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Starry Sky Character References (part 4)

Aozora Hayato

CV. Hirakawa Daisuke
Sign. Virgo

The vice president of the student council. He wears his uniform in the style of a true honor student. His hair is a nuanced blend of colors with a pink undertone. The wig is the trickiest part of this costume.

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Mizushima Iku

CV. Yusa Kouji
Sign. Gemini

A university student completing his teaching practicum at Hoshizuki Academy. His retro-style suit has some dramatic trims! His bolero tie is reversable ~ one side is blue and the other is red.

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Haruki Naoshi

CV. Kishio Daisuke
Sign. Leo

The teacher in charge of the main character's class. He wears a varsity jacket with red, yellow and green trim. The top of his shoulders and arms have a strip of white, so be careful to achieve the right balance.

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Kinose Azusa

CV. Fukuyama Jun
Sign. Saggitarius

A talented newcomer to the kyuudo club. He wears his uniform according to the standard. He has a bit of a bowl cut, with only the very back and his sidelocks falling past his collar.

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Miyaji Ryuunosuke

CV. Kamiya Hiroshi
Sign. Scorpio

Second-in-command in the kyuudo club. His shirt is closed only at the center. He wears a dark red shirt underneath. He wears heeled loafers.

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Hoshizuki Kotarou

CV. Ishida Akira
Sign. Libra

The school nurse. He wears a beige V-neck sweater and a white lab coat. The stole he wears around his shoulders is purple and blue with gradation.

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Basic Techniques for Masculine Makeup: Characters with Facial Hair

ex. Isao Kondo, Gintama

It's not going to look right if you just pencil on some facial hair. It's important to balance the look with good base makeup too. Using foundation will even your skin-tone and create a better base for masculine shadowing.



Step 1 ~ Darker Foundation

Generally speaking, it's best to use a liquid foundation just a bit darker than your own skin tone for male characters. Be sure to blend the foundation into your neck as well so you don't end up with two different skin tones. Eyebrow makeup is also extremely important. In order to make a normally femenine face appear more masculine you should shave or erase your natural brows so that you can draw closer, more aggressively slanted eyebrows in their place. Of course, the ultimate look should be dictated by your own character references, but must masculine characters have thicker, darker brows than their female counterparts.

Step 2 ~ Try to Achieve a Cool Look with your Base Makeup

In order to make sure your liquid foundation removes redness, choose a matte type with quite a bit of coverage. Begin with the forehead, cheeks, and chin, spreading outward toward the sides of your face. This gives you a good base for highlighter, nose shadow and other shadows to create a more masculine appearance.

Step 3 ~ Use a Highlighter to Bring Out Natural Manliness

In order to achieve a more masculine appearance, highlight your T-zone and the ridge of your nose with wide strokes. Use a stick concealer or a lighter foundation than your base for a natural finish. For older or more masculine characters, don't conceal dark undereye circles, instead we're going to emphasize them. At this point, you should also use concealer to cover any blemishes that might be bothering you.

Step 4 ~ Shadow With Foundation 2 Tones Darker

Use foundation 2 shades darker than your own to shadow and create hollows. Unlike the round features of women, men tend to be more angular. Try to create a squarer forehead through shadowing. It's also a good idea to shade the underside of your cheeks to the jawline to remove some of the femenine curve and fullness. You can always add more shadows after the finishing powder, so don't overdo it!

Step 5 ~ Eyebrows Are the Key to Manliness

Women tend to have eyebrows that are wide set and arch away from the eye as they rise. Men, on the other hand, have a narrower brow gap and brows that lie a bit closer to the eyeline. Find the innermost point of your own natural brows and use a brow pencil to define the edge, squaring it off a bit. Then use straight lines to draw in your brows, avoid curves as much as possible. The gap between the brows should appear to be narrower than usual. Do your best to cover your own brows with concealer if they don't match the look you want to achieve.

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Basic Techniques for Masculine Makeup: Characters with Facial Hair (part 2)

Step 6 ~ Apply Nose Shadow

Apply a beige shadow at the base of the nose from the corner of the eye to the top of the flare of your nostrils. Don't use too much or it will look unnatural.

