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Yes, I do. It enhances the cosplay, and I am willing to do anything to make it more accurate. 8 57.14%
Yes, but only paints. If a character has obvious lipstick on or something, I won't. 0 0%
Yes, only foundation to lighten/darken my skin tone, or hide imperfections, but nothing else. 0 0%
No, I cosplay as some characters who may have makeup or face paint on, but I don't go that far. 0 0%
No, I try to avoid characters that would have any makeup on at all, male or female, it doesn't matter. 2 14.29%
No, I cosplay easy. Makeup is too time consuming or hard for me to bother win. 0 0%
I am a female who happened into the thread and demands an option in this poll! >:x 3 21.43%
Other (Lucy, you got some esplainin' to do!) 1 7.14%
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Unread 02-16-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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Question for non crossplaying males.

Do you at alll, use make up to enhance your cosplay? I ask this of non-crossplaying males because I am sure any female is willing to, and if you crossplay being male, I am sure they do too, but males who don't crossplay, I am curious to the numbers of them here who actually go the extra mile by using makeup. Asking this here because if I posted in the makeup forum, I think the answer there would be all yes obviously. Asking in this more open board. So, fellas.... do you?
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Unread 02-16-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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I would if I knew how to.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 04:51 PM   #3
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I don't really use make up unless it's for a character that uses face paint or has specific scars/markings on his face and even then I normally try to avoid those because I'm no good when it comes to make up and I sweat a lot/rub my face without noticing and it ruins the make up anyways. QQ
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Unread 02-16-2013, 05:02 PM   #4
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Voted other since it's someone else's experience that I'm very familiar with. ^^

My husband always wears foundation and powder when he cosplays, mostly for the sake of photos. It reduces the shine on the skin and makes pictures look better. He'll do a bit of extra makeup work if needed (he does one character with lines on his face that we put on with an eyeliner pencil), but I don't think he'd go as far as lipstick. I could see him maybe doing something like eyeshadow to put circles around his eyes if needed, but no further than that.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 05:19 PM   #5
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I always use makeup when cosplaying at cons. It might seem silly, but it goes a long way. It smooths out the complexion, and can help sharpen the eyes and other features, and really accentuates the ways in which you look like a character. Since I only use it at conventions and photoshoots, I've been using the same bare minerals makeup for a while now. Also, it seems the lovely women in my life are more than happy to put makeup on me, so I've always had the blessing of expert application.

Additionally, it's also great for making and blending into scars, burns, ect that some characters have.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
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Anyone who wants to look good in photographs, regardless of gender, should wear makeup. Male actors? Male news anchors? Male whatevers appearing on camera in any professional capacity? Wearing makeup. Always have been.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 08:05 PM   #7
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I would be hard-pressed to think up a male character that uses makeup that does not count as crossplaying.

Even if I could think up some, they're not the type of character I usually feel connected enough to to cosplay. I'm more of the shota type cosplayer. ;p
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I would be hard-pressed to think up a male character that uses makeup that does not count as crossplaying.

Even if I could think up some, they're not the type of character I usually feel connected enough to to cosplay. I'm more of the shota type cosplayer. ;p

Well, most anime guys have that smooth/feminine skin going on for example. If you were to cosplay Edward Elric, would you go as you are, or put on concealer, foundation, and contouring to bring out a more accurate build of face? I mean, let's face it, not everyone has a perfect androgynous face like most anime characters do.

Then for characters with makeup without going feminine with it, there is, for example, Chiaotzu from Dragon Ball Z, Suzuki from Yu Yu Hakusho, or Ulquiorra from Bleach? They exist. s:

Chiaotzu is shota-like. ... and if you go for shota, I would assume you would try to use makeup to look younger, if you aren't that young already, that is.
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Well, most anime guys have that smooth/feminine skin going on for example. If you were to cosplay Edward Elric, would you go as you are, or put on concealer, foundation, and contouring to bring out a more accurate build of face? I mean, let's face it, not everyone has a perfect androgynous face like most anime characters do.

Then for characters with makeup without going feminine with it, there is, for example, Chiaotzu from Dragon Ball Z, Suzuki from Yu Yu Hakusho, or Ulquiorra from Bleach? They exist. s:

Chiaotzu is shota-like. ... and if you go for shota, I would assume you would try to use makeup to look younger, if you aren't that young already, that is.
I actually have pretty fair skin, to the point where some women want to tear it off and use it for themselves. xD So by way of genes I'm set there. I wouldn't really cosplay Edward Elric, so no comment on that.

I know they exist, but again, nothing I really watch or care to remember about.

Not really. ._.
I have a young face, thankfully. If it wasn't for my 6' height issue I'd be a great shota cosplayer without the use of makeup.

On the note of foundation though, I'd like to say I would use it if I had a lighter skin tone. My skin tone as it is is just too dark to use it. I'd have to /cake/ it on to lighten my natural tone, and then it just looks bad.
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My boyfriend finally agreed to let me do makeup on him, and then.. he agreed that it helped his cosplay SO much that he does not care any more. Also. He's doing Joker from Kuroshitsuji and I'm pretty sure he is gonna wear pound for pound more makeup than I am that day. xD
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Speaking for my boyfriend, he uses the pale facepaint for his Magus cosplay (so yes, makeup), and for normal-faced characters he just gets a dusting of foundation and maybe some concealer.
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Speaking for my boyfriend, he uses the pale facepaint for his Magus cosplay (so yes, makeup), and for normal-faced characters he just gets a dusting of foundation and maybe some concealer.
He was Magus? I might have passed by you guys at the end of Anime North 2012.

Back on topic, I had concealer put on my face for a wedding. I had to admit, it covered up my facial blemishes very well. Whether I would do that for cosplays, I haven't decided.
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He was Magus? I might have passed by you guys at the end of Anime North 2012.

Back on topic, I had concealer put on my face for a wedding. I had to admit, it covered up my facial blemishes very well. Whether I would do that for cosplays, I haven't decided.
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I have no hesitation about using makeup. What's The Joker without clown paint and lipstick?
And I would have no issue using cover up for a blemish before going to a show; my picture is taken thousands of times a day.
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I'm one of the ladies who cosplays with Altrus. We also usually have my brother with us. My brother just shrugs and lets us do what we want, so he wore make-up without us badgering. All it took for Altrus was a snapshot without make-up and a snapshot with make-up. Especially in con lighting and a wide range of cameras, just a basic foundation and a hint of eyeliner makes a huge difference. I know it seems silly to wear make-up, but you can even go to a drugstore and get some inexpensive stuff.
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