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The Slightly Manry-ier Makeup Tutorial by Stealthos-Aurion The Slightly Manry-ier Makeup Tutorial by Stealthos-Aurion
EDITS: So many ESL moments, I can't English maaan. Edited for coherence and spelling! Sorry!

First off, I want to apologize for varying quality of photos. I had no idea where my big tripod was so I used my tabletop one which was only able to reach high enough to shoot mirror photos hence the weird ghosting effect. There are not 2 of me, I promise. If there were, the world would implode, surely.

A new derpy tutorial for you guys!
Sorry about the gigantic file size. It had to be that big so the text was still legible.

I created this bare-bones tutorial for the folks interested in basic contouring to enhance their crossplays. As I did not get crazydramatic with the makeup, in its present state it works well for crossplaying natural-looking bishounen/prettyboy types. My goal here was to visually go from Asian female to Asian male as it would take a lot more makeup, some prosthetics, etc. to appear as a male from another race [it would be hella difficult to look as manry as someone like Harrison Ford etc.]

Using the same techniques and more makeup/tools etc. one could push the envelope farther and discover even more looks. For basic crossplay makeup to look natural, you generally want to use brown makeup where possible over black which can be dramatic and obvious.

A note about bronzer/highlighter Often these contain shimmer or sparkles. Some do not and highlighter can certainly be used to bring out certain features. As far as I know, there are only 2 men who are allowed to sparkle with awesomeness and they are Bowie and Mercury. Unless you are cosplaying them or perhaps a sparkling vampire, steer clear of sparkles/shimmers.

A note about supplies Tailor the stuff you use to your needs! Pick a moisturizer and foundation that suit your skin-type and complexion. While using primers is not necessary, I find that they do help so if you are going to spend all day wandering around an event/convention, it gives the makeup extra staying power.

In terms of brushes to use, I consider them an investment. ELF's $1 brush line is pretty decent, but I am glad I bought the Ecotools set a while back. They are affordable but very nice. Some of the brushes that come with stuff you buy are nice e.g. my Bare Minerals brush seen in the tutorial that came with the Starter Kit, others are junky so be choosy because you will get better results with better brushes.

Feel free to ask question/leave feedback
Do go out and have fun with it. Don't be a jerk, no one likes them. :)

Edit: Got a question concerning my glasses/where I got them.
Well, they are my legit prescription glasses which I purchased at my optometrist's office. If you are looking for cheap glasses for cosplay that can come with prescription if needed, Zenni Optical is a place many people shop at.
UPDATE: I ordered my Harry Potter glasses from them and they were able to make them in my insane prescription. Production and shipping took like 2 weeks so if you order, give yourself a month total for them to arrive. I was very pleased with the glasses I ordered though!

Edit 2: Got a hilarious question off DA concerning my eyebrows asking what happened to them. LOL the answer is "absolutely nothing". I haven't over-plucked them or shaved them. They are naturally sparse and thin and don't show up well in photos without enhancement. I'm saving the whole "shave off eyebrows only to draw them back in" routine for when I get into my 40's since that's apparently what many middle-aged Asian women do heheh kidding.

"Do the right thing... Be a man" - Russell Peters
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Gleezerktwilii Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Ok I have a question! If I have the inverse problem? I wan't to cosplay as a male haracter but my eyes are too big. How do I do in that case? Thanks! Awesome tutorial! (This is me:… see? I really have a problem with that! For cosplaying male characters)
Having big eyes is okay, you just will want to avoid using say, white eyeliner which will make them appear even bigger and wider (more doe-eyed). By thickening your eyebrows and adding shading around your face, you will draw some attention away from your eyes. Likewise, if your lips are naturally red, blot out some of the color with a nude lip primer. It's hard to tell in that pic, but if you have naturally long, curly, lashes, you may want to neutralize them with "blonde" mascara. Basically you have to untrain yourself from doing what you normally would do for "pretty girl" makeup that many females are familiar with.

It's definitely a process of tweaking here and there so whatever you try, be sure to snap some photos so and take notes so you can compare what you liked and didn't like or what you need to change.
Gleezerktwilii Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!! I'll do what you say, you're right!

I really get frustrated with my eyes for crossplaying!

Thanks again :D
Awesome tutorial
Waaa, that' s sooo useful! *-*
I' ll try it!
Thank you and good luck in your future endeavor! :D
tarynsgate Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant. There aren't enough tutes that do it without having to slap on fake stubble.
Thank you very much for the :+fav: and sharing your thoughts. I am glad that you find the tutorial useful :)
tarynsgate Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No sweat :) I might just post up my results later (if I feel I look manry enough) and link back here :)
this comes in handy bigtime for me since i like cosplaying as a guy
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