Step 7 ~ Use Character Appropriate Eye Makeup

Mens' eyebrows are set closer to their eyes and have less space between them. Line both eyes completely from the tear ducts outward with the lower line thicker than the top. Use thick, straight, long lines and connect the top and bottom lines at a slight upward slant past your natural eyeline for a narrow, aggressive look. Define and thicken the lower line at the inner corner with a pencil liner.

Step 8 ~ Dark Circles and Sideburns

To create more definition, use nose shadow to bring out the hollows under your eyes (or create them, if you don't have any). Then use eye shadow and nose shadows to create the illusion of sideburns and to blend your own hairline more naturally with that of your wig. Be careful not to use too much. Ideally, most of your hair effects should be achieved with the wig itself. The makeup is just to create balance.

Step 9 ~ Use Mascara for a Realistic Beard

This trick won't work for beards with volume or length, but it's perfect for characters with stubble. Use a grey eyeshadow as a base and rub it onto your chin with the pad of a finger. Then use a volume-type mascara to create the illusion of stubble. Be careful not to smudge the mascara. Dry completely and set the makeup with a very lightweight finishing powder.

Step 10 ~ Mute the Color in Your Lips
Full, red lips look womanly, so use a concealer to take the redness out of your lips and use lipliner in a neutral tone applied in a thin, straight line. Choose matte colors in light browns or beiges without glosses or glitters.

Finished!!

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Dibs on Aquarius or Libra if we ever whip these guys out~! And you need to do one on getting rid of redness in the face for your next translation!
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Hatsune Miku's Makeup
If your wig and costume are perfect, why not polish it off with the perfect makeup? This youthful, subdued application matches Miku's design perfectly. How about giving it a go?



There's a detailed description for each part
Every character calls for a different look and a different sort of makeup application. Even so, do you often find yourself with the same two or three looks? If so, you're not alone. That's why we've included detailed step-by-step instructions for a unique look that replicates Miku's original character art almost perfectly!

Natural makeup for a wide-eyed appearance, eyebrows to match your wig, natural red cheeks and lipgloss make for 4-point perfection in this fresh, young idol application.

Fundimentals!
If you take nothing else away, let it be this!!

Basic Base Makeup
Before applying makeup to each individual area, you need to prepare your face. Base makeup will not only give you a more even complexion, but it can correct discoloration, moisturize and protect your skin from the sun. Whenever you'll be wearing a lot of makeup, it's important to apply a base as well.

Sunscreen/Protective Base
Outdoor events really require something to block UV rays. Even in the winter, exposure to the sun over long periods of time can damage your skin. It's best to get in the habit of applying UV protection every time you wear makeup.

Liquid Foundation
For long wear, liquid foundation is ideal. It offers more coverage than powder foundations and doesn't dry your skin as easily. It's best to choose a type that will quickly and easily cover your whole face.

Concealer
When covering up pinpoint trouble spots like moles and dark circles, concealer is a must. Remember not to blend or rub on concealer, instead pat it into place with the pad of your index finger.

Face Powder
Liquid makeups, especially concealers, tend to fade and rub off with extended wear. To minimalize this, finish your base makeup with a light application of powder. There are quite a few powders designed to be gentle on the skin.

Highlighter
Highlighter helps brind definition to bone structure and brightness to your T and U zones. White shadows or finishing powders with a pearl finish work nicely, but apply sparingly with a large brush for the most natural look.

Eye Makeup
In order to capture the natural power of Miku's eyes, we need a restrained, colorless look. Be careful on the eyeline to avoid blurring or smudging.


Step 1 ~ Eyeshadow Base
Use an ivory pearl-finish shadow as a base and apply it to the entire hollow of the eye. Use a large brush for the most natural look.
Step 2 ~ Pencil Liner
In order to create a gentle impression, extend the eyeline only slightly upward at the outer corner. Don't circle the whole eye: instead, line the top lid completely and the outer third of the lower lid.


Step 3 ~ Brown Shadow
Beginning at the eyeline, shadow to the center of the eyehole and the outer corner of the eye as-shown. Use gradation shadows for a cleaner look.
Step 4 ~ Liquid Liner (top)
To sharpen and define the eyeline, line the lash-line carefully with liquid liner.


