Girl with a Pearl Earring costume

Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween costume tutorial
This might be my favorite costume of the Tortured Artist party bunch. Think of the looks you could give at a party! You wouldn’t even have to talk to anyone…just look. To the side. Carli made Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring costume with some gorgeous fabric from our sponsor,, which has an amazing variety of fabrics.
For this costume, we have tutorials on how to make the pearl earring, the head wrap and shawl, as well as a make-up tutorial. See all of it below after the jump.
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween costume tutorial
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween costume tutorial
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

  1. Cut the blue fabric into 2 strips about 6-8 inches in width. 
  2. Cut the yellow fabric into a strip about 10-12 inches in width.
  3. (optional) Press the cut edges under on both sides so that they don’t show.
  4. Imitate the painting as best you can. I started off by putting the model’s hair into a high bun and draping the yellow fabric over top. The bun gives the yellow fabric the volume. 
  5. I had her hold the tip of the yellow fabric against her forehead as I wrapped the blue pieces around her head, making sure to cover her hairline. 
  6. Hide the ends of the fabric by tucking them underneath the folds. You can cut off extra fabric that isn’t needed. If your worried about it staying put, you can use safety pins to keep everything in place.
For the brown wrap, simply drape the fabric around the shoulders and secure with safety pins.
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween earring tutorial
  • inexpensive craft clay (the kind you bake in the oven)
  • dangle earring clasps
  • metallic acrylic paint (Folk Art has a Pearl White color)
  • paintbrush
  • baking sheet 
  • oven
  1. Form clay into the desired teardrop shape.
  2. Bake clay in oven following packaging directions and then let cool.
  3. Paint the clay. I had to put on about 4 coats of paint. Let dry.
  4. Attach dangly earring claps. I just used clasps from a pair of old earrings!
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween earring tutorial
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween earring tutorial
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween earring tutorial


This face was so much fun to do but also a challenge!  While our girl Morgan did look strikingly like the gorgeous original painting, she also had VERY dark eyebrows we wanted to down play.  Getting rid of eyebrows can be tricky. You’re going to have to use elmers glue sticks if you want it to look super legit, here’s a good tutorial for it here
For Morgan I just combed out her brows with normal brow brush and set them with gel.  Once that dried I used a Maybelline Cover Stick (get it here) in white to go over them a few times. I set that with transluscent powder and then covered the full top half of her face with a pale full coverage foundation.  Spreading the pale base from the top of the forehead over the eyelids and to the top of the cheekbones really gave her a light and airy look.  
For her eyes I used white eyeliner on the lower waterline, then some light grey shadow underneath to create the same effect as the painting.  Finish the eyes off with a single layer of mascara.
My favorite thing about this look is the wet lips.  I used a pinkish red lipstick all over her lips, then covered it with juicy wet lipgloss, the kind you had in jr. High that just goops on deliciously. 
I set the whole face with a few sprits of NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray (get it here) instead of powder, so her makeup would stay, but keep that oil painting sheen. 
Here are some items you will need to get the look:



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