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Our Mission

We are a group of costume hobbyists and cosplayers who love to attend conventions, faires and events in drow and dark elven costumes.

We are crafters, seamstresses, armorers, make-up technicians, enthusiasts and genuine fans. We hope to share our knowledge and love for costuming and cosplaying with one another. We eventually hope to organize (non mandatory) group meet-ups at some of the larger conventions in the United States as well! Most specifically, Dragon*Con. But, if you are outside the US, do not fear, you are still more than welcome to join!

Those who dress and cosplay as any and all drow and dark elven characters, whether they be original or published canon from books, movies or games of any genre are welcome here.

Please join us on FACEBOOK as well! www.facebook.com/groups/Darken…
I asked :iconrollerboyjeremy:RollerBoyjeremy if I could include her step-by-step process for drow makeup application as a blog entry for the group and she gracefully obliged. Her knowledge has made a great impact on how I do my own makeup for costuming and these tips have saved me from a lot of headache and heartache. For anyone doing drow makeup for the first time, the following process will help you avoid make-up meltdown! And trust me… we've all been there!  Without further ado...

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STEP 1:
If you sweat A LOT, apply Mehron No sweat
www.stagesupply.com/cat--ProFA…
You can use this like an astringent, then let it dry.

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STEP 2:
Using a patting method, apply your choice of cream makeup.
I like Ben Nye Clown series in black best, But Proface now has a cream that stands up really well. I had one of my sweaty guys wear it in a photo shoot all day and it held up amazingly.

Ben Nye Clown Series
www.clownantics.com/clown-seri…
Proface Cream
www.proknows.com/proface/profa…

Take a make up wedge and pat the makeup on your face for an even coverage. Apply it like foundation and try not to pull or smear. If you do smear, the coverage will be more sheer. Just pat afterwards to even out the tone.
(KMCgeijyutsuka's note: I always try to remember the phrase, "pat for matte, and smear for sheer!")

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STEP 3:
Apply Ben Nye Neutral Set Setting Powder
www.clownantics.com/makeup/ben…

With a large powder puff and I use an old cigar box, press the puff into the powder then press the powder into your makeup. Don't press too hard but don't 'puff' it on. You need to really work it and get it in there. Let it set in the makeup for a minute. This sets the oil in the makeup and makes it more durable. Don't be distressed at this stage if you look like a drow with some weird plague.

Take a big Fluffy soft brush like this one:
www.clownantics.com/powder-blu…
Or this is mine:
www.clownantics.com/powder-blu…

Then carefully brush off the excess powder without rubbing off the black. Trust me, it will be hard to rub off that black of you have set the makeup right. The best part about the neutral set powder method is that it will make the black look more like actual skin than just applying a straight flat black pigment.

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STEP 4:
(This step is crucial to getting a natural look.)
Apply Ben Nye Lumier in egg plant, or deep purple
www.clownantics.com/water-base…
You can get these colors separate, however I find I use this palette all the time. I bought it 4 years ago, and it is the MOST used makeup item in my kit. It lasts forever, and I love it. As blush/effects makeup goes it's the bomb!

Take a blush brush, and work the deep purples into your cheeks, eyelids and contours. Blush your lips and other face parts with a light color in purple or dark blue as well. Remember, drow are not solid black, and like humans they have blood, and so will blush-flush and have tones.

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STEP 5:
Apply white to your eyelashes and eyebrows using an eyelash brush like this:
www.lashoutpro.com/ecom/prodim…

Dip the brush into Mehron Paradise Palette
www.clownantics.com/face-paint…
or Ben Nye White
www.clownantics.com/clown-whit…
and work that into your eye brows and eye lashes.

Ben Nye makes a white eye lash formula and also a white hair cover, but I find both flake during the day and give you "drow spots" so Paradise works best.
(KMCgeijyutsuka's note: I have used a MAC Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in white and a mascara from Kryolan in white to do the same thing above, but RollerBoyJeremy is RIGHT, those methods do flake sometimes in the elements and I've found her methods are tried and true when you want lasting staying power!)

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STEP 6:
Spray yourself with Ben Nye Final Seal:
www.clownantics.com/setting-po…
Final seal was invented by a birthday clown who was out doors all day and was tired of her makeup dripping on her costume. It is a makeup setter for birthday clowns and It works!

Now I can touch my makeup, rub it, and even get hit in the face. It isn't coming off. I have had children touch it too. At conventions people tend to get "wierded-out" by it!

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STEP 7:
Don the perfect wig! Here are my favorite shops online:

Paula Young
www.paulayoung.com/
This shop has some GREAT wigs. The Paula Young #60 color is perfect and the wigs are comfy and the prices are great. These are wigs for people to wear all day long, and they have great wig accessories.

Cosplay wigs USA
cosplaywigsusa.com/
Japanese synthetic wigs are great too. I have some GREAT high quality wigs from this shop.

My favorite seller on ebay is:
myworld.ebay.com/wigglamour/
I have 4 wigs from this seller- all are really good!
One is pictured here: rollerboyjeremy.deviantart.com…

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Check out :iconrollerboyjeremy:RollerBoyjeremy's artwork and costuming to see the fruits of this masterful artist's labor! You won't be disappointed!
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:iconlittle-lynx:
little-lynx Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Thanks for adding my art. Hi! 
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RollerBoyjeremy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
back from D*con- LET THE UPLOADS COMMENCE!
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RC-7611 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
D*Con,

I'll be going this year!!

Is anyone else?
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:iconrollerboyjeremy:
RollerBoyjeremy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
me! So since bringing the newest priestess into existence most of my awesome leather armor no longer fits.
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Sparkling-Cupcake Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Saw you guys at the GA Ren Fest. I was dressed as an elf and you guys let me take a picture with. Working on aquiring R. A. Salvatore's book, but I definitely am inspired to work on a drow costume. Absolutely beautiful!
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KMCgeijyutsuka Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
So glad you saw us! :D We would love to pal around with you for certain! :heart:
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wiitigo1980 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
excellent!!
the GA Ren Fest was a GREAT day!!!
i've NEVER had that much fun at the fair.
if you have questions about drow cosyuming this is the place....

have you posted the pic you took with us?
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emerald825 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I'm new here.
I love Drow (Don't be fooled by my avatar, I just keep it that way because I'm founder of an other group)
Last Sunday I cosplayed a Drow for the first time, and I loved it! Photos are still coming in from the photographers, so as soon as I have them I will post a couple of nice ones.(I asked to join the facebook group too, post a lot more pictures there)

I was tipped about this group because I want to start looking for a more suitable Drow outfit/armour, and RollerBoyjeremy told me there are people here who now how to make stuff yourself, or where to find nice things.

So here I am, I'm looking forward to browse the galleries to see people's creations :)
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:iconwiitigo1980:
wiitigo1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
welcome!
ask away any questions. several of us make our stuff. and we love helping others
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:iconemerald825:
emerald825 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I feel quite at home :)
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