View Full Version : Makeup and age..hmm?
03-29-2004, 12:23 AM
I'm really young..yeah - -..But I'm really tall, and I've been complimented on how much older I look when wearing makeup..so, even though my cosplay doesn't call for it, should I wear makeup to change my age? It's a 6 year difference between me and the character..It's just that my eyes make me look older, so it could be a light line of brown or something..If I should, what color should it be? I'm a really pale yellow-pink.. x.x I'm hopeless.. :hafha:
03-29-2004, 03:15 AM
If there's one thing that makes me sad is when young girls put on too much make-up to try to look older. I would suggest just using a well-matching powder on your face and maybe a little eyeliner and lipgloss just so you look glowingly wonderful in your photos... I'm sure you look great without make-up anyway! =)
03-29-2004, 10:57 AM
Most people have a natural yellow undertone in their skin unless they are extremely pale or dark-skinned. If your cosplay does not call for make-up (and most do not), I recommend the basics for a natural look. I don't like to advocate cosmetics on young women but I do believe that you're never too young to start a skin-care routine.
Cleanse your skin and follow with an exfoliating scrub. Rinse and apply an alcohol-free toner/astringent; apply any topical acne products as needed. Follow with a corresponding oil-free moisturizer with SPF; I recommend the Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer w/ SPF 30 (http://www.neutrogena.com/ProductsDetails.asp?ID=134) (sheer tint or untinted formula available). Follow it up with some eye cream if necessary.
If you have blemishes and/or undereye circles, apply a yellow-based, oil-free creme concealer with a concealer brush sparingly to the corresponding areas and blend well. Skip the powder & foundation.
After your skin is properly prepped and moisturized, you can add a subtle flush of color with a tiny bit of creme/gel blush (http://www.neutrogena.com/CosmeticsDetails.asp?ID=163). Cremes & gels impart a much more natural and transparent look; the color looks as though it's coming from within and not caked on top of your skin. Best of all, you can use the same product for your lips & cheeks!
Shape your brows accordingly and lightly fill any sparse spots with brow powder (pencils look too harsh); set into place with a clear mascara. Eyedrops always help as does curling the eyelashes to achieve a bright-eyed appearance. If you have dark eyelids, use a matte skintone eyeshadow, applied from the lash base to the eyebrow and blend with your fingertips. I've used a white eyeliner to brighten the inside rim of the lower eyelid but forgo eyeliner unless your character calls for it. Curl your eyelashes and if necessary, a natural lash tint (http://www.revlon.com/product.asp?ProductID=24135&Mode=catalog) can be used for definition.
If your lips are chapped, buff them lightly with a wet toothbrush and then apply clear lip balm; a sheer tint (http://www.neutrogena.com/CosmeticsDetails.asp?ID=163) can be added over the lip balm.
This may sound like a million different steps & products but this is all I use for everyday life and for most of my cosplay. It will impart a polished but natural appearance which is age appropriate and timeless. Besides, you should enjoy those your beautiful youthful skin while it lasts! :)
04-08-2004, 05:47 PM
As I say about a lot of things: less is more. If you just wear red lipstick and no other makeup, you will look very sophisticated. The key word here isn't older, it's more sophisticated. I'm not big on makeup myself, of course and I would warn against using too much in any circumstance (unless you are on stage and the lighting requires more make up).