Using face paint to complete your cat costume will allow you to customise your look to suit your style. If you are posing as a simple black cat, you will only outline the facial features of a cat. If you are portraying a jungle cat, you can cover your entire face with distinctive markings for a dramatic look. You can buy face paint at any costume or theatre speciality shop.
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Things you need
- Headband or bandanna
- Oil-free cleanser or soap
- Face paint or costume make-up in white, black, and colours that match the costume
- Cosmetic sponges
- Make-up brushes or paintbrushes
- Baby powder or professional setting powder
Push a headband or bandanna over your hair to keep loose hair away from your face.
Wash your face with a mild oil-free cleanser or soap to remove make-up, dirt and oil.
Apply a light foundation all over your face with a make-up sponge. This foundation will cover any blemishes or redness to give you a consistent base for your costume face. Choose a foundation that is within a shade or two of your natural skin tone.
Apply white or another light colour to your eyelids up to the eyebrow with a fresh make-up sponge. Apply the same colour from below the outer edge of your cheekbones to the side of your nose. Extend the make-up around the rest of your face, blending with other colours, such as orange or tan, if you are making a jungle cat face.
Apply black dots liberally to each cheek using a paintbrush.
Apply a black dot to the tip of your nose using a paintbrush. Extend your cat nose over your nostrils, but be careful not to get any make-up inside your nose. If you are posing as a tiger, add thicker black lines to your forehead and around your face for stripes.
Draw on cat whiskers with black make-up using a paintbrush, starting 1/4 inch away from the side of your nose and making a line to the outer edge of your cheekbone where the white make-up ends. The whiskers can be straight lines or curled and should be placed between the dots on your cheeks. Keep the lines symmetrical by drawing one line at a time on each side of your face, starting at the top and working your way down.
Dust powder over the make-up to set it and ensure that it will not run. The Ghoul Skool website notes that baby powder is an inexpensive alternative to costume make-up powder.
Tips and warnings
- Wait until the base colour is dry before applying whiskers, dots and other details to avoid smudging your make-up.
- Avoid touching your face with your bare hands as the oils on your hands and fingers can smudge the make-up. Use a damp paper towel to correct mistakes.
- Be sure that the make-up or face paint you purchase is FDA approved. This certification will be noted on the make-up package.
- Read all instructions and warnings on the costume make-up or face paint you plan to use before applying it to your skin.
- Test a small amount of make-up on your wrist or the top of your hand for skin irritation. If your skin feels itchy or if you develop a rash, wash it off immediately and do not use the product.
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