I’ll be honest; this is not my most successful cosplay makeup to date. It was ten o’clock at night and well over 90 degrees–I was tired, uncomfortable, and virtually melting. Additionally, not a whole lot of planning went into this look because I just decided to sit down and play around with the products I had. I anticipate this look changing quite a bit before I wear this cosplay to Baltimore in a couple months.
As I mentioned before, I’ll link to the products I am using as much as possible and try to offer cost-effective alternatives for those products which might be out of reach for some readers; a quality makeup look doesn’t have to be cost-prohibitive. I am by no means a brand snob, and if I find a drugstore brand which works, I tend to go with it.
I’m also not going through this look quite as extensively as with my steampunk Riddler – I want to focus more on the quality of the products I tried as opposed to giving a walk through since I wouldn’t rate the overall look a winner.
Again, I cannot stress enough the importance of cleaning your brushes regularly. You can purchase a brush cleaning solution from any makeup retailer. It may seem like a pain in the booty, but your skin will thank you and you’ll get a much longer life out of your brushes.
Mine are currently filthy because I snapped these pictures directly after finishing my makeup look. I recommend cleaning once a week.
I tried out a few new products while working on this look:
- Imperialis facial moisturizer from Lush. Perfect for my combination skin, this absorbs quickly and leaves my face feeling like velvet. It also has a light, natural scent which is relaxing.
- Smash Box Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This primer was wonderful–I needed very little product to prime my entire face.
- Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream. This was lightweight and had a smooth finish, but I didn’t see a drastic difference in the overall tone of my face. My red spots were still a bit red. That said, it did blend nicely with my skin color.
- The entire look was set using a translucent powder from Mary Kay.
- My trouble spots, or areas with extra redness, were camouflaged with Boo-Boo Cover-Up. I used this last time as well, but it’s so fantastic I’m not keen to switch.
- I lined my water line with Nyx’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk”, as well as using it as a base on my lid and brow bone. This pencil is bright and creamy – an absolutely wonderful staple product.
- TONYMOLY Crystal Blusher in Pleasure Peach was the color for my cheeks this time around. I received this gorgeous product in my most recent Beauteque BB Bag.
I apologize – my palettes are absolutely disgusting right now. I’m planning on picking up a Z Palette next week and transferring all of my most used colors.
- This Urban Decay palette is very old, along with the drugstore palette in the background. I used a mixture of blues including the shade Kiddie Pool and then Midnight Cowboy Rides Again on my brow bone.
- Under my eyes I smeared quite a lot of Hot Yellow by NYX – this pressed pigment packs on well, but yellow isn’t a great shade for my skin tone. I have some ideas for how to work the yellow into my makeup look, but that will be an article much later on.
- I used Julep Fluid Eye Glider in “Jet Black” to draw in some pixels under one eye and at the corner of the other. This is definitely one experiment I’d count a failure. I’m planning to either use square sequins or rhinestones stuck on with eyelash glue to create pixels for the final look.
- I lined my lids with a basic black gel liner from Mary Kay.
- For filling in my brows, I used Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home from Julep. This is another staple product in my collection. I use very little product and the brush gives a fantastic amount of control. If you want a darker look, the brow powder does pack on quite well.
- I set my brows with a clear gel from Anastasia Beverly Hills. While there’s not a lot to be said on the topic of brow gels, this is one of the better products I’ve tried. I think that comes down to the brush which grabbed every individual hair and allowed the product to apply evenly.
- I lined my water line with this Sumita Beauty Contrast Eyeliner Pencil in Raina. Unfortunately, this was a sample from a beauty box a few months back and I cannot find it on sale anywhere.
- For mascara I used Provocateur by NYX. This baby has a dual brush so you can pack on the mascara on your top lashes and then use the smaller brush for your lower lashes or for a more subtle look.
Here’s the start to finish. I apologize for the shadows and poor lighting in some of these but again, it was late and I was running on empty.
While I’m not ecstatic with the overall product of my handiwork, I am excited to see this cosplay start coming together with my circle lenses and helmet and some idea of what the effect will be.
In a few weeks I’ll start building my dress and boot covers, but for the next few articles I’ll be showcasing some items for other cosplays.