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01 Aug 2012 - 23:5288581
Birthmark cover up
I was wondering if anyone knows how to cover a birthmark effectively?? I have a VERY dark birthmark on my inner thigh, and normally I forget about it. For the purposes of accuracy when cosplaying though, I need to cover it!

I've done it before where I've put a skin coloured, flat plaster (or, band-aid) over it before putting white leggings on, and that has worked, but for costumes that have sheer materials, can anyone recommend any techniques? Tights will not hide it - think of a pretty dark skinned black person and you're generally in the right area for the colour of it, so it shows through a lot of light coloured materials. But I worry that makeup would actually rub off on the costume :S

Any help, little or big, would be awesome :3 I'm not ashamed of it, and not encouraging anyone to be ashamed of their birthmarks, its just that I'm so fussy about being as accurate as I can!



Last edited by Sammykins (02 Aug 2012 - 00:04)
02 Aug 2012 - 00:0088582
Have you thought to use make up? I know that a lot of people often cover up tattoos for cosplay and there's a particular type of foundation that does this - I cant tell you the brand exactly, but I'm sure google search will take care of that for you.


02 Aug 2012 - 00:0388583
Yes, I've heard of them, but I worry that they are targeted at tattoos/marks etc where clothes don't need to cover them, so where they would be visible even when wearing clothes i.e. wrist, ankles etc. I don't know whether they would rub off if they came into contact with clothes?

I'm thinking about costumes where I will have to wear sheer tights with patterns painted on them - obviously no one wants make up rubbing off on their cosplay DX



Last edited by Sammykins (02 Aug 2012 - 00:04)
02 Aug 2012 - 00:4088588
A lot of the camoflauge makeups come with a sealant so they don't rub off easily.

You could always use a liquid latex and a latex bald cap. So you cut out a piece of the bald cap to the area and then attatch to the leg with latex. A prosthetics tutorial will explain it better than I have but that's another option


02 Aug 2012 - 11:1988607
You can get stuff called Setting Spray which you can apply over makeup and it seals it in. I asked about this because my face paint makeup was rubbing off my neck against the collar of my costume. They said this stuff will stop that happening - I havent bought it yet because I dont need it until I coslay D Maul again. But when I do I will defo pick some of this stuff up.

These people do huge range of theatrical quality makeup, they are also helpfull on the phone with advice on products etc. Look them up on int or phone them, search theatrenetwork.co.uk to see their website and then look down the product list for Setting Spray, also look at Full Coverage Foundation.


02 Aug 2012 - 11:3088608
Have you tried BB Cream? Not sure if it would fully work as mine are on the top of my head and the back of my neck so they can't be seen but it does hide my red marks from acne quiet well ^^


02 Aug 2012 - 11:5588614
Ooh, so much help..

@Gaming_Goddess - that sounds like a good idea, but I have extremely pale skin (so its really weird that my birthmark is so dark!), and I wonder whether it would match. If it didn't then it would show really easily under things like tights.

@Ranma1_2 - oooh, I will check them out. I'm sure I can find makeup that covers it, but setting it would be the best option really- its just finding something that would do what it promises

@LittlexMissyx - I've used one before, but only on my face and sadly it didn't cover my acne very well (lol, I am a little bit unlucky with my skin!). Plus the red marks of blemishes is a completely different ball game to shade of my birthmark - here's something similar in colour, but mine is darker: http://www.skinsight.com/images/dx/webInfant/congenitalMelanocyticNevus_33233_lg.jpg


02 Aug 2012 - 13:2288622
Dermablend.

They're a product range designed to cover skin conditions including acne, freckles, bruising and.. birthmarks! On the page I've linked to there's a video showing complete coverage over tattooes.

It's a niche product but you can pick up a selection of Dermablend in Boots. It's a tad pricey (about £15-£30), but if you're worried about marks it's the best thing to try

I've got a big birthmark on one of my arms, and even then I forget to cover it for costumes. Mine's like a light winestain though so it's not as obvious, but it is still distracting haha.



