Sultry summer parties are on my mind. Midsummers Night Dream Theme Party is easy to pull off and offers a full range of interesting characters from fairy good to maleficent evil. Over the next three weeks, I’ll show you amazing costume DIY and food, drink and decor to help you and your guests dress and to set your party mood.
Sophisticated fantasy characters like these are the head turners of every party. They don’t have to be difficult or involve sewing. These fantastic characters do, however, require a little more time and effort by wearing wigs, coloured contacts or full body paint.
Four Fantastic Fantasy Characters
Here’s your go-to guide for my four favourite fantasy characters. All of the products are available through FeeFiFoFun Costume Concierge as well as templates about how-to do the make-up and dress the part.
Jack [or Jill] Frost
Graeme, a seasoned cosplayer, has enough height and weight to carry the Jack Frost character. Jack is fierce and mischievous.
Jack Frost Costume
Under a faux fur bed throw, turned into a cloak, he is wearing our custom Assassin’s Creed Mantle/Tunic. I LOVE props. They can be reused for all kinds of costumes and really enhance photo opportunities. Case in point, Graeme wields our Shadow Ninja Ice Staff for dramatic effect.
Jack Frost Make Up
Graeme’s make-up started using Spirit Gum to attach Woochie Orc Ears. This was followed with Fun World Silver Make-Up and Rubies Ice Effects Kit for his face and neck.
Note the wig cap used to camouflage dark hair under a light coloured wig and to keep loose tendrils of hair in place. Graeme is wearing our white Shiki wig.
The character was designed by Alison Pentland. Make-up for Jack was done by Angela Scarlett and Michelle Flannigan. Both these ladies are on facebook and would love your business.
The Dark Elf
The Drow is a Dark Elf character. This warrior character was perfect for Maddie’s athletic build. I did not have time to paint her feet and hands, but the rest of her body is painted including the g-string and chest area.
Most Drow in cosplay and fan art have black bodies and face. However, I felt black was too harsh and would not photograph well. Instead I made a midnight blue by blending Rubies Smudgeproof 95% blue and 5% black and used an overlay of Manic Panic fine blue glitter on her face.
You don’t have to buy professional grade makeup unless you have sensitive skin or the product has a particular colour or texture required for your costume. In this case, Rubies Smudgeproof Face Paint, being inexpensive with good coverage, was an appropriate choice for the Drow. Maddie’s skin isn’t sensitive and we needed volume to cover her entire body.
I used the more expensive Manic Panic glitter on her face because it was the perfect colour and the fine texture kept it out of her eyes. I used Kat von Dee sheer black lip gloss on her lips.
For the Drow costume, the focal piece is a custom chest armour piece made from Worbla. Worbla is this very cool thermoplastic. It’s expensive and not readily available, but there is nothing like it. I cut the shape and molded it using a heat gun. Then it was sprayed with antique metallic gold paint and burnished with shoe polish. The armour was attached using leather cording crisscrossing her shoulders and back.
Like with Graeme the faux fur throw, bought off season at FabricLand, is a pivotal piece for this character. Since a pin would get lost in the fur, I used a Hip Hugger clasp at her throat.
For jewellery, the Drow had two large gold metal cuffs. Also our long black Tomoyo wig is cosplay quality. It can be braided, curled with low heat, sprayed and washed. It’s lace cap inside is breathable and adjustable.
Essentially a Drow fantasy character should have as little clothing as possible. If very shy, under the armour you can also wear pasties found at most Shopper’s Drug Marts. If very very shy, perhaps a bathing suit.
The prop for this character is a weapon. You could make a spear, but here Maddie carries a Crescent Moon Clive Barker staff. It’s plastic, but I just loved the symbolism of the moon.
The design, build and make-up was done by Alison Pentland.
Clean Up Tip: I recommend a bath, rather than shower, to limit the mess.
The Norse Banshee is played by Felix, a former high school intern at FeeFiFoFun Costume Concierge. Felix is a chameleon and plays very well as dramatic characters.
This is a simple ready-made costume of a white organza cape called The Haunted that comes with a simple white sleeveless shift.
Banshee Make Up
I’ve mentioned Rubies Smudgeproof Face Paint before because it’s inexpensive and has good coverage. I used Rubies White all over Felix’s face and neck and Black make-up accents around the eyes applied with a brush. To that was added a bit of blood and white nail polish.
Felix wears Gothika white cataract contacts and a long grey wig. Keep in mind all costume contacts mess with, and the cataracts completely obscure, your vision. Driving with them may lead to an accident and certainly a charge by the police.
For a prop, zhe carries a crystal ball.
The Banshee designed and styled by me, and the make-up uniquely interpreted by Angela Scarlett of Underworld.
The Quintessential Midsummers Night Dream Theme Party Costume – The Faun
The Faun was played by Rebecca, who had a rather bookish look IRL because of her glasses. So I played upon her delicate looks and slim physique for a perfect woodsy fantasy character. From my store FeeFiFoFun I added Beast Legs and Hooves, but the Hippie Halter top and leather belt were thrifted from Value Village.
The leather quiver [not seen here] was threaded onto the belt. I re-styled our Suckerpunch Amber Wig and fitted it with a dollar store Ivy and Berry Wreath.
Props were a full size faux bow, which when not in use can be slung across your back.
Faun Make Up
Rebecca’s ears are ears made in small batches by Aradani Studios and attached with theatrical glue called Spirit Gum.Keep in mind that some people have allergies to the latex used in prosthetic pieces like the faun ears.
Her Gothika Black Wolf Contacts from FeeFiFoFun Costume Concierge are non-prescription and disposable. I feel strongly you should not purchase contacts online, but through a reputable physical independent retailer. For prescription, many optometrists now offer a selection of cosmetic lenses.
Angela Scarlett used Snazzaroo Make-up, applied with a brush, on Rebecca’s face and shoulders. There a many online tutorials.
Design, build and make-up of the Banshee character was done by Alison Pentland.
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