Eight Things You Should Know About Cosplay Makeup
You need it.
I don’t care if you’re cosplaying a guy or if you are a guy, being in cosplay is akin to being on stage. Even if it’s just foundation and mascara, you’ll be thankful for it when you see pictures of yourself later on.
Wear some form of base.
I personally use Clean & Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer. You only need a rather small amount and it works extremely well. Your makeup will last longer and it controls nasty shineface. You also need eyeshadow base to keep your eye makeup from creasing or smudging. I use Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer.
Don’t overdo it.
While being in cosplay is like being on stage, you are not actually on stage and everyone can see you up close. So dial it back a little. Tone down bright eyeshadow with neutrals, and go easy on the blush. And never, ever, ever, ever wear bright lipstick if you’re wearing a lot of eye makeup. A basic rule of makeup is balance. If you’re going big on the eyes, go easy on the lips, and vice versa. I cannot begin to tell you how many people do not know this, though.
In cosplay makeup, you really should play up your eyes, in which case you want to be wearing a nude or a pastel on your lips. You’ll look really tacky otherwise. This claim is backed up wholeheartedly by my mother, who is a former cosmetologist and model.
Wear decent mascara or false eyelashes.
Seriously, you really need to play up your eyes in cosplay makeup. And if you’re wearing a lot of eyeshadow, it’s easy for your eyes to get ‘lost’ in your face. Having long eyelashes counteracts this by making your eyes look bigger. I wear false eyelashes even for male characters.
Wear the right colors.
If your foundation doesn’t exactly match your skin tone, it’s going to show in pictures and look really silly.
Use some kind of sealer/finisher.
Chances are, you’re going to be at the con from early morning to very late at night. Makeup isn’t made to last that long. A finishing spray will keep it looking fresh all day long. I use The Style Art Designing Makeup Fix by Missha. That is a Korean product, so keep in mind that it’s coming from overseas. You can also use a body paint sealer.
Test your exact makeup plans before the con.
Take pictures of yourself from different angles and in different lighting to make sure it actually looks the way you want it to.
Cover your eyebrows.
This is so, so, so important. If your eyebrows do not match your wig, it’s going to ruin your entire look. There are dozens of tutorials online for effective ways of doing this if you’re clueless. I personally find acrylic paint mixed with a little powder to work well.
Hope this is helpful!
How To Keep Your Lipstick On!
While eating and drinking.
I drank with a straw and ate carefully, but I licked my lips a lot and wore this for FOUR HOURS. It didn’t smudge at all.
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL NEED!
- lipstick (I used Lip tar, from OCC. it’s expensive, but it WORKS. I SWEAR by this stuff- really strong color. http://www.occmakeup.com/lips.html )
- lip liner
- eyeshadow of the same or very similar color as your lipstick do not use creme eye shadow for this. use either loose powder or packed powder eye shadow.
- Kryolan Lip Fix this product is AWESOME. You can buy it here, and probably some costume stores and other places on line. but this is where I got it: http://www.amazon.com/Kryolan-Lip-Fix-0-4-oz/dp/B008OUYWZC
- line your lips
- use your lipstick
- pat on, over your lipstick, the same color of eye shadow. the powder stops it from being greasy, and if you have a weak color in your lipstick, this will make it totally opaque. Make sure you cover everywhere you put the lipstick on!
- use kryolan lip fix
- done! : )
this works really really great for BLACK LIPSTICK! If you have a hard time finding nice black lipstick, use this method, even with crappy black lipstick it will work very very well! You don’t HAVE to use the lip fix, but it just adds that extra staying power! This hold very well, but it won’t stay if you go and make out with someone or rub your lips or eat very fast and messily, but it still holds really well!
Youtube makeup artist masterlist!
I’ve decided to create a youtube makeup artist masterlist, because a lot of youtube makeup artists put up a lot of great tutorials that can be used for cosplays. You can learn a lot from it!
Promise Phan (dope2111)- Does a LOT of celebrity look a likes and whatnot.
Michelle Phan (michellephan)- Does about everything from anime lookalikes, movie/holiday inspired looks, to fashion and hair.
Cat (audfaced)- Does a lot of theatric and Halloween makeup tutorials.
Sam and Nic (pixiwoo)- Does a lot of celebrity look alike makeup tutorials, and really really pretty makeup.
Jemma (jemmakuma)- A general beauty channel, with a tutorial about how to cosplay Miku Hatsune.
Valxonia (valxonia)- A cosplay beauty channel with tutorials of how to do the makeup of specific characters
Lindy Tsang (bubzbeauty)- A general beauty channel, with very fun makeup and hair tutorials.
Danny (tisdannydesu)- A male oriented cosplay channel with tutorials on how to cosplay male characters.
Wayne Goss (gossmakeupartist)- Does tutorials, makeup reviews, and the whatnot.
Meggy Grace D’Arcy(meggygrace)- Also general beauty, lots of tutorials on how to work with makeup, as well as various makeup haul videos.
JustSugarAndSpice(justsugarandspice)- Australian beauty channel, also general beauty, and various outfit of the day videos.
(thank you very much to silver902 on tumblr for giving me those last 3 youtube users!)
Feel free to drop an ask and contribute more!
Cosplay Makeup: Crossplay Eye Makeup
This is a quick tut on how I do my eye makeup for crossplay. I know most will deem it too heavy or maybe too feminine. (However, most asian cosplayers seem to also put on heavier makeup for cosplay/crossplay, so yeh :P )
I’m also only an amateur :P If you’d prefer something else, then sure~ I am working with my own eyes so it will vary from person to person. But I hope this helps regardless!
Here are my eyes normally:
Do whatever you need to do for foundation or primer. Remember to cover up your eyebrows! (I didn’t do so here yet)
1. Use liquid eyeliner for a very basic and thin line. Then use pencil liner to start creating a thicker outline. Make sure the outer edge is sharp and extend it so it creates the illusion that your eyes are longer and thinner!
2. Extend around halfway of your lid and use black eye shadow to enhance the color. The second image shows how it looks when I open my eye properly. (Remember that I have double eyelids!)
3. Draw your eye tips and line your bottom lid! (I also have a tut on eye tips~)
Here’s how it should look with both eyes~
Note: avoid false lashes~
And bam! You’re now a bishie~
Here are some gpoys with various wigs to show that this makeup works for lots of characters! Though it looks heavy up close, it looks alright from far away~
I hope that helped and good luck, fellow crossplayers!