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26 Sep 2013 - 13:20107583
One Cosplay Makeup Product You Couldn't Live Without?
Hi all!

I think wearing makeup when cosplaying is really important. Even if it's just a basic makeup that helps to not look washed out in photos. >_<

My question is, what's the one item of makeup in your cosplay makeup kit that you couldn't live without and why?

For me I guess it would have to be my brown mascara. I have only just started to use it (I only ever used black before) and I love how it helps to make a very natural look without being OTT

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts


26 Sep 2013 - 13:50107584
My really boring answer is foundation- it evens out the skin tone and so is great for photos. The second most important things would be concealer and black eyeliner. The latter is great for making your eyes stand out and improves the look for both male and female characters.


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26 Sep 2013 - 13:57107585
Brown mascara? Ooh! Where do you get yours from?

I would agree with foundation. My last few cosplays have been either male or girls who don't really give a shit about looking pretty or are too derpy to, but foundation just improves the quality of photos a lot regardless of who you're being!


26 Sep 2013 - 15:09107589
MAC Total Cover foundation.

As a crossplayer I'm at an instant disadvantage, but this covers everything up nicely, giving a nice clean slate to work on with the rest of my makeup kit.


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26 Sep 2013 - 15:13107590
Hmm, I wouldn't dare cosplay without foundation, but since that's fairly obvious and kinda boring I'd have to say brown eyeliner and mascara. Specifically brown. Black is far too dark for most characters, I've taken to wearing brown eyeliner every day now. It adds definition to the eyes without being too much.

Black doesn't look too much when it's all you use, but since switching to brown I certainly notice a difference if I use black.


26 Sep 2013 - 16:26107596
I'd have to say my many layers of foundation XD and using a moose to make sure I am not shiny! - Maybelline dream matte mousse works wonders

Except for the obvious answer I'd say creating depth in your eyes is important - dark around the eye sockets and light on the lid - I use browns so its warm


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Last edited by Raye-chan (26 Sep 2013 - 16:28)
26 Sep 2013 - 17:13107602
After concealer I'd have to say my eyeliner and my Ben Nye burn wheel. I like to try to use the eyeliner to mimic the same way the character's eyes are drawn when possible.


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26 Sep 2013 - 17:35107604
My concealer, black and brown eyeliners and my mascara. I've only started wearing foundation recently, and even then it's just tinted moisturiser (my skin has never reacted well to foundation).
One product I will always use, no matter what is a matt powder over my skin to stop it shining under lights


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26 Sep 2013 - 21:58107621
Foundation in general is an essential, but I never go anywhere without matt powder! Stop the shine!


26 Sep 2013 - 23:43107624
It's a tie, and I really thought about this but I just cant decide so I'll mention both - more knowledge is power right?


The first one is the Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay, there are two but I bought the second one first because I liked that it came with a lip gloss sample which went fantastically with the costumes that I wanted to do (some colour, but its basically your lips but better with a shine) It's also minty and tingly! The other palette has the primer potion which is a godsend.

The palette itself comes in a tin container so it survives the travel to and from conventions. It's not bulky packaging either and the shadows themselves do not crack up and turn into loose powder like other products have for me in the past.
They're also very pigmented with a range of lid, crease and darker colours in both matte and shimmer that you can use as a substitute for liquid or gel liners by blending with a dual brush (one side flat for the lids, the other end fluffy for blending the crease).
It's got a decent mirror inside so you can take it with you for touch ups before competitions or at photoshoots. Another thing I've noticed is that the pans look like they wont last but they doI tend to gravitate towards the same shades for Sakura Kinomoto and other younger characters to keep a natural look and smoothing out my skin, but I've barely made a dent in them. A little goes a long way so I'd definitely recommend this product for its long lasting nature if paired with the eye primer - Do not be put off by the price tag!


