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Unread 01-18-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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From Dark Skin To White.

Hello there! I am the type of cosplayer that like to be very accurate to details. For the longest time I have been cosplaying character of darker skin color because of my skin tone and now I would like to change that. I would like to know how to lighten my skin tone to a medium to fair completion with out using drugstore foundation. I've tried them and it looked fake, unnatural, and cakey.

I am not trying to white face people, I'm trying to be accurate.

It is because I would like cosplay this:
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Unread 01-20-2013, 04:47 AM   #2
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IMO, it would be best to just go as you are. Trying to make your skin fairer would make it seem to others that your own skin is not good enough to cosplay in. If you're really going to be bothered by accuracy, then I would say that you would just not cosplay the character. But cosplay is especially about having fun, so you should say 'fuggedaboutit' and just have fun! (I'm black and I'm gonna cosplay some of the palest people you've ever seen soon LOL) So I would say don't really worry about it.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 08:03 AM   #3
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Isn't that like being racist to yourself?
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Unread 01-20-2013, 09:39 AM   #4
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It is entirely possible to make up a darker skinned person to appear lighter, but not with 'street' make-up. This task requires theatrical make up and a good deal of practice. Frequently make up students are tasked with exactly this proposal (either light to dark or vice versa) with natural looking finish. Actually, one contestant on Face Off last season opted to do this with her model for a specific challenge, even though it had nothing to do with the challenge itself (she did it because she'd used the same model a couple times in a row- wanted to show her own diversity).

So, my advice is:
- take a theatrical make up class
- find a theater/ make up student and let them practice on you

Here is a fun quiz, two of these awesome make up jobs are race switches
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Unread 01-20-2013, 04:38 PM   #5
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You might consider using a makeup primer and white (pure white) full coverage foundation as a base and then putting a tan skin tone foundation of your choice on top of the white. You will also probably need a really good coverage concealer in the same shade and one shade lighter and darker for contouring unless you will be ok with your face all being 1 solid color.

You will need full coverage foundations from a professional brand such as Mac or Nyx. Things like covergirl aren't going to cut it.

To make it even better you can take a powder foundation and use that to set your base cream or liquid foundation, you can use the powder in layers to build coverage

White foundation: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/...ion/index.tmpl

Foundation option #2: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/...-15/index.tmpl

Powder Foundation: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/...ech/index.tmpl

Primer: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/...her/index.tmpl

Concealer: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/...ler/index.tmpl

Note: I recommend Mac because its the brand I use and have experience with as a makeup artist. There are other good brands out there to like Nyx and Ben Nye but I havent used alot of those brands so I can not give any personal opinions on other products

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Unread 01-28-2013, 04:00 AM   #6
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I have a yellowy tan skin color and my avatar icon is white because i use makeup. Your makeup will not look 'fake' or cakey if you apply it well. 'Sides, the animated picture you put up does not look real as us or in other words, natural. You'll need makeup if you want to be that skin tone or you can go bleach your skin but even if you do bleach your skin and have a fair skin tone, you'll atleast need to wear makeup to achieve that look. I've used mac, smashbox, makeup forever products and they look really nice and they will not get cakey if you know how to apply it well. I wouldn't use cheapy products for this look though. I once tried drugstore products to go white and regretted it, it was horrible quality, haha. I hope you learn from my mistake lol. You can use a white foundation called, illamasqua. I recommend it.
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