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Halloween on Broadway A Broadway-Inspired Halloween Costume: Young Nala from The Lion King Get ready for Halloween with Broadway-inspired costumes. The Lion King's original makeup supervisor Elizabeth Cohen gave us an exclusive step-by-step guide to recreate the "Young Nala" make-up design at home.

Estimated application time: 30 minutes



Hair ties or bobby pins

Marigold yellow cream-based theatrical makeup Bright orange cream-based theatrical makeup

Bluish-gray cream-based theatrical makeup

Dark Reddish Brown or Deep Plum shade lipstick

Gold lip gloss (frosty or glitter)

Black eyeliner

1/4-inch paintbrush

Where to buy

Ricky's NYC (rickysnyc.com)

Alcone NYC (alconeco.com)


Step 1: Use a wig to create buns (Young Nala cub “ears”) or part long hair into two side pigtails, and then divide each into three sections; braid each section to make three braids on each side. Wrap each set of three braids into buns and fasten with hair ties or bobby pins.

Step 2: Combine the marigold yellow and orange paints to create the base color for the face. Add water until the consistency is creamy and translucent. Starting an inch below the hairline in the middle of the forehead, paint an orange oval mask-like outline around the face (leave approximately one inch of bare skin showing around the edge) and pull color in towards center of face, leaving center of face skin-tone colored. Let make-up dry for two minutes. Once semi-dried, blend inner edges into skin-tone so that no delineation is detectable.


Step 3: Apply the dark reddish brown or deep plum lipstick. Add dimension by dabbing gold lipstick onto the middle of the bottom lip.

Step 4: Paint a marigold yellow stripe from the middle of the forehead down the nose and chin.

Step 5: Starting slightly above the outer corner of the eye, pencil eyeliner across upper lids to create an elongation of the eye and the lashes. At the inner corner, apply eyeliner downward at a slight angle to complete the cat’s-eye effect.


Step 6: Darken the eyebrows with eyeliner to frame the eyes.


Step 7: Create six teardrop-shaped petals on the right cheek with the off-white paint to form a flower. Lightly brush faint stripes between the petals with the bluish-gray paint.

Step 8- FINAL: Thinly outline the orange face with the off-white paint.


Removal: Use baby wipes and follow-up with a gentle skin cleanser like Cetaphil wash.

Want to get in the Broadway spirit this Halloween? Join Playbill for Kids' Night on Broadway's special Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 31. To purchase tickets and for more information — including list of discounted restaurants and parking garages — theatregoers can visit KidsNightonBroadway.com. Tickets can also be purchased via broadwayoffers.com or ticketmaster.com or at the individual theatre box offices (use code KNOB2010).

Pictured: Jade Milan
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