My new job has a tendency to have themed get togethers, including people dressing up in full costume. The first party I attended at work had the theme ‘Super hero’. Initially I thought it would be a great opportunity to make a Wonder Woman themed costume. Somehow time went by and I got lost looking and reading about super inspiring and beautiful cosplay versions of Wonder Woman. I totally lost track of time and suddenly it was a couple of days before the event. Oops!
Working with what I had, I bought a cheap Venice lace mask from the dollar store for 2,50 euro and I did some embellishment. When I went to the store, they also had beautiful black metal face masks that were already embellished. They were very uncomfortable though and rather expensive. The lace ones were a better alternative. In the end I would only be wearing this mask for a couple of hours at a costume party. Let’s not overthink this.
I planned on wearing it with my purple belly dance dress with gold and crystals, and I wanted to customize the mask to match. First I brought out the AB crystals. These are SS20 and I bought them in bulk from a company in China. They ended up being on the large side but I glued them on anyway. I used E6000 glue as it holds up really well.
After adding the crystals, I used some of the craft tools from my daughter to dab gold glitter paint on the mask, to make it a bit more sparkly The glitter didn’t cover as well as I hoped but it worked.
On the night of the party I secured the mask with the black ties behind my head and I used a flower clip to fixate the ties in place as well. It held up for hours and was a great hit combined with the gold isis wings. After four hours I had enough, as the mask started sliding in front of my eyes and I took it off. There was a lot of dancing going on by then so time to ditch the costume and dance the night away! My compliments though for the people who kept their costumes on, including a Star Trek officer, a girl dressed as a super computer including Christmas lights.
In short, if you need a mask and want to match it with your costume, I highly recommend getting a cheap mask. Adding drawing, rhinestones or paint is very fast and easy plus it looks great!
I am a professional bellydancer, costume-a-holic and dance studio owner living in the Netherlands. My passion is teaching and performing bellydance and I’ve been doing that for almost two decades. I am a teacher at the online Belly Dance Business Academy, where you can find courses and workshops to help you grow your belly dance business. If you like to be kept in the loop, please like Kyria Bellydance on Facebook , follow me on Twitter or find me on Instagram.