View Full Version : Opinions on cosplay makeup

07-27-2004, 06:45 PM
Makeup. I thought I should start this discussion. ^^:
How much or how little is appropriate? Do you think that someone should glop it on like a dancer or go comando with bare skin?

And...what brands of makeup do you use? What lotions or face cleansors are the best to keep your oh-so-often-photographed face clean? XD

Right now I'm actually being paid to try out Johnson&Johnson's new Clean and Clear face clensor, and it's actually pretty good. My makeup is usually from Maybelline...The colors and selection are wonderful ^_^

And now that I think about it...Stage makeup! How experienced are you in it? We spent about a month on it in theater arts class, but I think it would be exciting to take an entire course on it....Does anyone have this as a career?

07-27-2004, 07:12 PM
Well, I am a makeup artist and esthetician(skincare specialist) and am very interested in makeup and cosplay. I am trying to get confirmation on running a panel at anime iowa to teach how to apply makeup to enhance cosplaying.

I feel that it really pulls a costume together, makes you look better in photographs and is an absolute must if you are hitting the stage. Apply appropriatly for each occassion, too. Like, hall cosplay doesn't require stage application, but a nice fashion application, maybe a bit overdone(like an evening style application) can really enhance things.

If you need some good advice or want to read what others say about makeup and cosplay, check out the whole section of the boards dedicated to it. There's alot of interesting topics there.

07-27-2004, 08:07 PM
I say try to make yourself look like the character. If you feel compelled to wear makeup, wear what you need to feel comfortable for photos. But, less is more in my book.

07-27-2004, 08:30 PM
Make-up is important if you want to look nice in photos. No matter how perfect your skin is, once that flash hits you, it's all over. Make-up really brings a costume together and makes it look whole. Otherwise sometimes you end up looking like some person in a well made *insert character name* costume instead of the character.

I'm pretty sure there are some threads about make-up application on this forum somewhere.

I could go on for ages about make-up, but I won't since I think it's been done :)

07-27-2004, 08:53 PM
You definitely need some make-up. Not only does it even out your skin tone (and help conceal undereye circles), but it also helps bring some color so that you do not look washed out.

Personally, I like Revlon products. I am not allergic to them, they are not tested on animals, they are affordable, and they come in a great palette of colors for all complexions. I do use a Clinique foundation since it was matched to my exact skin color. I usually keep the same colors for eyeshadow (I have a set of four so I can use different combinations), blusher, and eyeliner; but do have a few lipstick shades that I use according to the character's clothes.

07-27-2004, 09:38 PM
In most cases I think it's not necessary to wear a ton of makeup unless you're actually planning to go onstage and want to be visible. It seems like many anime characters would be best with a natural look, so I think ordinary "natural" style makeup would be best. But in the case of a natural-looking character I think it would also be okay not to wear any makeup. It wouldn't look as good in photographs but it's not a big deal.

However when it comes to visual kei cosplay, I don't think there's any excuse not to wear makeup because it's such an important part of the costume. Hair and makeup is such a big part of the visual kei look that if you assemble a group of cosplayers who've done that part well, they'll give a good impression of the band even if they're only wearing plain black suits instead of the fancy costumes. I'm sorry to say it because I know it sounds harsh, but I think if one isn't going to wear the makeup one might as well not do visual kei cosplay at all. There are plenty of other kinds of costume that don't have important makeup and won't look bad without it.

07-27-2004, 10:00 PM
Kya I didnt know they started a whole makeup forum here...I havn't been here since February... >_< I guess I look pretty stupid. @_@

I agree with all of you too, it pulls it all together...
We might as well keep discussing I suppose ^^;

07-28-2004, 08:18 AM
i am and will forever be a MAC girl. they have such a variety of shades, especially when it comes to the eyeshadow. it's quality stuff (so worth the money) that's made for performing and such. my sister studies dance and when she performs that's what she uses and it looks wonderful even after all of the sweating. i think when things are caked on it's bad. it should be natural and if you don't know how to achieve that get some help. looking cheap and like plastic is never a good thing.

07-28-2004, 02:05 PM
For hall cosplay, I think it's important for everyone (including guys) to wear at least concealer and powder. I always carry loose clear powder along with me while at a convention so I can touch up periodically to reduce shine. Girls (unless they are playing guys, or more masculine girls) might want to consider wearing a clear or slightly colored lip gloss. Light, loose body glitter also can be a nice touch for those playing ďmagicalĒ characters. You donít want to go too heavy on makeup for hall cosplay for most characters.

However for masquerades, thatís an entirely different story, which most cosplayers donít seem to understand the concept. For cosplay on stage, it is absolutely necessary to wear at least basic stage makeup- base, eyeliner (for most people, dark brown works, unless you have dark skin, where youíll want to go with black) lipstick (even the guys- get a matte, natural colored lipstick) blush and powder. If you donít wear makeup on stage, your face will look washed out, and your eyes and lips will disappear (Youíll look like a ghost with a black hole for a mouth XD). Up close, stage makeup should look eccentric and overdone, but from far away, it will look natural, and allow people from far away to notice your facial features and expressions.

Iíve been acting for most of my life, so I have a pretty good background in basic stage makeup. Itís pretty easy to learn- I learned it mostly through trial and error, but there are plenty of websites online that can show you, if youíre interested. My favorite brand is aquacolor, since itís water based (I actually use the foundation for everyday wear, just because it covers so well, without feeling heavy XD) though I also use Ben Nye, since sometimes you need to use oil based products, to do makeup special effects.

07-28-2004, 10:10 PM
My brother uses Ben Nye...I dont remember what my theater arts teacher used, but I remember they where uber-expensive...like $40 per pallet of assorted makeup colors. Maybe it's not that bad consitering what you get out of it, but when we had about 10 per classroom, it was a lot to ask...

08-01-2004, 02:52 PM
My brother uses Ben Nye...I dont remember what my theater arts teacher used, but I remember they where uber-expensive...like $40 per pallet of assorted makeup colors. Maybe it's not that bad consitering what you get out of it, but when we had about 10 per classroom, it was a lot to ask...

As far as stage makeup goes, Ben Nye is very reasonable- you can get basic kits that contain everything you need for about $15. If you buy things individually, it's still very good- $7-9 for foundation, $9 for a color wheel and they last a very long time. Other brands like Aquacolor and Cinema Secrets are a bit more pricey, but for the quality you get and for how long it lasts (I had aquacolor base that lasted for about 5 years of frequent use!) it's well worth it.