Scar Lion King DIY Costume Guide

Scar costume (The Lion King)

Want to make the best Scar costume from The Lion King? We show you how with our step-by-step outfit and makeup guide. This is an easy DIY costume idea and is perfect for men, women, and children alike.

Scar is the main antagonist of The Lion King, known for his deceitful and cunning nature. As the younger brother of Simba – the ruler of the Pride Lands – Scar is resentful of the power that he believes should rightfully be his.

However, unlike his brother, Scar possesses none of the qualities that make for a good ruler. He is ultimately self-serving, cowardly, and manipulative.

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As one of the most recognizable villains of all time, a Scar costume is a favorite for Lion King and Disney fans. It is also a really simple outfit to make at home and ideal for Halloween, costume parties, and cosplay events.

We show you how to make your own Scar cosplay in just a few steps.

Scar Costume

Scar costume guide

Buy Scar costume items:

  1. Brown fur coat
  2. Animal slippers
  3. Brown pajama pants
  4. Long black Rocker wig
  5. Fake claws
  6. Face paint palette
  7. Scar wax kit

1. Fur Coat – Feel like the king of the jungle with a luxuriously thick fur coat. This is perfect for recreating Scar’s lion fur, as well as keeping warm on those cold Halloween nights.

A brown faux fur coat is just as perfect for a women’s Scar costume too.

2. Animal Slippers – This is an optional extra but can really tie your whole Scar costume together. Plus, how can we pass up an opportunity to wear slippers in public and have it be socially acceptable?

For a female outfit, a pair of UGG slippers is also a great option if you have a pair lying around somewhere. Or perhaps, a pair of furry leg warmers to match your fur coat?

3. The Pants – For our outfit, we went for a pair of super soft pajama pants in a camel brown. We did initially consider a more dramatic pair of furry cosplay ‘beast legs’. However, we really wanted the fur coat to be the focal point of our Scar costume.

The brown pajama pants ultimately had the right subtle texture to go well with this look without drawing attention.

4. Black Wig – You will find a treasure trove of 70s and 80s-inspired rock-and-roll wigs available online. These are perfect for Scars Mane; big, bold, jet black, and shaggy.

These wigs will work for a female Scar costume too. However, if you’re going for more of a cute or sexy vibe, there are plenty more options, such as this beautiful long black, wavy wig from Fotele.

5. The Claws – For Scar’s claws you have a couple of options. Option one: buy yourself a set of cool rhinestone-encrusted fake claws. Just note that these are not size-adjustable and many people (ourselves included) have found the size runs a little small – not ideal if you have larger fingers.

Option two: either get yourself some black nail polish or a set of fake stiletto nails in black. This is a quick and easy way to give yourself some fearsome claws and will work for both men and women.

6. Makeup – If you want to do your own Scar costume makeup, pick yourself up a quality primary color face paint palette. Make sure to look for paints that are hypoallergenic and non-toxic to avoid irritating the skin.

Additionally, you could also use a scar wax kit for a more realistic or gruesome look.

For a more in-depth step-by-step guide, check out the brilliant makeup tutorial below.

Scar Makeup Tutorial

Scar Costume Makeup Tutorial

Buy Scar makeup items:

There are many Scar (Lion King) costume makeup tutorials out there. However, this one from Ashlea Henson is without a doubt one of our favorites.

It’s a bold and powerful look that really captures the animated magic of the original Lion King movie. It’s also surprisingly easy to do for yourself at home, even if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body.

Check out her step-by-step guide above and you are guaranteed to have one of the best Scar costumes this spooky season!

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