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Female to Male Crossplay Makeup Tutorial by Vilya0 Female to Male Crossplay Makeup Tutorial by Vilya0

Here is the way I do my crossplay makeup! It came from a lot of trial and error, and from reading tutorials and adapting the techniques. In the same way, this tutorial can give the general guidelines (or at least I hope it can), but know that everyone is different and may require a different makeup to achieve the desired look and that it’s up to you to experiment. I would say the best way to know where you need to put shadows is to look at yourself in the mirror while under an overhead spotlight; the natural shadows you see are the ones you need to recreate. Also keep in mind your character, his age, traits and complexion, and the colors you are wearing; not two of my crossplays have the same makeup.

Always take pictures of yourself when experimenting, otherwise you’ll only see yourself in the mirror and think you look awful (I still do everytime). Pictures give you the objectivity to judge your work instead and see how you can improve. Drawing over pictures of yourself in Photoshop can be good practice too!

Don’t forget to apply your makeup in a light similar to that of the convention center or photo shoot emplacement where you are going, as to correctly gauge the shadow intensity needed.

I don’t talk about highlights in this tutorial because my skin is already too pale as it is, but if you have darker skin or are wearing a darker or unnatural color in body paint, the places you can lighten are the brow, the nose line and the chin. With the body paint, I recommend using very dark of the same color on the eyes and medium dark for the other shadows.

This is personal but I am a firm believer against the use of eyeliner and mascara in crossplay (except if you’re doing stage with it, then by all means go ahead). Unless your character would wear makeup himself, I feel you shouldn’t look like you’re wearing any, otherwise you’re harming your credibility. This is why I prefer to keep to natural colors and undefined applying.

This tutorial may not be enough for those with very feminine features. In this case, prosthetics may be needed for a successful look.

I’d be happy to answer any questions or to go into more detail or theory. :aww: And I’d love to hear from anyone who tries it out! :D

(Please note that I am in no way an expert in makeup; disagreeing with any of my statements is perfectly valid. :))

EDIT: I've been asked about the eyebrows a lot: I don't literally lower my eyebrows by covering my own and painting new ones, I merely add more under my own and towards the nose. The covering technique can work as well, of course, there are a lot of ways to go about it. ...Sorry if that was confusing.

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its-all-a-conspiracy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
You've saved my life with this one XD
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to hear it :XD:
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MCRmeowwkitteh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
oh my gosh this is great!!!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :aww:
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tommy-tonebender Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to try this out for the convention I'm going to this weekend. I've never applied makeup other than spot concealer before so a really helpful straight-forward tutorial like this makes me feel like I can actually do it without any prior experience. Plus your transformation is truly impressive. (Also I love how you don't do the eyeliner cause that always seemed really weird to me in crossplay. It kind of makes it obvious it's a girl under there.)

One question though, is primer and powder necessary for this? Because A) I don't own any and B) I have a dry complexion and was told by various people never to use powders on myself because it sucks all the moisture out of my skin. If this is necessary I'll try to pick some up, but otherwise I'd rather just shadow because I know my skin can take it. Thanks!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :love: The primer is not necessary if your foundation stays put without it and doesn't look oily by the end of the day. The powder on top of the foundation is to seal it and it's not applied directly on your skin. I personally have oily skin but I've seen a friend with dry skin use foundation+powder+foundation+powder. But I'm no makeup expert and this part isn't specific to my tutorial, it's the base of any makeup, so I'm sure you could find videos and articles with recommendations on the matter if you search for "foundation dry skin". Good luck!
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tommy-tonebender Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, cool! Thank you for your response!
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ReddishUsagi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
My goodness, thanks for the tutorial. I love it! Not too long and well explained post :D
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :D
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DaughtOfDeath Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Student General Artist
This is amazing thank you so much!!!!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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DaughtOfDeath Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Welcome! I'm definaltly gonna NEED THIS! haha
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xXDanielPhantomXx Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, this helps me so much!! Thank you!! :hug:
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So happy it can be of help! :D
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Zardi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Wow, very impressive and helpful! I plan to use these tips on doll faces :)
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! That's amazing! :D
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LeviaAriel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing o.o 
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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mailea-analia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
This is soo helpful! Thank you very much for sharing your experience! :)Love :happybounce: 
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very happy it can be of help! :D
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bugyear2005 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS!
This is exactly what I need for (basically alll of) my cosplays! It's so useful.
           BUT I have a question.
What if your character has Hair that is pulled back out of their face (someone like Zoro Roronoa from One Piece)
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I once did a crossplay with no bangs; it's same the same thing but you gauge the shadows differently. They'll most likely be less dark since you'll have no hair to hide them.
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bugyear2005 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! Okay thank you! I have to give it a try.
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Krysiis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, absolutely fantastic!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :aww:
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AwkwardsWhatIAimFor Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Awesome! Thanks for making this!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Happy it can be of help! :)
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SDuckyz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Oh my god. Everytime I see this I kinda just want to run to a makeup artist, throw this at them and go all "MAKE ME LIKE THIS PLEASE?"
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha! I would imagine they have more "official" techniques, I could not hold a candle to a real makeup artist. :P
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Lycanisation Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh my God, I have never seen a better crossplay tutorial in my entire life!
Well done!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :D
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   General Artist
This is a BRILLIANT tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing!!! :D Congrats on the DD~ (a little late, I know, but still xD)
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :D
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015   General Artist
you're very welcome!!! :D
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FraudFairy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
This is the best men make up tutorial I've seen till now. Very good described! Thank you very much. I don't know if its a compliment for you, but you realy look like a boy with your make up. I love it =D
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :D It is a compliment in this case :P
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Illumenares Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
This is awesome!:)
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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CrackPonieArt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTT
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D:D
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kika567 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG thanks so much for posting this!! It's really helpful :D
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad it can help! :D
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insomniaDraws Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
This was really helpful!! Thank you so much for posting this :D
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, happy to be of help! :D
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Genevieve124 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014   General Artist
Thank you, this is amazing!
You look amazing! (before and after)
Who is the character that you're cosplaying?
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :D That's Syaoran from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
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Genevieve124 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014   General Artist
I'll have to check it out sometime!
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CaptainTabatha Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very well put together tutorial. I'm always on the quest to better my cosplay and this helps a lot 
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much :D happy to be of help!
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