My second product is a recent one and I've only tried it through casual day to day wear to see if it can stand the test of time at a hot and sweaty event. After trying western BB creams and deciding to take that step towards the Korean brands I think it's safe to say that it will be coming with me. It's Skin79's Super Plus Beblesh Balm in VIP gold (there are a lot of different ones which I've yet to try, but this one seemed to suit the purpose I needed it for)
The container itself is very hygenic as most BB creams I've tried have come in tubes and have made a mess after some uses, so the plastic pump container is great and it's not big or bulky, I actually expected it to be bigger. It's got SPF25 in it so if its for a summer convention or somewhere particularly sunny then you dont have to worry about sun cream on your face.
The product itself comes out looking very grey but like most Korean BB creams it adjusts itself to your skin tone after some time and you can use setting powders to rectify the tone as well as blush and bronzer. It gives a very even finish and I felt like a doll with perfect skin! It doesn't sweat or feel heavy though there is a difference to weight compared to western BB creams (Glorified tinted moisturisers) which I would usually sweat out after half an hour in a crowded room or would smear off on my costume if I had a high collar. It doesnt smell of strong product from what I noticed.
The downside of this product is that you can't see how much product is left, but I suppose it's not that different from tubes that you can't see inside.
The main reason why I go for BB creams is because I can get very dry skin and foundations just tend to highlight that and make any flaky areas around the T-zone stand out. I'm not sure how this product photographs yet.

Sorry for the length but I was enjoying myself way too much and I was planning a video of cosplay makeup must-haves at some point so this was good as a test run.


27 Sep 2013 - 18:09107645
I like BB cream as well, I use L'Oreal Nude Magiqiue BB cream as my go to foundation, it goes on very lightly, but it really improves my ancient skin. I've tried other brands, Garnier and Maybelline and they are as you describe them, messy tinted moisturisers, but the L’Oreal stuff is quite different, its starts as a pretty thin milky liquid, but it soaks in and adapts to you skin tone and does last all day. But its not perfect and I’m willing to try other brands.

Mu other go to is MAC blot powder, being out and about in silly outfits usually leaves me feeling a bit warm and my makeup often goes a bit shinny, put a quick pat with blot powder and I’m all matt again, never go out without it.


27 Sep 2013 - 23:55107660
Mine would have to be concealer And brown eyeshadow.

Gonna need better make-up soon


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28 Sep 2013 - 09:49107667
My MAC makeup that covers my tattoo!!!
I used an orange paste first to take the harshness of the black away, then foundation and powder
Sailor Mercury just wouldn't be the same with a chest tattoo!!!

Sorry I know I said 3 products and not 1, but I have to use them all together!


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28 Sep 2013 - 09:58107668
False eyelashes!

Eylure 110 or MUA's Vixen. The difference they make to your eyes is CRAZY and it looks so amazing in photos.

That and powder to stay matte and not red and shiny!


28 Sep 2013 - 12:05107673
False lashes!!!

I can't go a cosplay without falsies and eyeliner these days. Unless I use my real hair, but that rarely happens with the hair style it is right now.

I have small eyes and when I wear a wig they get lost and I look rather dead. The false lashes definitely help balance out the largeness of the wig.

I could say other make up products like powder, my eyeshadow palette (Currently using Urban Decay's NAKED palette - I love it!) or bronzer/highlighter. But the thing that definitely makes the most noticeable difference are my falsies. I tend to buy different ones depending on the character as they really change the type of character you're trying to portray. Although it was very handy at Ayacon when I was mainly cosplaying as idols or overly girly fashionable characters anyway, I wore the same lashes all weekend

Generally I stick with the eyelure brand. The Girls Aloud ones being more natural and easy to wear looking, but the longer ones that Eyelure has I found better for idol cosplays. Some cheap Chinese eyelashes have been okay too, I like buying them to cut up and modify as they're so cheap.


28 Sep 2013 - 13:01107675
Foundation! I use Revlon Photoready foundation and covers up quite well and hides any redness. I also couldn't go without eyeliner, my eyes look dead sometimes without it so I always use it


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28 Sep 2013 - 13:17107677
I always need a concealer-foundation-powder base for any character I cosplay. I have bad skin so this is necessary for me and it makes a major difference to my complextion. I mainly use Maybelline products but want to try MAC at some point.


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