Catch the full details on this no-sew DIY Disgust costume inspired by Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out. Perfect for cosplay or Halloween!
I’ve been meaning to share this DIY costume with you guys since last year!
For those of you who remember me going all out in 2015 on my Katy Perry costume, you already know that I freaking LOVE Halloween. And perhaps more than the holiday itself really, I freaking LOVE the challenge of making my own costumes and have often come up with them last-minute. So when my friends asked me in 2016 to do a group costume inspired by Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out where each of us would dress up as one of the emotions (Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear, and Sadness), we had tons of fun bringing them all to life!
As you can see, we really got into taking our own spins on each one, but I tried to be as true to the original character as possible. It was just as much fun to act in character all night… with finding all the drinks, food, and other people’s costumes totally subpar to my expectations (it was all in good fun though, of course).
I mean, ew… you dressed like that??? How gross.
Putting it together really wasn’t that difficult at all. I found most of my supplies and makeup in inexpensive places and, thanks to my Prime membership, was able to get everything shipped to me just a few days before my friend’s Halloween party. I’ve listed out the individual details of each component of my costume below, but I also have affiliate links for you to track similar items online if you wish to bookmark this post (since I basically sourced most of it in person with a limited timeline, and that kind of limits your options — so if you plan to do this costume in the future you’ll have ample opportunity to order these things).
My DIY Disgust Costume from Top to Bottom:
- green sleeveless dress from Target / similar
- for the fabric design of the lime green and dark teal splat-like shapes, I used similarly colored puffy paints and just let them dry; all of it was hand-drawn and free-form, which let me put lots of extra sparkle into the dress
- Notes: finding a dress like this during fall is especially tough (and can be pricey if you have to rush shipping), so your best bet is to just keep your eyes peeled during the summer!
- easy peasy: it’s a wig! / I ordered online
- just a simple fuschia glittery tulle ribbon, tied into a knot and the ends trimmed so they came to a point
- Notes: it’s a bit scratchy, but it was exactly the color I was looking for
- I made the belt myself with some extra-wide lime green grosgrain ribbon and a “D” chipboard letter readily available at any craft store (it was actually covered in burlap, but I painted it green and then covered it in glitter).
- dark green leggings, cut/hiked up to capri length / similar
- Notes: I could only find a lighter green that nearly matched my dress, and the color in the character’s tights looks a good bit darker, so I actually sprayed the leggings in my garage with a dark green spray paint I already had (spray paint surprisingly performs decently on fabric when you don’t expect it to be perfect, and if it’s one-time use no one’s really looking all that hard… I’ve used it a number of times for costumes in a pinch!)
- purpley-pink ballet flats / similar
- Notes: I bought a really cheap red pair from Walmart and used a VERY light spray of white spray paint to make it look more pinkish (since it’s notoriously hard to cover over red anything, I expected the white would not do full coverage and I was right)… to make it more purpley, I used a spray pink dye I found at the craft store
- purpley-pink lipstick stain, blush, and eyeshadow / similar
- kelly green eyeshadow for my eyebrows and other shading accents / similar
- Notes: When it comes to getting makeup to be really matchy-matchy for a costume, my usual trick is to look for a lipstick or lipstick stain that I then use for my eyes and blush; as long as you use a good primer and set with a crapload of translucent powder or fixing spray, it stays put long enough for your evening plans… and the better part is that you don’t spend a lot of money on buying separate lipstick, eyeshadow, and blush that you’ll use only once
The majority of questions I get on this costume is how I made the very dramatic green eyelash extensions. And this is where I get all proud like I solved a Rubik’s cube (even though this was significantly less frustrating).
- You’ll need green card stock, Mod Podge, extra fine green glitter, eyelash glue, and false eyelashes
- Notes: Honestly, I hate falsies and hate the feeling of something on my eye, so I set a goal to make this as least-irritating as possible, especially since putting anything with traditional glitter near your eye can be irritating and scratchy (so use extra caution when putting this together). First, I cut out an extra-long teardrop shape for each individual lash, then glued them together in clumps of three for each side. The benefit of card stock is that it can hold its shape a little better than normal paper, so I added a little glitter on both sides of the paper with Mod Podge — leaving the end that would go on my skin glitter-free — and then shaped them into a sort of curved shape so that they would bow outward from my face (which ultimately led to less annoyed picking at them later from them getting tangled with my real lashes). I put on falsies with thick black eyeliner with eyelash glue, but I used the same glue to then paste the cardstock near the corners of my eye. This proved far easier and less heavy for my eyelids than trying to glue them to the falsies (which was my original plan until I realized this would work better).
And there ya have it!
As I mentioned, I kind of meant to share this DIY with you guys a long time ago… as it happened all the way back in 2016. I also did a second costume last year when I dressed up as Sia for my run club’s Halloween run, but that was just plain funny since I really only needed the wig and some red lipstick, and the rest was my normal black running attire. I had to run without the wig because it was impossible to see wearing it!
Next up: I want to share this year’s DIY costume with you too, but that’s long enough for one post and I’ll have that tutorial for you I hope tomorrow… just under the wire. ;)
Happy Halloween, and happy DIYing!