Cosplay Makeup Tips From Your Photographer

Applying makeup is one of those skills that takes some time and practice to really get good at, and it can be a serious pain to get up early on the morning of a con just to put it on. Let's be real, though: While wearing makeup may or may not break your cosplay's look, it certainly has a way of bringing together your cosplay and making it feel more finished. Like wearing a wig, it can be the icing on the cake.

Below are some of my biggest makeup tips when it comes to cosplay. These are things that I've learned in the time that I've been cosplaying, and photographing cosplayers. I hope that they'll help you!

  1. Actually Wear Makeup. Even if your character doesn't appear to wear makeup in their media, wearing a tinted moisturizer with some powder over it, and mascara, will do a lot to even out your skintone and bring out your eyes. 
  2. Learn To Tightline. If you're like me, and you have a eyelashes that aren't especially thick, this is a big one. Tightlining is like applying eyeliner to your lower waterline, but on the top lashes, instead. It darkens the root of your upper lashes, and makes them look thicker, which translates really well in photographs. 
  3. Decide On, And Practice, Your Makeup Beforehand. Practice is the key. Try out different styles and colors before figuring out what you really want to do. It took me three years to find the right shade of eyeshadow for Rarity. You can practice that winged eyeliner look! And if you're going to go with false eyelashes, practice is a MUST.
  4. Have Fun! Cosplay is all about fun in the end, and this part of it should be no different. Trying out different looks and ideas should be a fun part of the process, not a source of frustration. Each bit helps with your progress and learning, so don't give up!