|Eyebrows, eyeshadow, fake lashes, and eyeliner – check!|
Exaggerated Eye Makeup
I start with eyeshadow. I prefer a neutral eye look – the perfect “no makeup” makeup, and easiest for beginners – unless the character calls for something bolder. I prefer using eyeshadow palettes because they are usually less expensive and everything is conveniently together! Some palettes even have instructions for which colors to use where – it doesn’t get easier than that. One thing I like to do is use a lighter color to highlight the inside corner of your eyes to make your eyes look bigger.
After that, eyeliner is the next step – I prefer an eyeliner pen because it’s the easiest to use. Eyeliner can be used to change your eye shape to match your character. For most characters, I will do a small wing so it looks like my eyelashes are longer. Top it off with your favorite mascara.
- Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Basics, Urban Decay Naked 2, e.l.f. Eyeshadow Palette
- Liquid eyeliner: e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
- Mascara: Benefit They’re Real Mascara, e.l.f. Studio Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
Eyeshadow primer is useful if you find your eyeshadow creasing throughout the day. It also helps the shadows stick to your eye and go on brighter and smoother. Filling in your eyebrows can take a little bit of practice, but can help you look more like your character. Eyebrows that aren’t filled in can also look patchy or faint in photos. Fake eyelashes and circle lenses definitely take practice to apply properly, but are my favorite way to change my look for cosplay. My biggest tips are patience and lots of practice before the convention/photoshoot! (Also, if you mess up with eyelashes, sometimes adding more eyeliner will cover your mistakes.)
- Eyeshadow primer: e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer
- Eyebrows: e.l.f. Eyebrow Collection
- Fake eyelashes: e.l.f Studio Hollywood Eyelash Kit, e.l.f. Natural Lash Kit, Eco Tools Soft & Dramatic Lashes, Eco Tools Soft & Natural Lashes
- Circle lenses: LoveShoppingholics, Pinky Paradise
Long-Wearing Lip Color
There are a few tips I have to get the best wear. First, I like to start with a lip scrub to get rid of any dead skin. Next, apply lip balm as a layer to add a buffer between your lips and the color. Finally, top with your lip color of choice. This is highly dependent on what you like in a lip product – I am currently raving about OCC’s lip tars, but you might prefer a lipstick, lip cream, or other product. Depending on the product, though, you may want to apply it with a lip brush to get the most precision.