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Before I write about cosplay makeup, I figured I should discuss some skincare basics. I feel it's important to know how to take care of your skin before you start putting gunk on it! This is really very basic so I think those of you with your own regimens already might be bored by it! But here it goes!

I'm not an awesome guru wizard thing, but I'll just share some general concepts and products that work for me. It's different for everybody, but I hope this will be helpful! For your sreference, my skin type is combination: normal to dry with an oily nose. Hahah! Not my T-zone, just my nose!

Recently, my male friends had gotten very interested in makeup for cosplay and asked me for tips on how to go about it. (I think this was fueled by Kaname's visit to our country for Cosplay Mania '12, and they saw how beautiful he looks. :lol:) I decided to ask them about their skincare regimen to figure out what products might work for their skin type.

When I asked what they wash their face with, a lot of my friends (especially guy friends) gave some answers that made me give them a look of horror.

"Just water"

"Soap? The... same soap I shower with"

And I'm like


NO NO NO NO NO NO :ohnoes: Especially since these are guys who are often exposed to polluted air in the city, using public transportation, and doing intense physical training outdoors. And also who have a habit of touching their faces. :laughing:

This brings us to the first item I cannot be without!


:bulletblue: Essential Product #1: Facial cleanser

Facial cleansers come in many forms, and are made to clean off impurities from your face without damaging the skin. Soaps that are meant for washing the body are usually too harsh for the more tender skin on your face. Body soaps could leave your face dry or even cause irritations. (Except for Dove, which does not contain lye. I hear it's actually nice for the face. But maybe still keep a separate bar for your face, because do you really want something that has cleaned the rest of your body to go on your face?)

The one in the photo is what I'm currently using — It's a green tea facial bar soap with a small percentage of glycolic acid. (The dried-up bubbles look cool! It's like frost, hahah!) I first started using this type of soap after my dermatologist recommended it for my skin type. This green tea variation was a gift from a friend, though. All I know is that she got it from Thailand.

Wash your face only twice a day: right after you wake up, and before you go to bed! More than that could strip your skin of its good natural oils too much, which will later make it produce too much oil to compensate! And when you dry your face, pat gently; don't pull at it and rub vigorously! That's bad for you!

Also, my facial bar is sitting on the greatest soap dish ever, from MUJI. That bubble-like bed is made of plastic and prevents the gross residue wetness puddles that usually happens with other soap dishes.

A bit of info about glycolic acid:
"Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin's appearance and texture. It may reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions. Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the stratum corneum to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells." (Source)

I also have other cleansers with more specific functions. I use St. Ives Apricot Scrub which helps exfoliate. So when I have dry, flaky patches on my face, I use it to scrub them off gently. Also, when my pores feel clogged with excess oil or makeup, it seems to help push the gunk out and my pores are left feeling cleaner. Just be careful not to be too rough on your skin with this! And only use it 2-3 days a week.

Other brand recommendations for newbies: Cetaphil, Neutrogena


:bulletblue:  Essential Product #2: Moisturizer

The one in the photo is one of my favorites — a moisturizing toner/lotion from a Japanese brand, Hada Labo. We don't have this in Manila so this pack was brought back by my friend who visited Singapore. (Thank you!)

Common question from guy friends: "Why do I need to use moisturizer? Won't it make my face sticky?" or "My face is already oily, I don't need to put moisturizer" NO NO NO NO.



They made me very sad. Hahaha! I always enjoy using moisturizers because they make me feel refreshed. Again, I have several kinds because I enjoy switching them up depending on how my skin feels for the day and trying new products. Skincare is like a hobby for me. =p

I like getting refill packs of the Hada Labo lotion I mentioned earlier, and transferring them to small bottles like this:

That water-like substance in the bottle is the moisturizing lotion. It's unusual to call such a watery liquid a lotion, but it does do an excellent job of refreshing my skin and locking in the moisture so it feels soft and supple.

It's best to use moisturizer right after you wash with facial cleanser! That way, your face is nice and clean and ready to absorb the good moisture. If your skin is properly hydrated, it is less likely to produce unnecessary oil. (I think some people have the impression that moisturizer is sticky because they imagine putting in on their faces during midday when it tends to be oily. NO NO NO NO THAT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS)

So what is the importance of moisturizer?

Dry skin is more likely to wrinkle or sag. It's not very flattering for a person's face to appear cracked or flaky. It could even itch, and scratching could lead to breaking the skin which means openings for infection.

