In the early 2000s, most of us spent hours glued to our television watching shows like Doremon, Beyblade, Pokemon, Shin-chan and Kochikame. These shows were a huge part of our childhood and for some of us, they still are...in the form of Anime. People who are part of the fandom often times recreate the look of their favourite characters and create anime inspired makeup looks.
What is Anime?
Anime is a hand-drawn and computer-animated show born in Japan in the early 1900s. They range from kid-friendly to shows that can entertain adults as well. Anime shows have garnered millions of fans and also had a huge impact on pop culture. The popularity of the characters in these shows has lead to several people cosplaying as anime characters. Their looks are very unique and pay homage the personality of the character. We are here to help you recreate the iconic looks of some of these characters and explore the world of anime makeup.
1. Usagi Tsukino: Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon is arguably one of the most popular anime shows. It is a story about a middle-school student named Usagi Tsukino in Tokyo, who befriends Luna, a talking black cat who gives her a magical brooch, which enables her to transform into Sailor Moon: a soldier destined to save Earth from the forces of evil. The anime makeup look of Usagi as Sailor moon is iconic and can be recreated easily.
Start by doing your face makeup. Keep your base looking fresh and dewy. Use a primer, foundation, and concealer to even out your skin tone. Set your face lightly with some loose powder. To achieve the perfect Sailor Moon anime cosplay makeup, you will need to apply some extra blush. Going heavy on a coral blush will add some life back to your face and also help you replicate the anime makeup accurately. While applying your contour, focus on sculpting your jawline to get that razor-sharp and ’snatched jawline’ look.
Any anime eye makeup is incomplete without doe-like eyes. For this, dust some matte eyeshadow on your eyelids to neutralise your eyes and make them pop. Take your liquid sketch eyeliner and draw a thick puppy eyeliner across your lids. Coat your lashes with a thick layer of mascara, as this cosplay makeup requires long, wispy lashes. Sailormoon's character has minimal lip makeup, so you can finish this look with a tinted lip balm
2. Madam Red: Black Butler
The manga and anime series ‘Black Butler’ features the character of Madam Red. Baroness Angelina Dalles-Burnett, nicknamed ‘An’ and known to her peers as Madam Red, is an Aristocrat of Evil on the show. Angelina’s character acts frivolous and carefree, which reflects in Madam Red’s anime makeup that is very iconic and known to be deep and bold. As her name suggests, the colour red is dominant in her look as well.
While recreating this particular anime makeup look, the focus should be on your lip and eye makeup. For your eye makeup, start by filling in your eyebrows using an eyebrow pencil. Start drawing them to appear thin and straight. The next step is to draw a fierce and sharp winged eyeliner. The perfect anime eyeliner style for Madam Red’s anime-inspired makeup would be a foxy eyeliner. This will help you achieve thin yet defined eyes. For the final step, use a kajal to deepen your waterline. This will add more definition to your eyes and make your look bolder. For your lip makeup, choose a deep red lipstick. This will help add the perfect finishing touch to this anime cosplay makeup look. To replicate this anime makeup even more accurately, you could wear a red wig to capture Madam Red’s essence perfectly!
Any list of anime makeup looks is incomplete without incorporating Naruto’s iconic look. The manga Naruto is based on the life of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. His anime makeup looks in the series are quite iconic, especially the one where he goes into ‘Sage mode’. The area around his eyes turn orange and make him look fierce.
To recreate this anime eye makeup, start by using a smoothing primer on your lids. Then, apply some brown eyeshadow to neutralize your lid. Next, pack some orange eyeshadow on your eyes. This will create the perfect rendition of Naruto’s Sage mode anime-inspired makeup. Pro tip: If your eyeshadow isn’t orange enough, use a creamy lipstick in the shade of a bright poppy orange on your eyelids. This will help you achieve the perfect shade of orange of Naruto’s anime makeup. The next step in this anime-inspired makeup would be to use eyeliner and define the eyes. Draw a thin line across your lids and then, using a kajal outline the outer area of your waterline. To elevate this anime makeup even further, you can draw the symbol of the hidden lead village around your temple with the help of a super black kajal.
The face makeup for this look is pretty straightforward, however, to make it accurate you can draw three lines across your cheeks (you know what we’re talking about). Use your gel eyeliner or kajal and sketch out three basic lines to emulate Naruto’s look perfectly!
And there you have it, three iconic anime makeup looks that you can easily create at home. However, here are a few additional tools that will help simplify your recreations even further.
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Anime cosplay makeup has a large and envious fan base. Jump on to this bandwagon and recreate these anime makeup looks if you too want to be a part of the fandom.