the diy village

Here’s Day 9 of 31 DIY’s Til Halloween!
I’ve been looking forward to this one forever. This is Billy the Puppet from the Saw films (not to be mistaken for Jigsaw himself!) and was seriously so simple to put together. The main parts are the white collared shirt, red bow tie, black blazer, and of course the makeup. Having black hair doesn’t hurt ;) Honestly I think any costume doesn’t need to be an exact imitation of the character you’re dressing as, it’s way more fun to put together clothes and accessories that are accessible to you and that work for your style and your body. That’s the spirit of DIY!

I’m wearing sheer black tights, black thigh high stockings, and a basic black tank top from my closet. The thigh highs can be found in any lingerie shop (I’ve had mine forever and don’t remember exactly where I got them.) The garter belt I’m wearing is the Rago Six-Strap Suspender Belt. i found mine on Amazon in black. The pleather skirt is from H&M in NYC last winter but I’ve seen them at several stores lately.

The white shirt is that same thrifted little boys’ button down that I found for $1.99 and have used for so many different costumes already this week! The bow tie was $1.29 at the dollar store and the black blazer I also thrifted for $5.99 at Value Village (obviously my second home).
I’m wearing my platforms that my hubby gave me for my birthday. I’m addicted to these shoes and I need to change it up soon! I promise I will!

The makeup is the fun part of this costume.
I used Graftobian white grease paint base. I have a hookup at a local costume shop because I did makeup and photos for our city’s Zombie Walk last weekend, and I’m working at the city’s biggest and best-rated haunted house for all of this month. This stuff ain’t cheap but it lasts for ages and if necessary if you do a lot of special effects makeup (this is my job, so I have budgeted for it.) Costume shops and Halloween stores sell similar grease paint / face base this time of year for $1-5, and that would work just as well!

I’m wearing a NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Ruby and MAC Ruby Woo lipstick. The spirals on my cheeks are done in basic red face paint from the dollar store and I went over it with the same NYX lip liner. I did my normal eyebrow routine and eyeliner. The eyeshadow is a smudged/blended/blown-out mix of browns and pinks, I wanted it to look super bruisy and sunken. It looked way more intense in person but I shot these photos in direct daylight. The “puppet” lines can be done with any black liquid liner.

Now that I’m back on schedule, a new DIY Halloween costume will be posted every day until Halloween! Sometimes more than one if I’m feeling ambitious!