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16 Jan 2011 - 00:0248377
I tend to just wear eye makeup, and a little bit of matte powder on any shiny patches of skin.
Brands: Natural collection concealer (for under-eye shadows), Rimmel eyeliners (pencil and liquid), GOSH mascara.
For Puck, I used a range of natural collection eyeshadows. The colous tend to go on quite pale, so you'd have to use a few layers to build up some colour!


I cant really use foundation, as I have ridiculous skin that dries up when I use any foundation, no matter how much I moisturise XD boo!


Always remember to take any make-up off properly at the end of the day to prevent spots!


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16 Jan 2011 - 00:2848379
I don't wear any make up in my day to day life, and this has only recently changed for cosplay. I have a concealer stick...thing from Stargazer that makes my skin look smooth, and then I'll usually just use GOSH glitter eye powder and possibly a little eyeliner. I just don't ever really think about make-up, especially when it's not part of the character I'm doing.

One thing that really pisses me off is when people who wear heavy make-up and eyeliner day to day still wear it when in cosplay. Regardless of whether the character wears makeup like that... I think that ruins a cosplay more than someone not wearing make up at all, because it doesn't make sense! Lol. This angers me even moreso in crossplay, especially Female to Male.

I think I would wear more make up, since it does suit some characters, if I knew how to apply it properly. I tend to lay it on a bit thick because I don't know any better, and it takes me several re-appliactions to get a result not too over the top and fairly neat that I like. I just plain don't know what I'm doing XD It also takes me ages too lol.


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16 Jan 2011 - 00:5248380
Quote Fables:


One thing that really pisses me off is when people who wear heavy make-up and eyeliner day to day still wear it when in cosplay. Regardless of whether the character wears makeup like that... I think that ruins a cosplay more than someone not wearing make up at all, because it doesn't make sense!


I'm with you on this. I've seen people cosplay young girls and go way overboard on the eyeliner. Perhaps they were trying to achieve an anime eye look but it just makes them look like they're putting adult make-up styles on a child.


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16 Jan 2011 - 01:0548381
Quote Fables:
One thing that really pisses me off is when people who wear heavy make-up and eyeliner day to day still wear it when in cosplay. Regardless of whether the character wears makeup like that... I think that ruins a cosplay more than someone not wearing make up at all, because it doesn't make sense!


I wear my usual eye make up when I cosplay, maybe a little less than usual.


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17 Jan 2011 - 10:2748455
I always try and match the make up of the character I never wear make up normally (just a personal thing really) so it's sometimes fun to do something different lol!

Usually if it's a generic character make up wise I'll put on foundation (from MaxFactor) and concealer (Avon). If it's female and she has specific makeup I'll try and match that as much as possible (such as with my Dee cosplay, I got blue eyeshadow and wine red lipstick)

If the character requires theatrical make up I use a mixture, usually it's Snazaroo (I have a huge tub of Snazaroo Clown White, I've used it loads for about 5/6 conventions now but it's barely gone down yet!) and then if I have things that need to be accurately painted on I usually use Mehron FX (for example, my Lugia costume, I used snazaroo clown white for the base and then blue Mehron FX for the blue bits )


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17 Jan 2011 - 11:2048457
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
Quote Fables:


One thing that really pisses me off is when people who wear heavy make-up and eyeliner day to day still wear it when in cosplay. Regardless of whether the character wears makeup like that... I think that ruins a cosplay more than someone not wearing make up at all, because it doesn't make sense!


I'm with you on this. I've seen people cosplay young girls and go way overboard on the eyeliner. Perhaps they were trying to achieve an anime eye look but it just makes them look like they're putting adult make-up styles on a child.


I love using heavey eyeliner and such, but I see where you're both coming from. The whole idea of cosplay is to change your look to become a character, and try not being yourself, so using the same technique of make up over and over shows no effort. The reason they do it is because it is to define the eyes for far away photos, and the anime look, and to stand out more. False eyelashes are also useful for these reasons.


17 Jan 2011 - 19:2748483
To be honest, I think false eyelashes alone can make your eyes stand out, especially if you choose the right shape. Heavy liner actually makes my eyes look smaller :S. I'm glad I got into the habit of leaving my water line well alone when I started wearing contacts.
I do agree about heavy makeup and costumes. You don't want to look like you're off out clubbing, especially if the character isn't supposed to be wearing any makeup at all.

If anyone is looking for glitter, Collection 2000's glitter (as well as their glitter liner) is amazing. It's like a double-ended stick. One end is like a liquid/gel stuff that you put on first to make the glitter stick. The white glitter is actually amazing when the light shines on it. And it does stick all day . Best purchase I ever made ^_^.


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17 Jan 2011 - 20:0148487
When I wear makeup.... well, it always depends on who I'm cosplaying.

