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Makeup 101 for Cosplayers

Hello everyone, Heartless Aquarius here!

Here’s a crash course on makeup for cosplayers. I will talk about the basic components of makeup and give some helpful tips. Before I dive into the information, I just want to say that everyone has different skin which will affect how certain products will work. Makeup is a journey but hopefully I can help!

The first step when doing makeup is applying a primer. Primer is a product you apply before any foundation or concealer. There are many different types of primer to target a variety of concerns. Typically, they can allow makeup to last longer and have makeup apply smoother on the skin. Not everyone needs primer but it can be useful if you’re struggling with your makeup not lasting, want to minimize the appearance of pores or fine lines, prevent oily skin, or moisturize dry skin. Primer is not a necessity but can be helpful if you are having issues with your makeup.

The rest of your makeup routine is going to be based off personal preference. Some people apply foundation first, some do their eye makeup or eyebrows, and some do concealer first. I’ll explain what main components of makeup are and what they are used for.

The main face products are foundation, concealer, and setting powder. Foundation is a product that is used all over the face and neck in order to make one’s skin have a uniform tone. Foundation can be a cream, liquid, or a powder. Foundation also comes in different finishes, which will work differently depending on your skin type. The common finishes are matte and dewy. When choosing a foundation, you should try to find one that matches the color of your skin. If you need assistance finding your shade of foundation, many makeup store employees can help you and give advice.

Concealer is typically a highly pigmented product often used to cover up problem areas, such as dark circles or discoloration. Concealer works in combination with foundation in order to create a uniform skin tone. Another common use for concealer is to highlight the high points of the face, including the cheekbones, nose bridge, cupid’s bow, and chin.

Setting powder is fairly self-explanatory. It is a powder that you apply on top of your foundation and concealer to set it. This will allow the foundation and concealer to stay in place throughout the day and typically last longer.

There are many makeup products for the eyes. Eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, and fake lashes are used frequently. By using a combination of them, you can achieve many different looks. It’s best to experiment and figure out what styles of eye makeup work best for you!

Let’s talk about eyebrows! There are many ways to fill in or change the color of your eyebrows for cosplay. If you just want to fill in your natural brow color, you can use a brow pencil, brown powder, brow pomade, or brow gel. These come in many natural hair colors. However, some cosplays have very unnatural hair colors. To color eyebrows to be those colors, you could use liquid lipstick to cover the brow hairs. In some cases, you can use just eye shadow to color your brows. If the color isn’t appearing, you can put a white cream base over the eyebrow hair then put color eye shadow on top. 

Now I’ll go over different products used for lips. The first thing that comes to most people’s minds is lipstick. Lipstick comes in many forms, finishes, and colors! There are also lipstick liners, which you use to draw the outline of your lips. By having this outline, it prevents lipstick from bleeding outside of the lines and allow for a crisp and clean lipstick application. There is also lip gloss, which you can use on its own or on top of lipstick to add dimension and shine.

Once you finish all of your makeup, you can you a setting spray to meld the powder products together. Setting spray will also lock down your makeup and have it last longer.

I hope this little guide helps you out with figuring out some makeup basics! Everyone has their own style of makeup, order of which they apply makeup, and tools they use to apply it. It takes some experimentation to figure out what works for you.

Heartless Aquarius is a cosplayer local to Arizona and has a huge passion for anime and manga! This makes her the perfect person to be dedicated to the sole task of consuming all of the Japanese content we receive and give her thoughts on it! When she isn’t turning pages and watching endless hours of Japanese animation, she is creating elaborate costumes that she features at various conventions and wins awards! Check out more of her information on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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