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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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Lycanisation Featured By Owner 5 days ago  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 4 days ago  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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BreLeeComics Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my God! You're look like a pretty guy! <3 HAHAHAHAH! Incrible!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! =P :heart:
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Njordvind-Artwork Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Aghhhh I wish I would have a less asian and more european face, I have to do way more for the same effect. T__T But thank you very much for this tutorial. ;;
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
From what I've seen, it's actually easier with an Asian face, you don't need to do as much. :meow: There are plenty of tutorials made by Asians and it seems to work differently... I haven't heard of an Asian trying out my tutorial though, it might work as well, I guess you'll need to experiment. :aww:
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Njordvind-Artwork Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Ahh I am half-asian half-white. ;;
Literally no edges in my face, that's the point. x_x
But yes, I guess I have to mix it pretty much ugh... >w<
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Pinkhyenakilo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
You wouldn't happen to have a supply list, would you? This tutorial is perfect!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! That would be primer, foundation, concealer (one your skin color and one darker) and sealing powder, your choice of paint with a small brush, lip balm and nude lipstick, eyelashes curler, and a dark eyeshadow and a medium-dark one in brown-grey.
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Pinkhyenakilo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Such a fast response! Thank you!!
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GothicManatee Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm doing a drag show later this month and this was super useful for my makeup! Thanks for putting in the time to make this!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy it could be of help! :D
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nonetheless123 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
FML That's just amazing! Oo Thank you SO MUCH for this great tutorial! I'll try it and hope I can give you a feedback asap!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome, thank you!! :D
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ThePickPocket Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is seriously amazing. Thank you!!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!! :D
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Lisavdb Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How are you pretty as both female and male, while I'm pretty as neither? :<<
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awww I'm certain that's not true! Noes! Besides, anything is possible with makeup! Nod  :thumbsup:
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Lisavdb Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha, that's true :)
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Ducktale Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Thanks a lot for sharing! :-) I am definitely going to try this!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D Happy it can be of use!
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AkikoFumi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy cow, this really looks just like what I'll need! Thanks for this great tutorial!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, very happy to help! :D
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BlackTeaGRL Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Horray, thank you! I'm trying this out :)
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D Glad this can be of use!
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Akatsukicerberus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy god that's so cool
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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Tomecko Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastically done! Your work on the eyebrows is amazing. So manly! I'll have to keep this handy for the next time I crossplay.
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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InsufferableKankri Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a very rounded face, so it's hard to look masculine in cosplay, but damn son this helped a hell of a lot, cheers! ovo
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy it can help! :D Thanks!
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finalpain Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work, and a very clear, informative tutorial.  Keep it up ! :)
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