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19 Jun 2012 - 01:2286356
How to get a more tanned look for a cosplay?

I've been pondering with the idea of cosplaying one of my OCs to Expo later this year.

However: the character I have in mind has a more healthy glow/slight tanned look...and I'm as pale as paper XD ?

Yet I don't want to use anything too permanent - otherwise I'd end up with tanned versions of my other cosplays that weekend.
I'm not too familiar with fake tan products if I'm honest, so I'm not sure if there's a solution out there.
I've considered perhaps even using face paint or something? The only skin that'll be exposed in the costume is face/neck/hands/arms/bit of chest...so I'm not sure if that's an option, or even if face paint would actually give a good look at all XD

Any ideas?

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19 Jun 2012 - 10:4186364
As someone who's so pale I glow faintly under UV lights I understand this problem well!

The main problem you'll find is getting something that makes you look healthy rather than that charming TOWIE shade of orange. For my Jack Sparrow costume I experimented with a few different shades of foundation to see which looked best. I ended up with one by Maybelline (Dream Matte Mousse, I think) that came out OK. A decent quality bronzer powder will also help if you just apply it lightly for a natural glow. The final option lasts a bit longer - there are some home spray tans that are designed to be built up in layers, so if you just want to be a bit less pale a few sprays will make you look a bit healthier without being orange. I think the one I've used is by Garnier. If you want to return to paleness after using them having a good scrub in the shower will get rid of a lot of it.

19 Jun 2012 - 11:2586368
There are moisturisers that have tanning agents in them, if I remember rightly I think Olay and a number of others supply them. They build up a natural looking tan over the course of a few weeks as opposed to making you look like you've been tango'd. Maybe try one of them up to about 6 weeks before the event and use daily.

19 Jun 2012 - 12:5786377
I wouldn't use face paint, it'd be really hard to get it to look natural. I'd use a fake tan as a base- they come in two types, one is basically like make-up, and the other which stains the top layer of skin. Neither are two permenant. You can buy tan accelerators, which I think is what the person above is referring too. They contain melanin and are supposed to encourage you to tan but I've never been that convinced they work. After fake tan I'd apply bronzer to your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose- basically the bits that catch the sun.

19 Jun 2012 - 14:1286384
For a more tanned character I'm cosplaying, I use darker toned make-up.
Base liquid foundation and powder on top to set. Not sure on the brands, I got them from a local shop on the cheap.

The key is to try and not go over the top with it or keep it as realistic you can. I'm lucky as I have a mask covering around my eyes where it's a dead give away it's makeup.

I think make up is a better choice then facepaint though. It'll lay smoother and you'll be able to contort and apply to give a more realistic touch to it. C:

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19 Jun 2012 - 14:2986385
I'd use make-up for it. It last quite a time on face, neck, chest and arms, I'm just not too sure on hands, as you're always using them and such.

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19 Jun 2012 - 19:1486394
Haha wow. Don't use facepaint.

I always recommend using fake tan. Foundation is made to compliment an existing skintone, whereas fake tan is actually designed to tone lighter skin. There are plenty that wash off easily, and are cheap too. They're designed for nights out and are hard wearing even on hands/arms etc, without staining your skin.

In my experience I've always found darker foundation made me look more orange than fake tan. I tried some foundation that was slightly darker than my normal one which looked perfectly fine when swatched, but WOAH did I look orange when it was on, even with bronzers and evening out with powders. I'm pretty pale anyway, which didn't help, but it just made me look ridiculous.

When I cosplayed Raven I used Rimmel's Sunshimmer Instant Tan in medium matte. It washes off with water/wipes quite easily, and isn't too dark on your skin. It can be applied in layers, too. On top I dusted a lighter powder to even out the fake tan and to make it look more natural on my skintone, rather than really really dark. Add some depth with some bronzer - I used Stila's Sun Bronzer and it looked totally fine irl, as well as in photos. To be honest while it can be a bit orange under certain lights (particularly bar lighting), it was nowhere near as orange as foundation made me! (...Though I will admit some of the uploaded photos make me look really pale due to the editing - here's a much more accurate example, haha!)

I also did South Italy from Hetalia, which was done purely with bronzer and while I don't have any pictures of myself the same makeup was used on Felixize's Spain which gave a wonderful soft glow rather than a full tan.

Last edited by Exelia (19 Jun 2012 - 19:20)
20 Jun 2012 - 08:5086425
Use make up is a good choice, easy to wash and it can let you get the effect you want.

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