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Gene Simmons Costume Ideas

So you want to be Gene Simmons this Halloween? Can you handle being the universe’s greatest rock god and most renowned groupie-lover? Of course you can! But instead of rocking solo this Halloween, the kiss costumes make great group costumes too. Keep reading for some classic KISS history, great Gene Simmons’ costume ideas, and how to play the part of one of music’s greatest rock gods this Halloween.

KISS Trivia

You can’t be KISS until you know KISS. Formed in New York City, in 1973, KISS made a name for themselves with trademark face paint and over-the-top space-age costumes. Their wild live shows, complete with blood, fire, and pyrotechnics quickly made them one of the hottest acts in the world with a rabid fan base. Hit songs included Detroit Rock City and Rock and Roll All Night, along with many others.

In their stage costumes, each KISS member takes on a different persona. There is Star Child, the rhythm guitarist with a star over his right eye. Then, Catman, the drummer with a cat face, and Spaceman or Space Ace, the lead guitarist with the space-age, silver eyes. Finally, there is Gene Simmons, best known in KISS as The Demon – a blood spitting, tongue-wagging bassist and vocalist known for setting his hair on fire.

The band will always be known for and instantly recognized by their trademark facial paint and over-the top costumes – making them a great Halloween costume choice. Today, Gene Simmons appears on the television program Gene Simmons Family Jewels. It’s a popular and witty reality show on A&E that follows the Simmons family around as a document of their home life.

Becoming KISS this Halloween

The KISS Makeup:

The first thing you’ll need for a successful KISS costume is a lot of face paint, a skilled hand, and patience. If you’re doing your own face paint, start by pinning your hair back and taping a picture of your KISS character on the mirror. Try working from this image as you apply the face paint – beginning with an all-white base.

If you’re not up for an evening of face painting, a number of retailers, like, sell officially licensed KISS masks that come with hair. There is a mask for every KISS member and you won’t have to worry all night about your makeup rubbing off, or worse (or awesome, depending on your view) – not coming off at all.

The KISS Costume:

As for the costume itself, think black and think tight. There are a number of custom costumers that only make deluxe KISS stage costumes. But, if you’re looking for something easy, start with a pair of black leggings. Add some big, leather boots and begin building from there. Some KISS fanatics use silver mylar (the product on many silver car sun shades) and cut it up to make boot covers, belts, and lightning shoulders. Add a guitar or bass, and you’ve become the Rock God.

There’s also the option of making a Halloween costume based on today’s Gene Simmons. As a TV star and international Rock God, Gene Simmons is pretty recognizable today either in or out of his makeup. By pairing a Rock n Roll wig with a black leather jacket and sunglasses, you could dress up this Halloween as a modern-day Gene Simmons.

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