"You want society to accept you, but you can't even accept yourself."
I've been wanting to do a cosplay of someone this badass for a long time, so when I found a tutorial on doing Mystique makeup/body paint, I decided NOW was the perfect time to try...especially after purchasing some crazy-cool contacts for another idea.
Speaking of crazy cool contacts, I purchased these from my favorite contact store, and wanted to include a quick Pro/Con for these specific contacts:
- Pro: LOOK AT THE COLOR!!! The fact that any color shows up on my dark brown eyes impresses me, but these are SO vibrant, and SO awesome...can a person be in love with their contacts?
- Con: The pupils are very specific - because they're "cat eyes" they should be (key word here, "should") sitting vertically. However, I noticed that with each blink, the contacts moved a bit, and within 10 minutes, the pupils were horizontal...not quite what I was going for (especially seeing as it went from cool and slightly creepy to "...are you supposed to be a blue frog?" ...ya...not quite the response I'm going for...)!
When they're sitting correctly, they're fantastic, but the amount of times I had adjust, or be told to adjust them for each shot was a bit frustrating. I can only imagine how it would be at a convention when you don't want to worry about looking in the mirror or asking each person taking your picture if your eyes are in straight...or however you'd phrase that strange question...
As for the paint, I bought Mehron Paradise Pro Face Paint in two shades of blue - one to be used as a base color, and one to be used as a highlight (I even picked up some new paint brushes to better create her many details and scales).
While I am beyond pleased with the final results, I will say I have a new appreciation for body painters. This took me two hours, and it was only from the chest up. Granted, it was my first time using body paint, so it may not take as long with a bit more practice.
That being said. using this specific paint had some pros and cons (though at this point I don't have much else to compare it to).
The biggest pro was that the "take off" process was incredibly easy, which is always good when you decide to paint yourself blue on a work night, and need to be less blue for work. Soap and water on a washcloth, and I was back to my ol' self (well...aside from a few blue spots I missed in my ears)!
My main con with this paint was that it did come off so easily while I was trying to apply it. Especially when I started adding in highlights with my second face paint, the base color wiped off too easily, and the highlight wouldn't show up. It took a lot of time to work in very light, gently applied layers to get the color I wanted.
I asked a professional body painter I follow on YouTube (Madeyewlook) for suggestions, and she mentioned that I might have put on too much at once, causing streaks/smudging. I also may need to wait a bit longer for each layer to dry. She suggested looking into a sealing option to hopefully help with all the smudging next time, give the paint a better chance of setting.
I used a craft sponge to apply the paint during this... test..., and while it spread the color pretty well, I think a makeup sponge may absorb less paint in the long run and go on smoother.
Again, all of the various techniques used to create this look were done for the first time only minutes before shooting, so I'll have to try a different approach next time and experiment a bit more.
While it was a lot of work to create this look, only to take it off the same night, I feel it was successful, and with a sealer to hold the color longer, this could be a really magnificent costume!
What do you guys think about costumes involving body paint? Too much work, or do you think it would be worth it if you could get crazy cool results?