When your skin is too dry, your face tries to make up for the missing moisture by producing oil. (This is why some people's skin get oily!) Too much oil on your face is generally uncomfortable, and it can also lead to more acne. And acne is never fun, because it's itchy or painful, prone to infection, and takes a toll on a person's looks and consequently, their self-confidence.

Our bodies are 80% water and our largest organ is our skin. Doesn't it sound like it could help to reinforce the moisture on our face, which is usually most exposed to the sun?

Brand recommendations for newbies: Celeteque has nice, no-frills, affordable moisturizers. They're hypoallergenic, water-based, oil-free, and fragrance-free. You can get them at Watson's. They even have moisturizers with SPF, which brings us to the next essential product—


:bulletblue: Essential Product #3: Products for sun protection

My bros kept making me weep. I ask, "Do you have a daily sunblock?" And I get answers like, "I thought sunblock was just for the beach."



Our country is near the equator and it's always hot around here, so I'm never very comfortable going out without sun protection. I think we all know that it's bad to soak up too much of our dear sun's rays.

Sometimes I use a normal non-tinted moisturizer with SPF, but I've developed a habit of using BB creams for everyday sun protection. I enjoy the fact that BB creams are multi-purpose: Apart from the SPF, they also moisturize, certain types help with oil control, and they have just enough coverage to even out my skintone.

I have more than one BB cream because I use different kinds for different days. I pick according to consistency, level of coverage, and SPF level to suit the day's activities. Or just use whatever isn't buried in my room which I need to clean up


:bulletblue: Essential Product #4: Lip balm

I alwaysssssss have lip balm. (This isn't my whole collection. OTL) Maybe I have fussy lips but I'm not comfortable without a stick of lip balm on me. My lips don't really get dry or chapped otherwise but I suppose it's a quirk of mine to want to pamper them, hahah.

My favorite one is the Palmer's Cocoa Butter lip balm because the consistency is unlike any other that I've encountered, and it has SPF 15. Most balms feel waxy and just feel like they're sitting on my lips and not doing anything so I just want to wipe them off after a while. The Palmer's one melts in an almost buttery way, and leaves my lips feeling moisturized and happy without the feeling that it's coated in something thick. And it smells like marshmallows!

Lip balm isn't just for girls!!

This is usually met with a resounding, "WHAAAAAT??"

And WETTING YOUR LIPS WITH SALIVA IS BAD. Here's why:

"At this point, you might be asking yourself whether you really need a lip moisturizer at all. The answer to that question has to do with the unique nature of lips. For one thing, the skin on your lips is very thin. The blood supply is very close to the surface, which is why lips appear pink or red. In addition, your lips don't contain any oil glands, so they don't produce any natural oils like the rest of your skin does. As a result, lips tend to become dehydrated and chapped more quickly than the rest of your skin would.

To make matters worse, you might think you're adding moisture when you lick your dry lips, but the relief is only temporary. Once the saliva dries, it takes with it any natural moisture on your lips, leaving them even drier than before -- so the more you lick your lips, the drier they become. An effective lip moisturizer needs to do what sebum, your skin's natural oil, does for the rest of your skin: Keep moisture in and protect lips from any drying environmental conditions." (Source)


:bulletblue: Essential Product #5: Makeup remover

How many of you have friends who just use soap and water (or worse, just water) to take makeup off after cons?

If you plan to use makeup, it's important to invest in makeup removers as well! Makeup can clog your pores and cause acne, and really, who wants that? Makeup is made to adhere to skin, so they won't easily wash off with soap and water. And you really shouldn't scrub too hard to clean up your face because that much pressure and pulling on your skin will cause wrinkles and make it more prone to sagging. Makeup removers exist to loosen up the makeup and help you get the job done with as little stress to your skin as possible.

Yet again, this type of product comes in many forms and you can try them out to see what works best for you. The two in the above photo are items I normally use after cosplay makeup.

The one in the jar is Happy Teatime Aloe Tea Cleansing Cream from Etude House. It's a cream-type makeup remover that does a good job of melting off foundation-type products like BB cream. I suppose it's kind of like cold cream, but less oily than other cold creams I've encountered. You can actually wash it off with water, and it doesn't leave the face feeling oily and gross. Other cold creams which would resist water because of the oil content. (I still like to use tissue to wipe it off then use a facial cleanser after this, just to be thorough.) It's also got a very nice scent and leaves my skin feeling nourished. The price is very reasonable, at Php120+ for this jar that lasts for quite a while. So don't skimp on it! Your skin will thank you. It will grow mouths and speak to you


Look at this lovely sparkly pink bottle of unicorn tears.

