If you’ve ever turned on a TV around Halloween time, I’m sure you’ve seen the best witch movie of all time — Hocus Pocus. These quirky witches were brought back on earth for one night and spent the rest of the movie trying to win back their lives in the mortal world. Help these sisters out by giving them the life they always wanted — grab your main
betches witches and turn the Sanderson sisters into the most epic girl group costume.
I teamed up with our resident HMU stylist Misty Spinney to create these looks. A special thanks to Farah, Brenda and Katie for bringing their A game to this shoot. They blew all of us away with their commitment to their characters — they may or may not have kept these outfits on all day to scare our other co-workers. FYI, if you and your besties aren’t a brunette, red head and blonde, don’t worry. Head over to Amazon to pick up wigs for these looks.
“Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me SICK!” — Winifred Sanderson
(True fact: This film takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, and there is nothing more beautiful than a dewy fall morning in New England.)
As a sister of three, I can relate to these witches. Each of us is different but we all have the same goal — to stay alive by sucking the lives out of the children of Salem. I mean, JK — that is *just* the goal of the Sanderson sisters, not the Bryden girl gang ;)
The main difference between these three characters is the color scheme of the outfits. Bette Midler’s character wears deep shades of green and purple and a lot of intricate textures. Head to your local thrift store and find about 3-5 skirts to cut at different lengths and layers around your waist. Top the costume off with a lace-up corset and a structured green jacket.
To get her wild hair, you can curl your hair randomly and then back-comb throughout. Separate into pigtail-esque high messy buns and secure with elastics and bobby pins. For her makeup, do a highly exaggerated smokey eye and brush pink blush on the apples of your cheeks. To recreate this tooth-pucker, start off by using concealer to cancel out your lips. Then create the heart shaped lip pucker with red lipstick. To make her teeth, use a white cream makeup and a fine paint brush to paint on the teeth and set with a translucent powder.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s character is a bit salacious, but we love her anyways. Her costume is mainly pinks and a bit more girly. Let’s just say, to really get into this character, you will want to pull your corset extra tight and really lift up those ta-tas.
Go with a heavily lined smokey eye, rusty red lips and lots of pale foundation to channel SJP’s character!
Kathy Najimy’s character Mary is the sister that is always forgotten. So forgotten that she didn’t even get a broom and was stuck with a vacuum. For this costume, stick to deeper fall colors and a billowy orange top. Top this costume off with the most forgotten-about witch cape you can find ;)
This hair style looks more challenging than it actually is. Start off by prepping the hair by backcombing every strand for a nest-like mess. Then take your hair and pull it into a high “loose” ponytail. Next add small elastics every couple inches or so to the remaining hair in the ponytail so you can make it stick up. Pull out a few strands and re-pin them into the mix to hide the ponytail elastics.
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DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Hair + Makeup: Misty Spinney
Models: Brenda Lawerence, Katie Bukstein, Farah Maloof
Photography: Kurt Andre