A last-minute Trill costume.


Jer and I went down with our SFI chapter to visit The Johnson Space Center (NASA Houston) along with other SFI chapters in our region. This was the first full-costumed event and since I didn't order a uniform yet, I was pretty bummed all week.

I know I can't fit the cheap Halloween and leg avenue Star Trek costumes, so I didn't even try to order one off Amazon. The ones our chapter wears cost around $130. But money is tight since I'm still unemployed. Eager to not be left out, I made up my mind a few hours before we left for Houston and decided to go Trill.

This is how I pulled it off!



For the outfit:
  • dress - Target
  • boots - something I had from a previous costume
  • Star Trek Combadge - Roddenberry.com
  • pantyhose - If you can, go darker. The dress is short. I'd even go as far to recommend wearing shorts or cutting up some leggings if you're concerned about the showing a little too much.
For the spots:
  • liquid eye-liner - Target
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer (or any make-up skin primer)
  • a black sharpie - something I always carry!
  • Final Seal (Matte Make-up Sealer)

Now first things first, I'm a perfectionist. There were a few things I felt needed improvement for my costume. I only had a smart phone at my disposal to view the Trill spots, and it was really hard to see the details. With that in mind, I've been searching Google today and found an amazing tutorial for drawing the proper shape of the Trill spots here.

I love the dress I got from Target. When I saw it I instantly thought "Kes meets Counselor Troi". The lines on the outside of the dress are really representative of some of the civilian clothes from the DS9/Voyager era and the low neck reminds me of Counselor Troi's jumpsuit. And for $20, it wasn't a bad deal either. :)

I also recommend using the resin replica combadge. I know there are all sorts of shinny metal ones out there, but if you plan on having a picture taken - the metal ones reflect too much light or even reflect black, making them difficult to see in pictures. The resin ones are actual replicas of what the actors wore on the set. For the weekend I used Jer's metal one. As you can see by the first picture in my post it reflected the black, making it hard to see.


First things first, wash your face. You want to make sure you've got all the excess dirt, oils and make-up off, giving you a clean slate to work with.

Where you think you'll be applying spots, apply the Eyeshadow Primer Potion. This was a bit tedious as the wand was tiny and my potion was running low. If you'd like to spend the money, any make-up skin primer would work. They typically run around $30 a bottle.

Once the primer has dried, It's time to start drawing out the spots. I used Revlon's Black-Brown Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner. I tested out some shapes and spaced them out along my face and neck to give me an idea of the direction I'd be going in. Once I got the general idea of the shape down, I repeated them until I filled in all the gaps. Since I was going as a random Trill and not a specific Star Trek character, I felt that it wasn't too important for it to be exact.

Overall it took me a little less than 30 minutes to draw the spots on my face and neck.

Once the spots have dried, spray your face and neck with Final Seal. This does as the name suggests, it seals the make-up on your face. This stuff is amazing!! Our friend Jason had some with him at the event. I caught myself rubbing my face a few times and the make up did not come off. Definitely worth investing in if you plan on doing face paint for a costume.


The Legs:
To do the spots on my my legs, I used a sharpie. Same as before, I tried out some general shapes. Once I got that down I kept going until I filled in all the gaps. I drew the spots down until my boot line and a little bit above where my dress went. I recommend you stand when drawing the spots. I tried drawing them when sitting down and the skin on my thigh had shifted a little upward, causing me to draw more on the front of my thigh than on the side.

In the future I might see how henna works for legs. My biggest complaint about the sharpie was that it smudged a little by the end of the day. But it was quick, cheap and I didn't have to wait for it to dry before hand. Plus, once I put the pantyhose on, it made the sharpie look more uniform.


The easiest things about this costume was that I had most of the things with me. I used my own skin primer and eye liner for the face. And the sharpie was all luck. I always have a sharpie on me. Black costume boots are also great to have on hand if you like to dress up. They can go with so many outfits and costumes. On average a cheap costume pair will run you between $20-$50 dollars. If you're interested in costuming, I definitely recommend you invest in a nice, lace-less pair of knee-high black boots.

I hope this tutorial was helpful! In the future I might try some improvements on this costume. I'm really interested in how Henna will work. I might also be making some alterations to my outfit.

Stay tuned for more costume ideas and posts. The closer it gets to Halloween, the more I'll have to share. :)

- Stephanie

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