Betty White is back and better than ever this Halloween. Thank goodness.
Betty White has always been a star: Depending on your age, you've either grown up or grown older with her through shows like "Mary Tyler Moore" and "The Golden Girls." It's really the younger generation, though, that has propelled her into her current cult idol status, following her turn as the cool old lady from the Snickers commercial and culminating in her appearance on "Saturday Night Live" (a gig that earned her an Emmy for her racy "Muffin Lady" SNL sketch). In any event, Betty White reigns as both America's favorite octogenarian and 2010's "It Girl." You know you want to be like her in your 80's -- here's how to dress like her this Halloween:
What You'll Need
Unless you have a couple hundred bucks to spend on a wig, finding the right Betty White hair piece can be more challenging than it seems. This silver-white Marilyn Wig for $33 is reasonably priced for a Halloween costume, and the look is just about right.
Betty White wears bright red lipstick and black liquid eyeliner; add false eyelashes, if you like. Don't have such dramatic cosmetics on hand? Pick them up for cheap at a Wet 'n Wild display at most drug stores. Wrinkles aren't really necessary, but if you want to add them, you can either draw them on with a brown eyeliner pencil or use clear liquid latex: pull the skin in the desired area tight and apply a layer of wet latex; release when it's dry and pinch to create wrinkles (if using liquid latex, do these steps before applying foundation).
Hit the thrift store and look for a formal-type dress designed for an older woman -- if you can find something in black or blue and silver, snap it up. You're not looking for matronly, but something that's a bit glitzy but not revealing. Or, go for the "Hot in Cleveland" look with a pink sweatsuit.
To add icing on the cake, if you are so bold, by all means carry around a plate of muffins. We dare you.