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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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InsufferableKankri Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  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
finalpain Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work, and a very clear, informative tutorial.  Keep it up ! :)
Vilya0 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
serel Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not a cosplayer myself but I find this awesome. From those two images at the top I wouldn't have guessed it was the same person. Really great.
Vilya0 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
Lostdreamz82 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Thanks so much for this,  usually my characters are more feminine,  but i have friends who normally don't use makeup asking me and i was like ummmm? But i def plan to use this to help them,  and def for myself to learn on the more masculine crossplays I have planned! 
Vilya0 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome, I'm glad it can be of help! :D
Rowan-Pensworth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!! I'm going to a Con in early/Mid October and am crossplaying this time~ I'm not very good with makeup, so the pictures really help explain things. Thank you so much!!

And, not to be awkward or anything, but you make a hot guy. Just saying. 

Anyway!! Thank you so much!!
Vilya0 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Heehee thank you!! :giggle: Happy my tutorial can be of help! :D
0cean0eep Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly, truly amazing. I've wanted to dress as males before. With this, now I know I can!
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