This two-part concoction in the bottle is just called Mascara Remover, and is also from Etude House. Funny thing is, I don't even use mascara. I use it to clean off eye makeup. Eyeliner can be particularly tricky to take off, but this makes it a lot easier. Its removal power is stronger than the cleansing cream.


You use it by shaking the bottle up to combine the pink oil and clear water-like liquid, then using it to dampen a cotton pad which you clean up your eyes with. Again, avoid excessively pulling on the skin! The eye area is particularly sensitive and has a greater tendency to sag. Also, try not to let it seep into your eyes because while it doesn't hurt, your vision can get weird and cloudy for a bit because of the oil. That can't be good for you.


Another makeup removal product that is handy to keep in stock is this pack of cleansing facial wipes. Again from the Happy Teatime line of Etude House. They're not like regular wet wipes, some of which are soaked in cleansers with alcohol and other strong chemicals in them because they're meant to clean your hands, not your face. These tissues are soaked in makeup remover, which leaves the skin feeling fresh and moisturized. They also smell really nice! My friends and I often use these to let our skin breathe the moment we leave a con.

Strongly avoid going to bed with makeup on because your sleeping time should also be time your skin can heal and repair itself. It can't do that very well when you've got all this junk all over your face. So if you're ever too tired to wash your face properly, at least try to use these wipes. However, I still insist on using my facial cleanser after using this!

One time, a friend (whose name I will not mention because he has learned since then and will now be ashamed of what he did) tried some theatrical makeup on his face and since that stuff was made to stick to skin well, normal soap couldn't wash it all off. What he did was scrub his face with a pumice stone.


scrub his face with a pumice stone
his FACE with a PUMICE STONE
PUMICE STONE

[sound echoes through the ages]

I told him never to subject his face to that kind of torture again and if a makeup removal emergency ever presents itself again, that he can use baby oil or extra virgin olive oil instead. Lesson learned.

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Quick rundown:
:bulletblue: Use a facial cleanser to wash your face everyday, twice a day. Once when you wake up, and another time before you go to bed.
:bulletblue: Use a moisturizer after washing your face. Get some on your neck as well.
:bulletblue: Make sure to apply products with sun protection before going out. Again, spread a bit down your neck.
:bulletblue: Keep a lip balm handy. Lip balms that contain SPF are especially great!
:bulletblue: Use proper makeup removers to gently but thoroughly clean your face on days you wear makeup.

Order of products when washing your face:
1. makeup remover / cleansing cream
2. facial wash
3. moisturizer

It's really not very complicated when you get used to it! Don't be too lazy to care for the part of your body that you regularly present to people, and that you greatly rely on to convey emotion! It'll only take up a few minutes of your day, and it'll be worth it.

And also...
:iconimbishieplz: LISTEN UP, MEN! There is no shame in wanting to take care of what you have! If other guys will poke fun at you for wanting to keep your skin healthy, let them laugh! One day you'll laugh at their saggy skin and bad complexions! Go shop for your skincare products with your heads held high! Hahahahahah

I guess that's it for now! Oh, and of course also drink lots of water, get sufficient hours of sleep, and eat stuff that's good for you! If you're having some major problems, you could try consulting with a proper dermatologist.

I often get questions about my skin (it's far from perfect, but I appreciate your interest) so I hope this provides sufficient answers! I'll post the long overdue updated version of our cosplay makeup tutorial sometime after this! :)

I JUST REALLY LIKE SKINCARE OKAY

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Jin!

