It’s so annoying that there are generic looking skinny white people who are able to pull off a perfect cosplay of almost any female character. And I think that speaks volumes about how we treat female characters in our society.
That one Garnet cosplay with the white German girl in brown paint has been going around here for a while now, and more recently that Stevonnie cosplay with a white girl darkening her skin has shown up, and soo many people are saying it’s racist and honestly why? A lot of arguments are like “it’s racist because its brown/tan/blackface and that’s racist,” “she painted her skin like another race, and that makes it racist,” etc. I understand how blackface was used and how it’s insulting, but that isn’t blackface (or tan/brownface for that matter). They weren’t using it as an insult to the race, there was no stereotypes present to mock the race, it was the actual skin color (opposed to an actual black face from grease paint or something) so exactly how is it blackface? And I know people hate the “Garnet isn’t black” excuse but I mean it honestly applies. Although I think we can agree if she was human she’d be black, but she isn’t, she is a rock. Even if the color of her “skin” is basically the same shade as some black people doesn’t mean she’s “genuinely” a black person. So painting your skin as the color of Garnet the rock person is different than painting it for a cosplay of Kiki/Jenny from SU (still ain’t blackface but this time they’re doing it for an actual black person).
Okay maybe it doesn’t go with the definition of blackface but coloring your skin as another race is still racist right? Not really. In cosplay its just another detail of the character. The choice of whether or not to match your skin to the character goes with how far do you want to take the accuracy of your cosplay. Personally, I don’t think you need to do that if the character is another race but go ahead there ain’t nothin’ wrong with wanting to. It’s similar to when people wear colored contacts for a cosplay: you don’t need it, it’s one small detail, but you’re more accurate to the character if you do so.
If someone decided to darken their skin to match another race all the time (no tans/tanning lotion don’t count) then I’d have a different say on this. Many people said/say you can’t dress as ____ if you’re not of that race (ex: white Garnet cosplay) because you are erasing their identity as a POC character or something close, so wouldn’t this be a good thing? Since they acknowledge their race?
If I’m wrong about something , please go ahead and correct me, but I’ll need an actual evidence and argument to change my mind.
TL;DR- Darkening your skin for a cosplay isn’t racist
i look like Garbage makeup wise rn and i still have a couple very little things to do (like attaching the headbands i made over these placeholder ones and adding the armbands and these brastraps wont be out for the actual look and ill have tiddy tape on)
but LOOK SHES DONE
so I was asked by the davincisdemons bloggers to give some cosplay tips ‘n tricks and since I haven’t finished my copslay yet i’m going to try explaining my make-up.
I made a video at first but it turned out to be long and embarrassing so I’ll use pictures instead. Also it was early and I stayed at home being sick, so don’t judge, haha
so first up, this is the stuff I used.
a coverstick/make-up, some powder, eyeshadow in brown and gray, various brushes and a stubblesponge.
I start with covering my face, for real-life characters I try making it as invisible as possible and after using the powder I use a big brush to get rid of the loose leftovers.
I overdid the shadows to make them visible for you, of course you don’t have to make them like that, instead you use a blender brush to make it look more natural.
also you use a very thin brush to shape your eyebrows (or a eyeliner pencil) and to define your nose. CAREFUL! If the nose isn’t shaded and blended out evenly it will look broken (unless that’s what you want of course).
then you use the thin brush to shade the wrinkles between your brows and at the sides of your nose. Blend it out again.
to make the beard I first shade it with eyeshadow again, then I use the stubble sponge, put some (not too much!) normal make-up for children onto it and then carefully dap it on my skin.
if you don’t own a stubble sponge, you can also use your mascara brush thingy.
CAREFUL! The facial hair, no matter how you do it should have the same color, usually it’s also about 3 tints darker than the hair on your head. And don’t forget to add some under your chin and along the start of your neck.
you can try various ways for that!
another method is crepe wool,
for that you cut some hair out, the length you need, put stubble paste or spirit gum where you want the hair to stick and then apply it with a make-up sponge.
Soooo yeah, that’s about it I guess, I hope my crappy descriptions will help you at least a little bit, good luck!