Updated: Jan 24, 2021
Every year at Garbo we dress up for Halloween, and I couldn't think of anyone more glamorous to be than Joan Crawford herself.. Or something like that.. If you are familiar of the movie Mommie Dearest, then you must be familiar with the famous "Wired Hanger" scene. My interpretation was to keep the glamour but also the crazy. This costume was very simple to create. (and very scary!)
I started off my makeup to create the round, over drawn eyebrows that Joan Crawford is so known for. For this I used a small fine brush for detail and brown eyeshadow with a bit of black to bring out the drama. Then I used primer on my eyelids and a standard vintage glam eyeshadow pallet using a lighter pearly white as a base up to the eyebrows. I then use a blended smokey brown in the crease to accentuate the shape and a round smudged blended line from the outer corner of the eye to the tip of the eyebrow to accentuate the roundness. I then and a little of the brown underneath the eye right below the eyelashes. After that I applied liquid eyeliner into a small cat eye, and then applied mascara. I put a black pencil liner right below the water line beneath the eye, and a white pencil liner on the water line. I finished the eyes with a set of double decked false lashes for added drama and a little bit of glitter on the lid. I then put the clown white makeup and tried to blend it as much as possible to make it more sheer but still visible (as I am pale). I left circles out around the eyes to make it evident it is the facial mask/ cold cream (or whatever it is)... I then put a dark shadow to accentuate my cheek bones to mimic Faye Dunaway's face as Crawford as much as I could. My last touch of makeup was red lipstick overdrawn to look like Crawford's (and maybe a little more to make it more dramatic). I curled my hair with my small set of hotsticks (which I love and use on most of my heat sets) and gave it some time to sit after take the rollers out. I then tousled it with my fingers to give it that messy crazy look.
Joan Crawford IRL.
Faye Dunaway as Joan in Mommie Dearest.
The best thing about the costume was how easy it was! All you need is a long sleeved long black gown or robe, a white headband and a wired hanger! Also, don't forget the shoes! I hot glued balls of black feathers I had laying a round the house to some black flats I was about to throw away anyway.
So have fun and don't forget... NO MORE WIRED HANGERS... EVER!!!!