{DIY} Mad Scientist Costume

For this year’s Halloween party, I decided to put my old university laboratory coat to use and create a DIY Mad Scientist Costume out of items in my wardrobe. Of course, I had to buy a couple of things in the end, but I already owned the majority of the pieces I used. I was really pleased with my final result, I thought the crazy/possessed scientist was a great look. But if you prefer, you could easily recreate this costume without the possession makeup, and just pretend your completely bonkers instead!

I chose to do the Mad Scientist costume as my old uni lab coat was looking worse for wear, and the sleeves had always been too short for me, in other words, I didn’t mind if the coat got destroyed in my creative process. To create this costume I gathered all my main items together, my old lab coat and steel capped work boots, a vase I bought from Kmart ages ago which looks like a beaker, my dry shampoo, makeup (red/orange/black eyeshadow, red/black/nude lip or eye liner, dark lipstick plus your usual products) and some safety goggle-esque sunglasses* (similar) I received from Zaful.

I then went to the shops to pick up my last few finishing touches. I bought a blood splatter bow tie (Red Dot) and a can of black coloured hairspray (Chemist Warehouse) for the explosion appearance on my lab coat.

To get the appearance of an explosion on my lab coat I hung the coat outside and sprayed it with black hairspray until I achieved the desired look. Be warned, it doesn’t fully wash out of clothing again. Once I had let it dry for about 15 minutes I assembled my costume. It didn’t particularly matter what I wore under my lab coat, but I chose a dark red dress with a turtle neck collar and some black tights. I wore the bow tie over the turtle neck, put on my work boots and filled my beaker jar with yellow jelly and sour worms.
I used a LOT of dry shampoo and hairspray to achieve a messy, grey, mad scientist hairstyle, and my eye makeup was achieved with lip/eye liners and eye shadows. Once my base makeup was applied I applied the possession tendrils, and used a dark orange/red tone and black eyeshadow on my eyelids and undereye area, lightening the effect the further out I went, but following the tendrils, to give off a ‘bruised’ appearance. I also decided to apply a very rich lipstick and heavy mascara to give off a darker more sinister vibe.

What did you dress up as for Halloween?
Have you ever tried a Mad Scientist costume before?
Did your Mad Scientist costume vary from mine in any way?

Thanks for stopping by.



*Products/services kindly supplied for consideration, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. December 8, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    This is such a fun costume! I love the makeup – every little piece of this costume is so good, but that’s definitely my favourite part 🙂

    Hope you are having a good week so far and all your Christmas preparation is going well! I’m so behind with wrapping presents – need to do more this weekend!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • December 11, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Haha thank you Mica, it was a lot of fun to create, and of course the makeup was the most time consuming, but fun part of the whole outfit! Xx

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  2. December 10, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Love your Halloween costume! I didn’t dress up this year, I will have to make an effort next year I think 🙂

    • December 11, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Thanks Amy! It is a lot of fun to dress up, but I think it’s only really worth it if you have Halloween plans… you want to show off your costume! Xx

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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