Hey friends! The phrase “seal your paint” is getting thrown around a lot lately, so let’s just remind everyone what that means!
(If this post looks like too many words to process, there’s a tl;dr version here.)
1) Setting Powder
2) Sealing Spray
Your main options for setting powder are either actual setting powder (labeled as either “transparent” or “colorless”), baby powder, or corn starch. Setting powder works better, and often comes in small bottles you can carry with you to con, but it’s obviously more expensive than the large bottle of baby powder you can get for a dollar.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is prepare the stage. I highly recommend putting some kind off overshirt on over your costume top, if your costume top is already on. This will minimize the amount of powder you get on your clothes (but really, any clothes that you can hold off on putting on until after your makeup, do).
Furthermore, you’re going to want to be somewhere that you can clean up the powder. Outside, in a tub, over tile that you plan to sweep/vacuum later—trust me, it’s going to get everywhere.
So, take your bottle of powder in one hand, and a powder puff in the other. Shake some powder onto the powder puff, then pat it against your face in pretty much the exact same manner that cartoon ladies do. Pat all of the powder onto your face, reload the powder puff, and pat against your face some more. Focusing on one area at a time may help.
If you’re doing this by yourself, it’s going to take some maneuvering not to get it in your eyes. The safest option is to line up where you want to powder, close your eyes, powder, wait a few seconds for the powder to settle, then open your eyes again. This is going to take a while, so make sure you have ample time.
Think you have too much powder? You don’t. Powder some more, until your eyelashes are white and powder keeps sifting off your face.
Now you’re going to take a large brush, like a kabuki brush or a blush brush, and carefully brush off the excess powder without disturbing your makeup. You want lighter, small strokes, with very little pressure behind them. You’re not going to get all the powder, just enough that you’re even, not visibly caked in powder, or leaking powder when you move. You may need smaller brushes for creases around your nose, ears, and eyes.
Now, several shades lighter than when you began, you can set your makeup.
Your best option is Final Seal. This stuff is absolutely amazing. Applied properly, it will make your makeup last for hours, even through eating, drinking, and sweating. If you need a cheaper alternative, hairspray will work, but not near as well.
If you get Final Seal, read the directions and follow them!! Generally, you’re going to want to hold the spray bottle 8-10 inches from your face, do a single spritz, and wait for the mist to settle before opening your eyes. If you’re using hairspray, this means you’re going to depress then release the spray nozzle as fast as possible. If you get so much sealer/hairspray on you that you can see little wet spots, wait for it to dry before doing another layer.
You may feel like you want to be stingy with the sealant, especially if you forked over the cash for Final Seal. Don’t be stingy. Try to make sure every part of you that has makeup gets at least four sprays (with time to dry in between). It won’t be totally even, since you have to keep closing your eyes, but you get the idea.
(If you’re using hairspray and not confident in your ability to spray it right at your face, you can try misting it in the air and walking through it. This will use more product, but makes it so you don’t have to use so much finesse with how much you’re spraying at once.)
Now your makeup is sealed!!
Really, that’s it. This post is pretty long, but it just comes down to powder and spray. If you take your time and perform those steps thoroughly, I guarantee your makeup will last 6+ hours without need for touching up.
If you have any questions about makeup, we’ll do our best to answer them, or find someone else who can.
If you’d like to see the original troll makeup tutorial, it can be found here.