I’m not much of a make-up person. In fact, when I turned 45, I had a slumber party and had one of my bestest girl friends show me how to do make-up. She started by throwing out 90% of the make-up that I had, which tells you something about my taste in make-up.
So I asked her to help me with the go-go look. The first thing she did – and it’s the first thing you should do for a period costume, or almost any costume that requires you to be a human – is surf web images for hair and make-up. Cowardly Lion? Not so much. Super-heroine, Greek goddess or go-go girl? Definitely.
We decided on HOT pink lipstick and long fake eye-lashes with heavy eyeliner for the make-up. We also decided on very little other make-up. Seems like the overall faces at that time were pretty clean and fresh – it was all eyelashes and lips.
And for the hair? I learned about bump-its. These are plastic inserts that you put underneath your real hair to make it look big and full. And I could almost do them by myself – which is saying something. And wow, do they make your hair look BIG!
What I learned for the first time from this experience is that the little hair and make-up details can also have a huge impact on the overall effect of the costume. Again, I’m not much of a hair-and-makeup person, which only made the impact of the over-done hair and lipstick that much more effective. A good lesson for me.