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24 Apr 2009 - 09:1513307
Blonde Beard FX trouble O_o
ok so im blonde by nature though my hair is dyed black, two of my up coming cosplays require me to have noticable gruff leaning to full beard i.e Logan (xmen) and big boss (mgs3)

I was wondering if there was a way of applying something to the blonde gruff to dye it for a while? like makeup or mascara or something?

any help would be great thanks.


24 Apr 2009 - 10:2413309
You could colour it with a water-based makeup like Snazaroo, that ought to do the trick! However you would need to be careful not to get it on your skin.

Masacara/hair mascara would work too, although that might be quite time consuming, it would probably give more precise results.

24 Apr 2009 - 13:4313316
Ilpala used mascara to colour his beard black for Mitsurugi (I know this because I helped apply it the first time!) and it worked really well. It gives a nice precise effect. It does take a little time and care to do but I'd say it's probably the best method if you want it to look natural, and you should be fine with a cheap mascara.

24 Apr 2009 - 17:3313325
I'm with everyone else, a cheap mascara should be fine! just make sure that you do it gradually and don't get big blobs and suchlike. You might want to dab it off a little on some tissue or something before applying it ^^ Plenty of practice hun!

xx Tetra xx
24 Apr 2009 - 19:0013327
i needed to darken my beard to match my wig for big boss, the easiest ans simplest thing to use to cover a whole beard i found is "just for men" beard dye, you can get it from boots and makes you feel really old when paying for it lol.

25 Apr 2009 - 14:5013359
there is a "secret" to doing beards with makeup.

take a stiff sponge, cut it into a practical size and rip lots of little pieces out of one surface making it all uneven, then ask someone male you know (or yourself if you can cultivate a beard!) really nicely to grow their beard for a couple of days, and let you have the trimmings when they shave it off (you need trimmings about 3-4 mm long for stubble, longer for a grown beard). you then take your sponge and use a strong flexable glue (uhu all purpose, copydex, etc)apply it VERY LIGHTLY to the sponge and sprinkle the hairs onto the sponge. this will give you your very own beard stipple sponge!

then when you use it to apply the makeup, dab lightly and you get the imprints of the hairs, with a little depth darkening from the sponge!

remember that beards are never usually single tone, makeup won't naturally highlight like hair does. so you might want to vary shades from dark to mid to light, starting at dark.

i hope this helps!


Last edited by xaerael (25 Apr 2009 - 14:53) Reason: wow, spelling mistakes
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