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December 28, 2012


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Tutorial: Cosplay Boy Make-up I

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 28, 2012, 5:56 AM
So, this is the first part of the "Cosplay boy make-up" tutorial. It has way too much text and pictures to put it into just one journal, so I will divide it.
As always~ English is not my native language so you might come across mistakes. My apologies! If anything is unclear feel free to ask me in the comments.

I'm just showing you what works for me and what's my personal liking. I'm focusing on eye make-up and additional tips. If you think this way of doing a boys cosplay make-up is is using way too much make-up that's totally fine. Everyone has his/her own preferences and this tutorial is just a hint who it can be done.
The shape of eyes differ a lot from one to another, so if you want to try it the way I do my make-up you might have to adjust it to your own eyes. Maybe you have already run into this problem before while seeing a well done eye make-up in a tutorial or worn by an asian cosplayer. Furthermore be aware of the fact that the shape of your eyebrows, wearing contacts or not, wearing a wig or not and the rest of your make-up can make you look way different every single time you change something.
I recommend testing your make-up before going to a convention or a shooting. This prevents running into several problems like having not enough time to finish ones make-up or having to pull ideas out of nothing.
I myself am not very skilled with applying make-up, so I need at least half an hour up till one hour to do my complete make-up. It depends on my mood and the amount of make-up I wear. Therefore I test it beforehand to know when I have to get up. I usually ask some of my friends and my wife what they think about it and accept suggestions. You can do so as well if you are not sure about if your make-up fit's the character you want to cosplay but you should always have a wig at hand for your cosplay do know exactly how you will look like. If you get asked for your opinion by a fellow cosplayer some when try to give useful critique. A "this looks shitty" doesn't help ;3 Try to explain what you would change and why. Try it like this for example "I think if you would try to make the line on your eyelid a little thinner it might give a manlier look." If you don't have any idea how to work out a make-up you can look at other cosplayer's make-up and take it as base for own ideas.

1. Liquid eyeliner
I take my "Basic Make-up" tutorial as base for this tutorial. I like working with liquid eyeliner (form now on I will refer to it as LE to shorten the tutorial a little). I prefer LE over kajal because I feel a lot saver. When I use kajal it tends to smear, especially in the outside edges of my eye and ruins my look. I only use kajal to as support and for redrawing likes. Due to LE's massive black color it's a rather hard contrast. While not wearing contacts it can look off so I recommend wearing kajal instead but it's up to your own preference. If you have the same problem as me and the contrast of LE is too hard you can look for other colors like grey and brown instead.

I start with the line on my eyelid. It usually starts in the middle of my lid and goes down until I almost meet the edge of the eye (I hope you know what I mean with "edge of the eye since I don't know the technical term for it). I'm not drawing it down until there completely because this would make my eye look a little hanging down. My line gets thicker the more I'm coming to the outer edge of my eye. This makes my eye looking bigger.

If you have problems drawing the line you can hold your eye with your finger but be careful not to put too much pressure onto your eye.
The next step is the line under the waterline. I'm using kajal now to draw it since I can remove and redraw it easily if I do something wrong while trying to find the perfect place where the eyelid line and that one under the waterline shall meet at the edge of my eye.

If something looks odd I use a cotton stick/Q-Tip to remove the kajal. I recommend just putting it onto the make-up and turnrning it around in a circular move instead of wildly rubbing back and forth. This prevents ruining the basic make-up unnecessarily. Please refrain from using alcoholic cleansing stuff. You are working near your eyes and want to keep them save.
If you have done heavy make-up for camouflaging eye rings and so you might have to add a little camouflage/consealer again where you just removed the kajal. You can easily apply it with a cotton stick/Q-Tip too. When I'm completely okay with where the lines meet I redraw the line with eyeliner. But I only draw the fist 1/3 of the line under my waterline. This can be adjusted if you like it shorter or longer of course.

I additionally darken my waterline with kajal. This is totally optional. I do this because I don't like the waterline to be visible. It also works to use white kajal instead. Darkening with LE also works, but be careful not to accidentally hit your eye or contacts. Furthermore some LEs burn like hell if you put it onto your waterline. So, be careful! Kajal on a waterline is unfortunately something that won't last forever :/ I have to redraw it at a convention, so I wear a stick and a mirror with me all the time.

For the last step I use black mascara. My lashes are natural black but I do it anyways. You might ask why. Well~ My lashes are not pointing straight to heaven, so I use it for pushing them up a little. This refreshens my look like camouflaging my eye shadows. Furthermore my lashes are not deep dark like my LE, so adding black mascara will blend them in and I also cover the little rest of bright powder that still hangs on my lashes from doing the basic make-up before. You can use transparent mascara instead if it's available. A eyelash curler works as well instead or additional. It's totally up to you. Adding fake lashes is an option too, but be careful with it. Not every boy/man make-up will be pimped in a good way by using them. If you ask me for my personal opinion: The older or manlier the character is, the lesser you should think about using fake lashes. But like I said before: Boy's make-up is something that highly depends on your own desire how to portrait the character and if you feel like wearing something and feel fine with it, then do it!
Sometimes I use a little eyeshadow to give a more drastic look to my eyes. But I'm not using it here. Try it if you want.

If you have a "Oh gosh! This is way too much make-up for a boy" thought put on your wig first before thinking you have done everything wrong. This will change a lot and there is a high chance that you might suddenly think "Yeah, I'm totally looking good now!". Happens to me about 80% of the time.

