Removing troll makeup with shaving cream
I know you’re getting a lot of submissions about makeup removal, but I simply couldn’t pass this up. Back when my dad was in the army, he would remove his combat makeup (which is very thick and oil based) with shaving cream. If it works for battle-grade camouflage makeup, why wouldn’t it work for troll makeup? Or any costume makeup, really. Like cherubs, grimdark, carapacian, etc.
submitted by sleetgeekartist
Mod Note: Keep this stuff away from your eyes or you will regret your decision; this stuff burns. I would personally recommend using this for oily makeups like Ben Nye, and not for water-based makeups like Snazaroo. As always, test this on the makeup you will be using well before the con, and on a patch of skin on the underside of your arm instead of your face!
Gentle Makeup Removal
See this stuff here? It’s pure magic, and removes sealed Ben Nye in a heartbeat. Got mine off of my face, neck, feet and ankles in a little more than 5 minutes without having to scrub. You will need to use makeup remover cloths (which work best), cotton balls, or a face cloth.
submitted by screamingpancake
Getting makeup off
I know this will work for oil based makeup but I don’t know about other makeups but vegetable oil works amazingly for getting oil based things off. You will want to wash it off with soap obviously afterwards but it works beautifully. One of my friends said baby oil also but I haven’t used it and as always be careful around your eyes.
submitted by actualassholemurrlissa
Mod Note: And as always, test this on your makeup before the con! If it’s not going to work, you need to know with enough time to find an alternative! Pour less than a tablespoon of oil onto something like a lid or a small plate or cup, and from there, dab your face with a cotton ball dipped lightly in the stuff. That way, you don’t contaminate your oil during testing.
A Few Ben Nye Tips (mostly sealing alternatives!)
Hi! I went to an official Ben Nye-certified costume shop to acquire my makeup. They had a huge setup, with all kinds of products in all kinds of colors. If you can, I highly recommend buying your makeup from a store rather than from online. Look, I even italicized the word “highly” because I recommend it so much. I bought almost everything that I needed - and the most important thing that I got was advice. The employee that helped us gave us a bunch of tips about applying and sealing the makeup.
Now, here are some great tips that the employee gave us!
- Keep your Sealing Powder in a sock. (Preferably a clean one, but, hey, I’m not judging.) When you apply the powder, dab it onto your makeup using the sock. When you get more powder, just add more into the same sock. Keep the sock in a Ziploc bag, of course.
- Instead of buying Final Seal, use hairspray. Wait, what? Yep, that’s right. It works like a charm! Just, uh…don’t open your eyes before the hairspray dries, because that’s not a lot of fun. Also, don’t apply the hairspray directly to your makeup, or it’ll probably just get all soggy. Spray some hairspray into a cloud, and then ENTER THE CLOUD. (That made no sense, sorry, but the basic idea is to spray the hairspray in front of you and then walk into it so that it gets on you without being applied directly onto your makeup.)
- You can use no-conditioner baby shampoo to remove your makeup! This also works great. With a bit of light scrubbing, it comes right off. Awesome!
- If your makeup has more than one color to it, (maybe the base is white, and there are separate red circles on your cheeks, or something) put on the base color, then powder it. Add on the next color after you powder the first. This is pretty important! Ben Nye is made so that the colors will blend together if you apply one color right over the next one. Powder, powder, powder!
- It really helps to have people help you with your makeup, if you have servants available. Even if you don’t have access to a servant (hm, how quaint!), things are infinitely easier if you have a friend or family member help you out..even if they don’t know what they’re doing. You can have them hold stuff, or have them make sure that you aren’t smudging any un-powdered makeup on anything.
- Another suggestion: don’t put a ton of makeup on your palms, especially if you have a convenient prop to hold. I put makeup on my fingers and the sides of my hands, but left the middle of my palm free so that I could keep some traction and grip on my chainsaw prop. People probably won’t be able to see your real skin unless if your pose involves a palm aimed right at the camera.)
- SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Makeup reacts differently depending on your skin type. Do as much research as you can! I heard that Ben Nye works best for those with fair skin, though I’m not entirely clear as to what makeups are best suited for other skin types.
submitted by lieutenantqueer
Face Paints Online
I was searching for cheap places to buy makeup for facepaint/covering ‘all’ of my skin. So I found this great site that has various brands, sizes/amounts, and colors!
The Snazaroo products come in various colors and sizes, not too pricey in my opinion (be sure to change between the sizes 2mL, 18 mL, etc.) Ben Nye is $12.00 for a MagiCake dish, without the including shipping of course it depends on your location Not something I would invest in. Unless you’re in the north east of US and in the need of fast shipment, and the con is like next week.
They also give information about the brand, how to apply it, remove it, the different types, about how many faces it can be applied to (before running out.) Great information! There are various Ben Nye face paints and such, and they give information what it looks like when applied (no photos) I find it very useful so you could read it if anyone is deciding what to get.
I ordered some SNAZAROO, and when it comes in and I test it, I’ll be sure to but a review about the product from the site (and services.)
Removing Ben Nye
I don’t know if this has been covered or not, but I have found that Neutrogena MakeUp remover wipes (its a blue package) to remove Ben Nye paint very nicely. Sealed and everything. It can be found at major supermarkets, i.e; WalMart, Drug Mart and even Dollar General. It’s roughly $5 for them!
submitted by gamzadoodle-makarkles
Perfect Lipstick for Pisces troll cosplayers
Not sure if anyone posted about this particular lipstick yet but here I go. So I went cosplaying as Meenah Peixes a few week back with some friends. As I was flipping out about not having a good enough lipstick and about to settle with black lipstick, my roommate, who is a theater major and into cosplay, took notice of my dilemma and let me borrow a tube of lipstick that she used for theater. The name of the borrowed lipstick is Wet ‘n’ Wild Shade 521A and…it…worked…wonders. It not only looked canon but kept my lips moist (seeing as I have eczema and am not a fan of having the slightest amount of dryness on my lips). I judged this lipstick based on three factors: Look, Color, Wear-ability, Availability and Removal. Let’s get started, shall we?
Ben Nye Removal
I see a lot of people complaining on how hard the ben nye body makeup is to get off so i thought i’d submit this!
This is Albolene. It’s a makeup remover similarish to cold creme, and i used it the other day to get my friend’s corpse bride body makeup off.
What you do is take a small amount, spread it on top of your makeup, let it sit for a minute or two, and then wipe it off with a paper towel or something.
It comes off like a dream, plus it moisturizes your skin at the same time.
It’s around 10 dollars, and it’s pretty large, and well worth the money. You only need enough to cover your skin for it to work, so this stuff will last you a long time. Like, there is a lotttt.
You can get it at places like CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, or Duane Reades.
submitted by pearlgirl710
For cosplayers worried about complexion
My aunt recently bought me a Melaleuca Zap-It acne removal kit and oh my gosh it works wonders on my greasy face. I highly recommend it! If you can’t buy the whole kit for whatever reason or you want to save money, then get the Quick Stick.
It’s also a quite excellent performer if you need to wash regular makeup off your face…troll paint, not so much. One kit is a good investment, though: it lasted me about 6 cosplay-heavy months, the shipping is quick, and customer service is great.
submitted by thiefoftoast
Mod Note: Mod #2 here SWEARS by the stuff. It got me through my teenage years and I still use it before and after applying makeup. It can feel a little stingy if you scrub too hard, so be careful!
hey! an alternative for removing makeup!!!
so some people post like some cheap or expensive make up removers and some may dry up your skin for people who have sensitive skin!! so what should you use??
yes! lotion! but please please please be careful when trying to remove your makeup that is on your face! it may get in your eyes! and believe me, i had to scream for help when i tried removing the makeup off my face with lotion, so that’s a nono
just leaving lotion on for a while for about like 30 seconds and wiping it off with a bit of pressure could work!
this won’t really take off the whole amount of makeup, depending on what kind of makeup you’re using, and how much pressure is applied. but there will only be a just a little bit left. and the rest you’re just going to have to wash off with body wash/soap~
submitted by clofobo