Ahsoka Tano is one of my favorite costumes I have but the makeup can be a challenge. It’s one of the areas that new Ahsoka cosplayers struggle with so I thought I would share how I do mine. I have a video so you can see the process and have it explained below.
What I use
- Mehron Paradise in Foxy
- Mehron Paradise in White
- Green Marble Alcohol Sealer (Ben Nye Final Seal also works)
- Ben Nye Translucent Powder
- Glue Stick
- Liquid Eyeliner
- False Lashes & lash glue
- Purple eyeshadow
- Darker brown contour (pressed powder)
- Highlighter (pressed powder)
- Matte Liquid Lipstick & lip liner
- 1″ soft bristled paint brush
- 1/2″ angled paint brush
- 1/4″ flat paint brush
- Contour brush
- Blush brush
- Eyeshadow brush
- Brow brush
So I also use stencils for my white markings. This is really helpful as it makes sure that the marks stay the right shape and size every time you apply the makeup. It’s also nice because it allows you to do the orange first to get that as smooth as you can.
I made my stencils by sketching the basic marking shapes on a piece of paper pressed to my face. Then I scanned the paper in to the computer and cleaned up the shapes in Adobe Illustrator. This turns them into vector shapes which gives you cleaner lines but also lets you scale things much easier than working in Photoshop. I then printed them on regular sticker paper. It’s a good idea to then cut them out and test the size on your face. That way you can adjust and get them exactly right. I’m able to print 3 sets on one sheet of paper.
The first steps for my makeup is to cover my brows and apply my stencils. There are lots of great tutorials on YouTube for how to cover your brows. I use the glue stick method as I find it to be fairly easy. Then on to the makeup application.
Since I use a water activated makeup that means I need to put water on the makeup to turn it from hard cake to something more liquid I can apply. This has it’s own tricks to it. The more water you add the more liquid the makeup gets. That also means the more it runs and the harder it can be to apply.
So you’ll want to only use enough water to activate it. This make it more like a paste than a liquid. This is ideal as it will give you thicker/better coverage with less coats of paint needed. Make sure you let the layers dry fully before you add the next one. Because of my stencils I apply the orange layer first, then I remove the stencils and apply the white to where they were.
The white will need more layers than the orange so just take your time. I seal the makeup heavily with an alcohol sealer before I move on to the fashion makeup. For that I do some contour on my cheeks and neck as well as some highlights. This helps give your face dimension as body paint tends to flatten you in photos. For my eyes I do liquid eyeliner all the way around top and bottom, purple eyeshadow, mascara, and false lashes. You can play around with different eye shadows to see what you like best. For my lips I use a lip liner and matte liquid lipstick. I chose more of a brown color but others go with more of a dark red. It’s really up to you.
Then I do another layer for sealer on top of that. If I’m going to be out in the sun and heat I’ll add a couple layers of powder in there as well. it helps with sweat and gives additional sealing. I always use 2 layers of sealer and powder on my hands no matter what though. The powder makes a huge difference when it comes to not leaving orange smudges everywhere.