He's Mary Poppins, Y'all! - DIY Yondu Costume and Makeup Tutorial

DIY Yondu Costume

This year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theaters and did not disappoint. The follow up to the surprise summer hit of 2014 was an action-packed visual spectacle with even more of the fun character dynamics that were introduced in the first one. Every character had their chance to shine with some hilarious dialogue exchanges. Whether it was Rocket calling Star Lord “Star Munch”, Drax’s poor attempts at sympathy, or Baby Groot being...well...Baby Groot, the movie provided plenty of great quotes.

One of the most memorable quotes came towards the end of the film when Yondu and Star Lord (Peter Quill) had escaped their exploding ship and were floating down to safety together. Yondu was holding onto his arrow like an umbrella handle which prompted this exchange:

Star Lord: “You look like Mary Poppins!”

Yondu: “Is he cool?”

Star Lord: “....yeah. Yeah, he’s cool.”


It didn’t take long after that before the internet was obsessed. All of sudden, people had made memes, custom toys, and cosplays of the blue-faced Yondu in a Mary Poppins costume. Even Michael Rooker, the actor who plays Yondu, posting to his instagram about it when he met with a Mary Poppins impersonator at Disneyland. If you’d want to achieve the Yondu Mary Poppins look, we’ve put together a handy DIY costume and makeup tutorial for you below!

Yondu Makeup Tutorial Video

The video above explains everything you need to do to get the makeup right. It's fairly easy, but keep in mind that there's more to it than just blue facepaint and a bald cap.


Yondu Makeup Tutorial Video Transcript

Alright, so first what we're going to do is we're going to brush his hair back so that way we can put the bald cap on. Use hairspray if it needs to be pushed back a little bit more. Now, the bald cap. Go up front, and to the back to get all the hair. To get the extra pieces of hair, just spread some Vaseline on it, so that way it doesn't get caught in the liquid latex that we're going to put on later.

With your liquid latex, you're going to put a little bit on the sponge. You start to dab along the line, and make sure that the bald cap is on properly. Now we got to let that sit, let it dry.

So what we're going to do is we're going to mark where we'll have the scarring. And then he has the one scar on his face, and the same spider web-like scars on the other side. And then what we're going to do is we're going to shape this on the head, and then trace where it's going to be. Make sure that it lines up with the center. Now that we have this all lined up, we're going to coat it in liquid latex, and then we're going to lay down the dental floss. And then once the dental floss is laid down, we're going to add another coat of latex on top. So the dental floss needs to be a little bit thick, so what you're going to do is you're going to fold it. Make sure you get a nice loop.

Alright, so now what we're going to do is we're going to completely take away your eyebrows. So you want to make sure that you push up from the eyebrows, and start to push them up against the face, so that way the glue gets in between each of the hairs.

Alright, now you're going to put powder where you have the latex and your eyebrows. So yes, because his eyebrows are so thick, I have to put so much glue on his eyebrows. So while that's drying, we're going to start putting down wax, putting it right where the piece is going to go. Roll it up a little bit, and then put it along the lining of where the headpiece is going to go, because it has to look like it's coming out of his skin. And, sometimes you're really going to have to roll it around to make sure that it's not too firm, so that way you can just put it right on there. And then, start smoothing out the sides so that way it blends in.

So, now what we're going to do is we're going to use our water-based paint by Krylon, and we're going to mix the dark blue with the light blue to get the perfect shade of blue. And you can use your arm as your palette.

We're going to put spirit gum along where we're going to put his headpiece. I'm going to make sure that it's set and then go back along the lining with black shadow to add more of a contour to it. We're done!


Yondu Costume

Once you're all set with the makeup, you’re going to want to pull together your look with a costume. You can use Star Lord’s ravager jacket if you’re looking to go as basic Yondu. However, if you want the full Mary Poppins experience, you’re going to need the nanny costume to match.


The Finished Look

Yondu Halloween Costume

"You can fool yourself and everyone else, but you can't fool me."

Ravager Jacket


Mary Poppins Yondu Costume

"I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!"

Mary Poppins Costume


Now you’ve got your look together, you're ready to go on a bounty hunt to track down Peter Quill and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Or maybe you're ready to join up with them. You could have a pretty sweet Guardians of the Galaxy group costume going if you could get all of the Guardians together.


What do you think? Is Yondu the look for you? If so, are you going to wear the ravager jacket or go full Mary Poppins? It's fun to wear a costume with an inside joke from a movie. The best part about this one is that Michael Rooker, the actor who plays Yondu, has embraced the joke as he's made several references on social media and has gone as far as to pose with Mary herself at Disneyland! If you're looking for other Guardians for a group costume, why not check out our full selection of superhero costumes to see what other fun ideas you could come up with.

Devin Rubink
Devin Rubink

Devin Rubink is an Inbound Marketing Specialist for HalloweenCostumes.com. He is a film fanatic who enjoys watching anything from action, to comedy, to horror, and even movies that are so bad, they’re entertaining. Devin also enjoys dressing up in costumes with his kids, although he finds it difficult to fit into some of the princess dresses. He studies Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit, to buff up his knowledge and help him achieve his dream of being a game show contestant.