Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazers upon her hideous face would turn to stone…
Being a myth, there’s plenty of room for your creativity in the creation of this costume. What you shouldn’t miss though, are the snakes instead of hair. And, of course, the petrifying look…
You can wear a greek toga or just a snake skin texture body painting. Style your hair in thin braids and dispose them as if they were snakes: one above the other, curved and tangled. Secure them with hairpins and mix some fake snakes among them. If you’re crazy enough (or just for the photo shooting) you can also hold real snakes, but that’s totally up to you.
A headdress made of snakes skins is also a good choice. You can also wear a headband with a snake motive, but that’s not as efective as the hairstyle descripted above.
Create scales on your makeup: just use fish net stockings as a stencil and that’s it. Choose metallic colors if possible, for they look much better for this costume. You can use the same texture on your lips and, if you dare to expose yourself in a full bodypaint, you can cover your whole body in it.
If you like, you can add the wings, too (this will probably make you look look a dragon).
Now, the look. You cannot petrify people with your regular eyes, so you are going to need contact lenses. Snake contact lenses. You can find a wonderful pair here: https://www.icrazyangel.com/collections/wild-eye-crazy-contacts/products/white-snake-crazy-contact-lenses
Now that you’re ready, don’t look at the mirror, that was the way Perseus turned Medusa to stone! You don’t want to end up in anybody’s shield… so go on without knowing how you look. You look terrific, for sure.