How to Create an Annabelle Halloween Costume

Updated on September 9, 2019
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Completed Annabelle Makeup
Completed Annabelle Makeup | Source

Annabelle: A New Villain

If you are a fan of horror movies, but you've ran out of new villains to be for Halloween, have no fear. Why not try dressing like Annabelle this Halloween?

Annabelle is a spooky doll that attacks people in The Conjuring. She was so popular that she now has her own movie called Annabelle. If you are familiar with the doll's true story, you already know the real doll actually looks like Raggedy Ann. If you want to imitate the real version this Halloween, I would recommend getting a Raggedy Ann costume, applying a little makeup to make your face, and getting a red yarn wig. If you want to look like the movie version of Annabelle, I am here to help you out.

Let me begin this by saying I am not a makeup artist, nor do I pretend to be. I am also not rolling in the money, so I opted to make the least expensive look. I want to pass this on to you so you can look like this horror villain on a budget, too. In about an hour, you can create a decent Annabelle look. If you want to look like you just stepped off a movie set or an episode of Face Off, you may want to check out some YouTube tutorials after this.

Your hair should be in pigtails. Before makeup with braids.
Your hair should be in pigtails. Before makeup with braids. | Source

The Hair

The first thing I did was braid my hair in two basic braids, otherwise known as pigtails. Annabelle has reddish brown hair, so you may want to use temporary hair color to make your hair match her hair if you really want to look authentic. As I said before, this is a very basic, practical tutorial, so I understand if you are not willing to make a change like that for the sake of a Halloween look.

Annabelle also has bangs in the movie, and as you can see, I was not willing to chop off my hair for bangs. You may opt to have bangs if you want to really look like her. Perhaps you already have bangs, which is perfect. If not, you can either do without them or buy a wig with bangs.

A cheap makeup kit should be more than sufficient.
A cheap makeup kit should be more than sufficient. | Source

Makeup Supplies

The makeup is really not too difficult. If you are a girl, you probably have most of it just laying around your home. If not, I would recommend picking up a few cheap items. What I used for this included:

  • Cheap costume zombie makeup from Walmart for $1.97
  • Concealer
  • Foundation
  • Mascara
  • Eye shadow
  • Eyeliner

If you are a guy dressing up like Annabelle, I recommend borrowing some makeup from friends or family members. You can buy cheap zombie makeup that works perfectly for most of this task. You really don't even need to get eye liner or mascara if you have a black makeup stick in the costume makeup you buy. The concealer I use is only about $2 or $3 at CVS and Wet N Wild makes it.

Applying the Makeup

There are step-by-step pictures below.

  1. The first step in the process is applying lots of foundation. That way, your face will have a caked-on look, making you look less human. I am especially pale, so I used my regular foundation and plenty of it. If you have darker skin, I recommend a little costume makeup, such as the gray foundation that comes with zombie kits or a white makeup that comes with vampire kits. When doing this, you may want to apply concealer to your eyebrows. I completely covered up my eyebrows so could draw on thinner eyebrows later.
  2. The next step was applying the creases to my face. I used eye shadow for this and found it worked best. The particular kind I used was a brown shade and it rolled on to my face. I am pretty certain a standard brown used with a thin applicator would have worked just as well. I basically smiled really hard and then outlined the creases under my cheek. I then smudged the lines a little to make it look more natural.
  3. I decided to go to work on the eyes then. I used more of the eye shadow to create a dark look on the lids. I then used a combination of the black makeup stick and black eyeliner to draw all around my eyes. I found that using both made it easier, but using just one would probably work fine. I watched many makeup tutorials on YouTube for Annabelle, and found that the best tutorials included drawing the eyelashes on under the eyes and a little above the eyes. It gives your face more of an authentic doll look. I highly recommend painting the eyelashes on to your face with the black makeup stick.
  4. After working on eyelashes, you should draw the eyebrows back on to your face. Make sure to make the eyebrows thin. Also, give them a bit of an arch. If you find your real eyebrows are starting to show through the concealer and foundation, you can add a little eye shadow all over to make the eyelids look slightly darker and creepier. It also makes your eyebrows less noticeable.
  5. Next, I used the red makeup stick that came with the zombie makeup for blush. I found that regular blush was not bright enough. I simply drew a circle on each cheek and then smudged the red makeup around until my cheeks were bright red. You will want to make sure not to smudge too much because you do want an unnatural "doll" look for the checks. If it looks like how you would normally wear your blush, then you need to add more.
  6. After adding the rosy checks, I drew "cracks" on my face and neck. For Annabelle, she is an old doll, so you want to make sure she looks cracked. I found the black makeup stick worked best for creating this effect. First, just lightly draw the crack. If it does not look authentic enough, make it a little dark and jagged. You do not want to go in a straight line since that won't look like a real crack.
  7. Last are the lips. I used the red makeup stick that came with the zombie makeup and then outlined it with the brown makeup stick. Make sure to be generous with the red makeup when doing this. A faint outline for the brown color will work. I also added a little more brown eye shadow under my mouth for a creepier effect.

