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02 Mar 2009 - 20:5311306
Theatrical (?) makeup help
Hi everyone,

here I'm in need of some advice. I want to paint my face white and for that I bought this :/



I looked around on the internet for any tutorial but failed at finding one. And I might be doing something wrong, but the powder is really compressed (lol) and I'm a complete noob at this. Should I water it, "break" the powder? =/, scratch it with my nails? >.<. Silly questions I know!

Also, it is recomendable to apply anything before to my face? To make the makeup more durable or better in any way? And should I run away if it's start raining? (well, i guess i can find that out for myself).

Thanks very much!

PD: I'm a guy, complete ignorant about makeup


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02 Mar 2009 - 21:1011310
It might be the kind of stuff where you have to apply it with a moist sponge or brush - I used similar stuff to paint the symbol on my forehead for my Sephiria costume. Dampen the sponge it comes with, squeeze out the excess water, then brush it on the face paint and stroke it onto your face, then allow it to dry. You can then "set" it on your face using translucent powder.

I'm surprised it didn't come with instructions, to be honest - have you checked the bottom of the compact?

You should cleanse and tone your skin before applying any makeup - you can pick up suitable stuff from any Boots or Superdrug. Make sure you scrub your face well when you want to remove it, too, since it'll block your pores and could give you some nasty acne (some stuff is worse than others but I put some cheap white greasepaint on once and my forehead had broken out within a couple of hours - not nice). And it probably will run if it rains, too.

Good luck!


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02 Mar 2009 - 21:1111311
I know you should lightly wet the sponge and rub it on the makeup to use it.

I can't give you any other answers, but if it's too wet, or your face is greasy, the paint will be very patchy, so clean, dry skin would be best?

Please report back with your results! I was avoiding painting my face white for a cosplay, but if it works, I might try it out after all


02 Mar 2009 - 22:3811316
Tnx for your feedback!

@Sillabub: Yes, you are right. I checked first but didn't notice. But at a second glance I found the instructions at the back. I just happened to filter them as they are in German and cannot read it. I thought it was the list of ingredients >.<


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03 Mar 2009 - 00:3111323
Oh oh I can help! I did this for Orochimaru and I'm planning a tutorial! XD (sorry, got a little excited there)
http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/1892

I used a certain brand called Snazaroo which is easy to put on and doesn't come off easy. My friend used that brand for the blue battle paint on Kai (Beyblade) also. I'm thinking the paint you have is similar.

For covering the entire face (like Orochimaru) I bought a cheap bath sponge and ripped a bit off, put it in water and squeezed most of the water out so it was just moist enough. Then you rub it on the paint and rub it on your face. It'll look a little tacky at first but don't worry. After you're done moisten the sponge again and put more makeup on, this time dabbing it on. This is also called sponging, just like when decorators sponge patterns on house walls. This should cover up the streakiness and cover your face properly.

But do not put it one your hands, I did that for Orochimaru and got paint everywhere ^^; and be careful of water, (if it's raining, bring an umbrella) it comes off you see. I hugged someone in a fursuit costume and their fur was a little damp and some of the makeup on my face came off.

If you just want to 'draw-on' like Kai or Reno's face markings, just use a cheap artists paintbrush and a little water :3 http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/568

I hope this helps XD

EDIT: About cleansing your skin first and taking the paint off, I use either baby wipes (for sensitive skin) or Witch brand skin wetwipes which are specially made for cleansing skin and removing makeup. I can tell you now that these work well, my skin gets greasy easy and the Witch wipes makes it nice and smooth.



Last edited by kilik_hiwatari (03 Mar 2009 - 00:36)
03 Mar 2009 - 17:0911328
As it's not been mentioned yet, just wanted to add in the wonders hairspray for this kind of stuff! As you may already know Ame wasn't exactly dry this year and I decided to do The Big Clow Card which needed full blue face paint. I used snazaroo, applied it in the morning and let it dry then covered it in a layer of hairspray.
It's definitely best to let someone else do this for you incase you get too close.
It lasted the whole day in the wind and rain perfectly! It was even hard to get off in the shower afterwards so definitely have some face scrub handy!


03 Mar 2009 - 17:1611329
Quote SephNoir:
As it's not been mentioned yet, just wanted to add in the wonders hairspray for this kind of stuff! As you may already know Ame wasn't exactly dry this year and I decided to do The Big Clow Card which needed full blue face paint. I used snazaroo, applied it in the morning and let it dry then covered it in a layer of hairspray.
It's definitely best to let someone else do this for you incase you get too close.
It lasted the whole day in the wind and rain perfectly! It was even hard to get off in the shower afterwards so definitely have some face scrub handy!


Cool, I'll have to remember that for the next time I cosplay Orochimaru any hairspray is good ne? or do you prefer to use a particular brand?


03 Mar 2009 - 19:3611331
Tnx everyone for their feedback


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04 Mar 2009 - 12:2411351
Quote kilik_hiwatari:
Quote SephNoir:
As it's not been mentioned yet, just wanted to add in the wonders hairspray for this kind of stuff! As you may already know Ame wasn't exactly dry this year and I decided to do The Big Clow Card which needed full blue face paint. I used snazaroo, applied it in the morning and let it dry then covered it in a layer of hairspray.
It's definitely best to let someone else do this for you incase you get too close.
It lasted the whole day in the wind and rain perfectly! It was even hard to get off in the shower afterwards so definitely have some face scrub handy!


Cool, I'll have to remember that for the next time I cosplay Orochimaru any hairspray is good ne? or do you prefer to use a particular brand?

I would assume any brand is good. It's just giving it a layer that's not so easily washed off with water so it shouldn't matter. I'd go with something you're sure isn't going to dry sticky though, don't want to be walking fly paper for the day.


04 Mar 2009 - 12:2811352
when applied just right Im a favourable fan of snazaroo ^.^ when its thick enough it dries very well, my joker makeup is completely consistant of that.


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04 Mar 2009 - 15:3711360
Quote ryukredapples:
when applied just right Im a favourable fan of snazaroo ^.^ when its thick enough it dries very well, my joker makeup is completely consistant of that.


This. Snazaroo is the best body paint around and with a bit of hairspray on lasts AGES!


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