20 Best Female Halloween Costume Ideas
20 Best Female Halloween Costume Ideas
As October 31st approaches, you’re probably busy searching for a killer Halloween costume idea. As you whittle your Halloween costume ideas, consider this collection of strong female characters and notable women from history. Whether you choose to dress up with Halloween makeup as a world-saving demigoddess, a famous blonde bombshell, or a pioneering scientist, you can’t go wrong with one of these leading ladies.
- Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman
Unflaggingly selfless, startlingly blunt, and fiercely skilled in battle – who other than Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, the Amazon warrior princess who defeats her Nazi foes by the power of her super strength, bullet-blocking bracelets, and Lasso of Truth. Halloween Costume Ideas: Don her trademark red and blue armor or opt for the iconic gown and sword combination she wore while going incognito as a US Army nurse named Diana Prince. Either way, you’re bound to feel as unstoppable as the heroine herself. Click HERE to see Wonder Woman and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Letitia Wright as Shuri in Black Panther
Another royal superhero, Shuri from Black Panther is a gifted engineer and playful jokester, serving as Wakanda’s chief science officer and schooling her brother T’Challa on cutting edge weapons operation. Her wardrobe is futuristic, sleek, and tactical-chic. Halloween Costume Ideas: Copy Shuri’s battle ensemble with ornate braids, face paint, and vibranium armor. Click HERE to see Shuri and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
Heralded as the original femme fatale, the last queen of Egypt has been mythologized as a brutal ruler with the charisma to seduce rival kings. To ensure an uncontested reign, she used her power, wealth, and undeniable charm to win over the likes of Julius Caesar and later, Marc Antony, as well as executing her half-sister and successor Arsinoe. While ancient coins and sculptures provide conflicting accounts of what Cleopatra actually looked like, she was known to dress up as the goddess Isis in order to make an entrance at ceremonies. Halloween Costume Ideas: Think flowing linen and all the gold jewelry you can find. Click HERE to see Cleopatra and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton in Atomic Blonde
Lorraine Broughton of Atomic Blonde is the perfect character for anyone who has aspired to be a female James Bond or John Wick. Withher shock of platinum hair and penchant for pairing thigh-high boots with long coats, Broughton’s mystique as a highly effective MI6 operative is only enhanced by her effortless stylishness. Halloween Costume Ideas: Lorraine kicks adversaries down staircases with the same ease with which she throws back vodka shots, all while dressed like a high-powered businesswoman. Click HERE to see great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Marilyn Monroe
Channel classic Hollywood glamour as Marilyn Monroe, America’s most celebrated starlet. The famously coquettish blonde has a slew of iconic outfits to emulate on Halloween. Halloween Costume Ideas: Instead of opting for the infamous and oft-repeated white subway grate dress, try the fuschia gown and matching opera-length gloves she wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes or the gamine combination of a black turtleneck shirt and checkered trousers. Red lips, flicked eyeliner, and a distinctive cheek mole will be a dead giveaway for your Marilyn costume. Click HERE to see Marilyn Monroe and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones
Over the course of Game of Thrones’ 8-season rule over Sunday night television, Arya Stark held her own through chilling trials of cunning and bravery. She withstood, among other things, upheaval from her childhood home, kidnapping, grueling training to become a shapeshifting assassin, and a catastrophic dragon attack; her fighting skills culminated in a killing blow to the Night King, whose undead army posed an existential threat to the known world. Halloween Costume Ideas: To conjure one of Arya’s memorable looks, you’ll need bold brows, plus plenty of dirt and fake blood, as she often finds herself in the middle of a fight for her life. Click HERE to see Arya Stark and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Megan Rapinoe
Not just a decorated international soccer player, Megan Rapinoe is also a polarizing political activist. She used her platform as a high-scoring superstar and openly gay athlete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament to advocate for equal pay for women. Halloween Costume Ideas: Get her look by donning a white US Women’s National Team jersey and some temporary pink hair dye. Click HERE to see great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Anna Wintour
The most important person in fashion unsurprisingly has a go-to look; brightly patterned sheath dresses, a bouncy bob, and oversized sunglasses comprise the secret formula to Anna Wintour’s polished wardrobe. She’s had thirty-three years as the editor-in-chief of Vogue and the fashion world’s premier publication, to craft this sartorial thesis. Halloween Costume Ideas: After you strut in a floral frock and statement sunnies on October 31st, consider adding this ensemble to your regular rotation. Click HERE to see Anna and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Notorious RBG is a force to be reckoned with as the second woman ever appointed to the US Supreme Court. A Brooklyn native and Columbia Law School graduate, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has issued decisive rulings in favor of women’s equality since 1993. Halloween Costume Ideas: Her attire as an honorable justice is easy to emulate: just dig out your high school graduation gown, slick your hair back into a chignon and gaze knowingly at anyone who questions your legal knowledge. A pair of black-rimmed glasses and a statement collar necklace complete the look. Click HERE to see Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Kacey Musgraves
