With Halloween around the corner, everyone’s going crazy sorting out Halloween themed cosplays. We spoke to 4 young sassy ladies who are THE BEST female cosplay makeup artists in Sri Lanka right now and here are their stories on what motivated them to succeed in this venture.
1. Opula Fonseka
Who can forget Opula’s stunning Lanka comic con cos play this year? We are certainly cannot! Opula is a cheese adoring 17-year-old student whose passion for cosplay makeup began at a very young age.
Her artistic approach to creating fictional TV/Movie characters through make up is truly inspirational. Her love for cosplay began in 2013, at a Cosplay convention in Bahrain where she was inspired by Zombie makeup. She continued to create her very own clay molded horror pieces, months later and succeeded with support and love from all her closest friends.
Opula’s amazing makeup was featured at many cos play events in Colombo this year and she looks forward to spreading her horizons. She believes that Lanka Comic Con and the Geek Club of SL helped her broaden her love and interest for makeup and she is forever grateful for her friends who ignited her true passion for art.
Opula’s quick tips for DIY makeup
- I started with products I find around my place, eg. Cotton, binder glue, modeling clay, fabric paint, water colours.
- Do it with passion and never do it for the prize at the end.
- There is nothing better than being appreciated by others for something you love doing
2. Dominique Croos
18-year-old Dominique’s amazing work caught our eye at the Lanka Comic-con this year when she displayed her remarkable talent. She finds inspiration in DIY youtube videos , which helps her create those super amazing looks, we all love so much.
Her passion for cosplay gives her the ability to be more confident and powerful- a feeling of content when you realize your hard work has paid off and turned out just the way it was planned.
Dominique’s DIY cosplay makeup tip-
- Almost everything will have an alternative or a homemade recipe, and by watching a lot of DIY videos you start automatically linking that you can use this item, instead of that, then the process is easy.
- As an example, microwave some gelatine and water together and it can work as an adhesive, but it’s not a vet strong adhesive, put red food colouring in it and you have instant fake blood.
- Binder glue works perfectly as an alternative to liquid latex as that isn’t readily available here, but eyelash glue is liquid latex, so I generally end up using that but the tubes are so tiny and pretty pricey, it’d be easier to use binder glue.
- Cotton balls, tissues, paper, these all can be used to make your cosplay, if you know how, just watch videos and be creative.
3. Nipunika Fernando
Nipunika is a young aspiring costume designer, whose love for fictional characters and their personalities inspired her to try out cos play. Her passion is often fueled by the character’s extraordinary personality and backstory, which allows to recreate her version of the character, as an artist.
Nipunika is inspired by her beloved mother, who helped grow her aspiration for costume design at a young age in life. She is most thankful for her best friend, who has always supported her and love for cosplay makeup and she looks forward to growing her artistic projects in the near future.
Nipunika’s top tips for nailing cos play
- Firstly always do your research into the character and their different iterations, costumes and look into cosplays other people have done.
- Watch as many tutorials as possible, even if they’re aren’t specifically for your cosplay it’s important to learn the tricks of the trade.
- Manage your time wisely and start with the most challenging aspects of your cosplay.
- Don’t be discouraged if a character you want to cosplay doesn’t look exactly like you, cosplay doesn’t discriminate so go ahead and cosplay whichever character takes your fancy
- And lastly never doubt the power of makeup, glue, cheap hardware store finds, cardboard and a powerful imagination
4. Basma Lakhwaira
Basma is an uber talented young lady, who’s an interior designer by profession. Her amazingly detailed cos play makeup were displayed at this year’s Lanka Comic Con.
Basma’s love for cosplay derives from her love and support for the video game and animation industry. She believes that it gives another dimension and character to one’s life which is why many people are dedicated towards it. Basma is also inspired by the passion and dedication others have shown towards cosplay or bringing fictional characters to life through makeup and prosthetics.
Basma’s top tips for cos play makeup
- Makeup & Accessories:
Never underestimate the power of Makeup. The most convenient way of getting into the basics of Cosplay is experimenting with makeup. Make sure the products you apply on your skin aren’t harmful. I would advise getting kids face/body paint to get the job done or regular makeup (which you can find at beauty stores such as srina palace, savanee and more)
Beauty stores may also have other items such as beads, rhinestones and other accessories that you can use to pull off a look. Let your imagination run wild! Don’t let products decide what you can do with them, you should imagine how you can manipulate products around you to your advantage.
It’s always a good idea to pick a character with a distinguishable prop to get your character’s essence across without much effort. A quick example of this would be Thor.
Getting realistic body parts made (such as elf ears, longer noses, layers of skin on top of your own) though may seem the most difficult, is still a preferable one. It does require ample time and precision in casting, molding & sculpting but this can be practiced with time.