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Unread 04-16-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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Changing Skin Tone

EDIT:: Ack, just realized I posted this into the wrong section. I will move it just as soon as I figure out how.


I'm being Tetra from Wind Waker for a summer con this year (here is a reference of her:

I was just wondering if anyone knew of any good temporary spray tans or make-up to make my skin look tan for this character. Unfortunately I can't actually tan myself since I'm doing Zelda one of the days and she's very pale. I also don't want to make myself look too orange or have the make-up rub off a lot on my clothing. Any suggestions?

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Unread 04-18-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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If I were you, I'd just go with your skintone. I understand wanting to go for accuracy, but in many cases where I've seen people try tans with characters, they usually look terrible. If you do the costume well, people should know who you are.

I generally prefer to steer people away from spray-tans simply because you run a really good risk of it not turning out as well as it should. I've also seen more cases than not of such things not photographing well.
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Unread 04-21-2012, 06:02 AM   #3
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well dear I got something for you
my favorite cosplayers aicosu done a tutorial how to change your skin tone, they done one of a character from dragon age and it looks amazing and the price is very cheep. Drug store make up can do allot for a cosplayer
here is the link for the tutorial I hope it helps hon
and good luck on the zelda cosplay!
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Unread 04-21-2012, 01:27 PM   #4
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If your determined to go tan, I'd suggest to go to a professional salon and shell out some money for spray tan. DONT do it yourself XD youll look like an orange
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Unread 04-30-2012, 02:23 PM   #5
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I think maybe u can use a kind of painting which can be used on the face? Im not sure.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 08:26 AM   #6
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Jergens actually makes a lotion called Jergens Natural Glow. It will take a few weeks, but it give a very natural looking tan AS LONG AS you are careful when applying it to areas like elbows, knees, feet and hands.
My mom actually used this instead of tanning in a tanning booth before I got married a few years ago, and it really did give a good look.
Also, if you're really careful, you can just use a darker than normal liquid foundation. A friend did this when she cosplayed Sam Byrne from Gears of War 3 (since she needed to be pale for another costume that weekend tanning was out). However, it did take us a few tries to find a foundation that was dark enough, and you need to be very thorough when you apply or it will turn out streaky.
Best of luck!
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Unread 05-08-2012, 10:22 AM   #7
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I've heard a lot of suggestions for Sally Hanson spray on nylons. I wouldn't use that on my face though, no way.
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Unread 05-12-2012, 08:37 AM   #8
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When I need to tan my skin for cosplay, I get professional quality brown theatre make-up and work small amounts well into my skin. It takes a while to get large areas of the body, but it does look pretty natural in the end. If you use too much, though, it won't look good, so you have to use it sparingly to get the effect you want. Using a moisturizer as a base will also help you to work it in better (Example. You can contrast the fake tan with my actual skin color (the scar).)

When I'm lightening my skin, I use Revlon's PhotoReady liquid foundation in the lightest shade.
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Unread 05-12-2012, 12:09 PM   #9
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I would use a foundation that is darker and is the shade you want on your face then mix that foundation with a little bit of lotion to use on areas of the skin other than your face so it doesn't dry out your skin. Make sure to blend it in well so that there aren't streaks or build up of foundation at the creases of your body.

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