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Seig Warheit
05-19-2004, 02:17 PM
I have no idea what to do. I have fairly tan skin, but I need to look more like an asian (I'm Italian, so you know how that goes). I don't want to look cheesy or all powdery either. I just want to have a decent looking complexion on my arms and face (the only parts that will be showing). Help, please? Thanks in advance.

megumibish
05-19-2004, 02:42 PM
Hmm, maybe try some theatrical makeup. Like Ben Nye. That particular brand is has very good coverage and with some powder over it it should look good. For facial makeup it is also best to contour it with some darker makeup like at the hair line and basically any place that actually recedes so your face doesn't look flat and unnatural.

Seig Warheit
05-19-2004, 04:05 PM
Gotcha! And where do you buy theatrical makeup?

megumibish
05-19-2004, 04:20 PM
hmm just do a search online or check in your area for costume shops and such. Ben Nye is a pretty big brand name line so it should be easy to find.

China-Lilly
05-19-2004, 06:50 PM
I wouldn't suggest going too much lighter as it will just look unnatural. Theatrical makeup tends to be very thick and opaque - so it won't be hard to go lighter, it will just be hard to blend away any demarcation (because you don't want a distinct line where your skin just changes colour).

Go a shade or two lighter in your foundation, preferably a sheer foundation so that it won't look cakey or thick (you can sheer a thicker foundation by using a damp sponge or mixing it with moisturiser), and then use a pale yellow powder to set it. Pale yellow powders suit most skins (unless you're really dark), but can also even your complexion to create an even, luminous finish so that it looks lighter. I know Ben Nye makes a pale yellow powder but I've never tried it, I use T LeClerc Banane powder.

However - I can't say how either theatrical makeup or normal makeup will wear on your arms as it is likely to rub off on clothing. I have heard of friends that apply a powder foundation with a damp sponge all over, and then when it is dry, buff it down with a cloth until all the excess comes off, but this was for photography.

alucard80
05-24-2004, 07:58 PM
i want to put a white foundation but i am black skinned so shoud i realy use white foundation pure white or if i just put a little shade it will look good cuz i want to make a make up as good as in visual kei bands like malice mizer mana, old dir en grey

Adrienne
05-24-2004, 08:22 PM
i want to put a white foundation but i am black skinned so shoud i realy use white foundation pure white or if i just put a little shade it will look good cuz i want to make a make up as good as in visual kei bands like malice mizer mana, old dir en grey

If you are cosplaying as someone who uses whiteface (such as Mana), I think it's fine to use either pure white foundation OR just a little shade -- I have seen both done on many different color skins. Shading is more difficult because you have to get the powder even all across your face. Pure white is easier and would be more accurate. White foundation with white powder over it will COMPLETELY cover your original skin tone. I have seen black cosplayers put this on their face, ears, and neck and then wear clothes to cover the rest of them (most Jrockers who have elaborate make up cover most of their body with clothing anyway, after all) and it looked fine to me. :)

Seig Warheit
05-31-2004, 06:58 PM
Hmmm..... interesting.... ok so I'm going to have to watch out for that line....