So, contact lenses. Ild never worn them before, but I was super keen to try them! My first pair I bought were from Pinky Paradise. The pair I bought were the G&G white lense with black rim. However, before I and even worked up the courage to try them on, I had to move house. Aaaaaaaaand, managed to loose them somewhere along the way.
After getting settled into my new place, and searching through everything I owned, I gave up on the Pinky Paradise lenses, and bought another cheap pair from my local cosmetics shop (Cosmetics Plus). These seemed almost identical in appearance, though they did seem like a lesser quality brand.
And then we have the wig.... The first wig I bought (as mentioned previously) I was not happy with the colour of. The pictures online were a lot lighter than what it actually was in real life. However, I was able to make use of this wig. More on that later.
It took me awhile to get used to wearing contact lenses. And low and behold, I find my Pinky Paradise lenses the week before my first convention! Apon trying them on, I discovered they were MUCH more comfortable than the cheaper brand, and very much relieved it wasn't just the fact my eyes hated lenses!
So, I then ordered the second wig. It was a little light. But I thought I could darken it gradually until it reached a shade I was happy with. It was also a little short at the front. But with the first dark wig, I added a few extra wefts to give it slightly more length. I also added a few dark blue wefts at the back, which created a wonderful effect and gave the wig a bit more volume overall.
Once I had the wig right, I set about trying out make up to achieve Maya's look. As dark as I went with the eyeshadow, it just didnt have the same dramatic effect as in game Maya. Eventually, I gave up on the eye shadow, and just used a cream eye liner. I still used a touch of powder to soften the edges, but I was much happier with this look than the eyeshadow. I'm not a expert on make up, but I sure learnt a lot experimenting with this look!
The lipstick was another drama. I couldn't find a shade that I liked. They were either too bright, or too dark. In the end I used the darker lipstick I had bought as a base, and lightened it up with the same product I used for the siren tattoo - Snazzaroo body paint.
Which brings us to the next part - THE tattoo. Oh my goodness.... I wanted something that wouldn't stain my skin for days after a con. So after further consulting with friends who had also used various products, I was recommended a body paint by the name of Snazzaroo. The only issue with this stuff, is that it isn't waterproof. I had no issues with it however, and it lasted well during a hot, humid and sweaty day at a convention, so I was happy. It took me around an hour to hand paint on the tattoo (I wanted it as accurate as possible too). I also watered it down a little so it didnt look powdery or flaky once it dried.
I was glad I and plenty of time for trialling various products during the making of this costume. It took much experimenting to get a look I was happy with. But in the end, it was worth all the hassle, and I certainly learned from it all. Which is one of the things I enjoyed most when creating this costume. Learning so many new things and improving and expanding on skills I didn't even realise I had :)