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24 Oct 2011 - 21:3673041
Looking Younger
Unfortunatly I am not exactly as young as Cooro who I intend to cosplay... (who is only a kid) and I am 23/24

Is there any ways to make cosplay help to make you look younger (wig, Clothes, make up, after effects)?



Last edited by OmegaRFox (24 Oct 2011 - 21:37)
24 Oct 2011 - 23:2773052
I'm lucky enough to look a helluva lot younger than I really am (Seriously. I am so friggin' old. XD) but I can pass on a few tips I often use myself if they'll help.
Firstly I'd reccomend a flat makeup base in a shade paler than you'd normally use. Depending on the character you could go for slightly blush cheeks. (I cosplay a lot of moe types, though, so not sure how relevent that is!)
Big eyes= shota, but maybe don't go overboard on the eyeliner! Lightening the lid slightly and the inner corner of the eye with a pale eyeshadow gives your eyes a brighter look.
I'm not sure if you bind for cosplay, but a chest binder is pretty damn important, though I can't give much advice there as after years of dressing up I'm still learning myself! X_X
Finally, body language. Again, it depends on the character though, so you'll just have to study. XD;;

Hmm. I guess they weren't very useful after all. o_0 Still, I hope this has paved the way for more advice and recs from others~ Good luck!


25 Oct 2011 - 00:1373055
Quote sarmander:
I'm lucky enough to look a helluva lot younger than I really am (Seriously. I am so friggin' old. XD) but I can pass on a few tips I often use myself if they'll help.
Firstly I'd reccomend a flat makeup base in a shade paler than you'd normally use. Depending on the character you could go for slightly blush cheeks. (I cosplay a lot of moe types, though, so not sure how relevent that is!)
Big eyes= shota, but maybe don't go overboard on the eyeliner! Lightening the lid slightly and the inner corner of the eye with a pale eyeshadow gives your eyes a brighter look.
I'm not sure if you bind for cosplay, but a chest binder is pretty damn important, though I can't give much advice there as after years of dressing up I'm still learning myself! X_X
Finally, body language. Again, it depends on the character though, so you'll just have to study. XD;;

Hmm. I guess they weren't very useful after all. o_0 Still, I hope this has paved the way for more advice and recs from others~ Good luck!


I can say I can probably avoid binding since I am more male.
Would you say making baggy clothing would work... not too baggy it looks more overweight?

And for one I might need a translation on the make-up tips...


25 Oct 2011 - 11:1873076
You know I think every woman in the world would like to know the answer to this. I haven't really cosplayed any young characters but I can give a bit of general advice on things you can do with makeup.

So basically your base would be a foundation, which is used to even out your skin tone. Usually you try to find a shade that matches well to your normal skin tone. You can buy this basically in any chemist. I use quite a pricey brand but I would just pick something cheap if you're only going to be using it for a one off. The general advice is to match it by testing on your jawline rather than the back of your hand. Pick one that matches your normal tone, then as per sarmander's advice you can go one shade down.

Blush usually goes on to the roundest part of your cheeks. The biggest big of advice here I can give is don't go for too much, as that will make you look like a clown.

Eye makeup is tricky if you don't use it often, so you really need to practice before you try it out for real. Adding some eyeshadow to the crease above your lid is supposed to make your eyes look bigger.

I'm not sure how much make-up you really want to use though.


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25 Oct 2011 - 12:5073090
I'm the same as Sarmander really in that I was...blessed? with a freakin baby face so this is never really an issue for me...but...a thought comes to mind. What about those big round contact lenses? (They make you have uguuu eyes basically xD)I think they're called circle lenses and make your iris' look bigger which I'm sure is characteristic of younger characters. o.o


25 Oct 2011 - 13:2173094
Oversized clothes make you look smaller. Make sure that although they're bigger, they still fit the shape properly. If you take a look at my Little Sister cosplay the dress was oversized to make me look even smaller.


25 Oct 2011 - 14:0173099
Quote MoonLily:
I'm the same as Sarmander really in that I was...blessed? with a freakin baby face so this is never really an issue for me...but...a thought comes to mind. What about those big round contact lenses? (They make you have uguuu eyes basically xD)I think they're called circle lenses and make your iris' look bigger which I'm sure is characteristic of younger characters. o.o


If they can do them with prescription lenses I would go for them...

Quote Carmina:
You know I think every woman in the world would like to know the answer to this. I haven't really cosplayed any young characters but I can give a bit of general advice on things you can do with makeup.

So basically your base would be a foundation, which is used to even out your skin tone. Usually you try to find a shade that matches well to your normal skin tone. You can buy this basically in any chemist. I use quite a pricey brand but I would just pick something cheap if you're only going to be using it for a one off. The general advice is to match it by testing on your jawline rather than the back of your hand. Pick one that matches your normal tone, then as per sarmander's advice you can go one shade down.

Blush usually goes on to the roundest part of your cheeks. The biggest big of advice here I can give is don't go for too much, as that will make you look like a clown.

Eye makeup is tricky if you don't use it often, so you really need to practice before you try it out for real. Adding some eyeshadow to the crease above your lid is supposed to make your eyes look bigger.

I'm not sure how much make-up you really want to use though.


Yeah, well I would prefer someone else to do the close to the eye makeup since i have problems working back to front in a mirror and with one eye it's a bit harder.

One shade down... lighter or darker?

Quote kiichan:
Oversized clothes make you look smaller. Make sure that although they're bigger, they still fit the shape properly. If you take a look at my Little Sister cosplay the dress was oversized to make me look even smaller.