If it's an anime charatcer I try to even out the tones on my face a little more so I put on a layer of liquid foundation. I also add a little layer of dust foundation to make my skin look less shiny. If I'm cospalying a boy, I also add a darker shade of foundation in certain parts of my face to define it a little more.
If I'm cosplaying a realistic charatcer, then I avoid foundation.... maybe a light layer to hide blemishes but I think a natural look is better.

I do wear eyeliner when I'm cosplaying an anime boy, but I wear brown eyeliner which isn't as noticeable... just to define my eyes a little more.
I wear black for a girl.... I keep it light though if she wouldn't normally wear makeup. I put it on a little thicker (and add appropiate eye-shadow) if she would wear makeup. I also put on mascara to add a little more emphasis on my eyes.
For both, I also do a little white eyeliner in the corner of my eyes to make them appear bigger.


17 Jan 2011 - 20:2748489
make-up is always needed in my opinion for cosplay especially if you want nice photos. I know this through prior experience of doing modelling if you turned up to a shoot with no make-up the photographer would probably of had a melt down just because of how much editing will be needed. Uneven skin tones is a photographers night mare!

I will spend a tonne of money on good make-up. Barry M, Max Factor are the cheaper of the brands i use. Other than that I use Gosh, MAC, illasmasqua etc. But thats because 1. I love make-up 2. I want to be a make-up artist/off to study to become one.

But what is more important than spending xxx amount on products is how you prep your skin for the actual make-up. Even with the cheaper brands as long as you know how to prep the skin it will come out quite well.

Moisturising is such a needed thing before any make-up is put on. Cleansing your skin and what not make your skin OH so much better.

or if you want my favourite little secret which is a tad pricey but get Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer. Not only does your skin feel good it makes the foundation go on better and more evenly

Edit: and every character i've done i use a different pallet of colours. For example for my young nia i used pinks and gold and then for adult nia i used a harsher amount of black and turquoise.



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19 Jan 2011 - 04:0648586
Quote Quinzel:
To be honest, I think false eyelashes alone can make your eyes stand out, especially if you choose the right shape. Heavy liner actually makes my eyes look smaller :S. I'm glad I got into the habit of leaving my water line well alone when I started wearing contacts.
I do agree about heavy makeup and costumes. You don't want to look like you're off out clubbing, especially if the character isn't supposed to be wearing any makeup at all.

If anyone is looking for glitter, Collection 2000's glitter (as well as their glitter liner) is amazing. It's like a double-ended stick. One end is like a liquid/gel stuff that you put on first to make the glitter stick. The white glitter is actually amazing when the light shines on it. And it does stick all day . Best purchase I ever made ^_^.

Agreed, false eyelashes give a great effect without makeup. However, I still struggle with them horribly ^^'' So I dap liquid eyeliner just near my natural eyelashes to even up my falsies even if they aren't so straight XD And I must try that glitter stick X3 I love sparkly-ness!


19 Jan 2011 - 09:5248588
Quote Quinzel:

If anyone is looking for glitter, Collection 2000's glitter (as well as their glitter liner) is amazing. It's like a double-ended stick. One end is like a liquid/gel stuff that you put on first to make the glitter stick. The white glitter is actually amazing when the light shines on it. And it does stick all day . Best purchase I ever made ^_^.


I LOVE that glitterstick!!! I have it in gold, it's so awesome


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26 Jan 2011 - 11:5549178
Urban Decay
I love urban decay definately good make up for cosplay xx


26 Jan 2011 - 14:1849185
Oooh a whole thread on one of my favourite subjects!

I tend to use the same brands because I've done a lot of tried and testing over the years and have finally settled on what works for me. I also used to work on a makeup counter which gave me a better insight into makeup.

Generally speaking I use Bobbi Brown for face products because I find MAC foundations a little thick for my skin type. I use MAC eyeshadows because the colours are so strong that a little goes a long way but if MAC is a little expensive then Urban Decay is also excellent for vibrant colours.

I would highly recommend this product http://www.urbandecay.com/categories/EyeshadowPrimerPotion.cfm to any cosplayers who need to wear eyeshadow for a long time. Its about £12.00 and is a primer that you put on your eyes before applying eyeshadow. It stops the eyeshadow from creasing and keeps it in place for longer.

Another tip which might sound horrible but is a big secret of the catwalk models is after you've applied your makeup, spray your face with a little bit of hairspray (remembering to close your eyes!) It will seal in the makeup and keep it in place under the hot lighting that you get during masquerades. It also won't damage your skin as its only sealing in what you've already applied.


26 Jan 2011 - 16:0549188
I use that hairspray trick, it really does work! Though yeah, close your eyes, and then run to a part of the room that isn;t full of hairspray to breath after you've sprayed it.

I'm one of those odd people who loves makeup, loves using it and loves creating a nice look but generally doesn;t wear it all that often at all.

