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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Makeup for dummies - Prepping your skin

Hi! I know I'm really antisocial, but now I'm finally dropping a post here!

I'm pretty sure that every cosplayer regardless of gender will use makeup at some point. Let's face it, it really does improve the cosplay as a whole. Well.. I've studied makeup and skincare for 2 years, so I guess I'm qualified to talk about this kind of stuff. I also have a few books and materials from a few makeup courses that I've kept. I will use them a lot making these posts. I will make this a series, where I'll go through different parts of makeup and skincare from cosplayers point of view.


First thing I wanna do pretty much every convention day, would be cleansing my face. Clean, treated skin => Skin on point => Makeup on point. Straight guys too, take care of your skin, it's not gay!
Find a cleanser that matches your skin type. For example, if your skin is dry, get cleanser and toner for dry skin, aka. moisturizing products. Here, I'll list the types here:
  • Dry skin: Dehydrated, has rough patches and flakes.
  • Combination skin: Oily in some parts (usually the T-zone), dry from the other parts. The most common skin type.
  • Oily skin: Noticeable shine, feeling over-all tacky and slick.
  • Normal skin: Ideal skin type. Skin feels smooth, with no extra shine or dry spots.
  • Surface dry skin: Close to normal skin, but with slight dryness in a few spots

If you still aren't too sure about your skin type, you can always go to your local beautician :))) Knowing your skin type helps a lot with choosing makeup foundation that works with your skin. I'll get to that in the next post! 

Now let's move on to the cleansing products.

  • Cleansing milk/oil: The name says it all, it cleanses and nourishes you face. Removes oil and dirt from your face.
  • Toner: Tightens pores and removes traces of the excess oil and dirt your cleansing milk/oil couldn't remove.
  • Moisturizer: Obviously, moisturizes your face. After toner your skin might feel tingly and probably a bit dry. Some people think that the "greasier" and heavier the moisturizer, the better, but that's not the case at all. Especially if you're under 50-years old, that heavy stuff pretty much weighs your face down. Try to find a light one that still does it's job. ^^ Trust me, you'll find it.
  • Primer: Creates a smooth base for foundation. Combats shine and helps your makeup last longer. You'll need that at conventions.
These are pretty much the products I use for prepping my skin before putting makeup. It's a nice base for any makeup pretty much. I could add exfoliating there too, but usually I do that the night before convention, and I don't even exfoliate more than about twice (2) a week.

Makeup removing
Using oils like extra virgin oil helps a lot when using cleansing wipes/veils. It breaks even the heaviest makeup, so you don't have to rub your face that roughly when removing the makeup with the wipes. :))) Just a tip I wanted to drop.. It saves a lot of time in the evening after a long day in a convention. 

Anyways, this is the first part of the dummy series! Next time we'll go through the base makeup! \o/

Instead of doing a "Tits out", I'll throw an artwork of the day :'3 Was it a simple sketch or more complex painting. I'm trying to keep doing at least one sketch per day. 
 Todays artwork is fanart of Shinku from Rozen Maiden. Because she's a doll and she doesn't have to think about skincare. Hope you'll have wonderful day!