Creating an Ebenezer Scrooge Costume Look
Ebenezer Scrooge, the legendary protagonist in Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," is recreated annually on both stage and screen and now he can also be at your next Christmas party! The classic Dickens tale is a traditional highlight of the Christmas season as Ebenezer Scrooge is forever memorialized as a mean-spirited, miserly and truly awful human being. Scrooge is a dedicated misanthrope and truly despises anything having to do with kindness, altruism and most of all, Christmas. Ebenezer Scrooge has become a very popular character to dress up as for any number of Christmas or holiday functions. Whether you are costuming as Scrooge for a local stage production or simply want a light-hearted character for your annual holiday party, dressing up as good ol' Ebenezer doesn't have to be difficult or complicated.
Here are the items we're using to create this look:
- Middle Aged Cake Makeup # DA3544
- Old Age Stack # CSCC013
- Makeup Pencil in Light Brown # DE01
- Mehron Paradise AQ Makeup in White # DD531
- Mehron Colorset Powder # DD321
- Mehron Powder Puff # DD194
- Crepe Hair in light grey # CB12
- Mehron Spirit Gum Liquid Adehsive # DD17
- Bald Old Man Headpiece # BC48
- Deluxe Top Hat # EL291924
- Men's Tuxedo Shirt # AC306
- Dickens Cape in Black # AA100
- Fashion Walking Cane # WSWP1320
- Square Rimmed Glasses # DP120
- Scrooge Nightgown Costume # FM67642
Follow These Steps to Create this Look
Step One: Begin any makeup application with a clean and dry face. Blend in a foundation onto the skin with a damped sponge makeup applicator. We have used a cake makeup on our model in the color, Middle Age. (#DA3544)
Step Two: In order to give our Scrooge a very aged, sallow appearance, we will be working primarily with the Old Age stack. (#CSCC013) The colors found within this stack of makeup work well together in creating wrinkles, eye bags, shadows, etc., all of which will create the appearance of old age. Begin with a skinny brush and the medium tan color found in the Old Age stack. Scrunch up the forehead and paint on the tan color right along the natural wrinkle lines. Do the same thing by smiling and painting in the smile lines. Wrinkling and scrunching up the face in various places will give you plenty of ideas as to where to paint on shadows/wrinkles. Shade the sides of the nose and the around the chin area with the tan color as well.
Step Three: If you are creating your Scrooge look for use on the stage, deepen the center areas of the most prominent wrinkles with the very dark brown shade found within the Old Age stack.
Step Four: Next, using the pale yellow color in the Old Age Stack, line carefully underneath each wrinkle or shadow line in order to add a highlight. This step will make the wrinkles/lines/shadows stand out.
Step Five: Using a brown eyeliner pencil, (#DE01) lightly line around the upper and lower lash lines to give the eyes more definition.
Step Six: Using Paradise Paint in White (#DD531), brush through the eyebrows with the paint in order to give them a graying look.
Step Seven: Using a setting powder and a powder puff, press setting powder into the makeup to set the makeup. Dust off any excess powder with a fluffy brush.
Step Eight: The next step is to create Scrooge's signature mutton chop sideburns using crepe hair and spirit gum. Unwind and cut off a 4 or 5" piece of crepe hair (#CB12) from the original braided piece. Remove the twine that is braided into the crepe hair and discard. Fluff out the fibers of the crepe hair so that they look like hair. Brush an adequate amount of Spirit Gum (#DD17) onto the sideburn area of the face. Tap the spirit gum with your finger until it feels very tacky. Begin at the lower jaw area and work upward toward the face, Press small chunks of crepe hair into the desired area, pulling off any hairs that do not stick. Repeat this process until the entire sideburn area is covered with crepe hair and then do the other side, matching length and shape as closely as possible. Trim the sideburns to the desired shape.
In order to create the hair for our Ebenezer Scrooge, we have used a balding old man headpiece, (#BC48) which comes with a latex baldhead on top and frizzy gray hair on the sides. Perfect! The bald part of the wig is hidden easily beneath a Top Hat (#EL291924) or a nightcap.
We have used two amazing costumes to dress our Ebenezer Scrooge. The first look includes a Men's Tuxedo Shirt (#AC306) with a Black Dickens Cape. (#AA100) We've accessorized this rather dapper look with a dashing Top Hat (#EL291924), Walking Cane (#WSWP1320) and square-rimmed glasses. (# DP120) We have used two amazing costumes to dress our Ebenezer Scrooge. The first look includes a Men's Tuxedo Shirt (#AC306) with a Black Dickens Cape. (#AA100) We've accessorized this rather dapper look with a dashing Top Hat (#EL291924), Walking Cane (#WSWP1320) and square-rimmed glasses. (# DP120) Since traditionally Ebenezer Scrooge spends most of his Dickens adventure in his nightshirt, we've also dressed our Scrooge in an appropriate nightgown/cap costume. (#FM67642)
Ebenezer Scrooge. Even this dastardly and cantankerous old miser might redeem himself when his heart softens with the true spirit of Christmas.