GRAY MAKEUP: There have been several proposed ways to make your skin gray. Read through to see the pros and cons, and then decide what you might want to do! We recommend Ben Nye because we have found it is the best quality makeup for your money, and because of how much information there is about it online. As a word of caution, Ben Nye does tend to look blue even when mixed properly. There are also other good makeups out there, we just don’t know as much about them! Snazaroo has been getting very popular, as it’s water based and doesn’t smudge on everything.
There is no best makeup because different makeups work for different skin types!
-Ben Nye: Full Tutorial Video Tutorial What to buy What to buy 2 Where to buy everything Where to buy/Advice on other cream makeup Where to buy 2 (Review for this store) Where to buy 3 Where to buy 4 Where to buy 5 Where to buy in the UK Where to buy in Australia Where to buy in Australia 2 How much do I need?/How to apply Does it match my armsocks? Will it melt? How well does it stay on hands? How much will it rub off? Does it come out of my clothes? Will it cover my tattoo? Ben Nye and Acne How long will it take to get here? Layering Cake vs. Creme debate Alternate Setting powder Better for you than baby powder Final Seal Warning Where to buy final seal Taking it off Taking it off 2 Taking it off 3 Taking it off fabric
-Grimas: What color do I get?
-PAX: Tutorial Full Write up/Review In-Depth Review Review #2 Review #3 Where to buy How to mix What color paint do I use? Application Tutorial Tips and pictures Using PAX with Ben Nye Ben Nye vs. PAX - Waterproof Ben Nye vs. PAX - recommendations PAX and Ben Nye Using PAX and Ben Nye for Blood Color
-Poor Man’s PAX: Review and tutorial
MAKEUP REMOVAL: How to get it off of you after wearing it, and cleaning up your clothes, wigs, and anything you’ve left grey on. Pro tip, make sure you carry around a small makeup removal kit at conventions, because some hotels will kick you out if you get grey on their stuff. It also makes the fandom look bad when you leave grey on other people’s clothes and stuff. Don’t do it, be respectable, and if you leave grey on it, fix it. Some links are repeated from their category above!
Removal of oil-based makeup:
Taking Ben Nye out of my clothes Taking makeup out of fabric (Stain Devils) Taking Oil-based makeup off of things that aren’t skin (Citrus Cleaner) Taking Ben Nye off of skin and fabric (Goop) Taking Ben Nye off of yourself (Cold Cream) Taking Ben Nye off of your skin (Make-up cloths) Taking Ben Nye off of skin (wipes) Taking Ben Nye off of skin (baby oil) Taking Ben Nye off of dry/sensitive skin (Comodynes) Taking Ben Nye off of skin and wigs (baby shampoo)
Removal of water-based makeup is much easier, as it usually comes out with soap and water or Resolve Carpet Cleaner for stains in fabric. Most of the above cleaners can be used for water-based makeup too, but try soap and water first and read the labels so you don’t ruin things or harm your skin.
Removal of PAX is a different beast, however.
BLOOD COLOR: Some people like to add their troll’s blood color into their makeup! There is also more information under “lip color”.
ARMSOCKS/GREY TIGHTS: There are many good reasons to make yourself a pair of nice grey armsocks-read for more!
Full Tutorial Full Tutorial 2 Tutorials Pros/Cons of Armsocks Where to buy Where to buy - Dark! Where to buy2 Where to buy 3 Where to buy 4 Where to buy 5 and review Tip for grey leggings Where to buy grey toesocks/tights Pictures Vriska’s Roboarm Pictures Vriska’s Roboarm Sleeve Tutorial Dyeing/coloring tights Advice on coloring tights Alternatives Info on Alternatives
ZENTAI SUITS: A step up from armsocks, these cover your whole body. We’ll only be covering a few options that deal explicitly with trolls here.
Bodysuit-making tutorial Bodysuit Tutorial with Shading tips Matching Zentai to body paint Zentai vs. Making a Catsuit Zentai in custom sizes Zentai Store (Vandue) Zentai stores (zentaizentai and zentaisuitstore)
NAIL COLOR: Blunt yellow-orange nails are canon, but not required by any means. They’re just a simple way to make a good cosplay even more accurate! Do not get nail polish with glitter in it, and google any nail polish you’re thinking about buying to make sure there isn’t any glitter in it.
LIP COLOR: Ever since Kanaya’s introduction, we’ve known that all trolls have dark lips to some degree. While Eridan is the only male troll with black lipstick, here are some ideas on getting that right shade for your lips.
Opinions on black lips Preparing for colored lips Lipstick, Advice/Where to buy Black Lipstick HUGE WARNING - USING EYESHADOW AS LIPSTICK Lip Pencils Vegan lipstick Lipstick Advice (and more) Graftobian Lipstick Urban Decay Male Troll Lips
POINTY EARS/SEA TROLL FINS: Not everyone subscribes to the idea that trolls have pointy ears, while other people really like the idea. Either way is perfectly acceptable! And for those pesky seadwellers, here are some suggestions for either ear or face fins, whichever you prefer.
Pointy Ears Pointy and fin-ears Fins Method Fins Method 2 Fins and Gills methods Ear fin tutorial “One-Minute” Ear fin tutorial “Vampire ears” Wizafir’s store Wizafir’s Etsy Aradani’s Store and review Aradani’s Ebay Neraluna’s Store How many points on fins?
SCARS: Gamzee and Dualscar both have scars now, or maybe someone is doing an AU cosplay of a troll with scars. Either way, here’s what we know! (Be aware that many DIY sites have more tutorials if you need more information or don’t like these options. When in doubt, Google is your friend!)
CONTACTS/EYECOLOR: Contacts are a great way to get your eyes the right color for a troll cosplay, but remember, they’re just icing on the cosplay cake and in no way “required”. If you feel uncomfortable wearing contacts, haven’t used them before, or can’t afford them, then don’t get them. Always be safe when using contacts!
SHIRT SYMBOLS: We recommend using either stencils, fabric symbols, or iron-ons. If you have a steady hand, you can try hand-painting too! Be sure to print off the exact symbols from MSPA if you do either for the most accurate look.
TEETH: The teeth, like the contacts, are a part of a detailed, polished cosplay but not “required.” We highly recommend Scarecrow for fangs and Dental Distortions “Gremlins” for a full mouth of fangs! We also have a few DIY tutorials and tips and tricks.
TURNING YOUR MOUTH GRAY/BLOOD COLORS: Many people have asked for advice on doing this, and while it’s something most cosplayers aren’t too picky about, we’d like you to know what your options are and how to be safe and effective. Note that Dental Distortions can dye some of their gums grey for your costume as well (check the teeth section above).
How NOT to do it Black joke candy “Painterz” candy (many colors) “Ghost Drops” (bought in bulk, about 4 colors including black) “Payback Attack” powder, comes in blood colors “Black Jacks” black licorice candy - in the UK Colored Icing Hard Candy/Jolly Ranchers
HORNS: Because there are so many tutorials and methods out there, a Horn Master Guide is in the making. For now, please be patient and search through a few pages of our horns tag!
INDIVIDUAL TROLL GUIDES:
- Eridan (Also March Eridan)
- Grand Highblood
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