For cosplay I wear it, depending on the character it changes.

If it's a young girl I'm cosplaying, then I'll just use a plain foundation, very very little liner, and usually just at the corners of my eyes, then I'd blend it a little with a brush. A tiny amount of blush (young people tend to have rosy cheeks I find) and a clear lip salv.

Saying that though, it also depends on the art for the character, do they wear makeup? if yes, then I try to match it. If no, then I usually just do a plain makeup job.

My favourite foundation at the moment is Lily Lilo. It's very good for your skin and is the only foundation I can use without my skin itching after an hour. It's smooth and makes my skin look even and it's a powder, which means it wont shine. Well this one hasnt started shining yet.
http://www.lilylolo.co.uk/

Its a touch expensive, but it's worth it. A little goes a long way.

Iv'e not yet used a primer, I might have a look at that at some point.

I've got a very odd collection of eyeshadows. I have one Dior eyeshadow that is actually older than me, it belonged to my mum and it's still fantastic. I have some off brand dazzle dust pots, like barry m except not as good, then a load of random cheap ones that I hardly ever use except for blending sometimes.

Some people may go "oh god no!" at this, but I've found that older mascara is better. For me anyway. New mascara is so wet, it tends to glue my lashes together and it looks like a spider is trying to crawl out of my eye. Older mascara tends to be a bit more thick, so I will lightly add it to my lashes and it tends to come out far finer than a new mascara would.

But yes, Lily Lilo I recomend to anyone who has odd skin like mine, which is fairly greasy, annoying and just.....WEIRD!


28 Jan 2011 - 01:5749339
I'm studying make-up at the moment (and have studied Beauty Therapy), I did a basics make-up workshop at London Expo, so if anyone has any questions I'd love to help. You can PM me if it's embarrassing!

I'll also pimp out this old guide here haha:
http://miiol.livejournal.com/91025.html#cutid1

I'd like to say - without offending anyone - to try and not use cheap make-up, especially foundation/concealer/powder as you are putting this all over the face. Even drugstore brands of mineral make-up can contain ~50% talc. They contain things like kaolin and even formalhyde - which is used in preserving dead bodies! Cheap product are cheap because they use a lot of bad ingredients to bumf out the product and these can ruin the skin and cause terrible reactions. Cheap eyeshadow/liner/mascara etc can be fine, again, just check the ingredients.

When having photographs taken it will look better to wear make-up as it evens out the skin so no shine, no uneven skin tone - a light blanket coverage would be good. But of course, I'd say this, cos I want a job doing it. For guys or for costumes where you don't want to look like you have make-up i recommend using brown pencil or powder for eyeliner and clear mascara, as well as light concealer and bb cream/tinted moisturiser/foundation - it will make SUCH a difference.

I won't write products I use cos everyone is different so as people have put before everyone finds stuff to work for them!

I keep saying I'll write tutorials and never do! I'm too ugly to take photos of my face for tutorials. XD


28 Jan 2011 - 02:2549340
Quote Lulu Rose:

Some people may go "oh god no!" at this, but I've found that older mascara is better. For me anyway. New mascara is so wet, it tends to glue my lashes together and it looks like a spider is trying to crawl out of my eye. Older mascara tends to be a bit more thick, so I will lightly add it to my lashes and it tends to come out far finer than a new mascara would.

But yes, Lily Lilo I recomend to anyone who has odd skin like mine, which is fairly greasy, annoying and just.....WEIRD!

I've noticed the same thing with brand new mascara! And I may give that Lily lilo a try, as my skin is really wierd when it comes to foundation ^^ Thanks for the tip!


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28 Jan 2011 - 02:3149341
I'll definitely be checking this thread out! I only wear makeup if I'm going out and I have no idea about how to apply it without looking like a tool, haha. I'm that awful. So brand advice/general makeup advice is definitely helpful :3 I'll be looking back at this once I go to buy makeup/t's not 1:30am xD


28 Jan 2011 - 13:5449354
I'll have to check this thread out in more depth closer to the cons. I'm not a make up fan, never wear in everyday and the only way I'll wear it for special occasions is if my sister will do it for me (so...only for big family occasions like weddings). Though I wanna try it for the approaching cons.
But then, I'm not really looking so much to wear eyeshadow and stuff for my cosplaying, but instead to make my face look less square and more oval. I've looked up some srticles and videos and I'm left feeling kinda, 'Oh, I see...I think.' So I think there will be A LOT of playing around before hand.

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28 Jan 2011 - 15:4049356
There are tutorials on D.A (the sushi monster) and you tube specifically for cosplay make up - Michelle Phan is one that i used every now and again.

