How to Create a Gene Simmons Costume

by Audrey Farley
Gene Simmons stage makeup is easily recognizable.

Gene Simmons stage makeup is easily recognizable.

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You may want to dress up as Gene Simmons for a Halloween or costume party. Or, you may want to imitate the rock star to perform in a Kiss cover band or to attend a rock and roll music festival. During Kiss' heyday, Gene Simmons and his band members created a distinctive look that is impossible to mistake. Everyone will recognize your costume, if you do it right.

Items you will need

  • Silver spray paint
  • Football or soccer pads
  • Paper plates and bowls
  • Conical paper cups
  • Duct tape
  • Black boots
  • Black cape, shirt and pants
  • White and black face paint
  • Baby powder
  • Black eyeliner
  • Black lipstick
  • Temporary black hair dye (optional)
  • Comb or pick
  • Hair band
  • Hairspray
  • Black guitar and black guitar strap
  • Studded choker and/or wristbands
Step 1

Spray silver paint on old football pads or soccer shin guards or paper cups, bowls and plates to make armor for the pants and top. Spray silver paint on conical paper cups to adorn the arms as spikes. Duct tape the "armor" to the legs, chest and arms of a black shirt and black pants, once you have put on the shirt and pants. Duct tape the spikes to the shoulders last. Put on black boots.

Step 2

Find a black cape or make a cape from black fabric. Cut the fabric so it is long enough for you to spread arms and have the cape extend the width of your arms. Embellish the cape by adding silver duct tape on the front and back in the design of strobes coming out from the center.

Step 3

Dye your hair black with a temporary or wash-out dye. Tease your hair using a pick and then apply hairspray all your hair. Put the hair on the top of the head in a ponytail.

Step 4

Apply white face paint and baby powder to your entire face. Outline your eyes with black eyeliner. Draw Simmons' signature demon eye mask and widow's peak with black eye liner. Fill in the outlines with black face paint. Outline your lips with black eyeliner and then apply black lipstick.

Step 5

Carry a black electric guitar on a black guitar strap. Wear a studded choker and/or wristbands to complete the costume.

About the Author

Audrey Farley began writing professionally in 2007. She has been featured in various issues of "The Mountain Echo" and "The Messenger." Farley has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches English composition at a community college.

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