View Full Version : Slightly shimmery/pearly foundation - yay or nay?

04-09-2004, 01:13 AM
Do you think that it is a goood idea to use a foundation with a slight shimmer or pearl base when you cosplay (especially with characters from shoujo anime/manga)? Will it turn out looking crappy in photos? And any brand recommendation?

04-09-2004, 02:17 AM
First I just wanna say you did a great job on your tutorial!

As for using a shimmery base, unless you're going for a really dramatic, etherial, or j-rock look, I wouldn't recommend it. "Pearly" makeups tend to have a white or blue/purple hue that will make your face look unnaturally pale, especialy in pictures. Shimmery or sparkly makeup should be used to emphasize specific features, for instance using shiny gloss to make your lips appear larger or pearly shadow to make your eyes pop. Using a base that is too shimmery will overwhelm your features and could make them look patchy and uneven.

If you're going for a "glowy" look, I'd recommend using a nice pink or peach and blush for a fresh-faced dewy appearance or bronzer for a sun-kissed look. But neither of these (bronzer in particular) should be restricted only to the face, lest you look like you're wearing a mask.

In general I find that shimmery loose powders produce a much nicer effect than liquid or pressed foundation with shimmer. I know Bath & Body Works had a loose powder line for a while with gold-toned shimmery powders (both flesh toned and bronzer). These were very subtle and looked pretty in person. I doubt that they'd show up much in pictures, but at least that wouldn't make you look washed out. I imagine if a shimmer foundation is obvious enough to show up in pictures it's not subtle enough to produce an even effect in photos.

Of course, all this is assuming that what you're going for is a more natural look. I'm not very experienced in dramatic j-rock style makeup. If that's what you're looking for, you'd certainly know more than I how to acheive that effect. ^_~

04-09-2004, 07:18 PM

Shimmery foundations are just a nightmare waiting to happen...

04-13-2004, 02:45 AM
Shine or shimmer in the face easily translates to looking greasy in photos. It can also emphasize uneven skintone or large pores.

In real life, some shine or shimmer in foundation will make the base look more natural (less pancaked on and matte) but in photos you have to be careful because it will reflect camera flashes (although some bases do this anyway due to SPF) and make you appear greasy. What you think looks OK in real life, may turn out to be a shiny mess in a photo.

That's not to say you can't use shimmer in photos, just be restrained: less is more. And restrict it to areas like tops of cheekbones etc where the light naturally hits your face, and on eyes, or on lips.

If you want to mix an illuminator with your foundation, look for products with a polished soft shimmer finish, and not chunky glitter. Becca Cosmetics makes a good one: Shimmering Skin Perfector, which comes in silver, gold and pearl - you just mix a small amount into your foundation. I would still powder as usual, which mattes down the shine a bit, but as your natural oils come through it won't look too greasy on camera.

04-13-2004, 05:30 PM
I have a sheer pinkish shimmer foundation and I use it for certain costumes. However I don't use it everywhere, as a lot of shimmer tends to overwhelm your features. I use it on my cheekbones and browbones and that tends to work quite well. You still get the dewy look, but it's more subtle. Of course I also have extremely pale skin, so I have no idea what it would look like on darker skin types.


04-14-2004, 11:00 AM
Do you mean shimmery as in glittery or light-reflecting pigments? I almost always use Estee Lauder's Spotlight (http://www.esteelauder.com/templates/products/sp_nonshaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY5868&PRODUCT_ID=PROD1684) (which falls into the "light-reflecting" category) mixed with my moisturizer to create nice even-toned glowing skin. It doesn't mask my skin or make it glittery in any way. I rarely use powder or foundation but I always use concealer; I've found that Spotlight photographs extremely well. The Revlon Skinlights line (http://www.revlon.com/brandcollection.asp?brandid=197) also comes highly recommended. I have used it on several of my clients with great results and my friends are also satisfied Skinlights customers.

In photographs, light is absorbed by natural, make-up free skin. When you cover your face with foundation or heavy powder, light will bounce off the makeup which then causes your face to appear as a different color from your neckline. To prevent this two-tone effect, lightly dust translucent powder on your neckline/throat before your photograph(s).

04-14-2004, 09:51 PM
I'm glad to hear good things about Revlon Skinlights. I was considering getting some of those products for some of my more "ethereal" costumes (and for prom, actually *laughs*) so it's good to hear they're worth the money. I tend to be a bit too pale for most brands of foundation (I usually use Maybelline's foundation, as I've found it comes a little paler than most) - do you think the Ivory foundation would work for me, or should I just go with a Skinlights powder and stick to my usual foundation? I tried another form of Revlon foundation a while back in the Ivory (that is, the palest one available) and it was a bit too tan.