What with Mad Men gearing up for its final season (NOOO!), this might be the perfect year to pay homage to your favorite show by whipping out your perfect Mad Men Halloween costume. After all, it's kind of the best costume idea around: it's on-trend and pop culture-y, it's sure to be a good conversation starter, and you'll look glam at the same time! Plus, it gives you the opportunity to either venture into that cool vintage shop you've been meaning to check out forever, or pull out that gorgeous cocktail dress you scored two years ago but haven't figured out the perfect place to wear it to yet. When it comes to channeling the looks of the 60s, the sky's the limit on how much fun you can have.
It's a win-win (or rather a win-win-win-win-win).
Personally, I identify as more of a Peggy type, but you can't beat Megan here in terms of drama factor (in all senses of the word), so she's probably the best candidate to dress up as for Halloween (though honestly, you really can't go wrong when it comes to any of the ladies of the Mad Men universe).
So, in full Halloween spirit, here's a step-by-step tutorial to take you through the entire Megan Draper-ifying process — from first swath of eye makeup to last item of flashy costume jewelry.
Koh Gen Doh Moisture Foundation, Sephora
For my face, I did what I always do: Lightly filled in the brows, slapped on some of my favorite Koh Gen Doh Moisture Foundation, dotted on some concealer (Rimmel Match Perfection) under my eyes, and applied my go-to blush (Benefit Rockateur) onto the apples of my cheeks.
Rimmel Match Perfection, Rimmel
First, I started off with a pale silvery blue all over the lid.
Then, I did my best attempt at a cut crease look, with a satin-finish black eyeshadow.
Basically, I just stuck my brush into my socket line and swept away. The socket line will guide you, which helps a lot. If you're nervous about attempting the look (like I was), you can start out with a paler eyeshadow color to give yourself a kind of guide — like drawing in pencil before you pull out the ink.
Go for full drama here. It's the '60s, and Megan's a Sharon Tate type, so go alllll out.
Paint a thick cat-eye wing (which rather helpfully lines up with the shadow you put on earlier, so it's pretty easy to keep things even), and use the excess liner left on your brush to trace along the outer two-thirds of the lower lash-line.
I also added a little gunmetal shadow on top of the lower line to soften it up a bit.
The Lips and Lashes:
This isn't really my lip color of choice, but in the spirit of staying realistic, I thought I'd give it a try. I used Revlon's Colorburst Matte Balm in Showy, though I blended it with some foundation to give it a more nude/mod look. The effect is vaguely corpse-ifying on moi, but maybe if you have coloring closer to Jessica Paré's it will work out better for you!
Oh, and as for the lashes — this look totally calls for the most dramatic falsies in your stash. Unfortunately, my lone pair was far too wimpy — that, combined with my eyelash incompetence led to me to eschew them altogether. Instead, I piled on Maybelline's Colossal Volum' Express Pumped Up! like no one's business (we're talking three-plus coats).
I half-heartedly watched a couple of tutorials before deciding to just go for it: I stuck those hot rollers (borrowed from my mother) right into the sentient beast that is my hair. I did my best to add volume at the crown by doing a row of rollers going from front to back, down the "spine" of my skull (like a mohawk). For the rest, I just curled the hair under and hoped for the best (it was a nerve-wracking 20 minutes, waiting for those curls to set).
The results weren't great, but they weren't too bad for a first try, either! From the side:
From the front:
You can play it as fast-and-loose or by the book as you please — I was lucky enough to score a pretty Megan-y dress about five years ago (before she was even a character) at a vintage store. But if that's not your thing? Go for some sort of ultra-short shift dress or a babydoll, depending on what era of Megan you want to emulate. My goal was "Zou Bisou Bisou," so I pulled out this number and added some costume jewelry earrings that I got from my grandmother:
There was a lot of Zou Bisou-Bi-derping going on, for sure:
What do you think? Is it a look you'll be trying out this year? Bonus points if you do it with a Don Draper on your arm!
Images: IMDb; Rosie Narasaki (10); Giphy