Step 5 ~ Liquid Liner (bottom)
Line the bottom lash line (1/2) as well. Join the line with the top in a cute corner.
Step 6 ~ Lengthening Mascara (top)
Apply lengthening-type mascara heavily to the upper lashes. Using a slightly finer application brush will give you less in the way of clumping. Repeat until the lashes are completely coated.


Step 7 ~ Lengthening Mascara (bottom)
Use the very tip of the brush to apply mascara to the lower lashes as well. Be careful and try to proceed with the image of handling each lash one by one. Coat the lashes all the way to your tear duct.
Step 8 ~ False Lashes
The last touch is applying some simple, straight false lashes. You want them to look as natural as possible, so we'll stick with just one lash on the top this time.


Your dolly-eye is complete<3

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Hatsune Miku's Makeup (part 2)

Eyebrow Makeup
When wearing colorful wigs, it's most important to erase your own brows and replace them with a color that will compliment your new hair-color!! Here's just one technique for erasing and replacing brows.


Step 1 ~ Concealer
First, use a screw-type brush to apply concealer the same color as your skin. It's best to trim down your eyebrows as much as humanly possible before attempting the trick for the best results.
Step 2 ~ Face Powder
Use a skin-colored face powder to pat down over the wet concealer on your eyebrows. The powder will stick to your eyebrows and erase them more cleanly.
Step 3 ~ Powder Brows
Choose a transparent eyeshadow, one that will blend more naturally with your own skin tone in a color that matches your wig to draw your new brows. Mix just a little bit of opaque grey for a more natural look.

Your natural-looking eyebrows are finished!

Cheek Makeup
Your cheek makeup will look even brighter and more natural if you use two colors instead of one. So let's master rosy Miku cheeks!


Step 1 ~ Base Blush
Lightly dust your cheeks from the outside, inward with a light, transparent pink color. Pretend as though you're drawing an inverted "く".
Step 2 ~ Point Blush
Begin slightly under the top of your base blush and repeat the same pattern, albeit smaller and in a slightly darker, more noticeable blush.

Your gently blushing Miku-cheeks are finished<3

Lip Makeup
The main goal for this section is to erase some of the redness in your own lips. Red lips look mature and elegant so for characters who are young girls, it can almost be too much. Use this technique to tone your lips down and make them look young, innocent and natural.


Step 1 ~ Concealer
Use concealer on a sponge to stipple the edges of your lips and remove some of the color. You can use foundation for this trick as well.
Step 2 ~ Lip Gloss
Choose a light-colored lip gloss in a shade like baby-pink. Apply your gloss at the center and spread it outward with a brush. The effect should be a shiny gradation, with color spreading from the center outward.
Your baby-soft lips are finished!

Finished!!

Now nothing stands between you and the perfect makeup!

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Prop Tutorial: Kagamine Rin and Len Headsets
You guys liked the headset featured in vol. 24 so much that we got tons of requests for the tutorial. Well here it is!



When cosplaying over long periods of time or transporting props, it's nice to have materials that are lightweight but won't crush or fall apart in transport, right? Well this headset is designed around a kachusha (thin headband) and a wired ribbon for a stiff stand-up look. For Rin's headset, see the tutorial through to the end. Stopping at 9 will give you Len's. (though with a bit of color manipulation: you can do Miku and Luka's too!)

You'll Need:
-lionboard (craft foam, EVA board)
-stretch vinyl (white)
-G bond (glue)
-Hologram paper
-headband
-paperclay (white)
-wire (white)
-Ribbon piece (white)
-ribbon tie (white)

Step 1 ~ Cut the Lionboard

Using 3 mm (thickness) lionboard, cut out 2 sets like the ones shown above - ear back x2, ear front x2, long side strip x2, short side strip x2.

Step 2 ~ Stick on the Stretch Vinyl

Cover the surface of your cut pieces with the stretch vinyl using G-bond.

Step 3 ~ Stick The Paper on from Behind

Trace and cut the headset frontpiece pattern out of the hologram-paper. Spread glue on the back of your now-covered front-piece and then stick it to the face-up paper. If you want to use clear plastic sheeting or something similar, please go ahead. (not mentioned ~ but shown: there are two pieces of paper glued together to make the shape, the front is yellow and the back is silver.)

