Morticia Addams

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams.

The matriarch of the Addams Family, devoted wife, loving mother, and charming hostess, Morticia sashays through life with exaggerated, langorous style. Her long raven hair, deathly pale skin, and theatrical makeup make her hard to miss, and impossible to resist––at least for her husband, Gomez.

Morticia Addams started out as a character in Charles Addams's New Yorker cartoons. While developing the television sitcom in the 1960s, Addams named her Morticia, after the latin word for death. According to Charles Addams, she is the "real head of the family." It's hard to disagree.

Morticia usually wears a black dress with a long hobble skirt, wrist-length black sleeves and a deep V neckline. In the 1960s television series, Morticia's skirt had tendrils extending beyond the bottom of the skirt; in the 1990s movies, her dresses often had elaborate black lace and/or black beading.

Her hands are almost always adorned by large rings, usually ones with silver metal and dark jewels. Her nails are long, acrylic and dark red.

Morticia wears her hair raven black, long, and loose, free of any bun, braid or other encumbrance.

Morticia and Gomez Addams dancing.

Her makeup, of course, accentuates her pale skin. She wears blood-red, matte lipstick and has a very dramatic smokey eye look. Her eyebrows are also drawn on with black pencil (and perhaps greasepaint) in an exaggerated arch, making her look perpetually surprised and amused. Unlike her daughter's look, Morticia Addams's is not low-maintenance––but, with practice, it is achievable.

The hardest part of this outfit is getting the eye makeup right. Get it wrong, and you look like a 14-year-old emo kid, or worse; get it right, in the wrong environment, and you look like you dressed up for Halloween on the wrong day. However, I have found a few tutorials to help you learn this look.

First, here's an excellent tutorial on how to get Morticia Addams's eyes:

Simply remove the black dots and the look is almost identical. But what about the rest of her face? Well, here are two excellent youtube tutorials to help you:

If you're looking for Morticia's dress, do yourself a favor and skip the Halloween costume stores. Morticia would never be seen in something so cheaply made and undignified. If you're strapped for cash, look for a black hobble skirt and combine it with a v-neck black shirt with long sleeves.

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Wednesday Addams.

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