Taylor Swift Halloween Costume: 6 Eras of Taylor Swift

I’ve been a fan of Taylor Swift since her first album. As the years have passed and she’s released new music, I’ve loved seeing her evolve as an artist, which is why the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video was so fun for me to watch. Seeing all the past versions of Taylor together got me thinking about how fun it would be to do a Taylor Swift Halloween costume.

Today I’m sharing a Taylor Swift Halloween costume tutorial featuring one look for every era or album. I think this would be a really fun group costume, but if you’re looking to do a one-person Taylor Swift Halloween costume, you could choose your favorite era of hers to recreate!

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Debut Era Taylor Swift Halloween Costume

Taylor Swift Halloween Costume Debut

Taylor Swift’s debut album came out in 2006, when turquoise eyeshadow and pink lip gloss were still cool. (Thank goodness for the unicorn trends, or you wouldn’t be able to find those items anywhere. Now, at least, you have Claire’s.) She also often wore floral white sundresses with cowboy boots.

Tools for this look:

Taylor Swift Halloween Costume Sara Laughed

For the makeup, first apply any concealer or foundation as you normally would (I don’t tend to wear foundation, so I’m not in any of these photos). Next, apply your turquoise shadow over the lid, and shade in the inner corner of your eye with the white eye pencil. Smudge the white shadow with your ring finger to make it a little softer. Apply black liquid liner in a thin line, and add several coats of mascara. Finally, add your lip gloss or color.

Taylor wore her signature curls during her debut era, but with more volume than during Fearless or Speak Now. If you have wavy or straight hair, create some volume at the roots with hairspray or gel. For curly hair, you can clip up your roots after showering to create volume while your hair dries.

If you’re going to curl your hair, spray heat protectant throughout and curl in small pieces to create maximum volume.

For the outfit, I’m wearing a tea-length floral sundress. You can accessorize with boots or cowboy boots, and an acoustic guitar if you have one.

Fearless Era Taylor Swift Halloween Costume

Taylor Swift Halloween Costume Fearless

In the Fearless era, Taylor was still wearing her curly hear but with less volume at the top. She’d also ditched the blue eyeshadow at this point (as have we all. Goodbye, early 2000s). Her look focused on glittery shift dresses, and she wrote her lucky number 13 on the back of her hand during her tour.

Tools for this look:

Taylor Swift Halloween Costume Fearless Sara Laughed

For the makeup, apply any concealer and foundation as your normally would. Apply white eye pencil to the inner corner of your eye and smudge it with your ring finger. Line your eyes with the black liquid liner and make the line thicker in the outer corner. Apply several coats of mascara. You can also apply pink or peach lipstick or blush, if you like.

For the 13, use the turquoise eyeshadow to write out the numbers one and three on the back of your right hand with your finger. Line it in the black eyeliner. I cleaned up the edges with a makeup wipe.

For the hair, spray heat protectant throughout your hair and then use the 1″ curling iron to curl small chunks of your hair. When you slide a curl off of the barrel of the curling iron, hold it in your hand for a few seconds to let it curl in place. This will get you that springy, coiled look.

For the outfit, I’m wearing a beaded white shift dress. Any sparkly or shift dress will do well for this look. Accessorize with boots, long necklaces, or an acoustic guitar if you have one.

Speak Now Era Taylor Swift Halloween Costume

Taylor Swift Halloween Costume Speak Now

During the Speak Now era, Taylor’s hair was a little sleeker than during Fearless, and her makeup was bolder. She wore a lot of dresses over sweaters and accessorized with some thin headbands over the forehead.

Tools for this look:

Taylor Swift Speak Now Halloween Costume Sara Laughed

Apply foundation and concealer as you normally would. Next, line your eyes with the black liner, with a thin stroke on the inner corners and a much thicker stroke, almost a wing, in the outer corner. Apply a few coats of mascara. You can use either a pink or red lipstick — she wore red on the album cover, but tended to wear pink lipstick more in public appearances.

