So one of the things I want to do is a series of makeup tutorials specifically for cosplay. I’ve looked on YouTube and, surprisingly, there really aren’t that many... And they’re mostly for a shoujo girl look. So my plan is to show you how to do several kinds of makeups for specific character types... And probably certain characters, too.
To start off, you’re going to need a basic makeup kit. And I’m going to break down the list of everything that a basic makeup kit needs. I’ll also give you some optional products as well. P.S. The suggestions here are going to build a kit for a basic, natural looking makeup and will be the basic kit I’ll use for all future makeups.
Now, if you’re new to makeup, you’re gonna quickly see there are TONS of DIFFERENT kinds of makeup out there like creams, liquids, powders, etc. There are also TONS of different brands, like MAC, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Ben Nye, Cover Girl, etc.
Whether you use powders or creams or whatever, the results are usually the same--it’s all just a matter of personal preference. The same holds true for the brands. Usually, the department store brands, like MAC, Urban Decay, Clinique, etc. are a better quality. The color is more pigmented so you don’t have to use as much to get a bold color.
But you can achieve just as good of results with drug store brands like L’Oreal or Maybeline. Just try to stay away from the super cheapo brands cause they’re not as good.
The important thing is you find products you like and that are within your budget.
So here’s what you need in your basic makeup kit:
Foundations: These come in all kinds of forms. There are liquids, creams, powders, sticks... This will even out your skin tone--giving you a perfect flawless complexion.
You want to find a shade that’s as close to your skin tone as possible. Actually, you may have to end up getting a couple of colors if you tan during the summer and get pale during the winter.
Or if you’re doing a specific character, like someone who is pale, you might want to pick a paler foundation.
And if you’re going to be doing skits or the costume contest and you’ll be under bright lights, you can actually go a little darker with your foundation because the bright lights will wash you out.
Powder or setting spray: This is what you’ll use after you put your makeup on to help it stay on. It also mattes your face so you’re not shiny in pictures. You want to find a translucent powder so it doesn’t alter the colors of your makeup.
The setting spray is just something you spray on your face to set your makeup.
Eyeliner: You’ll want to line your eyes to help emphasize them and draw focus to them, especially with anime characters. The color depends on your hair color and skin tone. If you have blonde or red hair and light skin, you’ll want a medium brown pencil. If you have brown hair, and medium skin, a dark brown pencil will work. If your skin is dark and your hair is dark, a black pencil is best.
You can also match your pencil to your wig color... Like if your wearing a blue wig, you might want to wear a slightly darker shade of blue liner.
You can also use a pencil to fill in your eyebrows.
These come in pencils, liquids and gels. Pencils are easiest to learn, though they take some getting used to.
Lip color: You don’t want to forget your mouth. Guys, try to find a matte shade (meaning no shimmer or sparkle or gloss) that’s close to your lip color. Girls, go for a natural color, but you can get away with a shimmer, or a gloss.
Cheek color: You want to have on a little bit of blush, unless you’re character is dead or a robot or something. Guys here you don’t wanna pick anything too bright or pink... Unless it’s a part of your character, like playing a young boy.
Now that’s it for the essentials, but let’s take it to the next level... The next few products are optional, but will help to give you a better result.
Highlight and Shadow: These are essential if you want to use makeup to change the appearance of your features. You can narrow and slim your face, change the shape of your nose, make your eyes look bigger... All kinds of cool things.
You can even use the same type of makeup as your foundation, just in different colors. Your highlight should be 4 or 5 shades lighter than your foundation and the shadow should be 4 or 5 shades darker.
Lip pencil: If you plan on changing the shape of your mouth, you’ll want a lip pencil in a natural color. It’ll also help your lipstick stay on longer.
Concealer: Concealer is fantastic for covering any problem areas that your foundation isn’t covering... Like dark circles under your eyes, blemishes, beard stubble...
Tools: You can also get things like makeup sponges and brushes, but they aren’t necessary if you’re just using your makeup on your own face. However if you’re sharing makeup, or putting it on others, you’ll definitely want to get some brushes and sponges.
It’ll also depend on what kind of makeup you’re using.
So that’s it, your basic makeup kit. Stay tuned for more.
Makeup and More to come!