If there is one character that’s given me hell, it’s been Deadpool. The Merc with a Mouth was the very first cosplay I ever worked on. The first few times I wore the cosplay I have always changed how the make-up was done. Only now, after about ten tries, am I happy with this look. It’s easy, it’s quick (if you don’t include drying time) and doesn’t require any skill at all. Seriously, as long as you can measure a teaspoon, you’re grand.
Ingredients; 1 part liquid latex to 2 parts brown sugar.
I generally use one teaspoon of liquid latex and two teaspoons of brown sugar to cover my face and neck. You can use any granulated sugar for this, I just prefer brown sugar as it tends to have a less smooth texture and doesn’t show up as bright as white sugar does.
It can take up to 3 hours for the look to be finished (an hour drying time per layer) so make sure you’ve set aside time for this as well as your own make-up for the day.
Mix the liquid latex and sugar in a bowl with a spoon/stick/whatever and then start spreading it on your face. Using the back of the spoon, flatten out the mix so there are bumps from the granules but it’s not too intense. With the front of the spoon, scoop up a bit of the mix and let it drip a bit in a few places. Continue doing this until you’re happy. You will be needing about two or three layers of this avoiding the eye area, so don’t go over the top with the first layer!
Once it’s dry, brush on some loose powder to take away the shine from the mixture. Take an orange brown powder (like shade 2 in SoSu’s contour palette) and dab it all over your face. I do this so that when I put on my foundation the white of the mix doesn’t show through. When I’m wearing tan, I just go for a darker brown again. Once that’s all done, just apply your make-up as normal.
If you want to go the extra mile and create the small holes in Deadpool’s skin, take a pair of tweezers and pick just a little bit at a few bits. Once you’ve a small hole, very carefully pull at it until you create something like I have above. Take a red lip liner and very carefully put the tip of the liner just where the latex is still attached to the skin within the hole you’ve created. Using the tip of your finger, smug the red lip liner so that it totally covers the inside of the hole.
Boom, that’s it! It’s so easy to do but the only pain is having to wait so long for it to dry. To be fair, when you wash off the liquid latex the brown sugar in the mix almost acts like an exfoliator! Always look on the bright side, guys.