Lisbeth Salander - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Tutorial

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This version of Lisbeth Salander’s look is mostly based off the American/English film version but includes some elements of the Swedish version as well. 

This is just my interpretation of it- your imagination is limitless!

See this Pinterest board for reference images of Lisbeth Salander.

Elements of this costume:

-Bleached Mohawk Skull Tshirt (steps 1-10)
-Dark Hoodie
-Leather or Faux Leather Motorcycle jacket
-Dark, distressed pants (step 12)
-Boots with duct tape on right toe (step 13)

Hair and Makeup:
-Dying your hair black (permanent or temporary)
-Hair cut and style
-Makeup: foundation, contouring your face, eyes, brows
-Temporary Dragon and Wasp Tattoos (steps 18-20)

-Facial Piercings
-Razor necklace
-Fingerless gloves
-Leg Warmers (step 14)
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Step 1: DIY Bleached Skull Stencil Tutorial - Materials

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-black tshirt, preferably 100% cotton and pre-washed
-freezer paper- found at grocery stores
-1” foam brush
-bleach pen
-disposable container like a yogurt cup
-pencil or [skinny] marker
-newspaper or cardboard
-large fabric scissors
-small fabric scissors or nail scissors
-tailor’s chalk

This is the image I traced for this stencil.

I put on the skull separate from the Mohawk bones because of the fragility of the Mohawk piece. 

Step 2: Bleached Skull Stencil- tracing the image

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Trace the head/skull part of the design onto the matte (non-waxed) side of your freezer paper by either printing it out on plain white paper then taping it to a window with the freezer paper over it, taping the freezer paper over your computer screen, or using a light box.

Step 3: Bleached Skull Stencil - cutting out the design

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Cut out the head of the skull, then cut out the smaller pieces within it, keeping all the pieces.  Small craft scissors or nail scissors work best.
DanyellCraze11 months ago
Just curious if you could go into detail on how you did the darker makeup? :)
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
wowwwwwwwww.... this is so lovely :D
mole_meam1 year ago
Take a look at the original swedish movies with Noomi Rapace as Salander, a much better movie and actress than the american movie with Mara Romney.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=1280&bih=617&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&authuser=0&ei=s1e2UI23F43V4QTl8IHwCA
wilgubeast1 year ago
Really really really excellent attention to detail. I mean, seriously, wow. Wonderful work. You even managed to credit the photo sources in an elegant way!
KBthreads (author)  wilgubeast1 year ago
Thank you so very much!!!! :D
Ninzerbean1 year ago
Fantastic! This is who I am going to be.
KBthreads (author)  Ninzerbean1 year ago
Wonderful!!! I'd love to see it!!!

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