YEAH, I went to the cinema as an elf! WHOO 😀
It was awesome, I love these movies! I’m not going to review/tell plot twists/anything, just one thing: if you enjoy makeup like it’s done in movies: go see it! Even if you don’t like fantasy! There’s so much to learn, seriously.. 🙂
Ok, so here’s what I did:
First I wanted to make a clay sculpture and put layers on it so I could make ears. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out.. I didn’t use my normal clay and apparently that is not good. No more experiments for me on trying other sculpting material..
So, my first plan flunked, and I looked up other cheap ways to get these pointed ears. I found videos on youtube where people use tape on their ears. They put on makeup so it doesn’t really show that much.. I figured I might give it a try as well, only I altered the method to my own satisfaction. By the way, did you know that there are people who got surgery on their ears to have permanent elf ears? Crazy right?
So, I used tape on my ears. This was a bit of a struggle, because at first I just couldn’t get my tape right. After struggling, I put all my hair out of the way and used latex to create a skin that covered the tape so it would be a bit more natural. Seriously people, put your hair out of the way. All of it. You. Don’t. Want. Latex. In. Your. Hair.
Use a blowdryer to make sure the stuff dries a bit faster. As soon as it stops being supersticky your hair won’t be in grave danger anymore, even though it looks and feels pretty weird blowing hot air on your ear.. 🙂
The tape was not shaped entirely perfect on the inner part of my ear (ofcourse) so I used more latex there.
Then I used A LOT of makeup : powder, foundation, and a blush because my ears have a natural blushy shade, not like normal skintone (though I believe most ears would have that). I put makeup on my face as well. For that, you want to create a nice light skintone that still looks natural. I used a bit of talc powder along with my face powder to make it lighter. Sounds weird, but it works 🙂
Then for the eyes I used a white eyeshadow on the lid and a shimmery shadow on the inner corner, both BHCosmetics 120 palette 2nd edition. Then one coat of black mascara on the upper lashes and a bit of brown mascara on the lower lashes. This had to look very natural, so I used an old mascara brush that I cleaned after that mascara was finished, in order to avoid or remove clumps. You can also use a fanning brush to apply the mascara.
For the lips I used a natural looking colour from my BHcosmetics 66 lip palette. I applied a small amount of it with a brush, then used my fingertip to set it like you would do with a lipstain.
I also braided my hair like an elf could have worn it. I wanted my ears to show, so I went for something with locks in front and the rest tucked behind the ears. The hair tutorial I used was one of Letsmakeitup on youtube. It was a waterfall braid on two sides that come together at the back of the head, then you continue the braid like a regular one for about 15 cm and these parts get twisted and pinned down.
After that, I was done! All there was left to do was find out my name in Sindarin, which was Ireth 🙂
As you can see, the ears are fake, of course. I’m not a professional, I didn’t use computer programs. But from a distance, no one will notice the amount of makeup or the tape or latex. I think it’s awesome. I even had some strange looks from the cinema staff 😀
Would you go out in public wearing special makeup/costumes/anything cosplay?