For the hair, apply heat protectant throughout, and curl hair until you reach the crown of your head. Apply a deep side part and twist a front section sideways into something that looks almost like a side-bang.

You can accessorize this look with a thin headband over the head, with a flowy dress, or with a sweater over a sun dress.

Red Era Taylor Swift Halloween Costume

Taylor Swift Halloween Costume Red

For Red, Taylor started wearing her hair straight or wavy, with a rounded bang in front with winged eyeliner and a red lip.

Tools for this look:

Taylor Swift Red Halloween Costume Sara Laughed

The makeup for this look is fairly simple. Apply any foundation or concealer as your normally would. Then line the outer corner of the eye with the black liquid liner, bringing it out in a thin wing. Apply mascara and red lipstick. Done!

For the hair, either straight or wavy hair will do. To get the bangs in front, I used this tutorial to create a fake bang — it’s really easy once you get the hang of it!

You can accessorize this look with a black bowler hat, boatneck black-and-white striped tee shirt, and either black shorts or a knee-length flowy skirt.

1989 Era Taylor Swift Halloween Costume

Taylor Swift Halloween Costume 1989

In the 1989 era, Taylor was combining the late 2010s with vintage style, and she often wore thick winged liner, red lipstick, and high-waisted shorts or skirts. In the promo images for the album, you can see her wearing black shorts and a sweater with a pair of pink sunglasses.

Tools for this look:

Taylor Swift Halloween Costume 1989 Sara Laughed

Similar to Red, the makeup style for 1989 is fairly simple. Apply any foundation and concealer as you normally would, and then a thick winged liner — much thicker than for Red. Add a few coats of mascara and a red lip. Bam! You’re done.

For the hair, if you don’t have bob-length hair, you can pin your hair under itself into a faux bob (here’s a good tutorial). For the bangs, take a section from the front and twist it away from your face, tug on it to loosen, and pin it along the crown of your head, towards the back.

The clothes from the 1989 era are fairly easy to recreate — lots of black, or crop tops with high-waisted shorts or skirts.

Reputation Era Taylor Swift Halloween Costume

Taylor Swift Halloween Costume Reputation

For Taylor’s most recent album, Reputation, we don’t have as much to go off of as her previous work because the album hasn’t been released yet. That said, the photos, songs, and videos that we do have show that she’s focusing on a harder, darker aesthetic than before. For this look, her hair is messier, her makeup is darker, and her clothes are black.

Tools for this look:

Taylor Swift Reputation Halloween Costume Sara Laughed

The look I’m going for today is from the scene in”Look What You Made Me Do” where Taylor is dancing in the mansion, rather than the look on the cover of her album.

For this look, start with any conditioner or foundation you might normally wear. Next, apply a gold shade of eyeshadow on the inner corner of your eyelid, and purple eyeshadow on the outer corner. With a blending brush, apply gray or silver eyeshadow in the crease and blend the eyeshadows together. Next, use the black liquid liner to create a thick winged eyeliner look and add mascara. Finally, apply the purple lipstick. You may also want to fill in your eyebrows if they tend to be light.

For the hair in this era, curl your hair with the 1″ curling wand and then shake out your hair upside down, using your hands. Spray hairspray throughout for volume. For the bangs, use the faux bangs tutorial, but try to create individual pieces within the bangs to look like curls. This can be done with some gentle tugging at individual strands.

The clothes Taylor is wearing in this era tend to be black and worn. For this specific look, I was recreating the scene from her music video where she’s wearing a one-shoulder sweater and hand warmers. In general, though, I would take a fairly liberal approach to outfits from this age, because we don’t yet have a lot to go on. Is it black, mesh, and/or fur? It’ll work.

Taylor Swift Halloween Costume tutorial! I love the last one!

That’s all for this tutorial — if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them! Which look is your favorite?

Author: Sara Laughed

I’m Sara, a writer, recent grad, and American abroad. I graduated from college in December and promptly moved to the Netherlands, where I live with my boyfriend and our 11 plants. Follow along as I figure out my roaring twenties: I don’t quite know what I’m doing, but that’s not stopping me from writing about it!

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