Anime Makeup Transformations

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These women look like real, live anime characters. Learn the tricks behind the transformations!

The Wig

Cosplay just isn’t any fun without a wig. Don’t be afraid to go bold. Anime characters are known for their brightly-colored hair. When you choose a color, think about the character you’re creating. Young or sweet characters have pastel-colored hair, while anime villains have darker colors. For an even more authentic effect, match your with to your contacts. Get your hair wig ready before you put on your makeup. Tie it back tight and clip your wig cap in place.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Anime Girls

Girls who put on anime makeup are called anime girls. Anime is a style of drawing. Anime characters are most recognizable by their big eyes. The style is so popular that people have begun to mimic it. How do they get these animated looks? With makeup. It looks a lot like Photoshop. But no digital retouching was involved in making these anime makeup transformations.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Flawless Skin

The key to an anime look is flawless skin. After all, drawings don’t have pores. Anime girls start with a heavy layer of liquid foundation. The color isn’t important–anime girls come in all shades. They follow the heavy liquid coverage with powder coverage. Again, more is better. Think of it as creating a new canvas on top of your old one. When your skin is as smooth as porcelain like Destiny Godley’s here, you look like someone drew you.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Big Eyes

The key to a great anime makeup transformation is the eyes. Making them anime-big requires a lot of white eye pencil. Create a thick white line under your eyes to make them look bigger. Continue the line roughly one quarter of the way up your top lid from the inside corner. This will make your eyes look wider. Use black eye shadow for the rest of your top lid to create a wing. Line your bottom lids below the white line.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Color Contacts

Color contacts are optional, but a pair of purple eyes certainly is striking. Feel free to have fun with color. The best way to look for eccentric shades is online. Pink, purple, light blue and green are all great anime colors. There are even lenses designed to make your irises larger, just like an anime character’s. If you like to cosplay a lot, buy several pairs. You can change your characters around the color of your eyes.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Fake Eyelashes

No anime girl is complete without a thick set of lashes, mascara just won’t cut it. Find a thick, long pair of lashes. Don’t forget to buy glue. Then stick them on. The instructions are on the lashes if this is your first time. Now glue on a pair of thinner lower lashes. These go on the top edge of the black line you created underneath the white line. And remember, makeup first. Otherwise, you’ll knock the lashes off as you apply it.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Bigger Eyes

You don’t always have to take anime makeup seriously. The best way to get larger-than-life anime eyes is to draw them from scratch. Some girls close their eyes and paint new ones on top using liquid makeup. It’s not hard if you can draw. Then they glue false eyelashes on the top lids of their fake eyes. Another pair gets glued to the lids of their real eyes. Closed, painted and lashed, your eyes have a shockingly-real anime look. You can’t see where you’re going, but that’s really not the point.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Apple Cheeks

Want to create an innocent-looking anime character? Go heavy on the blush. Choose a light shade of pink. Then apply it liberally over the apples of your cheeks. Don’t know where the apples are? Smile. This will make your apples stand out. Keep smiling as you give them an anime-pink glow with your makeup brush.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Teeny Tiny Lips

Anime characters have tiny mouths. If you have a human-sized mouth, you can create a smaller one. Start with a lip liner in the color of your choice. The lighter the lipstick, the more innocent the anime character. Then draw a rounded set of lips on your own lips. Blend the rest of your real lips into your foundation. Your mouth will look small and pouty.

Anime Makeup Transformations

A V-Shaped Jaw

Anime characters are drawn with v-shaped jaws. If your jaw doesn’t make a “v”, you can contour one. Use the same dark brown eye shadow that you used for your nose. But this time use a large face brush. Now take a good look at your chin in the mirror. Wherever it deviates from the “v” shape, contour it out with the dark eye shadow. Check your progress periodically. Don’t go too dark or you’ll create a beard.

Anime Makeup Transformations

The Nose

Anime girls contour their noses with dark eye shadow. A slim, shaped nose is one of the keys to making your face look painted on. It can be the difference between a jaw-dropping anime look and a so-so one. Choose a shade of brown eye shadow (at least two shades darker than your foundation). Apply it with a medium-sized makeup brush. Contour beneath your eyebrow (starting in the middle) and down the size of your nose. Repeat on the other side. The dark contouring will highlight the thin bridge of your nose for a slender anime look.

Anime Makeup Transformations

The Costume

Makeup is the most important part of an anime look. The best way to finish it off is with a costume. Some girls save their anime makeup skills for cosplay. But you don’t have to mimic your favorite character. With the right clothes, you can make a whole new one. A lot of girls head to thrift stores for vintage finds. Some make their pieces from scratch. When you find the perfect look, celebrate it with a photo shoot.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Getting Out There

Anime looks aren’t just for photo sessions. They’re great for conventions, your makeup can take a great costume to the next level. Be prepared to get asked for lots of photos. And keep your makeup with you. You’ll need touchups throughout the day. Smudged or worn off makeup will take away from the effect. Just do a little Googling online and you’re sure to find an anime convention near you.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Anastasiya Shpagina

This is Anastasiya Shpagina. She’s one of the most famous anime girls on the web. Anastasiya is 20 and from the Ukraine. But she’s adopted the Japanese name Fukkacumi (we would too if our last name rhymed with vagina). She spends hours every day transforming her face. And she’s got serious makeup skills. Google her and you’ll find several of her makeup tutorials floating around the web. She even has a YouTube channel that guides you to her look brush stroke by brush stroke.

Anime Makeup Transformations

Taking It Too Far

Anime makeup is a fun hobby. But some women take it too far. Like, surgery too far. Famous anime girl Anastasiya Shpagina has said she’s considering getting her eyes permanently widened. Some girls get their jaws shaved down into a V Shape. And nose jobs are certainly nothing new. Cosplay is fun but it doesn’t have to involve surgery. A makeup transformation will more than do the job.

Anime Makeup Transformations


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