stripes that angle outwards and up.

4. Let dry and flip to the other side (assuming you started with the front) and complete pinstripes.

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And that’s it, you’re done!

Take it up a notch

While my sister didn’t want to include this in her photos, I thought it would be fun to use white knee-high nylons and use a sharpie to draw out the tarsal bones of the feet where it would show above your shoe (provided you wore a heel or flat that actually shows your foot.)

I also had purchased gloves with bony fingers, but they didn’t quite work with the 3/4 sleeve jacket she chose. They would, however, be a great addition to a costume with a full length sleeve!

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Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Finally, the last in my “sketched” look (for now). Thieve last few weeks have been absolutely insane, and im still processing. I’m going to have to set aside some time for another look this week, there is something so tranquil about turning yourself into a blank canvas in the most literal sense.
  • Theres nothing quite like painting yourself completely white to make you realize how yellow your teeth are getting. Time to cut back on the coffee! JK, that might actually kill me. #tissuetestfail #needsomewhitestrips #cresttotherescue #notanad #butyoucanpaymeanyway?
  • I sometimes can take well over 200 photos of various looks, just to make sure I get the right one... i don't pretend to be a photographer! Even with so many photos, I will often only post maybe 3-4, which makes me a little sad since I spend so much time on some of these! So here are a few more of my "Migraine" Twenty One Pilots inspired look. I managed to get quite a few shots of this look before adding the tears for the completed migraine look, and I really do love how it looks without any color.
  • "I'm just being dramatic
In fact
I'm only at it again
As an addict with a pen
Who's addicted to the wind
As it blows me back and forth
Mindless, spineless, and pretend
Of course I'll be here again
See you tomorrow
But it's the end of today"
- "Addict with a Pen," Twenty One Pilots
This song is hands down my absolute favorite. I can't decide if it is the lyrics alone, or haunting piano. It was this song that inspired my take on the cover art for their self titled album.
  • "I-I-I I've got a migraine
And my pain will range from up, down, and sideways."
- Twenty One Pilots
Something about the lyrics captures me on so many levels. From the literal chronic pain interpretation, to the deeper meaning of living with mental illness.... this idea hit me as such a powerful vision.
This look was created using @mehronmakeup  water activated paints for the white base and grey and black "sketching". Tears were created by adding food coloring to liquid latex. Wig is the the Long Curly in Silver from @ardawigs.
  • "Am I the only one I know
Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat
Shadows will scream that I'm alone"
-Migraine, Twenty One Pilots

This looks is one I have had planned for quite some time now, and I finally sat down and completed it last night! he inspiration is from the cover artwork for Twenty One Pilots' self titled album (I know these lyrics are not on this album) but my absolute favorite TOP song is, "Addict with a Pen." What is your favorite TOP song?

This look was created using @mehronmakeup  water activated paints for the white base and grey and black "sketching". Tears were created by adding food coloring to liquid latex. The idea for using the latex is from Glam and Gore's "Death Stranding" makeup tutorial, so go and see how Mykie did it! 
As a quick safety note, be VERY careful working this close to your eyes, and make sure to apply vaseline to your lashes to prevent the latex from sticking. Also note, food dyes can temporarily discolor skin, so don't try this before an important event ;)
  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.

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