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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! A friend just got my Hada Labo lotion for me while she was in Singapore :)
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advent-seer Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
You're very welcome! I always find the tutorials you and your friends make very helpful. =)

And oh okay! Thank you! Will just keep trying to look for local online sellers. =)
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Taigraya Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
It's great that you are posting this. I used to sell skin care products for three years and had to explain what you have written. The sooner you start a skin care regimen (it doesn't have to be expensive) the better!
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
I'm glad to hear then that the principles I've been going by are relatively correct! And yeah, totally agreeing with how the products don't need to be expensive!
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lemming101 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Great info! I've been trying to take better care of my skin recently and I agree with all the info you posted. It's amazing how much difference 10 minutes of skin care a day can make for your face. :)
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   General Artist
Absolutely! I hope this can convince more people to take better care of their skin :)
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TwiSteDCBloSsoM Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I liked this journal a good bit. I do make up pretty well but haven't worn it much myself. In the last year though I have a job that requires me to look happy and peppy and with my medical conditions I usually look like a zombie so I have to use make up. I had always heard about moisturisers etc that everyone says you should use, but no one ever actually TELLS you what you should do or give you ideas about it since it should be common knowledge.. From my experience it's not common knowledge and so this journal is seriously bookmarked because it will help me a lot i the future!
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
I certainly hope it will prove to be helpful! And a little bit of skincare really does go a long way, so I hope you can give it a shot! When your skin is better, you'll need less makeup which is convenient and good for you in the long run :D
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New-Moon-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My skincare is very basic for me. In the shower, while I have a shampoo soaking in my hair [medicated, I have a skin condition called Psoriasis on my scalp =( ], I use an oil-free, daily acne wash. I don't get breakouts often, but when I do, they are HUGE and hard to take care of, and end up sticking around for even a week or more afterward even being drained =/ My skin also doesn't like changes in altitude, make me break out very easily. Throughout the day, if my skin gets too oily, which it does because of always being active at work and grease being in the air, I use these small alcohol pads. They're made for prep if you have injections you have to do every day, but I find it works great on clearing the dirt off of my face. I might end up having to use them two to three times a day. I rarely wear makeup, just for cosplay. Occasionally I wear eyeshadow, and eyeliner, but I hate mascara as well! To remove it, I use just basic makeup removing pads. I've tried my mom's, which is just Neutragena mascara remover on pads, but it's too oily and I have to clean my face several times afterwards to feel like I get it all off. Only if it's the summer and I feel like my skin is getting too dry to I use moisturizing lotion, and it has to be oil free, normally just a store brand is fine.
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kisaki-akizuki Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
It's always great to hear what other people do to maintain their skin. Thanks for sharing!

I'm usually too lazy to put on makeup. Daily, I use a tinted moisturizer with SPF15 and some lip balm that I always carry around with me. I feel strange when I don't have one with me! Sometimes I have time for eyeliner. I love mine because it's the kind that washes off with soap and water, but stays on all day! They sell it at Beauty Bar. My makeup remover is, perhaps, the most expensive skincare item in my cabinet. I have skin asthma, so everything I use needs to be all-sorts-of-allergen-free, and the one I use is fragrance-free, and also moisturizes. :)
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Scye27 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
There's a discount place here that has green tea makeup remover wipes for 5x less than the ones in department stores. I can read the ingredients too so it appears to be ok. I literally buy 10 at a time. They are the greatest thing ever.
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fakekira101 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the helpful advice! I really didn't know that regular bar soap was bad for your face.....
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WhiteCrowMoon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I found this great makeup remover that's kind on eyes at the store, and it worked wonderfully for removing body paint as well. For most of my skincare I use Proactiv, because it's the only thing that's worked on my face. I've got oily skin, and it's really helped get rid of my acne.
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I usually tend to use theatrical makeup, with a coating of cream first (because I'm allergic to even hypoallergenic makeup), for my cosplay. I started doing this when I entered college because I am a technical theatre major and thus have it readily available. (Yes, the lazy answer. orz) I have also found that certain soaps take of the theatrical makeup without harsh scrubbing for the face. I am vegan and have found that many vegan soaps don't leave behind the slimy residue many other soaps do as well as are great at removing makeup. On the downside though, they REALLY hurt if you get them in your eyes. Just thought I would share that tip... though I'm not sure how useful it will be. ^^'
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Bubblette Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student
Wow! Thank you so much for the tips~ For years I have had really bad acne ( I had really oily skin - bleh) and even though my acne has subsided over the years, I still like to take good care of my skin. (Not to mention, I LOVE to play with make-up) So thank you so much - I would love it if my face grew lips and told me thank you lol
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
You're very welcome!

Be careful what you wish forrrrr
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Salvaa Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Very useful! And it actually motivated me to go get my butt to the bathroom to put nightly facial mask on as I always do. My skin is grateful, I was sooo tired today. Anyhow, it was very nice to hear opinion of someone who's from another part of the world!

