Cosplay makeup can be an intimidating process to a first-timer, especially if you aren’t used to wearing much makeup on a regular basis. Having years of experience in theater under my belt, and a passion for makeup in general, I thought I might document some of my process as I test makeup looks for my various cosplays.
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.
This truly is just a makeup test. Once I have all the final details of a particular costume nailed down, the makeup is subject to change.
When starting to experiment with a makeup look, I like to have all of my tools in front of me. Brushes are at the top of that list.
I don’t always use my brushes for their intended purpose, but it is important to have a variety so that you can achieve your desired result. Inexpensive brushes do just as well for me, as long as they don’t shed or molt–after all, you don’t want to spend half of your time picking stray brush hairs off your face as you work.
Always make sure to clean your brushes regularly to increase their life and prevent breakouts or infection.
1. A good makeup look begins with a smooth, blank canvas. I tend to change up my moisturizer regularly as my skin fluctuates between dry and combination.
At the moment I am using Charity Pot from Lush as an all over moisturizer. It smells magnificent, lasts all day, and as a bonus 100% of the profits go to charity.
2. After moisturizing, I add a thin layer of L’oreal Magic Perfecting Base. This gives my skin a matte finish and helps my foundation to blend easily.
3. For all over coverage I use Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation applied with a jumbo foundation brush. Foundation can be applied any number of ways, but I find with this brush I am able to get beautiful results using only a tiny amount of product.
4. Any trouble spots or areas with extra redness are camouflaged with Boo-Boo Cover-Up. From here I’m ready to start adding some color!
5. For this look I used a jumbo eye pencil in white as a base for my eyelids and to cover my naturally dark brows. The pencil I have is no longer in production, but a great alternative is Nyx’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk”.
6. The palette I used for my purples is also an older drugstore item, but Nyx makes some great loose pigment shades. I used a vibrant purple/magenta on my brows and then blended it out using my eyebrow spoolie for a more natural look. A lighter purple went on the outer corner of my lids, blended almost to the center of my lid.
7. For the rest of my lid I used Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania in “Rust”, which I blended out all the way up to my brow bone.
8. I played Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania in “Jade Pearl” along my inner corner and extended it out under my water line.
9. Julep Gel Eye-Glider in “Forest Green Shimmer” lined my water line. This deep green shade did not turn out nearly as vibrant as I had originally hoped. I will be experimenting with other liners and techniques to achieve my finished look
10. I used Julep Fluid Eye Glider in “Jet Black” to line my eyelid. I did not do a wing for this look as my finished costume will likely have a mask.
11. After curling my lashes, I used several coats of NYC Big Bold Curl.
12. On my cheeks I used “Los Cabos” by Cargo to create a warm peach hue. I applied a much heavier amount of blush to the apples of my cheeks than I would for every day wear for a bolder look.
13. I used a cream shadow from Mary Kay in the shade “Apricot Twist” topped with a clear gloss on my lips. I may end up doing a matte lip for the final look.
14. The most important detail for me was the addition of a question mark. I lightly drew it in with my Julep Fluid Eye Glider and then filled with a basic black gel liner from Mary Kay.
15. The entire look was set using a translucent powder from Mary Kay.
While I am quite happy with how this makeup test turned out, I will continue to play around with certain colors and products as I finish creating this cosplay.
Over the next few weeks I will be working on my jacket and creating a mask for myself using InstaMorph. Make sure to check back next week for my wig tutorial!