Practice and Pose Procurement

Sunday during the day, I spent some time finalizing my Steampunk costume.  With 3 days left, it was time for both a practice makeup run, and the dreaded posing exercise.

Makeup first.  I spent some time on Pinterest over the past few months collecting fun makeup ideas.  The one I decided on is a bit odd, but I *think* it gives off a Steampunk vibe to it.  Here it is.

When I started going to DragonCon, I invested in various makeup items to help with my face painting obsession.  This is the site I ordered most of it from: Mehron.  I love the little “Detailz” bottles, and that is what I used with this makeup.  I also used some of my normal makeup, such as the Sephora eye palette shown below.  I basically used the white / silver shimmery ones as a base for the area around my eye.  To get the deep red that is involved in this, I mixed a red and a black – much more red than black, mind you.


I did the makeup in steps.  I started with the white / silvery powder as a base.  Then did the silver below and above, and the circle to the side of my eye.  Then I used the red to fill in just below my eyebrow, and down my cheek a bit.  Finally, I did all the outlining in black, with a few touch ups of the other colors after.  I also added a bit of silver glitter to my face where it seemed useful.


The red bottle of makeup says not to use near your eye, as it can stain.  I have used it around my eye before, and it does in fact stain.  The stain goes away after a day or two, but its something you should be aware of if you do this.  I only left the practice makeup on for about an hour, so no staining when I removed it.

Now I was ready for posing.  Have I mentioned I hate this part?  I am not a model; I am really rotten at this.  My goal here is to make myself look as minimally stupid as possible.  My husband put up with me for a ton of different poses and pictures.  I have decided to fix my clay dragon, so the empty cage in these photos will have a dragon in it ultimately.  I wasn’t planning on using the gun, but it had to be tried.  Everything I have read says to have several poses planned.  I have at least two I think.  Here are some of the trials and tribulations involved …


I think I’ll go with something like the first one (on the left), but holding the cage in the right hand and turning my head to the side so the makeup is feature (like the right picture).  I do have a more involved plan for my hair, but I don’t have the energy to do it more than once, hah!  Something sideswept, like this.

Even worse than the posing is facial expression.  In my opinion.  Sure, I can smile, but I don’t know how appropriate a smile is for a Steampunk dragon hunter lady.  Below we have “The Glower”, a standard smile, and “Smoochy Silliness”.  Which do you like best?

I am all about suggestions – for poses and facial expressions!  Throw me some ideas!


6 comments for “Practice and Pose Procurement

  1. August 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude…I’m amazed. This looks so incredibly awesome that words are failing me. I’m extremely excited for you! Oh, and I agree about the expression – a Steampunk dragon hunter lady might not be too smiley. Aack! So excited!

    • jadesabre9
      August 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Thanks! You definitely should be going with me! Maybe next year, huh? 🙂

  2. August 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I am so overcome with accesory envy that I am typing from a laying down position. You look incredible!! Wishing I could see those boots, tho…..

    • jadesabre9
      August 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Haha I wish I could see the boots, too. Silly husbands and their photography skillz. I will make sure to take some pictures of the costume WITH boots at the convention 🙂

  3. August 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I think I like the smoochy face best, but it might look better if you put a bit of a smile into it. Not sure how to describe it. Smooch cuter? Like sassier? You look stunning! I think the makeup finishes it off, and the whole thing is incredible!

    • jadesabre9
      August 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Hahah! Thanks for the tips, I will give that a go before venturing out at the con 🙂


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