I'm really into natural skin care methods. I use Aleppo soap, no facial cleansers, I use aloe gel under my eyes and either my cream containing 10% of panthenol or just natural oils on the rest of the face. But main thing is Orientana mask. It's awesome! I use it every night, just put it on my face and then wash my face next morning, it calmed down my skin. It's rather expensive but it last for sooo long. I really like it. Lately I also tried some acids and I hope that some darker spots and other strange things will be less visible. I also heard it's very good to wipe skin from time to time with apple cider vinegar. I heard it's wonderful for hair but never tried it on my face. For make up removal though my the best and only one is grape seed oil with oleum ricini. It makes all make up come off like it's nothing. I use oil cleansing method and it's the best for me. Gentle, and leaves skin really clean.

I was so surprised you're so into skin care! It's nice to hear that :D And I admire guys that are not afraid to ask how to treat their skin better. It's always good to have nice skin.
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
Those sound awesome! Those products don't seem to be easily available around here, though! But I would try natural skin care, given the chance!
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Salvaa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Yeah give it a try! You may just switch from usual moisturisers to oils. Some of them really work wonders on skin! The hardest part is to find "your" oil cause everyone is different. I think my skin is happier now that I stopped using some strange products and started treating it with natural methods. Although I still use Missha waterproof sun milk. I started using acid scrubs and I need it, besides skin is always happier with less sun I think :D
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KuroiTaiyou Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
... I must say this now: You are so friggen cute, Jin. XD

Also, fantastic tips on skincare. I really need to get me some of that stuff. I seem to have the same type of skin as you do (just the oily nose OTL) Thank you very much for sharing and all those wonderful tips. :3
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
Ahaha! ^^;

Whoo, oily nose club! I hope these products help you out! You're welcome! I'm happy to share these!
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Galtenoble Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'll have to remember that thing about the soap. I have oily skin, and a tendency to touch my face a lot. >.<
I used to use a tea tree oil soap for my face back when my acne was worse.. Maybe I'll look into a facial cleansing soap, though..
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GerryIsNear Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Good guide. I don't like using a lot of products on my face, but my skin looks terrible, so I probably should.
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nullfl0w Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful guide, thanks for sharing! I would just like to add that a good exfoliator with those little beads is better for your skin than St. Ives Apricot Scrub, as the apricot kernels pretty much shred your pores with how harsh and jagged they are. Also, finding something that contains salicylic acid will help to reduce spots!

As well as that, find any face wash that doesn't contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is what makes soaps lather unnecessarily, and it's too harsh for your face. A good brand we have in England is "Simple", their "refreshing daily face wash" comes without SLS.
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
I've been using the apricot scrub for years and years, and I don't feel like they're too rough for me at all! Hahah, maybe I have tough skin? And I don't use it very often. But I do like exfoliating with large granules. I enjoy sugar scrubs too.

Yup, salicylic acid works great on me! I have a bunch of products that contain SA for when I'm breaking out.

I believe my facial bars are like that! I noticed they don't froth up much, and they were formulated especially for distribution by a well-known dermatology clinic around here so they should know what they're doing!
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nullfl0w Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I forgot, moisturising is an important step in basic skincare, even for oily skin! It actually helps to regulate the oil that is naturally secreted, as oily skin is ironically just overcompensating for a lack of natural oils, as people tend to buy face washes specifically for oily skin, which strips the skin of oils, hence the overcompensation.
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
Yup, I made sure to touch on that in my post! It makes me sad me when people use their oily skin as an excuse not to use moisturizer! I loooove moisturizer so I believe everyone should use it too, hahah!
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nullfl0w Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oops, I completely missed that bit, sorry! Ahh I have super sensitive skin which is why St. Ives is out of the question for me, lucky you for having badass skin!
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LuzifersChoice Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this!
As a boy I rly don't have a CLUE about care products for my skin...
of course I put on some 'make up' for Cosplay but I used water & soap to remove these too.
Now I want to grab som emoney an dbu yme some of these products :I !
Thank you :heart:
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
The products I listed here are not very expensive, and they help a lot! The makeup removers especially — all of them are below $5 :)
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Paper-Plate Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing your tips! I am currently looking around for new skin care products to try as my current ones are almost out and don't really do an amazing job.

The lip balm sounds amazing.
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
I hope some of these will work for you!

