I realized the other day that my last several costumes have all involved running in makeup. So I thought I would do a quick post about what I’ve learned along the way.
When I talk about running in makeup, I’m talking face and body paint. If you want a great rundown on running in beauty makeup, check out Maryalicia’s post on how to run “girlie:” http://blog.oregonlive.com/runoregon/2013/06/how_to_run_girlie_maryalicia_a.html. She always looks great, whether it’s before or after a long run. Run the Great Wide Somewhere has another good articles on this subject: http://runthegreatwidesomewhere.com/running-makeup/.
My first experience running in body paint was for my Invisible Woman costume. Because I wanted very good coverage, I chose a high quality face paint, Tag Pearl White. It had the iridescent quality I wanted to make me “invisible.” I tested it out first on a small patch of skin and just left in on for a few hours. That was fine, so next I tried it on a small patch of skin during a run on a hot day. Still fine. To get the coverage I wanted, I put on a layer of color, waited, and put on another layer.
I wanted to put the makeup on at home before driving to the race, so I decided to try the makeup with a sealing spray over it to prevent it from rubbing off all over the car. I used Graftobian Makeup Setting Spray. Ben Nye is also a very good brand. Again I started with a spray over a small area, then did a run test. The makeup still came off easily with soap and water, but didn’t rub off on everything. (I did still put a towel down in the seat of the car just in case). The first run where I wore this costume was over 80 degrees, but the makeup held up great. I am not a heavy sweater, so your results may vary! The key is the testing to see if it will work for YOU.
My next makeup experiment came when I decided to be Lego Leia for the runDisney Star Wars race. Since runDisney does not allow masks, I couldn’t just make myself a plastic Lego head. So I ended up making the hair from Fosshape, which is a thermoplastic felt (see my post on making the Mad Hatter hat for more info on Fosshape). Then I needed to find the right yellow face to look at “Lego” as possible. Because I am somewhat fanatic about this, I ended up buying three different brands of yellow to test out. The winner was Mehron’s Paradise yellow. The coverage was excellent and the shade was just right.
I hadn’t run with face paint on my FACE before, but it wasn’t a problem. I used the setting spray again, being careful not to get it in my eyes. It was hard to get the color as even as I liked. As early as the Disney races start, I didn’t have the patience to put on a ton of layers. But it stayed on well and didn’t run even when I took a drink of water.
My latest costume, the running rosebush, also uses face paint. I paint my face green to blend in with the shrubbery and my lips red like the roses. This time I didn’t care if the green was even and I was going for more of a camouflage effect. I used Snazaroo face paint I picked up at Michaels. I got an assortment of colors that I can use in the future. Again, I used the setting spray. No problems, although my lip color would have stayed more vibrant if I would have used a “stay-on” lipstick instead of the face paint.
Another type of makeup you might need is something to stick items to your face, like a moustache or in my case, a Mermaid Man mask. After a tragic incident with a moustache failure (in a non-running costume) I realized that spirit gum is not strong enough. I invested in Mehron’s AdMed adhesive and importantly, AdMed adhesive remover. A little of this stuff goes a long way and it STICKS. You definitely need the remover unless you want to remove a few layers of skin peeling it off.
I hope my adventures (and occasional misadventures) with makeup will inspire you to give it a try. Again, test and test again before you slather yourself in multi-colors and head out for a race. Have a backup plan in case it is pouring down rain on race day, because even with sealer, it is not going to work. Except for the AdMed adhesive, which could probably withstand a tornado.