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Cosplay Makeup Tip: My Harley Quinn Foundation!

Ever since I first debuted my Arkham City Harley in 2013 (or was it Arkham Asylum Harley in 2012?) I’ve gotten quite a few requests about which foundation I use for the costume! Usually when you see Harley costumes, you usually see stark white faces akin to her classic jester look. Those looks are usually achieved with a cream makeup of some kind or even clown makeup! I think this is perfect for her classic look!

However, the Harley costumes I have I felt needed a bit of a different look. In the game I noticed while her face was noticeably white, but I didn’t feel like it was cream makeup she would have used for these looks. Plus whenever I really take a look at her design in-game I tend to notice a little bit of her skin tone showing through the white which you can achieve with a face powder very easily.

Source: Batman Arkham City Wiki

Source: Batman Arkham City Wiki

Therefore, instead of using any cream makeup, I actually use Ben Nye’s Super White Professional Face Powder. I use this for a number of reasons with the first being that Ben Nye makeup is designed for the theatre stage. Think about it – when you’re on stage under a lot of lights (which means a lot of heat and sweating) and more often than not as a performer you’re on the stage for a couple of hours, you need a makeup that will last.

Photo: York in a Box. Harley costume: Maise Designs

Photo: York in a Box. Harley costume: Maise Designs

The other reason why I use the powder is because I have more control over how opaque I want the white powder to be on my skin. Most of the time, I put about 2-3 coats of the face powder so that my face is pretty white, but my skin tone still shows through a little bit as well! Right now I have the .9 ounce bottle and it has lasted quite a while. I found mine at a local costume shop, however you can find them in various sizes online on Amazon as well as here: Ben Nye Face Powder.

So there you go! That’s what I use for all of my Harley costumes.

Have more questions about what I use for my Harley makeup? Feel free to ask in the comments!

Photo by Tony Julius Photography. Batman cosplayer: San Tan Batman

Photo: Tony Julius Photography. Batman cosplayer: San Tan Batman. Harley costume: Maise Designs

Stay fabulous & geeky,

Nichole

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Harley Quinn Inspired Nails by Espionage Cosmetics

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I am a fan of Harley Quinn from the Batman universe. I’ve cosplayed a total of five different version so far with a sixth design coming this year for Phoenix Comicon. 😀

Naturally, I had to get my hands on these HQ inspired nail wraps from Espionage Cosmetics when I saw them at Comikaze Expo last year. I’ve had these things sitting in my bathroom for a couple months and tonight I finally tried out their nail wraps for the first time. Continue Reading

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How I Conceal My Dark Circles

Ever since I could remember, I’ve had dark circles. Whenever I leave the house without makeup (which is rare these days) I usually end up getting asked if I am feeling okay or how I look tired.

To which I respond, “IT’S JUST MY FACE, THANKS.”

Naturally, this is one of my insecurities. I also happen to be a cosplayer which means I have my picture taken in my costume at cons a lot. There’s nothing worse for me than seeing my dark circles sitting there on my face in the picture going “LOL I’m making you look like a zombie!” Continue Reading

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January Ipsy Glam Bag Reveal

Happy Saturday! Are you ready to see what’s in the Ipsy Glam Bag I received this month? ME TOO!

As mentioned in my beauty haul post earlier this week, this is my first glam bag I’ve received. I decided to sign up after seeing the things my mom got in previous months and briefly chatting with her about how she likes Ipsy. If you don’t know what it is, Ipsy is a monthly subscription where you receive deluxe and full-size samples of great beauty products. It gives me the chance to try new things and discover new brands. The subscription is $10/month + FREE shipping. Knowing that a lot of these products you get samples of cost much more than $10 most of the time, I thought “That’s a smokin’ deal! Sign my ass up!!”

So now it’s time to check out the goods! Look at this awesome stuff: Continue Reading

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January’s Itty Bitty Beauty Haul

It wouldn’t be a beauty blog without showing off my beauty hauls right?! Because like any makeup-obsessed geek, I like to spend my hard earned money on new and exciting things – like 754903738953 different colors and flavors of lip glosses.

Steve is not a fan of finding a tube of lip gloss everywhere he looks but he’ll survive.

Here’s my first beauty haul of 2016! Continue Reading