Mona Lisa Halloween Costume

You don’t have to go to the Louvre to check out the Mona Lisa. Be her for Halloween!

This costume tutorial is super easy! The Mona Lisa costume is great for a last-minute idea or one that you don’t have to spend too much time on. Plus, all it requires is a simple (mysterious) smile. Muhahaha.

You’ll Need:

We’re excited to publish MORE Halloween costume tutorials from our tortured artist party! You can check out the full list here. The Mona Lisa is an absolute classic, and luckily, it’s super easy to put together! Hooray for a stress-free Halloween!
DIY Mona Lisa Halloween costume

Photography by Alpha Smoot

Makeup by Rubie Huber

Hair by Aubrey Nelson

Model ME Hammond

Art directed by Brittany Jepsen


See the full tutorial below.


Mona Lisa Halloween costume


  • A poster of Mona Lisa (here’s a link to one)
  • A pretty gold frame (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft knife
  • Posterboard


  1. Glue poster of Mona Lisa to posterboard.
  2. Cut out the face of Mona Lisa with your craft knife. Make sure it’s a good size hole to fit your face.
  3. Frame it with your pretty frame
  4. Practice your Mona Lisa smile!

Mona Lisa Costume: makeup tutorial by Rubie Huber

That enigmatic face of all enigmatic faces!

Ok, makeup confession: my one regret here is not gluing down and covering her eyebrows better, but darn it all I forgot my Elmer’s glue stick in my makeup diddy bag. If you want to take this one step further, cover the eyebrows using an Elmer’s glue stick. If you wanna go my route, just use eyebrow gel and white concealer.

What happened to the real Mona Lisa’s eyebrows? It’s a mystery.

After you get the eyebrow situation covered, cover the entire face in a creamy, full coverage foundation. I like Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse. I went one shade darker than her normal skin since Mona Lisa has a dark bronzed/antique look. Wipe the same foundation over your lips.

For the eyes, you’ve really got to look at the picture to shade them with a brown shadow. She’s got interesting shading that’s difficult to mimic, but looking at the picture will help you a lot. Use a tiny dab of the same brown shadow on the corners of her mouth and under her cheekbones. Steer clear of the mascara and eyeliner, but instead use your brown eyeliner to draw that curved line across the top of the forehead, just below the hairline.

All you have left to do is practice your mysterious smile!

Gather your friends and family together, choose your costumes (we love themed costumes!), and celebrate with a Halloween party! Check out how to throw a great Halloween party here.


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