I explained that all cosplayers should wear make-up, especially when getting photographed. Well, now it’s time to get a little more in-depth. I personally started wearing make-up seriously back in 2003, and am still a newbie to it. HOWEVER, I do know basics and what has worked and failed for me, so I can at least share my regime when I get into costume.
1. Clean your face, first and foremost. I use a cleaner and then a toner. I have horrible skin, and am the first to admit it. I use a foaming cleanser and Neutrogena’s clear pore oil-eliminating astringent, both of which help me keep my acne under control.
2. Moisturize your skin, and then let it sit for a good 5-10 minutes. I’m currently using Olay’s active hydrating beauty fluid (that sounds dirty, lolololol).
3. From here, I do a cream foundation all over my face, which I smooth out and get on every patch of skin.
4. I then take a matching powder foundation and go over my face again. I have acne to cover and this helps me immensely. On top of that, it sets my foundation, like one does with stage make-up. I don’t get “melty” in my make-up for at least 10 hours when I do this.
5. I use a lip moisturizer at this point.
6. From here, I use a liquid under-eye concealer that I blend into my foundation. I personally have really bad bags under my eyes, so I have to get pretty heavy-handed on this. Happily, the stuff I use now works wonders.
7. I apply blush, depending on what look I want, I do so lightly or heavy-handed as well. I tend to go pretty light with a soft pink to just a simpler look. Blush helps make you less washed out due to your foundation.
8. From here, I put on my eyeshadow primer. This is important to keep your colors you apply bright all day, instead of it possibly fading into your skin.
9. I highlight my eyebrows, or color them, at this point.
10. From here, I do my eyeshadow colors and look, blending with brushes and my fingers if I choose to do so.
11. Eyeliner time! You can go light or heavy, depending on the look you want. I use a cream liner with a brush and it’s been the stuff I’ve enjoyed best. Liquid liner tends to be a mess and pencil liners hurt like hell.
12. Apply mascara to your upper lashes and lower as well.
13. Apply lipstick and gloss if you choose to do so. I tend to go lightly on the gloss unless I’m going for a more seductive look.
There’s a lot of steps and it is HEAVY make-up, but it photographs well. It makes it easier for photographers to edit if they don’t have to spend hours in Photoshop on your features because you didn’t work on your make-up as well as you could have. Hope these steps help!