Masculine Makeup for Crossplayers

Thursday, 12 August 2010, 8:00 | Author : Janet
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For masculine makeup, we want to emphasize the use of dark foundation to create shadows.  We have shaded the above image to demonstrate where shadows are applied.  By darkening areas of their face, women can create sharp angles and mimic the elongated facial structure of male characters.

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The following steps will guide you through the process of applying masculine makeup:

Step 1: Cover blemishes with a concealer.  Typically concealers are skin-toned; however, you can also use green concealer to cover red discolorations and yellow concealer to cover blue discolorations.

Step 2: Apply liquid foundation to your entire face.  This will create the appearance of flawless skin.

Step 3: Shadow the hollows of your cheek, jawline, temple, and sides of your nose using a foundation that is two to three shades darker than your base.  This will make your face appear narrow.

Step 4: Highlight the ridge of your nose using a lighter powder foundation.

Step 5: Accentuate the eyes using eyeliner.  Use reference pictures and keep it simple.

Step 6: Pencil in your eyebrows making them thicker and closer together.

Step 7: Reduce the pigmentation of your lips by applying a skin-toned concealer.  Beige-colored lipsticks and/or liquid foundation will suffice

Although these instructions utilize theatrical makeup techniques, we always recommend a more subtle application to accommodate for the close interactions of cosplayers.

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