I am always asked about my process when it comes to my makeup when doing cosplay and most notably when I do Harley Quinn. As a melanated women, I make sure my attention is on my skin and hair.
Before I apply anything, I begin by moisturizer my hair using the LOC method. This keeps my natural hair hydrated and nourished.
The products I typically use:
- Water (first and foremost)
- Pattern Leave in Conditioner – $9 .00 – $42.00
- 10-in-1 Growth oil from Hair Growth Co. – $10.00 – $29.00
- Pattern styling crème – $9.00 – $42.00
Next is moisturizing my face, this part takes a bit of time. However, I do this daily every morning including when I’m ready to cosplay a character. I have to protect my skin.
- Oatmeal face bar
- Golden Cleanser with Manuka Honey by Keys Soulcare – $22.00
- Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% oil by The Ordinary – $11.70
- Organic Roseship Oil or Teatree Oil
- Skin Transformation Creme Fragrance Free by Keys Soulcare – $32.00
Lastly, I begin to apply my makeup for the character. This case, I’m referring to my Harley Quinn makeup. I recommend practicing before apply makeup so you know what you are doing.
I use a primer on my skin before applying face paint and makeup for better coverage and longer-lasting paint. This also makes the paint to adhere to solid, smooth layer.
Next, I always use White Paradise makeup AQ by Mehron for the all white and this takes a long time in order for it to be smooth and blended. For around the eyes, I use the Black Paradise makeup AQ by Mehron. For the lips, I use the liquid makeup by Mehron. Lastly, I use either a setting powder for this or the Dewy finish spray by NYX Cosmetics. This keeps all the paint on all day and when I wear glasses too.
When it is time to remove my makeup, I use Dickinson Original Witch Hazel Cleansing Cloths. This removes 95% of the makeup. I hope in the shower to remove the residual paint off. After that, unless I’m doing a cosplay the next day, I make sure I moisturize my face and apply Differin Gel to protect my face.