Cosplay/Regular Makeup for Beginners

Someone asked me about makeup and I think I gave a thorough explanation, I decided to post it too c:

Okay so I’m gonna do a quick run down of makeup I use/know of and basically what each item would be necessary for. 

Primer: Primer basically acts like real paint primer. This is kinda helpful to poc where most colors don’t show up properly on our skin. Primer makes the canvas (your face) a smooth surface to work on and helps keep your makeup in place. This is especially helpful during the warmer months and if you have oily skin.There are two main types of primer, face and eye/eyebrow. Face primer comes in a gel form while eye/eyebrow primer comes in a cream form. 

Bronzer: This basically gives people a hint of gold/brownish shimmer and coloring to their face. It comes in a powder form. 

Foundation: This helps even out skin color and literally provide a “foundation” for your makeup. It is similar to primer, except it comes in both liquid and powder form. It’s all a matter of choice whether you use one or the other. 

Concealer:  Concealer is used to cover up blemishes and dark circles under the eyes. It comes in liquid, powder (I think) and cream form. (This comes in different skin colors)

BB Cream: It stands for Blemish Balm and its a Korean beauty product that is basically a moisturizer, primer, skin treatment, concealer, and foundation all in one. It’s pretty darn awesome but it’s also pretty darn expensive. This comes in different skin colors)

Eye Liner: Eye liner is pretty self explanatory. It is used to get those cool eye effects and shapes (Like from my recent Rin cosplay). It also has many other uses as well, such as drawing on your face (If you need a design somewhere) and doing your eyebrows. Eye liner comes in pencil, gel/liquid. Gel/liquid is most likely going to be waterproof, while pencil isn’t. (This comes in different colors)

Eyeshadow: Eyeshadow is traditionally used to add a smoky, soft powdery affect around your eyes to compliment your eyeliner. HOWEVER it is wonderful at contouring, “locking” your eyeliner, and doing eyebrows. As long as it isn’t shimmer it’s good. (Unless you need that effect) (I have a large 3 eyeshadow palettes, a small cheap one, a large skin color one, and a medium multi-color one.)

Mascara: This makes your eyelashes longer and fuller. It also can be used to add dimension to your eyebrows. (This comes in different colors)

Angle brushes: These brushes are small and the tip is angled, like an exacto knife. They are used to draw in eyebrows, locking your eyeliner, applying eyeshadow or eyeliner, and contouring small areas like your nose or eyes.

Big Makeup brushes: These brushes are what you use to contour and apply powder foundation or anything else you need to cover over a large area of your face. 

Vaseline/Baby Oil: Vaseline and baby oil act as an alternate makeup remover. It really does work (even the ones that say waterproof) I use vaseline and baby oil because Im too lazy and dont have the money to buy actually makeup remover. 

Q-tips: These are good for fixing mistakes, such as erasing or adding makeup to tiny places.

Certain Makeup techniques

Locking your eyeliner: Sometimes, if you use gel/liquid eyeliner, it needs time to dry before you touch it again. And sometimes I blink before it’s dry and now I have my eyeliner smudged all the way to like my top lid. To prevent this from happening, you dab some eyeshadow with the angle brush of the same color on the eyeliner to make it dry, therefore locking in the color of the eyeliner. 

Contouring: Now contouring is really hard to explain because you can contour differently depending on your face shape and the character you are trying to capture. You can really only learn this through experience. (Sorry >o<)

Eyeliner Techniques: Now this is same with contouring, you gotta learn this through practice. Each character you cosplay should not have the same eye shape, therefore the way you do your eyeliner should be different as well. I’ve been cosplaying for a year and I only now know my distinct eye shape and how to do my eyeliner to compliment that xD

As a beginner, this is my recommendation list.

  • Liquid and Powder Foundation of your skin color
  • Liquid Concealer a bit lighter lighter than your skin color
  • Gel/Liquid water proof black eyeliner
  • Multicolor Eyeshadow palette (that includes the rainbow and a bit of skin colors as well)
  • 2 Big Makeup Brushes (one for contouring, other for highlighting)
  • 3 Angle Brushes (one for black/brown colors, one for white/light colors and the other for rainbow colors)
  • Vaseline/ Baby Oil (Or just plain old makeup remover)
  • Q-tips

I hope this is a good explanation,If you have any questions feel free to message me~

  • After you have applied your lipstick, hold a tissue over your lips and lightly dust translucent powder over the tissue.
  • Draw outline, then fill it.
  • How to draw a perfect Cupid’s bow
  • How to contour
  • Crosshatch for longer lasting color - don’t use eyeshadow, just liner.
  • How to get rid of sparkle nails easily. Put on Elmer’s glue as base coat!
  • 3D lips


  • Use baby powder for DIY falsies. Between applying each coat of mascara, dip a Q-tip in baby powder and run across your lashes, focusing on the tips. The second coat will attach to the powder for a longer, fuller look.
  • If you are doing a smokey look that involves a lot of blending, use one brush to apply and a clean one to blend.