View Full Version : Help with decided what to use for make-up

07-28-2004, 12:58 PM
ooh..you clicked...

I'm cosplay my living dead doll revenant and she has a mass ammount of "black veins" on her face and neck. My sister thinks i should use blank eye liner but i'm not too sure that it will stay on for a long ammounts of time.

Any suggestions?


07-28-2004, 01:38 PM
Go to your local costume/theatre supply store, and check out their supply of stage makeup. You will want to buy a very pale/white base (you'll probably want something oil based like Ben Nye, since you'll want to be able to blend the lines for the veins a bit) a clear loose sealing powder, a large blush brush (get this at the drugstore) and black makeup on a pallet (don't get the stuff in "crayon form". If you plan on doing more costumes with heavy makeup, you might want to invest in a color wheel (it's a godsend for me) -they aren't too expensive. Apply the base to your face, ears, and neck- wherever your skin will be showing. I'd use normal liquid eyeliner to line your eyes, but use the black makeup to do the veins, and the lips (since most black lipsticks I've encountered usually suck, though Hot Topic stores sell this one brand of good black lipstick- though I can't remember what it's called). When you'r'e finished, seal EVERYTHING with the loose powder- make sure you press the powder into the makeup, not "fluff" it. You're face should be kinda powdery now- so use the giant blush brush to dust off any remainding powder. Hopefully this helps.

07-28-2004, 10:02 PM
Not quite sure what you mean...

but have a look at the pic I've attached. The black design was done using MAC's Creme Eyeliner in Black. It comes in a pot and you need a wet brush to apply it, but it stays on very well and doesn't smudge once it's set.

07-28-2004, 11:32 PM
I myself have had poor results fom MAC Creme liner because it smudges a lot on me.

Pencils wouldn't be a bad choice - but it depends on how thick a line you want to draw on. You'd want a fairly hard pencil (like a brow pencil) if you want a crisp line. Or even a liquid eyeliner. It should last better on your face than on your eyes because when you blink, there is friction, so you'd be OK if you don't touch your face. Also make sure you have powdered down your foundation well and avoid too heavy a moisturiser, as sweat and moisture can break down the eyeliner.

You can also get sealants like Benetint, but I feel they leave a bit of a film.

If you'd like to go with a potted eyeliner similar to MAC creme liner, then go for Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners instead, as the longevity is much better. You can also vary the line widths by changing what brush you use to apply.

07-29-2004, 12:27 AM
^_^; Thanks guys. Some of the words you used made me go "huh?" since i nenver wear make-up or go near it really...

I think i'll use the stage make-up if it doesn't coast me alot of money (i'm a bit slim on the cash at the moment) so i think i'l do a combaination of what all was suggested.

07-29-2004, 12:34 AM
You can get Ben Nye starter kits that contain just about everything you need for about $10-12. You might need to get the white base separately since the kits come with flesh tone base, though talk to the retailer, often times you can swap colors, to get the exact color combo you need.

07-29-2004, 04:24 PM
*nods* ok, i'll see if i can find one. Your so helpful. :)