How oversized would it be to make the clothes, few inches over my size to help?



Last edited by OmegaRFox (25 Oct 2011 - 14:03)
25 Oct 2011 - 14:1973102
The other key is to try recreating large bright eyes like the younger characters always have in anime.

This can be done through lining the eyes with a dark (black/brown) liner on the top and using a white liner along the bottom and in the corners of the eyes. This will give the illusion of larger eyes and can be done on male or female characters.

Michelle Phan did an excellent tutorial http://www.michellephan.com/post/october-tricks-how-to-make-anime-eyes and I'm sure there are many more around. To make it easier you could just add some white liner to the corner of your eyes to highlight them



Last edited by Donna (25 Oct 2011 - 14:20)
25 Oct 2011 - 14:4673103
Quote OmegaRFox:

Yeah, well I would prefer someone else to do the close to the eye makeup since i have problems working back to front in a mirror and with one eye it's a bit harder.

One shade down... lighter or darker?



I think what she was suggesting was using a lighter shade.

I actually think most people have more trouble with makeup on one side of their face than the other. For me its my right because I'm left-handed. One tip I got from a make-up artist was to try doing the side you find most difficult first.


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25 Oct 2011 - 15:1773108
Couple of inches extra should be fine, make sure it doesn't hang off you though!


25 Oct 2011 - 16:4773112
Quote Carmina:
Quote OmegaRFox:

Yeah, well I would prefer someone else to do the close to the eye makeup since i have problems working back to front in a mirror and with one eye it's a bit harder.

One shade down... lighter or darker?



I think what she was suggesting was using a lighter shade.

I actually think most people have more trouble with makeup on one side of their face than the other. For me its my right because I'm left-handed. One tip I got from a make-up artist was to try doing the side you find most difficult first.


Do also reckon that if you know how to draw would make it easier to get going with applying makeup in the right area's well I know it with drocell really.

Could do, but its getting the right look for Cooro with makeup


25 Oct 2011 - 21:2973129
Quote MoonLily:
I'm the same as Sarmander really in that I was...blessed? with a freakin baby face so this is never really an issue for me...but...a thought comes to mind. What about those big round contact lenses? (They make you have uguuu eyes basically xD)I think they're called circle lenses and make your iris' look bigger which I'm sure is characteristic of younger characters. o.o


^ *Brofist* XD;;

Sorry that I didn't explain myself very well. But thanks to Carmina for verifying, haha!


28 Oct 2011 - 02:1373290
Makeup will really help you look younger, esp as the younger characters from anime tend to be very "fresh faced"

You'll need to start with a good concealer for under your eyes, and any other areas you want to cover up. If you have any red patches (say a pinky scar or spots, or even raised blood vessels) you should also invest in a green concealer aswel.
(Actually, here's a concealer guide for the different colours :
To hide redness use a green concealer, for dark circles under your eyes or to cover a bruise use a concealer with yellow tones ie, the skintone ones that are most common, and for any yellow areas like an old bruise use lilac)

Next up you'll want to completely even out your skintone with a foundation, use either liquid, mineral or mousse. You'll want to match your actual skintone with this one, and don't forget to blend it past your jawline. Afterwards lightly dust a foundation powder over your face, you can use either your skintone or a shade lighter with this one.

Blusher is optional, but you might find you look too "flat" without some. Use a light shade, not a dark tone and just put it on the balls of your cheeks. the easiest way to see where to put it is to smile. Try not to do just circles of it, blend it at the edges. And don't use too mush in one go, you can always add layers on, but it's a pain if you put on too much.

Once you've done that, you should use an eyeliner pencil in white, and lightly line the inner triangle parts of your eyes, this helps them look more open.

And if you wanted to, use a light brown eyeliner pencil to go around the rest of your eyes, but don't fill in the tear tract. Just enough to make your eyes appear bigger without thickly lining makeup around them.


Hope that helped



Last edited by xblackravenx (28 Oct 2011 - 02:16)
02 Nov 2011 - 18:5973609
Quote xblackravenx:
Makeup will really help you look younger, esp as the younger characters from anime tend to be very "fresh faced"

You'll need to start with a good concealer for under your eyes, and any other areas you want to cover up. If you have any red patches (say a pinky scar or spots, or even raised blood vessels) you should also invest in a green concealer aswel.
(Actually, here's a concealer guide for the different colours :
To hide redness use a green concealer, for dark circles under your eyes or to cover a bruise use a concealer with yellow tones ie, the skintone ones that are most common, and for any yellow areas like an old bruise use lilac)

Next up you'll want to completely even out your skintone with a foundation, use either liquid, mineral or mousse. You'll want to match your actual skintone with this one, and don't forget to blend it past your jawline. Afterwards lightly dust a foundation powder over your face, you can use either your skintone or a shade lighter with this one.

Blusher is optional, but you might find you look too "flat" without some. Use a light shade, not a dark tone and just put it on the balls of your cheeks. the easiest way to see where to put it is to smile. Try not to do just circles of it, blend it at the edges. And don't use too mush in one go, you can always add layers on, but it's a pain if you put on too much.

Once you've done that, you should use an eyeliner pencil in white, and lightly line the inner triangle parts of your eyes, this helps them look more open.

And if you wanted to, use a light brown eyeliner pencil to go around the rest of your eyes, but don't fill in the tear tract. Just enough to make your eyes appear bigger without thickly lining makeup around them.


Hope that helped


I've made a note on what you said, It might need a bit of thought on what I need to stock up on and how to put all of it on

I can only hope cooro goes well when I actually get to cosplay him next year.


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