Here’s Exactly How To Be Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother For Halloween


It’s Halloween time in the world of Disney, and we’re ready for it! Need some costume ideas to usher in the autumn season? If so, you can never go wrong with choosing a Disney theme, and you can never go wrong with choosing a classic Disney villain. Lady Tremaine, the evil stepmother of Cinderella, is an easy enough character to choose for inspiration; the costume won’t be too hard to get or make, and the hair, makeup, voice, and mannerisms are all easy to imitate as well! However, our recommendation is that you play Cinderella’s stepmother…with a twist. Instead of playing the original version of the wicked stepmother (which looked “quite like Joan Crawford“), why not aim for the villain from the 2015 live-action Cinderella movie, played by renowned Australian actress Cate Blanchett? Read on if you’d like to learn how to dress up as a more glamorous, high-fashion version of the wicked stepmother character for Halloween!

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The live-action Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh features a wide variety of styles and color schemes when it comes to clothing, hair, and makeup (and we’ve got the tutorials for Lily James as Cinderella, Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, the ugly stepsisters, and Prince Charming (aka Prince Kit, played by Richard Madden) coming soon too!). Makeup designer Naomi Donne wanted most of the characters’ makeup to “look like a film that was set in the 40s”, and she collaborated with Cate Blanchett’s makeup artist, Morag Ross, to achieve a look that matched “the leading ladies of ’40s noir: Lauren Bacall, Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwyck, and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard. But, with ‘a slightly more modern approach to a period makeup look’”. The end result was a “frighteningly flawless screen-siren face” that you can easily recreate at home; even though it sounds intimidating, it’s actually easy, because you’re specifically going for an obvious and overdone aesthetic!

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To get a strong, even appearance for your face, start with a foundation that is a little paler than your natural skin color. Mix it with your preferred moisturizer, and then focus on massaging that combination into your skin; the more you massage your face, the more seamless the skin makeup will be, and the more perfect a finish you’ll get! Next, choose a ruby-toned blush and swipe it along your cheekbones, then blend a matte contour color directly under that, in the hollows of your cheeks, and do the same contouring trick along your jawline. The last step for your face makeup? Powder–probably more of it than you’re comfortable with! A traditional vintage powder will do the trick, and feel more authentic, but an anhydrous wax mattifier like the Rae Morris one below will be more comfortable if you don’t usually like wearing heavy makeup.

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With this look, you want your eye makeup and lipstick to really stand out! Essentially, go for the opposite of natural makeup and work from there. For eyebrows, try to make yours more arched than usual with eyebrow pencil; this is a common theater trick for villains on stage, because the more arched and thin an eyebrow is, the older and less friendly it makes a person look. Next, apply a matte grey eyeshadow all over your eyelids, patting on a liberal amount. Then add lots of black liquid liner, mascara, and some false lashes! For the final touch, go for “immaculately applied red lips” instead of a natural lip color (Cate Blanchett wore “MAC Russian Red” in the film). Be sure to exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub, a clean toothbrush, or a wet towel beforehand for a smooth application!

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For hair, vintage 1940’s or 1950’s tutorials like this one will be a big help in achieving Cate’s “victory roll“. Again, the evil stepmother is all about attracting attention, so everything about her should be shiny! A shine spray or hair oil will help protect your hair from the heat (if you’re not doing heatless pin curls) and will also help you stand out.
On to clothes! It may not sound stylish in the modern sense of the word, but when you’re trying to pick a Lady Tremaine outfit, imagine a rhinoceros beetle. Go for big, shiny clothing with a lot of sheen to the fabric, and a lot of structure in the shoulders and waist, and possibly some bold dark green or mustard patterns. The wicked stepmother character in this version of Cinderella might not be the most muted in her fashion choices, but she certainly makes a statement, so you can too! Hats and high heels are also a plus (but leave the glass slipper for Lily James’ character! For the piece de resistance of your look, adopt a haughty manner, avoid smiling except when indulging at parties, and possibly hang out with a cat named Lucifer. Happy Halloween! (Looking for a more tomboyish pirate costume, an Indiana Jones-style costume, or a more traditional fairy tale Disney princess costume? We’ve got tutorials for those, too!)

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Need to recover the day after your Halloween outing (or perhaps if you’ve had several Halloween parties in a row to attend)? Then follow Cate’s regimen to pamper your skin and help it calm down after wearing heavy makeup! According to Cate, “for the role of Lady Tremaine, I was required to wear quite a bit of makeup, which can really dry my skin, so there were a few extra products I added to my normal routine to ensure my skin stayed hydrated and fresh…On top of using my usual routine of SK-II LXP Ultimate Perfecting Essence, Serum and Moisturizer, I was also using SK-II Facial Treatment Masks almost daily,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. She also “applied the beauty brand’s Signs Eye Mask before starting each day so that the makeup would sit better on her eyes. To finish off her routine, she sprayed the Facial Treatment Essence over her makeup to keep her skin extra hydrated”. Cate is a longtime ambassador for SK-II and a huge advocate of the brand’s pitera ingredient, but that’s some pricey stuff, so instead go for something cheaper like the Innisfree compostable sheet masks or creamy masks filled with calming chamomile, aloe, snail mucin, or honey (see below for suggestions!). For your eyes, calm them down by pouring green tea into an ice cube tray, freezing it to make tea cubes, and running those under your eyes for a while! Same effect, much lower price tag. Don’t tell Lady Tremaine that we told you!
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About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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