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Making the creases with eye shadow.Painted on fake eye lashes below my eye.Use the red makeup for rosy cheeks.  Apply as a circle and then smudge it.Rosy cheeks and eye makeup.Drawing the cracks on my face.Draw a doll-shaped mouth on with red makeup.Outline it with darker makeup stick and then add some smudges below the mouth with eye shadow.
Making the creases with eye shadow.
Making the creases with eye shadow. | Source
Painted on fake eye lashes below my eye.
Painted on fake eye lashes below my eye. | Source
Use the red makeup for rosy cheeks.  Apply as a circle and then smudge it.
Use the red makeup for rosy cheeks. Apply as a circle and then smudge it. | Source
Rosy cheeks and eye makeup.
Rosy cheeks and eye makeup. | Source
Drawing the cracks on my face.
Drawing the cracks on my face. | Source
Draw a doll-shaped mouth on with red makeup.
Draw a doll-shaped mouth on with red makeup. | Source
Outline it with darker makeup stick and then add some smudges below the mouth with eye shadow.
Outline it with darker makeup stick and then add some smudges below the mouth with eye shadow. | Source
Mary Jane shoes to complete the look.
Mary Jane shoes to complete the look. | Source

The Outfit

In the movie, Annabelle wears a white dress with red trim. She also wears red ribbons in her hair. Since you really don't see her feet that much, you can pretty much improvise on the shoes. I would recommend white tights or white socks with black Mary Jane shoes. However, if you have something more comfortable that looks doll-like, it would be just fine.

Since it can be difficult to find the perfect white dress with red trim, you could also wear a Raggedy Ann dress if you happen to find one at a costume shop or thrift store. It would make you look more like the authentic Annabelle doll anyway. Once you've put the outfit on, it would not hurt to add some cracks to your arms if you'd like. Now, you are pretty much ready to go!

I hope you've found this Annabelle Halloween tutorial helpful, and happy Halloween!

© 2014 Jeannie Marie


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    FlourishAnyway, this might be the perfect costume for you then. It is pretty simple, although I wish now that I added a little more makeup for the photos. Have fun scaring the kiddies and parents this year!

    bwhite062007, yes, that trailer is pretty scary. I am even a little nervous about the movie. I think your costume makeup is just waiting for this look. Thanks for checking out my hub!

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    Brianna W 

    5 years ago from East Coast

    Whoa! That trailer scared the crap out of me and I don't scare easy. Awesome! Love the makeup look and I may try this out. I have tons of costume makeup just waiting to be used.

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    5 years ago from USA

    Usually I answer the door as a witch but maybe this would be a good change of pace this year. Awesome idea, Jeannie! I love scaring the kiddies and their parents.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    daxamite, I was also pleasantly surprised to find the doll on Amazon when I searched to see what Annabelle products I could find. I love Halloween decorations, but I am afraid of creepy dolls, so I will pass on that one. Thanks for checking out my hub!

    billybuc, yes, it does look especially creepy. I love James Wan movies... they are usually super scary... so I think I am going to have to see this one. :-) Thanks for dropping by!

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Bev and I will not be seeing that movie. The trailers creep us out enough. :)

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    James Livingood 

    5 years ago from Seattle, WA

    I am surprised you can buy the doll. Would make an excellent addition to Halloween décor; especially with a nice little spotlight.


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