Now that's the base what I did. This is what I'm wearing the most, but depending on the character I adjust this version like shown below.


For Saitou I extent the line on the eyelid to the tear sac/pouch (sorry I don't know the technical term again >__<). Furthermore I added a little red eyeshadow under the outside edge of my eye. This is highly experimental. I like it, some do not. I don't care x'D If you do something like this make sure to not overdo it. Otherwise it will look like someone punched onto your eye.

For Judal I use the same as for Saitou and I also make the line on my eyelid a little thicker except the highest point of my eyelid. There I draw the line a little thiner to make my eye look a little more "edgy". Furthermore I added this little edges around my tear sac/pouch. I call it crowfeet. Don't ask me why. I don't know. I have a lot of problems drawing them free hand and in just one try. It highly depends on experience I guess. For me it works find to pre-draw it with kajal or make little dots with LE. So I only have to clean away one or two points for adjusting the line instead of redoing the line completely. When I'm okay with the dots I draw a line over it and I'm done.

Nurarihyon is my heaviest make-up for guys. If you ask me this much of make-up is okay for demons and ghosts, but every normal male character might look off with an amount like that.
A lot of love and thanks to my wife for helping me with it. Otherwise I would still sit in my hotel from the bookfair in march. As you can see the line on my eyelid is like the one of Saitou. But the lines on/under the waterline are way different. Same goes for the outer edge of my eye. The line under my eye divided into three parts. Starting from the inner side it's under the waterline and in the middle of my eye it's going into my waterline and after that coming back under the waterline. This makes the line very, very straight looking. The line does not go directly towards the edge of my eye. It's going a little more straight outside and then going up to meet the line from the eyelid. Furthermore both lines are getting very big here go visually expand the eye. For a little blending and making the eyes look a little "deeper" black eye shadow was added in the eye wrinkle. I hope this was understandable in some way.

If you are not able to do your make-up on your own it's not a shame. Ask your friends if they can help you. It's great if you have someone who is willing to help you or at least is staying by your side if you are on the edge of crying because nothing works out like you want. And always be grateful for it.
And remember: This is just the way I do my make-up. It's not the only way to do it in the world. It can be done completely different if you don't like it, you can adjust and change it if you want or take it as step by step guide if you want. It's up to you and you alone.

"Boy's make-up" part II with can be found here including "using kajal for eye make-up", "lips" and "changing the shape of eyebrows":…

You can save this tutorial if you need it now or later by just adding it to your fave collection like every other deviation. :heart:

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miko-cat-girl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Filmographer
*sits at laptop with Judal eyes* Well this was an educational experience. Liquid eyeliner is still my mortal foe, but it was fun to play with, hopefully I'll be able to manage this for the next convention x3 Thank you for creating these tutorials, they've been a lot of fun to practice with.
Arulithia Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
i'm happy if it helps you out ^0^
Vilya0 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm always a bit doubtful when hard eyeliner and mascara are involved in crossplay makeup, but on you in works! I'm impressed! Makes me want to experiment. :D
JohnnyPenn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
For my boy cosplay makeup I use as little make up as possible. L is the only character that actually gets any eyeshadow. Otherwise I just use concealer and powder. But I might start adding eye liner now. :)
Arulithia Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
yeah i did that for a long time too and it worked fine for me. but when i started wearing contacts it felt a little off so i experimented a little and now i feel odd not wearing a lot of make-up for a boy. xD
JohnnyPenn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I appreciate the tutorial. Sometimes I think I need to wear more but then I don't want to look as if I'm trying too hard. I think cosplay makeup is the most problematic part of cosplay. I like to go as natural as I can because then I think the cosplay looks real. But, that's just me.

You've done a great job on this. Thanks for it.
Metsumei Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
For someone with tan skin and a complete noob at make up what basic things would you recommend for a starter kit? I don't want to spend too much money on things that won't work for me or something I might never use because it didn't work ^^;
Arulithia Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
hmmm... that's a good question. i'm not familiar with what to use for tanned skin since i'm not a make-up artist. i only know that depending on the skin color and make-up the skin can look a little yellow or orange.
maybe you should go into a mall and ask a vendor about what she thinks would work best for you. in my town it's also okay to test serval make-up products before buying them. maybe, if this is possible where you live, you can find something this way. but i recommend testing it on your neck or face instead of your hand or arm. hands and arm tend to be a little darker than the face and so you can prevent the make-up to be the wrong color.
basicly i think a foundation (may it be a stick, fluid, mousse depends on your choice), powder and concealer would come in handy. everthing else is depending on what character you want to cosplay as. if you want to accent your eyes purchasing a eyeliner or kajal and mascara would be good as well. there is way too much products available for purchasing. so if possible try it in a store and choose what you think you can work best with. if you have friends nearby who cosplay as well it would be good to ask them what they use.

do you have any specific cosplay plans so far? maybe i can tell you what i would use ;3
Metsumei Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Well some of my current cosplays I would like to improve on with make up is Nigaito Shion [link] Spanner [link] [link] and Luki Megurine [link] [link] and for future cosplays of 2013 I have Citrine [link] and Misaki [link] [link] [link] in mind whom I want to cosplay.
cosplay-violin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so so much for this tutorial! I'm going to try it out to see what happens xD
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