Mime Makeup and Costume

Thursday, 27 March 2014

I was lucky enough to be invited to a circus themed 21st birthday party last weekend and I got really excited because damn, I LOVE costume parties! The first thought that came to mind was Britney Spear's Circus music video- sexy ringmaster, exotic tightrope walkers and the like... But I decided to go as a mime, possibly the most unsexy costume ever.

That being said, my makeup is not the traditional mime makeup! I like to think of my finished face as a modern harlequin influenced mime look. Still obviously a mime but with a gothic touch. The best part is that it's so simple!

Mime Makeup Tutorial
1. Cover your face generously with the lightest shade of foundation/BB cream you own for a more modern look instead of the traditional white paint. I'm using Lioele's Triple the Solution BB cream with a stippling brush. Set with any translucent powder for a matte finish.
2. Pack a dark purple eye shadow (Maybelline purple eye studio palette) onto your lids and soften the edges with a red/burgundy eyeshadow (Stylenanda's Saturn shadow), blending out to a soft edge. 
3. Using a black liquid eyeliner (K palette 24 hour eye liner), draw a thick, dramatic wing on your upper lash line.
4. Line the whole way around the lower lash line with a black pencil eyeliner and smudge the same purple eyeshadow over the top to set.
5. Draw a triangle in the corner of your eyes and one in the middle of your lower lash line with the liquid eyeliner.
6. Finish with dramatic false eyelashes and white eyeliner on your lower waterline to make your eyes pop!

7. Draw on your eyebrows thickly with black eyeshadow making sure the outline is sharp. You can be creative here- arched, straight, bendy brows all work fine! You just want to look animated.
8. Use the same burgundy eyeshadow as a blush on your cheekbones. 
9. Finish everything off with a dark purple lipstick, I'm using Stylenanda's Vamp lipstick.


Mime costumes are extremely easy. The essentials include: a black and white striped top, suspenders and a hat!

Here are some photos from the party, which was amazing! The whole backyard was set up as a tent and bathed in red light. There was a chocolate fountain, fairy floss, popcorn, hot dogs, unicycles, a photobooth, a dart board, circus toys, blow up baths and gosh, I could go on. There were a lot of people in attendance and everyone (except one) made an excellent effort to dress up! There turned out to be heaps of other mimes (nooo!), clowns, lions and gypsies and the birthday girl was so beautiful in a traditional tightrope walker costume.

I wish I had gotten pictures of all the amazing costumes, but it was too dark so they all turned out blurry!

 Look at the decor!

 Juggling balls.

 A funny stick tossing apparatus? We weren't too sure what it was supposed to do!

Both blow up baths had balls with questions taped to them so you could get to know the person sitting next to you! I saw this on a trending youtube video months ago and love how they incorporated it into a party. Brilliant idea!

I love dress up parties and this was a particularly good one. Usually people never make much effort to dress up in Australia, but this exceeded my expectations!


  1. Okay this party sounds amazing, delicious, and fun...haha but man I'm jealous, I wish I could afford cotton candy and popcorn machines and games at my birthday, lol!

    1. Haha I am on the same boat- my 21st was really sad in comparison :P I love wholesome fun like this, so much better than the usual booze fests you get in australia!

  2. Your makeup looks amazing! Your outfit is so cute! I love it! You did such a great job!

    1. Hehe thank you, that means a lot to me! :D Thanks for reading xx