Step 4 ~ Assemble the Sides of the Headphones

After the side parts have been covered with vinyl (while they're still wet), bend them to fit the curve of the headphones. Glue them to the front piece on the sides and hold them a bit while they dry to be sure they keep their shape.

Step 5 ~ Assemble the Headband

Cut a strip of lionboard about twice the width of the side pieces you cut in step 1 and cover it with vinyl before bending it to the curve of your headband and gluing it into place. Hold the pieces a bit while they dry.

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Prop Tutorial: Kagamine Rin and Len Headsets (part 2)

Step 6 ~ Attatch the Headband

Use G-bond to glue the headphone piece you made in #4 to the covered headband.

Step 7 ~ Make the Microphone

Use paperclay to mold the mic shape and wrap it tightly in the stretch vinyl.

Step 8 ~ Attatch the Mic with White Wire

Poke a hole in the paperclay with some wire, remove the wire once and fill the hole with glue. Stick the wire back inside and allow to dry completely.

Step 9 ~ Complete the Ear Parts

Secure the mic wire to the back of the left earpiece and dry completely. Then close the earpiece up by gluring the back and sides together with G-bond.

Step 10 ~ Attatch Wire to the Ribbon Base

Before sewing your ribbon pattern pieces together, layer some wire in the center (back side) of one piece as shown. Then attatch a layer of tulle trim in the same place on the other piece before sewing the ribbon shut.

Step 11 ~ Attatch the Ribbon to the Headphones

Use a machine stitch to finish your ribbon, then gather it as-shown and use a small finished piece of fabric to attatch it to the base and act as the ribbon's tie. Hand-sew to finish!!

Have a look at the completed headset here.

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20 Popular Set Poses
NOTE: The following is a showcase of set-poses from Cosplayer's Archive. I'm afraid my familiarity with some of the characters and series have a huge effect on my ability to accurately translate the captions (quite a lot of which as in-jokes or references to shows I've never seen). In some places the translations are sketchy, I apologize. The descriptions have also been altered to be intructional rather than just anecdotal.

1. Battle Scene

Series: Final Fantasy VERSUS13
Cosplayer: Setsugekka
Notes: The photo was a lucky shot in typhoon-like circumstances. With weather too poor to shoot normal photos, battle poses were the only recourse. As long as your wig holds up under the abuse, going out in the storm might give you great photos.

2. Doll Pose

Series: Rozen Maiden
Cosplayer: Ayakayou
Notes: Letting your limbs hang limp gives you a doll-like look. Imagine you're a doll left on a bed in someone's bedroom, still and lifeless.

3. Bang!

Series: Katekyoshi Hitman REBORN!
Cosplayer: Miura
Notes: Imagine you're turning your gun on Lambo as his most annoying and mouth the word "BANG!" You'll get a perfect shot (in more ways than one).

4. Clutch! lol

Series: ONE PIECE
Cosplayer: Yuuna
Notes: This was taken at a Luffy birthday celebration at ATC. Why not get things started with a little "CLUTCH!" (laughter) ?

5. Flashing CD Pose

Series: VOCALOID
Cosplayer: Tachibana Rira
Notes: CDs and Vocaloids are inseperable, so this reclining side pose was a no-brainer! The CDs on the floor are another common trick.

6. "I'll Do It"

Series: VitaminX
Cosplayer: Akeboshi
Notes: This pose comes right out of the game. With this character, it's really the only pose that's a must! Try to twist your hips around to get a curvier sillouette.

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20 Popular Set Poses (part 2)

7. It's Cold and I'm All Wet!

Series: Macross Frontier
Cosplayer: Ouka
Notes: A reenactment of the scene where Ranka and Alto first meet. It's difficult to see in this particular picture, but there's a fine, driving rain in the background.

8. . . . . .

Series: Fatal Frame ~ zero project ~
Cosplayer: Aragaki Mone
Notes: This is the older brother of the main character in Fatal Frame. The picture's pretty simple and character is a rare one, but this old camera was too great a prop to pass up.

