Later on my peers started dolling up and I always thought make up products were a waste of money. Seeing them buy RM20.00+ eyeliners from Watsons always irritated me and I'd go home complaining to my mom saying that my friends made me waste 20minutes just to pick out an eyeliner.
Eventually, I started cosplaying in the late 2013, I always thought Cosplayers didn't need much make up. HOHO I WAS WRONG. Instead of me complaining about how much money my friends are wasting on make up products, I am getting nagged on do I really need that much make up products. Cosplay is not only a hobby, its a lifestyle. So here I am today, "showing off" my *ehem* cheap *ehem* make up collection!
Why don't I invest on expensive make up?
As I mentioned before, Cosplayers use ALOT of make up, when we restock our products its gonna cost a bunch. An average person can make their concealers last up to 3-6 months ; if an event is around the corner or a photo shoot is coming up, costests occupies most of your free time to achieve the perfect look for the character. Can you imagine how many time we redo our make up? This is why we can't afford expensive stuff you know.. On the other hand I am not working, so I can't be throwing my parent's money around and making it rain.
I do get questions like :
" WON'T CHEAP MAKE UP RUIN YOUR SKIN? "
Don't mean to brag, but I was born with quite flawless skin and I never pamper myself with any facial treatment. I am extremely lazy to the point where I can just wake up in the morning, slap on water on my face and just leave the house. So I guess its fair to say my face is still looking fine after using non branded make up products. Plus, my make ain't pasar malam cheap. I am a huge supporter of Daiso and Mr.DIY products, since Daiso make up was also featured on CLICKNETWORK's TRIED AND TESTED I guess you can say its quite safe!
1. MAKE UP BRUSHES from MR.DIY
This is my logic, why wash your brushes when you can buy cheap brushes and throw them away after they get dirty? Its only RM6+ and bonus on the brushes for being smooth af!
2. FALSE LASHES from MR.DIY and Taobao
Once me and Sarah were on the topic of false lashes and she told me that when she first bought falsies, it costs her almost RM70. It really shocked her when she found out dramatic false lashes can be bought from Mr.DIY for only RM1.50!! While the not so dramatic ones are sold in pairs also at Mr.DIY for RM7. If you're an occasional shopper at Taobao, you can get them for an ever cheaper price.
3. MAKE UP SPONGES from Daiso
RM5 for a big bag of make up sponges. GOD BLESS YOU DAISO.
Tissue is a huge must have for me when I'm putting on make up. I didn't even pay for this, I just took it from the tissue stash in my house xD
5. CONTACT LENSES
Not gonna bother telling you how much these costs but I put them together in my make up box just in case I forget to pack them for an event.
6. PLASTERS, BANDAGES, MASKING TAPE & GAUZE
You'll never know how handy they are when you need them, so I threw them in as well.
7. SURGICAL MASK
Do I honestly need to elaborate more on how precious these masks are? Imagine walking in public with crazy eye make up and no wig or costume on, my image is going down the drain if I bump in to familiar faces!
8. GLUE STICK
When I first started cosplaying, I remembered one of the tips Taro senpai gave me was to cover my brows with glue stick if I wasn't brave enough to shave or trim them. I was skeptical at first but I can't live without them now!
9. POWDERED CONCEALER from DAISO
After the glue dries on your eyebrows, powder them to prevent any wet glue patches from ruining your look. It even becomes sweat resistance! Trust me, I'm a very sweaty person during events.
10. LIQUID CONCEALER
Once you got your first layer of concealer on your brows, proceed to patch them down with liquid concealer and blend it with more powdered concealer. Repeat process if you have too. Liquid concealer also helps hide away any stubborn eye bags or dark circles I have #LifeSaver :P
11. BB White Cream
Not all my make up products are cheap okay, I do use SilkyGirl products too! This is like my ONLY SilkyGirl product. Hypocrite much? //bricks self// Shockingly, this is also the only product that gave me rashes a few times before. See, I have proof that not all branded products are good for you!
12. BLUSHER & HIGHLIGHT from Daiso
13. SHADOW & HIGHLIGHT from Daiso
14. LIQUID EYELINER & EYESHADOW
Not my favorite eyeliner since I had to get an extra brush just to apply eyeliner but its water resistance so I guess that's good? :/
15. EYESHADOWS from Daiso, Mr.DIY and Chanel
Okay, cross out the BB Cream. My eye shadow pallet from Chanel is the most expensive one by far. My mom bought this from New York and I just "lend" it from her since she's not using it anymore :P
16. MASCARA from Daiso
17. EYEBROW PENCILS from Mr.DIY
Funny thing is, I never used these before cause I prefer a softer look for my eyebrows. They also hurt like a bitch.
18. GEL LINER from Daiso
19. EYELASH GLUE from Daiso
20. EYELASH CURLER from Daiso
21. FALSE EYELASH CUTTER
22. RUBBER BANDS
You'll never know when you'll need them so I threw them in as well.
So yeah, that's what I have in my make up box. Of course I do plan on buying more make up products and watch my collection grow as my cosplans grow. I've been on hiatus from Cosplay for almost 1 semester now, it was one of the worst decisions I've ever made but that'll be on another post. If I rant here it'll be completely irrelevant.
Do hope this post helped out some new Cosplayers on knowing what to basic make up you need without costing a bomb.
Spread the COSPLAY LOVE,
peace out ✌