2.0 Dark Elf - Makeup, Wigs, and More

Discussion in 'Art, Costuming and Props' started by Moridus, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Moridus

    Moridus Newbie

    So, since the announcement of the makeup change to Dark Elves back in May, I can't help but notice that there have been almost no how-to or informational posts about how to approach the new makeup scheme. There were a few hinted at in the original thread (which I'll replicate below), but having a dedicated thread in the Art, Costuming, and Props section seems like it will help more people searching for information compared to the announcement thread. Thus, with the impending release of 2.0 and me finally getting off my lazy rear to type something, here's a ball to start rolling to help the people out there, new or old, looking to get some information on one of the highest make-up requirement races in Alliance!

    Wig websites, for those wanting some different hair: (Thanks to my sister, a semi-former CosPlayer)


    If you've got color recommendations, tips, tricks, or anything pertaining to the 2.o Dark Elf costuming, your contribution would be most welcome.

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  2. Muir

    Muir Fighter

    I haven't tried it, as I don't have any in my makeup kit, but it was suggested by Lost Nation when we were kicking this around that using a dark blue/purple foundation makeup then using a black setting powder over the foundation to provide darker lowlights while still staying overall blue might make for an interesting look that's less primary color than most of the color foundation makeups and as an added bonus is flatter as well.
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  3. Durnic

    Durnic Squire Owner Oregon Staff Marshal

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  4. MaxIrons

    MaxIrons Squire Seattle Staff Oregon Staff Marshal

  5. Inaryn

    Inaryn Knight Marshal

    >.> So, like, someone could totally copy one and make one appropriate for our game, but a 5 second google search for "wow night elf make up tutorial" returns, like, a bajillion results.

    Which is not at all what our dark elves are, but the base layering and shading from any one of those tutorials is bound to be useful.
  6. Gandian Ravenscroft

    Gandian Ravenscroft Knight Marshal

    Definitely. There was a player (Asura) that used a base of purple with a black setting powder at the Chicago October event, and I think his purple coloration was really great.
  7. Muir

    Muir Fighter

    Yeah, look for charcoal setting powder. I used to use if for my panther sarr. :)
  8. Spaz

    Spaz Newbie

    There are several forms of grey by a slew of different companies.

    Gray: slate, zombie, normal "gray", and storm

    Are all the ones I have found. I used "storm gray" all year last year and it worked out well.

    I then simply mixed some black and white to lighten and darken for shades. With translucent setting power and matte setting spray.

    The themes that Chicago has been playing around with due to our IG story arch, is that each Vornae tends to manifest different colorations as befitting them personally. However consistent base themes are beginning to emerge among the various clans/houses. Leviathans as an example using a base monochrome of Blue.

    A lot of us are also this opportunity to accentuate clan/house/tribal/tattoo/scar work as with not using black as a base color such things can be accented easily.

    We had two players also play up the change "in process" with various marble techniques to showcase their skin in the middle of shifting pigment to great success.

    For my hair, I use a bone white hair putty (like you may have seen in random Facebook advertisements). This forms my base white and allows me to style my hair. Then I comb through Ben bye "snow" for hair/body. Which makes it pop white, and put both a light dusting of setting spray and hair spray.

    For ears, I have a standard high elf ears, that are a latex beige base. I simply used my storm grey and gave it a layer or two. Some setting powder and setting spray. Then let dry, and another layer of setting powder and spray. The color lasted all year without rubbing off and this year only needs a little touch up.
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  9. Pokethulu

    Pokethulu Spellsword Public Relations Committee

    I experimented with a darker grey. I want to do more blending but, I think this turned out very well.


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  10. Ruki

    Ruki Artisan

    That's awesome!
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  11. MaxIrons

    MaxIrons Squire Seattle Staff Oregon Staff Marshal

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  12. Ailisi Suli

    Ailisi Suli Newbie

    I will say with the colors we have, we do have a lot more experimentation. I helped my group with makeup, and we had good results with adding normal makeup over top for definition. I mean normal makeup as in eyeshadows. They come in matte and shimmer, and are good for both setting and adding definition to fairly flat colors. I've also been using shimmery tones to give an iridescence to our skin, similar to like what you'd find with some rocks and lichens. Since we do spend a lot of our time below ground, I figured it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to have some of those features available.

    Mine, in particular, is off some still, but we just moved, and are finding the right mix. But I think I'm going to settle on a blue-grey. But once I have it down to what I want for sure, I'll post some photos!
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