9. You're the criminal!

Series: Majin Tantei Nougami Nuero
Cosplayer: Shinkai Ayumu
Notes: Another series-specific pose. This "You're the criminal!" moment should be familiar to any fan of Majin Tantei Nougami Nuero.

10. Ready to go!

Series: Sengoku Musou
Cosplayer: Idachi Tsuchirou
Notes: This lucky guy was at a location shoot event and borrowed the horse. Putting on a determined face as if heading off for battle and shouldering his huge sword, he looks quite impressive.

11. You want something else?

Series: Gundam Seed Destiny
Cosplayer: Rion
Notes: This cosplayer had been taking photos with a group when she took off her heels for some down-time. A clever friend decided to turn it into this winning pose. It's almost as if Lacus is staring down Asuran after a long recording session ~ "You want anything else?"

12. A spell to make you feel better!

Series: Axis Powers Hetalia
Cosplayer: Shirose Kanato
Notes: This cosplayer tried to use her magic on the whole camera lense. Outstretched arms can have quite an impact.

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20 Popular Set Poses (part 3)

13. We'll revolutionize the world even now, with our eternal power

Series: Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Cosplayer: Rie and RIE
Notes: This is a pose for two. This was a really quick 10 second pair pose, but with a lot of different shots even impromptu pair posing can yeild some great results.

14. The Front Piece of Comic #1

Series: Shikabane Hime
Cosplayer: Iori
Notes: This pose comes from volume 1 of the Shikabane Hime comics. The gun was used to cover any naughty bits that might be shown by the leg that's raised for a dynamic, but not embarassing look. If you aren't careful with poses like this, you'll give the whole world a show. Beware of panty-shots!

15. The Dancho Appears!

Series: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu
Cosplayer: Kuuya
Notes: Believe it or not, this was Kuuya's first official cosplay. She's only participated in two events, but she still managed to pull off this killer Haruhi pose.

16. The Head of Vector Promotion

Series: Macross Frontier
Cosplayer: Ashitaka
Notes: "Ranka-chan............., haa, haa........... I've got news. Big news!! They said they want to use the song you sang as the main theme!!"

17. From Heaven to Earth ~ Battle Mode All the Way?

Series: Sengoku BASARA
Cosplayer: Aotsuki Tsukasa
Notes: When asked to pose in the image of the character, this is what immediately popped to mind. But having both arms spread so wide in opposite directions apparently hurt. Be careful, contortionists ^^

18. "A Tea Shop You Say?"

Series: Gintama
Cosplayer: Todou Asuka
Notes: This was taken at a real tea shop. With the image of Gin-san's favorite sweets in mind, Asuka posed against the candy-colored walls. The goggles and wig were brand new and really made the difference in this shoot.

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20 Popular Set Poses (part 4)

19. "Six Illusionary Blades~~~~!!!"

Series: D.Gray-man
Cosplayer: Ouka
Notes: This picture was thanks to direction from a friend. The next day her calves hurt like crazy. But hey, sometimes great posing hurts.....

20. "Dajarenjaa Rainbow~"

Series: The Plan9
Cosplayer: Ane Grandioon
Notes: The Plan 9 was popular for a little while about 5 years ago. The watch on her arm is stopped at 2 o-clock ~ "ni-ji" (niji = rainbow) so "Dajarenjaa Rainbo!" (laugh)

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Removing Makeup

-Using something like cold cream is the easiest solution. You can find it at any drug store. Just spread it all over your face and then use tissues or an old washcloth to remove your makeup. It's pretty easy on your skin.

-If you're wearing waterproof makeup or something that won't come off with regular cleansing sheets, try baby oil and three sheets of cotton.

1) Cover the cotton liberally with baby oil and rub it on your face.
2) The oil will soon saturate the makeup, so you can remove it immediately by rubbing the cotton gently over your skin. When one cotton pad becomes covered in makeup, switch to a clean one. It usually takes about three pads to remove one application of cosplay makeup.
3) This process should remove regular-wear makeup easily ~ though if you're wearing particularly resistand waterproof eye makeup, you may need to repeat the process a few times more carefully in the eye area for a clean removal.

-If you're concerned about your skin and budget is no object, it may be best to purchase a professionally-made makeup removal solution. Using these products with cotton, q-tips and moist tissues will get you the best results with the least rubbing (the more friction your removal requires, the worse it is for your skin). Some brands can even remove all of your makeup in just one pass. You can find a wide variety of removers at drug and department stores.

