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Visit us online at Malabar.net. So, let’s say you’re all excited for a big
Comicon weekend and you’re got your costume all ready to go.
You’re going as Armistice from Westworld because of course you are. Badass character, cool
full-body snake tattoo… We’re so excited to see this cosplay.
So there are a couple of ways you can do make-up for this snake tattoo so it will stay on:
You could use cream make-up and set it with a setting powder.
You could use water-based make-up and spray it with a barrier spray.
OR, if you want to do you make-up on FRIDAY and have it last all the way until SUNDAY,
you could use Endura Alcohol-Based Airbrush Paint.
Endura paint is a totally waterproof, sweat-proof body paint. You can dance all night and it
will stay on. You can shower and it will stay on. You can go swimming in the hotel pool
and it will stay on. Endura paint lasts an average of three to seven days, although on
some skin types and body parts it can last up to two weeks.
Of course, if you’re not into wearing your snake tattoo to work on Monday morning, we
do also carry removers. Okay, let’s get started on our Armistice tattoo
make-up. First off, get out your photo reference and
start sketching the outline onto your skin. For our outline, we used a Ben Nye lip colour
pencil, but an eyeliner pencil or any make-up pencil will work. Use whatever you have that’s
closest in colour to the tattoo, so it will blend in.
Now we paint on our base colour layer using Endura paint in Fresh Blood colour. The Endura
paints come in palettes, like this Special Effects palette, or in individual tubes. With
alcohol based-paints, you can’t use water to activate the palette, like you would with
water-based make-up; instead you use an alcohol solution in place of your
water like European Body Art’s Fuel-Activator Spray, or a 99% alcohol solution.
If you want a quick and dirty version, you could stop here and call it a day, but we’re
going to take it the extra mile. We’re layering on two darker shades of red
Endura paint toward the edges: first the Bruise Red colour and then the Dried Blood colour.
You don’t want the tattoos to look too polished or even. After all, Armistice’s tattoos are
supposed to be done the old fashioned way, possibly self-done, and also done with blood.
They’re supposed to look rough. We wanted to add some more texture to the
coloured areas, so we mixed a little Bruise Red and Fresh Blood and applied it with a
stippling motion to get an almost pointilized look.
If you find that you’ve applied too much paint to some areas and you want to lighten them,
you can dip a stipple sponge in your alcohol solution and dab it over your painted areas
to lift off some of the colour. Here we’re using a clean brush to touch up
any edges that got smudged. We used Endura Paint in Tattoo Black to do
our final outline. This tattoo is beautiful as-is, but it’s still
too pristine to be accurate for the character. To dirty it up, we’re using a mix of Ben Nye
Neutral Set Powder, Ben Nye Ash Powder and Mehron Trail Dust Powder. You can see what
a difference it makes: an instant faded, matte finish. The powder, of course, will not stay
on your skin as long as the Endura paint, but it’s the difference between your make-up
taking five minutes each morning or a full hour each morning.
As a finishing touch, we sprayed our model’s hair with a mixture of water and glycerin
to make it look dirty. And that’s it! Jump in the pool and people
might think you actually got a full-body snake tattoo. Talk about committing to your character!
If and when you do want to remove your make-up, we recommend European Body Art’s Unveil Make-up
Remover. Just spray it on your make-up and it wipes off easily.
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and we can’t wait to see some Westworld cosplays in 2017!