Thursday, May 23, 2013

Maleficent the Melancholy

"You poor, simple fools. Thinking you could defeat me. *Me*, The Mistress of All Evil!" 
~ Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty, 1959

Sleeping Beauty is one of my most favourite fairytales. It was my very first movie I owned on VHS (yeah, remember those?) I still remember watching it over & over again after my Grandma gave it to me for Christmas when I was knee high to a grasshopper. I was so fascinated by Maleficent & distinctly remember asking my Mum what "melancholy" meant after watching the film the first time.

Recently my friend, Tori, hosted a fancy dress party for her 30th birthday and the theme was "your favourite character or your idol when you were a kid." Naturally my first thought was Maleficent. I admit, I was a little worried about trying to pull off the makeup myself, but luckily my wonderful friend & makeup artist, Linda Moore, was on hand to help me out in that department. Ok, so she did all of my makeup really.

Here are the getting ready shots...

 If only I wasn't texting in the full length photos! A common problem for me...

I went with a Maleficent-inspired look by creating my own outfit by layering purple & black dresses together with a leather vest and black jacket that had the large cape-like collar. I created a crown with plaits in my hair piled atop my head rather than wearing horns. I know a lot of you won't be lucky to have a great makeup artist for a friend like I do, so I thought I would suggest a few pieces that you can put together to replicate this look as best as possible.

face paint and eye-makeup from Fancy Dress Ball / costume from Kaboodle / pimp cane from Balloons Galore / raven from

Face Colour & Purple Eye Makeup
 The key here is to try a few colours to get the right shade, or if it's too dark try removing some of the colour by dabbing a little off.

If you don't want to purchase a costume you could try layering black & purple pieces from your own wardrobe like I did.

Cane & Bird
It was really hard to find the right length and design of the cane, but this is not a big deal as you could just glue the bird on top of it, thus removing the need for it to look exactly the same. However, if length is a factor - then you could just use a curtain rod, as they usually come apart at the centre - however, if you plan on restoring its use as a curtain rod after your fancy dress party then it's probably wise to avoid gluing anything on top of it.

This is an ideal costume for Halloween as well as any fancy dress party. To top it off, Angelina Jolie is playing the title role in the movie Maleficent due for release in 2014. Very excited for that!

I will leave you with a few pics from the rest of the night...

The birthday girl was Mary Poppins, then we had James Bond, a cricketer, a pro dirt bike rider, and my favourite, Katie, as Carmen Sandiego.

Been to any fun fancy dress shindigs lately?

Clare x


  1. Yay!!! This was such a fun party and you looked AMAZING!! Still glad I finally got to become my childhood idol for the night :)

    ~ Katie aka MsProcrastin8 x

    1. Thanks, Katie! LOVED your Carmen Sandiego getup!

      C x

  2. You look fantastic.
    It shows that you love what you do so much.


Thanks for sharing on Soulful Mama ~ Clare x