How Does One Makeup

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#1 DevilinDetail on 3 years ago

Hey guys.

So this is my third(technically second) costume; previously I had gone as Hijikata and Sougo from Gintama. While I'm perfectly happy being an obscure character and getting to carry around a sword everywhere, my friend Julia, who always goes as Ed (FMA), finally convinced another friend to go as Hughes, who in turn asked me to go as Roy Mustang.

So I agree, and start setting up a costume and prep and everything. Then I hear an off-handed comment from Julia - "well, you have to wear eyeliner at least."

And I start thinking. I've never done any makeup for my cosplays before; don't even wear wigs. And I go, you know what, I might actually try makeup, especially seeing as people will actually recognize me this time around.

Except I have no idea how to do any makeup. And apparently Asians shouldn't be doing the same type of makeup? I don't know guys, I need help.

#2 Sugar.Code on 3 years ago

What in particular are you needing help with? Just eyeliner or do you wanna go the whole nine yards and do foundation, contouring, etc?

#3 DevilinDetail on 3 years ago

I'm doing eyeliner for sure, but I'd like to give foundation to lighten my skin tone. I don't know about contouring though.

#4 Sugar.Code on 3 years ago

Ah, I wouldn't suggest using foundation to lighten your skintone. It's just for evening out your own skin, you want it to match you as well as possible. Obvously I'm not sure what kind of eyes you have, but there's charts out there to figure it out, and it's a lot easier to look up cosplay specific eyeliner once you know specifics. Contouring is just for sharpening/defining your facial features, it's not a necessity but it can help with certain looks.

#5 KuruttaKanashii on 3 years ago

Powder foundation will stop you from looking shiny in photos. Liquid foundation is a bit much if you're just learning and your character's not meant to be a beauty queen. You also want to go with pencil eyeliner, probably in a dark brown, a very thin line right next to your upper eyelashes. Most eye pencils can also be used to fill in your eyebrows.

#6 DevilinDetail on 3 years ago

Yeah, thanks for the advice. One of my friends recommended I fill in brows and pencil eyeliner.

Apparently, though, I have inner double eyelids and some experiments with eyeliner ended in no visible marks when my eyes are open, even if they're really thick when my eyes are open. I dunno what's up with that.

#7 xRenascent on 3 years ago

[QUOTE=DevilinDetail;5047060]Yeah, thanks for the advice. One of my friends recommended I fill in brows and pencil eyeliner.

Apparently, though, I have inner double eyelids and some experiments with eyeliner ended in no visible marks when my eyes are open, even if they're really thick when my eyes are open. I dunno what's up with that.[/QUOTE]

I have a similar issue. I've got double eyelids myself and it's hard to work with minimal lid space (though I guess it's better than having monolids).

Anyway, a couple of suggestions you can do:
[list][*]Tightline the upper lash line. It'll add more emphasis to your eyeliner and make your lashes look a little thicker at the base.
[*]Use some eyelid tape. I've never done this before, but I have heard of people using it to give themselves some more eyelid space. It'll make your eyeliner show more instead of having it hidden underneath the fold.[/list]

There's probably some more suggestions online, but I think these are the most common solutions. Try experimenting around with other methods a bit to see which you prefer too.

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