Mia Farrow In 'Rosemary's Baby': A Pretty AND Scary Halloween Look

All you'll need after recreating this look is an adorably tiny Satan baby!
Publish date:
October 25, 2013
halloween, How-To, muses, 1960s, tutorial, mia farrow, Rosemary's Baby

As you may know by now, Rosemary's Baby is my favourite movie. I watch my Criterion copy on a pretty regular basis, a framed poster hangs next to my TV, and I even have a t-shirt with imagery from the movie emblazoned on the front.

Naturally, I dressed as Mia Farrow's character in the film, Rosemary Woodhouse, for Halloween a few years ago, but in the time since then, I've realized a few more tricks in the makeup department to up the accuracy of the costume.

If you haven't seen Rosemary's Baby yet, do it. If you have, and you love it as much as I do, then you should totally consider copping Mia's look for H'ween this year. All you really need is a '60s nightgown and coat (if it's cold where you are), both of which are easily available at secondhand stores, a blonde wig, and the use of some makeup you probably already have in your kit. You can throw in a bundled up baby doll and/or a butcher knife too, if you want.


The movie starts out with Mia being fresh-faced and glowy, but as she gets sicker and thinner, she becomes paler, and with more sunken cheeks. I started with a mix of moisturizer and, duh, Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX01, the lightest shade. I also blended a bit of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' Creme Colour Concentrate in Vice (white) into the bridge of my nose and the middles of my cheeks to really make me look pale.

After that, I used a spoolie brush to dab the SSE into my brows (like I did in my Betty Boop post), this time to lighten them since I'd be wearing a blonde wig soon.

I drew my chin down and sucked in my cheeks and blended OCC's Creme Colour Concentrate in Trick (mid-tone beige) into the deepest hollows of my cheekbones.

Mia has an adorable smattering of freckles across the bridge of her nose and the tops of her cheeks, so I recreated that look by dipping a wet, fine-tipped, round-ended eyeshadow brush in the lightest shade of my Clarins eyebrow palette and then gently tapped random spots until I created a freckled effect.

Finally I finished with a dusting of translucent powder.


Rosemary wears pretty standard eye makeup for a hip, young woman in the late '60s: neutral shadow, thick lashes, and Twiggy-esque liner tics along the lower lash line for definition and a mod vibe. I noticed in some scenes it almost looked like she had navy liner, so I added a bit of blue to my look.

I started out by lining my upper waterline with Smashbox's Always Waterproof Kohl Liner in Raven, and then for the blue, I applied a bit of Lush's Emotional Brilliance Liner in In Charge (a deep cobalt) to the back of my hand. I took a sharp angled liner brush and wet it, and then dipped it into the liner on my hand. I lined as close to my upper lashline as possible from the inner corners to the outer edges.

I also added my white Lancome pencil to my lower waterline for wide eyes and even more of a '60s vibe.

Next I used my Alcone liner pen to sketch in tiny tic "lashes" on the lower lash line before adding two coats of Benefit's They're Real mascara and combing through with a metal lash comb.

Finally, I wanted to really achieve the look of stressed out, sick Rosemary, so I added in bruise-like dark circles under my eyes.

I applied three smears of different shades of OCC's Creme Colour Concentrate to my inner arm: Vice (white), Trick (medium beige) and Melody (mid-toned true blue).

I then dipped a flat concealer brush in moisturizer before blending the three shades together and sweeping on to the inner corners of my eyes and blending down into my lower socket. Basically, I gave myself dark circles on purpose.


If your hair isn't already a strawberry blonde pixie cut, you're going to need a wig. I still have mine from my few-years-ago costume, so I used that. It started out as this wig, which I snipped at bit by bit while wearing it until I got my desired length. I made sure to leave it a bit longer than Mia's cut so that my own dark hair underneath was properly covered.

Since the wig was SO BLONDE, I added in some "lowlights" by brushing on watered-down light brown and orange craft paint, letting it dry, and then brushing the wig with a natural bristle brush so it wasn't super stiff looking. I don't recommend painting your real hair, but for a cheap Halloween wig, it works.

OK, now queue up the best movie theme song of all time and get to work!