This songstress recently swept the Grammys, adding 4 awards to the two she nabbed back in 2014. Though officially classified as a country musician at awards shows, fans from all genres love her sweetly melodic ballads about self-determination and the struggles of life in rural Texas. Halloween Costume Ideas: Kacey’s look is best emulated with a curtain of long dark hair, white cowgirl boots, and glittery gowns like the ones she sports in her music videos. Click HERE to see other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Awkwafina as Peik Lin Goh in Crazy Rich Asians
In thinking of the most fun movie characters from the past few years, one can’t help but remember Awkwafina’s Peik Lin Goh from Crazy Rich Asians. With a boyish blonde crop and love of whimsical animal prints, Peik Lin was the perfect foil for protagonist Rachel’s more subdued style. Halloween Costume Ideas: Pair a bunny-printed blouse with some striped pants, and you’re a dead ringer for Rachel’s irreverent BFF. Click HERE to see Awkwafina and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
The multi-platinum songbird has repeatedly proven herself as a business mogul. From shoe collaborations to her own lingerie and cosmetics lines, Rihanna is building an empire of racial inclusivity and body positivity. With her chameleonic hairstyles and ever-evolving fashion sense, she has a seemingly endless archive of red carpet moments to offer to costume seekers. Halloween Costume Ideas: For all you Rihanna cosplayers, choose from the opulent gold cape she wore to the 2015 Met Gala, the voluminous tiered gown she wore to the Grammys, or the vibrant green fur coat and boots she wore to the IHeartRadio Music Awards. Click HERE to see other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel
For this year’s Marvel blockbuster Captain Marvel, Brie Larson didn’t just play a superhero–she worked out like one. Larson, who is no stranger to the gym, packed on serious muscle so she could do her own stunts as the alien-repelling intergalactic hero Carol Danvers. Halloween Costume Ideas: Show your strength in a Captain Marvel suit, complete with Larson’s perfectly tousled hair. Click HERE to see Captain Marvel and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be the youngest sitting member of Congress, but she’s not letting that get in her way of making a big impact. An outspoken proponent of criminal justice reform, homelessness relief, and expanded healthcare, AOC is leading the pack of Millennial change-makers. Halloween Costume Ideas: Her no-nonsense style is easy to replicate: all you need is a sharp blazer, a middle part, and her signature crimson lipstick. Click HERE to see AOC and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
The song “Truth Hurts” has been around since 2017, but only just surged to the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 after two long years, finally making Lizzo a household name. With jams like “My Skin” and “Tempo,” as well as a turn as the dancer Liz in the newly-released Hustlers, the singer, rapper, and flautist uses her inimitable stage presence, impressive vocal range, and empowering lyrics to encourage women to love the skin they’re in. Halloween Costume Ideas: Her most costume-worthy outfits are the wedding gown she wore in the “Truth Hurts” video and the matching bodysuit she rocked onstage while performing the hit at the BET Awards. Click HERE to see Lizzo and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Marie Curie
Originally from Poland, the physicist and chemist Marie Curie made her greatest scientific discoveries, like the phosphorescent element radium, in the city of light itself, Paris. Along with her husband, she pioneered the study of radioactivity, advancing the development of x-ray machines used to treat the wounded in World War and earning the first Nobel prize awarded to a woman. Halloween Costume Ideas: For this costume, you’ll need a Victorian updo, a high-necked black dress, and a chemistry set. Bonus points if the dress glows in the dark. Click HERE to see other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Serena Williams
Considered by many to be the greatest women’s tennis player of all time, Serena Williams is also a known fashionista who always shows up to the court in style. Halloween Costume Ideas: Whether it’s a hot pink leopard minidress, a neon-yellow two piece set, or a tutu and fishnets, Serena wannabes have myriad costume ideas to choose from. Be sure to include a tennis racket as well as her take-no-prisoners attitude. Click HERE to see Serena and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Wide-eyed and well-spoken, the American public’s adoration of the prim and sophisticated Jackie O hasn’t let up since her tenure as First Lady began in 1961. Known for a singular elegance resulting from a Wall Street pedigree and education in French literature, Jackie oversaw the restoration of the White House in the same year, injecting the historic structure with timeless style and priceless heirlooms. Halloween Costume Ideas: Always seen perfectly coiffed, often in strands of pearls and boatneck dresses, Jackie’s most famous outfit is a bright pink boucle suit and matching pillbox hat. Click HERE to see other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Princess Diana
The late humanitarian and independent woman Lady Diana Spencer is as famous for her work with AIDS awareness as she is for her head-turning 90s street style. Halloween Costume Ideas: This Halloween, take a turn as one of Britain’s most beloved royals while staying on-trend in an oversized hoodie, bike shorts, and statement sneakers. Click HERE to see other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
- Princess Leia
From the outer-space saga that started it all, Princess Leia Organa is one of the most popular Star Wars characters, and a feminist icon to boot. Though she makes up one half of the most heart-wrenching love story in sci-fi cinema, Halloween Costume Ideas: Leia is no damsel in distress, and fends for herself even while dressed in nothing but a metal bikini. The key to playing Leia in your own Halloween adventures is perfecting her “cinnamon bun” hairstyle; if this dog can pull it off, so can you. Click HERE to see Princess Leia and other great Halloween makeup ideas for you!
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