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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Makeup for Dummies - The Base

Hey friends! It's me again throwing a part two from the Makeup for Dummies series! :D

In the last post I covered skincare and priming/prepping, this time we'll cover your face with foundation and concealers! o/ Now choosing foundation can be a bit difficult at times, I sure do remember my first ones being too dark for me and had the wrong base pigment to it... Oh the horror.. The beginners today are so spoiled! You have YouTube, Instagram and all other social medias filled with makeup gurus! Anyways, here's my guide to foundation, concealing and powdering.

Where to start?

  1. Define your skintone - You can get an idea about your skins base pigment by looking at your veins from your wrist. Veins come out as green if your pigment is yellow based, and purple if your base is pink. At store when you're looking at foundation that would fit you, take a couple of foundation testers and try them out on your jawline and you'll see which fits the best on your skin as a whole.
  2. Define your skin type - There are so many different types of foundations, liquids, powders, minerals... I've made a map listed different types of skins and foundations so you can check that out, hopefully it'll help. Original source to the map is from Makeup Bible by Mariela Sarkima
I'll update this when I can use my drawing tablet again

Application


Foundation - When applying foundation, start from the center of your face and work it outwards. This will help you keep it faded so you don't have to worry about the obvious line of foundation on your jawline. As an applicator you can use makeup sponges, foundation brush or beauty blender. It's the matter of taste. You can also use your own hands, as long as you wash them first.
Personally I prefer beauty blender. I do use brush sometimes too, but when I have flakes on my face, with brush they tend to go up because I use swiping motions. With beauty blender however this won't be a problem since you want to use dabbing hehe motions, that pats the flakes down. I used to use sponges when I started using makeup, but they take so much product on them. Usually if I use sponges now, I use them to take excess makeup off if I used too much.

Concealer - You want to conceal under your eyes to cover dark circles and brighten everything up. As well as around your nose since that area tends have redness going on, above your eyebrows to make them pop more and your chin to reduce redness and shadowing. Also you can use it to cover zits. Liquid concealers come with an applicator, but if you use a pencil or a stick, just apply it directly from the stick/whatnot or take a small synthetic brush and add it with that. After you're done with that, blend it with your foundation brush/beauty blender/sponge/fingers.

I know it looks creepy D:

Powder - Set and seal the whole thing with powder. You can use a brush or a powder puff or a beauty blender. Usually I start from the places I've concealed (starting under eyes) by using a beauty blender and really set the whole face with a brush. In my opinion it gives the softest results without it looking cakey. 


This was it for now, hopefully you found this helpful. Next time it would be eye makeup/eyebrows, so stay tooned!

Artwork of the day:

Star Guardian Ezreal from League of Legends! :D

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.

LET'S BEGIN

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!