Everybody loves Zoe Saldana (she’s perfect!) so when she landed the role of a young Lieutenant Uhura in this year’s “Star Trek Beyond,” the character became one of this year’s most popular Halloween costume ideas. I mean–what woman doesn’t want to wear a red mini dress, tall black boots and super-high pony tail for their costume? If you’re one of those ladies that likes to look hot on Halloween (versus scary or funny), this costume is a really good option. Let me walk you through:
Of course the internet has lots of official Uhura costumes, but many of them are low-quality (you know how junky and ill-fitting pre-packaged Halloween costumes can be), so you might actually be better going for a cute red mini dress that is flattering, fits your body well and can even be worn again after Halloween. I like this Red Long Sleeve Backless Bodycon Mini Dress ($13.90) but there are lots of other dress options if you do a Shopstyle search for “red mini dress.” Uhura’s has a black collar, but I don’t think it’s necessary for the costume. She wears long and short sleeve versions of the dress–so just get whichever one you prefer.
If you already own a pair of tall black boots, feel free to wear those (best if they have a tall heel and hit just below the knee). If you don’t already own a pair, I found these Bamboo Chunky Zipper Knee-High Boots ($35) online. At $35, it’s totally find if you mess them up on Halloween and have to throw them out after. This is another reason to put the Uhura costume together versus buying it at a Halloween store–Halloween costume boots are always over-priced and usually pretty junky.
Zoe Saldana’s signature Uhura look is a super high pony tail. If you have short hair or really blonde hair, you might want to try a wig or at least extensions (even long haired girls might want to consider pony tail extensions–Uhura’s hair is really long). You should straighten your hair, too–hers is slick straight. Here’s a Youtube tutorial on how to do the hair (she suggests doing the look on greasy hair as it will make it look even more sleek like Zoe’s, and using a tooth brush sprayed with hair spray to smooth it down. Genius!):
To make a plain red dress look like a Uhura uniform, simply get a Star Trek patch and apply it to the breast of the dress. You can find these on Amazon or elsewhere on the web. I found this Star Trek TOS Command Division Patch First Season ($7.95) that seems pretty legit. You could also potentially buy a black collar to make it look more official–but I don’t think that necessary.
To top off the look, you’ll need some dangly earrings. These Alexis Bittar Small Sliver Earrings ($66.50) are the exact pair Zoe wore in the film! (Or you can just wear something you already own that looks like it!).
You’ll need a great cat eye, brows on fleek, some lash extensions, some highlighter and a pale plum lip to pull of Uhura’s makeup. The look is underdone but so pretty. Here’s another Youtube tutorial on how to do the makeup:
So, there you have it! A Uhura Halloween costume–will you choose this costume this year??