Last edited by Exelia (02 Aug 2012 - 13:25)
02 Aug 2012 - 14:0388624
Distracting is the word! Even though you're used to it, other people aren't so I feel it might take away from the cosplay. Mine is pretty big-ish and in the shape of tear, so its even more distracting. But thanks, I'll have a look - that coupled with something to set it might be a good combination


02 Aug 2012 - 14:4688626
No probs. I know the Dermablend stuff I tried a while ago goes on as a creamy foundation and dries as powder (I tried the pan stick foundation) so it should be fine for setting but getting a setting spray or powder will probably help it stay longer and avoid rubbing, especially if you're wearing tights or something on top.

Mine is just short of 10cm long on my arm by my elbow. Like I said it's not that dark, but when you see it you SEE IT haha. Normally with costumes they have long sleeves or gloves though, so I've not had many issues.

Best of luck!



Last edited by Exelia (02 Aug 2012 - 14:47)
02 Aug 2012 - 14:5788627
I'm not sure if this sounds loopy or not. But have you looked into wearing dance tights? They're really thick and you can get them skin coloured. I have a couple of black spots on my thigh and scars on my knees which show up on normal tights but not dance tights! You could try wearing them underneath the tights you're going to wear as you can get seamless ones.


02 Aug 2012 - 15:0288628
I didn't even think of dance tights, lol. I swear by those things at cons.

There's a brand called Capezio (on Amazon here) I use which make the thickest, most awesome comfortable tights for cosplay ever. They're fully matte as well, so you don't end up with shiny legs in photos. The only issue I have is that their nude tights are a tad pale (and I'm very pale myself), but with costumes with skirts or socks etc it's not that noticable. They'd definately cover up any birthmarks on your legs. I got some since my legs are really blotchy in places but they're totally invisible with those tights!

/edit - fixed the link XD;;



Last edited by Exelia (02 Aug 2012 - 15:07)
02 Aug 2012 - 15:0588631
Quote Taruto:
I didn't even think of dance tights, lol. I swear by those things at cons.

There's a brand called Capezio (on Amazon here) I use which make the thickest, most awesome comfortable tights for cosplay ever. They're fully matte as well, so you don't end up with shiny legs in photos. The only issue I have is that their nude tights are a tad pale (and I'm very pale myself), but with costumes with skirts or socks etc it's not that noticable. They'd definately cover up any birthmarks on your legs. I got some since my legs are really blotchy in places but they're totally invisible with those tights!


... That's a link to VG cats...


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02 Aug 2012 - 15:0788632
Fixed ^^; thanks for pointing that out haha


06 Aug 2012 - 16:1688859
Quote Taruto:
Fixed ^^; thanks for pointing that out haha


So all I could see was VG Cats (not that it's a bad thing ) but out of interest which kind of tights did you get from Capezio? There's lots of kinds and not being a ballet dancer I don't know what's what in terms of colour and material.


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06 Aug 2012 - 16:1688860
Quote Taruto:
Fixed ^^; thanks for pointing that out haha


So all I could see was VG Cats (not that it's a bad thing ) but out of interest which kind of tights did you get from Capezio? There's lots of kinds and not being a ballet dancer I don't know what's what in terms of colour and material.


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06 Aug 2012 - 16:2588863
Quote LewaKyser:
Quote Taruto:
Fixed ^^; thanks for pointing that out haha


So all I could see was VG Cats (not that it's a bad thing ) but out of interest which kind of tights did you get from Capezio? There's lots of kinds and not being a ballet dancer I don't know what's what in terms of colour and material.


She was talking about these; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Capezio-Hold-Stretch-Footed-Tights/dp/B006TX8SC4


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06 Aug 2012 - 16:3888864
Yeah, I've gone down that route a couple times before, and sadly it doesn't work DX

The weird thing is I am obscenely pale, something I quite like, but is a pain for tights - the lighest od dance tights look odd on me, and still don't do the trick of covering my birthmark


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