Yes it is! And so cheap for how long it lasts and how well it works! Over here it costs about $3 but it might be even cheaper in the US!
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Paper-Plate Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that is really cheap! I'm in the UK at the moment but I'm sure we must have some somewhere. $3 is a bargain though I've been paying almost $15 for mine. ;_;
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silly-redpanda Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always enjoy your tips, since you're incredible at makeup and cosplay transformation. Specially for a beginner like me it's very helpful. Thank you so much for your help! ^^
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MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol at the pumice stone "incident"! XD

I never really took too much care of my skin (I'm too impatient for that, sorry... at least I don't live in a too polluted city or use make-up, usually), but I never did something so extreme! :rofl:

Well-written guide and useful tips, anyway; thanks for writing this. ^^
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JustACosplayer Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really helpful, thanks so much!
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chocolate-revel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Ahhh so useful :D thanks for this~
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chrislea Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
A pumice stone?! D= Didn't he know you can use baby shampoo for theater makeup? That's what we used when I was in drama club. ^^

This is a good guide. ^^ Even people with oily skin should moisturize right after they use acidic cleansers. I never believed that, but my skin is always better when I use masks once or twice a week. *is very oily all over*
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RainMakesRainbows Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I am a face wipe addict! :giggle: They leave your skin so clean & refreshed, and they smell amazing too <3

Great skincare tutorial!
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Nami15 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, first off.. you are far more into facial care than I am. XD That's really awesome. I just started to get more into skin care, because I have acne. However, the acne only really fires up when I eat sweets, which I have a tendency to do. >>; *cough*

I was grinning and trying not to giggle the whole time. I really admire guys who are willing to take care of their faces, and unlike a lot of my American Amigos, I am not freaked out by it.

And this part: One time, a friend tried some theatrical makeup on his face and since that stuff was made to stick to skin well, normal soap couldn't wash it all off. What he did was rub his face with a pumice stone! I told him never to subject his face to that kind of torture again and if a makeup removal emergency ever presents itself again, that he can use baby oil or virgin olive oil instead. Lesson learned.

I almost screamed in horror sitting at my desk at work. I cringed and I am still cringing! Guuuuh, that's just so.. shudder-worthy.

Thank you for these lovely tips! I knew somethings about facial care, but this helps even more. ^^ I don't tend to wear much foundation at all. I look best with just eyeliner and mascara, but if I should ever cosplay, this is the journal I'll be reading to help my face recover from abuse. XD Thanks, Jin!
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Hitomi-Cosplay Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
great guide lol
there's a lot of people that maybe only wash their faces with water before and after makeup, so you'll help so much these people /o/

and I my skin is normal, only my nose is oily /o\ it's horrible auhhua
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IamMidnite Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the info. It's so hard to get my friends to realize the importance of skincare. I'm always helping them with their cosplay makeup but I can't seem to stress skincare enough to them. I'll be sure to share this. They all admire your photos. Maybe they'll wake up a little once they see you work hard at it too. ^^; ( I also want to try some of your products now too. You're amazing! :love: )
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XMireille-chanX Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, all very helpful tips an items.
Thanks! >w<
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
Glad you found it useful! You're welcome! :D
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neko-panigiri Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HADALABO FOR LIIIIFE <3
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
I WISH I COULD HAVE EVERYTHING FROM THIS LINE ;_;
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neko-panigiri Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YESSSSS I ONLY HAVE THE TONER AND MOISTURIZEEER SOOO FAAAR I WANNA TRY LE FACIAL WASH *A* Oh you should look into cure aqua gel as exfoliant ITS AMAZE BALLS
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JJNeeps Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is great information. Even for a person who just puts on daily make-up like me. I find I still break out even after washing off make up regularly.
It never occurred to me to seek a dermatologist's advice too.

Thanks for the info. The pictures are great illustrations for the guide too. I'm very visual, and it helps.

Cheers,

JJ>
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
They're great at pinpointing what might be wreaking havoc on the skin! One time, they discovered it was my toothpaste! :ohnoes: I just had to switch brands!

Very glad to hear you enjoyed it! You're most welcome!
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Salvaa Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I heard about it! When I changed my toothpaste to something without fluor and stopped eating things with chilli and pepper my skin instantly calmed down. Here goes my habit of eating spicy food (´Д`。) but my skin is more important, and I reason since the stuff had such an effect they probably weren't good for my body anyway...
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