Btw I would recommend mineral make up - its good for your skin and gives you a natural look - I use that for make up as i found liquid was too harsh on my skin and I continually broke out in spots, I've had no problems with mineral make up =]


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28 Jan 2011 - 16:5549361
Quote Butterfly-Goddess:
Just a random question to the cosplayers that use make-up in their attires. What kinda names do you use in make-up? How much do you wear? And if so, how long does it take you to get ready before the cosplay costume? And how much do you generally spend on make-up for a character, if not for everyday use? Go!


For foundation and press powder I use Barbara Daily (foundation in Porcelain, press powder in fair) and sometimes another press powder of a different brand 'cause my complexion is fail. My concealer is a slightly darker shade and I use a random cheap khol pencil eyeliner in black and white, Max factor grey liquid eyeliner or Max factor back liquid eyeliner.. I use some blush when I need to but I can't remember the name XD & if I cba I use some random Max Factor Mascara 8D

I plaster myself in makeup c': But really, it depends on the character XD
Depending on the character, but usually around an hour >>;;;;
Everyday use for me is 30-45mins if I do eyeliner, or 20mins-ish if I just do foiundation, concealer and presspowder 8D

... Idk why it takes me so long ._.
Dry skin doesn't help and it takes even longer to prep my skin for makeup xD Sometimes I just leave it though ._.;

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28 Jan 2011 - 16:5949363
Quote Moon Mouse:


Btw I would recommend mineral make up - its good for your skin and gives you a natural look - I use that for make up as i found liquid was too harsh on my skin and I continually broke out in spots, I've had no problems with mineral make up =]


Oh, I'll bare that in mind. I tend to break out in spots easily, but I don't how make up would effect me, so I might end up just playing it safe.


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28 Jan 2011 - 21:0349373
Quote Moon Mouse:
There are tutorials on D.A (the sushi monster) and you tube specifically for cosplay make up - Michelle Phan is one that i used every now and again.



I love Michelle! I think she's incredibly innovative and is always clear in her explanations. Here is a link to her channel http://www.youtube.com/user/michellephan?blend=1&ob=4

She has a lot of videos so you will need to have a sort through and find the ones that appeal to you. She is most well known for her Lady Gaga & Gothic Lolita Doll tutorials which are both worth a watch if you want to learn how to exaggerate eyes through makeup.


29 Jan 2011 - 11:5949407
http://www.petrilude.com/ !

The best online make-up "guru" I know of! (Plus he is gorgeous haha, I wish I could look so good & talented!)


03 Feb 2011 - 18:1849778
I have to share with you a new product that I've just started using. Its called Studio Secrets Resurfacing & Smoothing Primer and is from Loreal - http://www.loreal-paris.co.uk/_en/_gb/brands/super-brand.aspx?code=SPB_Face_Primer_Smoothing_Cos133

I don't always use a primer but as I have an uneven skin tone, I use it for special occasions. I've tried a few but the one I've used the most is MAC's prep + prime. I heard about this one from Loreal and decided to give it a go.

The results are in and without a doubt its the most amazing beauty product I've invested in. It has a medium texture but doesn't feel heavy when its on, it sinks into your skin and lightens up your whole face. Its ideal for anyone with uneven skin like mine or acne scars as it creates an even surface ready for foundation application.

Its £14.50 for a small pot but a little definitely goes a long way. If you're interested in investing in a primer next time you're in Boots I would recommend trying a little on your hand as it will speak for itself (At the moment Boots also have an offer whereby you can get £3.00 worth of points when you buy it)


03 Feb 2011 - 18:3749781
Quote Donna:
I have to share with you a new product that I've just started using. Its called Studio Secrets Resurfacing & Smoothing Primer and is from Loreal - http://www.loreal-paris.co.uk/_en/_gb/brands/super-brand.aspx?code=SPB_Face_Primer_Smoothing_Cos133

I don't always use a primer but as I have an uneven skin tone, I use it for special occasions. I've tried a few but the one I've used the most is MAC's prep + prime. I heard about this one from Loreal and decided to give it a go.

The results are in and without a doubt its the most amazing beauty product I've invested in. It has a medium texture but doesn't feel heavy when its on, it sinks into your skin and lightens up your whole face. Its ideal for anyone with uneven skin like mine or acne scars as it creates an even surface ready for foundation application.

Its £14.50 for a small pot but a little definitely goes a long way. If you're interested in investing in a primer next time you're in Boots I would recommend trying a little on your hand as it will speak for itself (At the moment Boots also have an offer whereby you can get £3.00 worth of points when you buy it)


That primer is amazing . It works because it has a mousse-like texture whereas a lot of other primers are just liquid or are very light. Plus, it's a steal compared to a lot of other primers .
I tried some on the creases on the joint on my thumb, and it filled them in and smoothed them over, that's how good it is ^_^. It feels absolutely goregous too.

The only thing is, you can't use it with mousse foundations; being a mousse itself, it just sticks when you try to apply the foundation.
Not that I'd recommend mousse foundations anyway...they're awful.


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