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Female to Male Crossplay Makeup Tutorial by Vilya0 Female to Male Crossplay Makeup Tutorial by Vilya0

Here is the way I do my crossplay makeup! It came from a lot of trial and error, and from reading tutorials and adapting the techniques. In the same way, this tutorial can give the general guidelines (or at least I hope it can), but know that everyone is different and may require a different makeup to achieve the desired look and that it’s up to you to experiment. I would say the best way to know where you need to put shadows is to look at yourself in the mirror while under an overhead spotlight; the natural shadows you see are the ones you need to recreate. Also keep in mind your character, his age, traits and complexion, and the colors you are wearing; not two of my crossplays have the same makeup.

Always take pictures of yourself when experimenting, otherwise you’ll only see yourself in the mirror and think you look awful (I still do everytime). Pictures give you the objectivity to judge your work instead and see how you can improve. Drawing over pictures of yourself in Photoshop can be good practice too!

Don’t forget to apply your makeup in a light similar to that of the convention center or photo shoot emplacement where you are going, as to correctly gauge the shadow intensity needed.

I don’t talk about highlights in this tutorial because my skin is already too pale as it is, but if you have darker skin or are wearing a darker or unnatural color in body paint, the places you can lighten are the brow, the nose line and the chin. With the body paint, I recommend using very dark of the same color on the eyes and medium dark for the other shadows.

This is personal but I am a firm believer against the use of eyeliner and mascara in crossplay (except if you’re doing stage with it, then by all means go ahead). Unless your character would wear makeup himself, I feel you shouldn’t look like you’re wearing any, otherwise you’re harming your credibility. This is why I prefer to keep to natural colors and undefined applying.

This tutorial may not be enough for those with very feminine features. In this case, prosthetics may be needed for a successful look.

I’d be happy to answer any questions or to go into more detail or theory. :aww: And I’d love to hear from anyone who tries it out! :D

(Please note that I am in no way an expert in makeup; disagreeing with any of my statements is perfectly valid. :))

EDIT: I've been asked about the eyebrows a lot: I don't literally lower my eyebrows by covering my own and painting new ones, I merely add more under my own and towards the nose. The covering technique can work as well, of course, there are a lot of ways to go about it. ...Sorry if that was confusing.

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sampea Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018
Wow!
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Paper-Piper Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I like to crossdress a lot, but the most I've been able to do was wear 'masculine' pants (and borrow grandpa's shirts) and hide my hair under a hat. 
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LadyLambdadelta Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
You look amazing!
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TheDragonoyd1847 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
You should make a MtF tutorial too! (If that is even possible).
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's not really my area of expertise, sorry! But there are plenty of talented MtF cosplayers out there who might be able to help you! David chan cosplay and J.Hart Design are shining examples.
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FrozenStarNova Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaah thank goodness for this~ My semi-formal is tonight and this made me feel much more confident in my looks :D (I'm wearing "guy clothes" instead of a dress)
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's awesome! So happy to help! :D
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ThePharaohOfThieves Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
omg this is a life saver!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy to help! :)
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XweeProductions Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Student General Artist
Since I'mma be cosplay this noodle right here I Dunno Either 

I needed this and I thank you for making it. Heart 
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy to be of help! :aww:
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DerpyTigerMoon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY HECK- that's amazing, don't even know the character your cosplaying (because I'm a loser), but I'm going to watch you anyway because your work is outstanding.
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so so much! :D
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Mary-Guartana Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This was so incredibly helpful! Thank you so much! <3
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Happy to help! :D
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CreativeUsermeme Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Dude this is so helpful for transmasc people too thanks
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very happy to help! :D
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cranboy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does this work for FTM trans people looking to present themselves masculinely?
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've had many FTM trans coming to me saying it helps them. :)
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If it works for cosplay, it's going to work for FTM people, especially if you pair it with a binder/masculine outfit/etc etc etc
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LizzieFlower Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Student General Artist
THIS IS SO USEFUL SINCE IM PLANNING TO DO MY FIRST CROSSPLAY EVER THANK YOU SO MUCH! *glomps*
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very happy to help! :D
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SnowyStarGuardian Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Student Filmographer
HOLY CRAP THIS IS AMAZING! I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO USE THIS IN THE FUTURE!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D Glad this can help!
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NokturnaMortum Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it okay if I use this for my crossplay panel I'm doing?
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes! :D Thank you for asking!
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NokturnaMortum Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot :D 
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Silver-Eyed-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy to help! :D
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realxsa1nt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Student General Artist
Ahh! Thank you! I needed this for my Ishimaru cosplay!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very happy to be of help! :D
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Momo-desu-desu Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this!!!  TT~TT
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy it can be of help! :D
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MatoMiku1284 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Student General Artist
This is absolutely amazing! I've never been able to get this right yet.  I can't wait to use this for my Link and Nick Valentine cosplays I'm doing this year <3
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Good luck! :D
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LunarBlizzardmlp Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this, I'm cosplaying Norway from Hetalia and need help.
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy to be of help! Good luck!
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poninator Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for this. I might attempt to be Russia from Hetalia at my next comic con.
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's awesome! Good luck!
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beginningexpert Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Student Artist
I accidentally scrolled down to far, and only saw the male transition pictures, and I was like "damn boy! You fine!" Then I realized it was a girl.
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:XD: Thank you very much!
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mangaZwolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This'll be great for my next cosplay project! Keep up the good work! ;)
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! :D And thank you!
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HisMajestyJareth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is one of the best picture tutorials i have seen for f to m crossplay, thank you for all your time effort and of course for posting!
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :D
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Nicicia Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2016   Digital Artist
This is very helpful! Especially the lip thing because lips have always been a struggle for me. Just using primer and foundation has made my lips so dry and chapped and it has not looked good. Definitely trying this out. 
Although, my face is rounder than yours, and my chin is kind of small so I can't quite get that manly look going. But for like mid teen characters this might work for me.

Thank you for putting up this tutorial! 

Btw, you make a very good looking guy lol
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm happy my tutorial can be of help! :D
You may have some issues with dry lips with this technique too, it's not perfect. I normally have to do my lips over a few times a day to reapply lip balm... but the lipstick definitely helps making it last longer.
The contouring of the cheekbones should help making your face look less round, and if you want you can try highlighting your chin to make it took more prominent (I don't do highlights in general because my skin is already light, that's why I don't cover them in the tutorial). There's always prosthetics too if you want to go all the way. ;)
Thank you very much and good luck! :)
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Colanah Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
any way to use a matte lipstick for much the same effect? Does anyone sell matte nudes that's known of? *isn't thrilled with nude shimmers  because she's not walking about kissing Tinkerbell's tush.*
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Vilya0 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think I did read about matte nude lipstick from brands for professional make-up artists, but for lipstick that's easier to get, it tends to be a bit glossy but too pink to wear alone so the concealer and/or powder you put on top takes care of the glossiness.
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DistantDireWolf Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Student Photographer
I REALLY love this tutorial, thank you SO much for making it. It's the best so far. 

Can I ask where you got your wig too? I'd really love to get it (or purchase it from you if you're selling it)
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