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Makeup Tutorial: Sharp Faces (Rokudo Mukuro)



"Sharp" characters have very defined features. Generally speaking, women have round features, so we need to use cosmestics to appear more angular. Be careful not to overdo it so as not to appear unnatural.


Step 1 ~ Apply a Base of Dark Foundation


Using a foundation slightly darker than your own skin tone, crate a base for your male character makeup. Begin by applying foundation to the forehead, shin and cheeks then spread the makeup onto your skin fanning outward toward the edges of your face. Be careful not to rub too roughly or your base will become rough and your skin may be damaged. To avoid an unnatural difference in skin tone between your face and neck, blend some foundation into your neck as well.

Step 2 ~ Add Highlighter for a Sharper Face



In order to emphasize the peaks in your face, add highlighter to your T-zone. It's easiest to use a stick concealer as a highlighter, but you can also use foundation a shade or two lighter than your base. Add highlighter to the area above both brows to the forehead and down the ridge of your nose. Begin with highlighter in the area just above the brows and blend upward for the most natural transition. For this particular character, highlight in a thin, rectangular strip only to the top of the end of your nose.

Step 3 ~ Use Concealer to Finish Your Base



When you're satisfied with the coverage and finish of your foundation and the placement of your highlights, use concealer to erase any blemishes and touch up highlights that are weak or undefined. There are all kinds of concealers ~ liquid, stick and pencil types but the easiest to control for spot cover and touch-ups is the pencil type. The thinner the better!

Step 4 ~ Set Your Base with Powder Foundation



Once you've completed the coverage of your base with concealer, use a powder foundation to set your makeup. For the sharpest look, it's best to use two different powders ~ one lighter and one darker. Use the light powder to set the base makeup all over your face, then line the lower-set areas of your face with the darker powder to create the illusion of depth.

Step 5 ~ Alter Your Eyebrows to a Narrow, Straight Slant



In order to create a more masculine look with less space between the eyes and eyebrows, use a heavy concealer to cover your own brows and begin drawing new brows closer to your eyes. Draw in dark, bold strokes for sharp, straight lines. If your own eyebrows are set nearer to your eyes, you can erase only a portion of your brows and use brow pencil to alter their shape.

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Makeup Tutorial: Sharp Faces (Rokudo Mukuro) (part 2)

Step 6 ~ Create a Natural Beige Lip



Use concealer to take the redness from your lips and remove the original border between your lips and skin. Then, using a neutral beige lipstick, draw a narrower lip in a straightish shape. Avoid pearl-finish, glosses and metallics, opting instead for a muted matte finish.

Step 7 ~ Use Eye Makeup to Enlongate Your Eyes



Line the top and bottom of your eyes. Use eye glue or eye-tape to create a double-fold over your eyes. When lining the eyes, extend the line beyond the natural outer corner of your eye for a longer look. Draw the bottom line as straight as possible for a sharper look. Avoid rounded lines and corners. Gently dust brown eyeshadow near your upper eyeline to create a natural gradient and emphasize the eyes. Be careful not to overdo the eye makeup ~ too much makeup can actually make your eyes appear to be smaller.

Step 8 ~ Add Finishing Shadows and Highlights to Sharpen the Look



Use eyeshadow or nose shadow to define the area between your nose and the corner of your eyes. Use straight, angular lines when shadowing for a shaper look. Then use a white pencil to color the area around your tear ducts. Use a light, pearl-finish white shadow under the orbit of the eye for a bit of punch. For an even sharper look, try tilting the outer corners of your eyeline slightly upward.

Fake Blood Alternative
It's like real blood tears are flowing!



Fake blood is prohibited at most events (because it can ruin others' costumes), but you can't get the same effect out of paint and makeup. There has to be another way!! Our tip: try red nailpolish! The texture is more bloodlike than paint and it's easy to get drips and splatters.

(Just splatter the nailpolish on a clearfile or transparent sticker sheet and let it dry. The pieces can then be peeled off and attatched with eyelash glue or cut into stickers and stuck to your skin.)

The finished look:





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