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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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Rowan-Pensworth Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  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 1 hour ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Heehee thank you!! :giggle: Happy my tutorial can be of help! :D
0cean0eep Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly, truly amazing. I've wanted to dress as males before. With this, now I know I can!
Vilya0 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D Happy it can be of help!
nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
... that's amazing... I really thought the people in the photos were two different people! Wow. Just... wow! o.O
Vilya0 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! :D
kat1004 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Gonna hopefully cosplay the TF2 Medic this year for Halloween, and definitely if my college of choice has a 'cosplay'-type day. Never been to a 'con before unfortunately... But hey, who cares. I've cosplayed as a fem!Spock before, and it worked out well, but this time, I'm going to be completely crossplaying. So this tutorial is extremely helpful, thanks so much~


Hey, any tips on binding? Or should I just go for a comp. top from a website that sells them?

Really curious about this... This is the one I'm considering, but I kinda have a budget, so... It would be nice to be able to make one on my own...
Here's hoping that I get my Medic cosplay done quickly, so I can wear it this h-ween~
Vilya0 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Compression tops work extremely well, I love mine, but it is a bit expensive for a one time thing. I used to do it with an elastic band meant to be worn on the stomach for abdominal exercises; those can be found in sport sections of stores like Walmart. It works, it's cheap, but it's more painful.
Good luck~! :aww:
kat1004 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for the tips, now to find a relatively cheap RED Medic coat... >.<

And to make an Ubersaw, a Syringe Gun, and a Medigun... >.>
kat1004 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the advice~ Now I just have to get a Medic coat and finish building my Ubersaw and Medigun... :P
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