Cosplay Makeup Tutorial

This is my cosplay makeup tutorial! Been meaning to upload this for a while, so yeah, enjoy! I’m not makeup pro but I just thought I’d share how I do it.

Start off with your face clean, washed and moisturised.

For young skin, tinted moisturiser is the best way to get a smooth even finish. No need for foundation unless you have many blemishes, otherwise it may look too ‘cakey.’

Apply the tinted moisturiser evenly.

To take away shine and create a nice matte effect, you may wish to use pressed powder over the nose and cheekbones.

To finish the preparation for the face, use a small about of blusher on the cheekbones. Do this while smiling so you know exactly where they are!

The eyes are the most important thing in anime and cosplay.

First, line the inside of the eye with and around the edge with white eyeshadow. This will make the eyes appear larger and brighter.

What colours you use depends on the character, but for a general anime look, black, white and grey usually work fine.

Shade the top of the lid with the light grey colour.

In the corners of the eyes, take the darkest colour you are using, and sweep it across the lid. You want a nice gradient effect, with the darkest colour in the corner and gradually fading out.

This is often the part people have the most trouble with.

For cosplay make-up, I highly recommend liquid eyeliner. It gives  a harsh, none smokey line which resembles anime characters more.

It won’t smudge and will last a long time throughout the game, making it good for conventions.

The downside is, it is difficult and if you poke yourself in the eye, it really hurts! This requires practice.

Firstly, line the lid, starting from the corner where your nose is, and sweeping to the other side. You should be aiming for the middle of the lid to have the thickest part and the outer edges the thinnest.

For the bottom of the eye, line from the outer edge to just over halfway. This will make your eyes appear larger and anime like.

Be aware that this look doesn’t suit everyone, so you may need to line all the way across for it to look normal.

This is the finish touch which will frame your eyes nicely!

Apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

Not too much – we don’t want clumping! But for cosplay you can use a little much more than usual.

You can use false eyelashes if you wish, this is particularly good for cutesy type characters. Do not use the glue you get with the lashes! It’s almost always terrible.

Buy separate lash glue. If you have a latex allergy, there are adhesives available that are latex free.

Yay, now you are all done and ready for cosplay!

Like I said, it’s easy to make colour variations here, on the left image I used pink instead of black/silver/grey.

Pay attention to the character – cute characters require thinner lines and less make-up, and darker characters need darker and thicker makeup! It’s easy to adjust.

Do what suits you – trial and error is the only way to find out what you can and can’t pull off. Not everyone has the same shaped eyes, so make sure you know what works for you.

A couple of don’ts:

Don’t use glitter. Glitter looks nice in real life, but not in photos, it reflects the light back and looks like messy dots.

Don’t be half-arsed with your make-up in general. It can literally ruin a cosplay if you are lazy with it, and people will notice.

Strawberry Nail Tutorial

Inspired by BubzBeauty, I’m doing this Strawberry Nail Tutorial, it’s so sweet! I tried this look out for myself and it looks really cute, so I just wanted to show you guys how I did it and have it in text-form.

Aww, delicious strawberry goodness! I’d say this look is quite easier to achieve for beginners, it takes about 10-15 mintues to complete everything.

So, what do you need? You need a red nail polish, a green nail polish, white nail polish (which should be the kind used for french maninures aka, not transparent,) and some clear top coat.

The brands I’m using are just cheap brands, not a big nail expert but any colour you like will do! Mine are Collection 2000 Hot Looks in Ninja 36 (wow, that’s cool,) the same brand in Big Hair 29, white manicure tip by the Colour Workshop, and Avon Nail Experts top coat.

Okay, so.

Step 1: Make sure you nails are clean and clear. I didn’t do this, because this was experimental, but you really should! The first layer you need is the red layer, so coat an even layer onto all your nails.

Step 2: Get your white nail polish, make sure there is a tiny blob of nail varnish at the tip of the brush – and blob it on! Don’t use too much or else it won’t dry and it’ll be uneven. Dot evenly on the nails, make sure you don’t smudge them.

Stept 3: Paint on the green leaves! The best way to do this is to angle your brush in little triangles, connecting them up as you go. It gives it a cute symmetrical look.

Step 4: Once everything is dry, paint over with the clear topcoat to prevent chipping. We don’t want dented Strawberries! And you’re done, yay!

Go and flaunt your summery goodness! I even have a pair of shoes with strawberries on, they’ll match! Haha. Again credit to BubzBeauty for this, go and check out her lovely channel!

Love,

Apple (Maybe I should have done Apples?)

Bodyline Wig Review

Hello again everyone, it’s been a while!

I’m back again with another wig review, this time it’s a review of Bodyline Wig 010 in ‘grpik’ which is basically like a milkshake pink. It’s only $25. The reason I bought this is because I needed a wig fast for Kitacon and I know Bodyline always ship on time.

This is the photograph of the wig itself, not in the same colour though. You can see the list of swatches down the left hand side. The wig arrived sealed in a plastic zip-lock bag, along with my other items. Honestly I can’t remember if it came with a wig net or not, but I presume it did and I lost it because I’m clumsy like that!

Firstly, the colour was as I expected. It was a little darker, but honestly that’s how I wanted it as I used this for a Luka from Vocaloid cosplay. Her hair is like a darker milkshake pink – aswell as this I already have a bright pink wig so I wanted this to be different. What I really like about this wig are that the fibers are really dull – they are not at all shiny, which looks really great on photographs.

The wig is more curly than I thought it would be. The curls at the back of the wig were lovely ringlets, with no tangles. The front of the wig was a little tangled but it was easy to brush out with my fingers. I did find myself doing this a lot through the day though, the fibers were soft and non-shiny, but they did tangle quite a bit. It’s easy to solve and for a wig of this price, not a terrible thing. The wig fibers are pretty standard as is the thickness of the wig – it’s not amazingly full but it’s definitely wearable and the bottom of the wig looks lovely. I wish they’d have added more fibres to the crown of the wig and the bangs. The bangs fall nicely, and they look pretty. They are also easily stylable.

As you can see it worked pretty well for the cosplay! You can see how the wig has tangled a little at the front, but as mentioned it’s not really a big deal and happens with wigs of this length usually anyway.

So my overall verdict? Not bad at all. I’d say it’s good value for money, and if you’re in a bit of a fix you can buy this and it’ll arrive on time. This would also be really great if you are wanting to practice styling – there are other, cheaper wigs on the site, so if you are new to styling wigs (like me) you might want to get something like this and build up from there.

Questions are welcome as always!

Thanks!

Apple