DIY Death Costume for Free Comic Book Day

Last year was my first time attending Free Comic Book Day.  I quickly read my comics, and wanted more.  My partner, Ty, is really into comics and he suggested I read Death by Neil Gaiman as my first.  As you might have guessed, I loved it!  Death is a beautiful character, she’s got so much heart, is so chipper, and as she would say, is peachy keen.

When I attended Free Comic Book Day last year I dressed up as Harley Quinn, which was exciting because now I had two holidays during the year where I could dress up in costume.  After I read Death I had already decided on my costume for this year.  Here’s my take on Death (the character).

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The Outfit
Luckily, Death is a pretty basic dresser, and I have a lot of pieces she owns.  Since Death’s wardrobe consists of only black clothes, you could get away with just about any black outfit.  I found that I had every piece of one of her outfits and I chose to mask that one.  To entirely pull off Death, you need to have an Ankh, her signature piece.  Long ago, I actually made one for myself, and you can get one in my shop here.


Death’s hair is black, and mine is purple.  As someone who has tried every way of temporarily coloring their hair, I knew how to pull it off.  I did it by doing the hair chalk method Kandee Johnson‘s way.  This is the method I use the most to temporarily color my hair as it produces bright colors, works well on dark hair, is budget friendly, and comes out within one or two washes.  You can find the video explaining this method here.  I only did the top part of my hair, because the chalk can get on your clothes or your skin.

For makeup, I covered my face the way I normally do, with moisturizer, powder, and blush.  Then, I put a nude color on my eyes, a nude lip liner around my lips, and put on some clear lip balm for moisture.  Next, using a liquid liner(I love my pencil liner/liquid liner pen), I tried to follow a You Tube video for doing my eye makeup, and when my line game proved sad as usual I just filled in the corners of my eye with liner.  In addition to her Ankh, Death has a signature swirl under her eye.  To create this I used a picture of her I found online and drew the swirl very carefully with liquid eyeliner, keeping in mind I was using a mirror.  For my lips, I didn’t want to buy any black lipstick so instead I put on some dark purple lipstick, dabbed some black eye shadow on, and put clear lip gloss over it.

I’ll be spending this Free Comic Book Day at my parents this year, so I’m definitely going to bring my little brother with me, and this will be his first time attending.  I’m crossing my fingers they’ll have a copy of Sandman: Volume 2 so I can continue the series.

Any other Death fans in the house?
Are you dressing up for Free Comic Book Day?
Comment below : )

☮ Madison

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