Cosplaying is not less than any other creative expression and like many others, it demands a level of expertise and experience for proper execution. You might just be the guy who buys a costume and goes to the party just for the fun and the company of likeminded fellows but if you really want to present yourself as a character you admire, or if you want to participate for a competition you would need to go a bit more. We have compiled some tips on how you can do a better makeup to leave a lasting impression.

Clean
The first thing you want to do is clean up your face before applying makeup, this will remove all the dust and oil that later disturb the makeup. A clean face is also easy to work on.

Makeup for Photoshoot
If you expect a photoshoot at a convention, which would usually be the scenario, you might want to do a little extra. You also need to know the lighting conditions of the place eg is it outside in daylight or at night, is it indoors with colorful lights or with bright lights, is it indoors with grim lights, etc. This is because the types of lights greatly effect how you look on camera.

What you should normally do is:

Moisturize: Moisturize your face especially cheeks, around the nose, and under the eyelids.

Concealer: You should select a concealer that matches perfectly to your skin color. Beauty shops such as Sephora even allow you test. It does not need to be too expensive. Apply it to your scars, acne or any other spots on your face.

Foundation: Use a sponge to apply foundation all over your face. You can use any trusted local foundation that does the work. Try not to overdo it, you need to blend.

Powder: Lastly apply powder which will absorb all the oil and provide a final finish to your face.

The above four steps will give you a perfect face for the camera. After that it is up to you and the type of character what kind of makeup you put on it. Try to put more emphasis on the face as it is the most lively and crucial part of the face. Try to apply bright colors as they reflect perfectly on a camera.

Hairdo
When it comes to hair the products you use will change along with the changing requirements. Following are a few products you can use to color and style your hair for a cosplay.

Hair Spray
A hairspray gives you a wide variety of colors but leaves you with a helmet like head. Every colored hair strand will be in place. But you will not be able to pass your fingers through your hair.

Gel
A gel can be used when variety is not that important but washablility is. It comes in limited colors but simultaneously colors and styles your hair. It can easily be washed off with shampoo. Got2b spiking glue, is one of the best in the market, particularly for cosplaying.

Chalk
One can also use chalk for a pastel-like texture for your hair. It is easy to use. You just need to slide it over your hair and it is easily washable. You can also brush your hair but it may fall on your dress if you do not apply hairspray over it.

Others
If you want your hair color to last longer you might want to apply Demi-Permanent Dye which will last for over 25 shampoos. Another easy and risk-free solution is using the clip-on hair of your favorite characters.