For the Blood is the Life ~ Becoming Ruka Souen (Vampire Knight)

Or rather, "How to Try Hard and Barely Resemble Ruka Souen". That ought to be the title of this post. LOL! Okay, kidding aside, in this post I will show how I prepared for our Vampire Knight cosplay as Ruka Souen.

Photos via Google

Vampire Knight is one of the anime series I watched way back early 2009 (wow, that made me feel kinda old haha...), it's not exactly my favorite but I liked it. I believe both Erika-neechan and Sachie-chan loved the series and really wanted to cosplay (Yuki and Maria, respectively), so we planned to do this one right after our Ao no Exorcist cosplay.

Honestly, I had a bit of an internal debate with myself as to whether I should do another crossplay as Kaname or stick with Ruka. But after some deliberation, I finally decided to go ahead with being a 'girl' this time around, which is pretty okay with me since I won't have to deal with chest-binding and those 'awkward moments'. And I can gawk, squeal, and get all glaze-eyed at cute cosplayers without looking weird and out-of-character. LOL!

Though I'm absolutely nowhere near as pretty as Ruka (or Luca) in this cosplay, there are some characteristics that we both share. I can also be quite haughty, snobbish and bored; but also loyal and determined like her.

Now, prepare to see some scary-looking photos of me as I do my cosplay makeup. No, I'm not kidding. You've been warned. Heheh...

My no-makeup face -- cleansed, toned, and moisturised. As you can see, I've got bad skin... I'm also wearing my favorite Princess Mimi Chocolate lenses. Scary eyes are scary, hoho~

For the face: Lioele Secret Pore Rich Balm, Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin (220 Natural Beige), Maybelline AngelFit Perfect Concealer (01 Light Beige), Fanny Serrano Two-way cake (Duchess)

Lid wash

Crease and outer lid color

Browbone highlight

For shading the top sides of my nose near the eyebrows

For the eyes (first part): In2It Eyebrow Powder (Eyebrowns), ELF 100-piece eyeshadow palette (colors used are shown above -- sorry I'm not good at describing colors, made it a point to stick with neutrals), Fashion21 white eyeliner (for the waterline), Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick (01 Shooting Star -- for the tear duct areas) 

For the eyes (second part): K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner (Super Black), In2It Waterproof Gel Liner (Very Black -- for tightlining and outer third part of the lower lashline), Avon SuperMagnify Mascara (Black), Fanny Serrano eyelash curler, Saizen false lashes (I super love these!)

For the cheeks and lips: ELF Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm (Anti-Oxidant Berry), Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick (Skin), Avon Glazewear clear lip gloss
And that's it!

Here's a photo from our makeup/costume 'practice' a week before the con, with Erika-neechan...

And at Cosplay Mania...

Ruka is the new endorser for Pocky??? Eheheh...

If you're curious as to how I'd look with this makeup and my own hair...

Tired of seeing my face now, no? Ahahahaa! I love how big and doll-like the eyes are especially the lashes, but I'm not sure if I can go out with this kind of makeup...

As for my Ruka Souen cosplay, it's clearly not the best and to be honest, I'm just moderately satisfied with it. I actually plan to redo it, particularly with better and more detailed costume. I'm okay with the wig (though I can do with a tad bit lighter one), I just need to improve its styling.

What do you think?



  1. Gellie Zelle Battung25 October, 2012 15:40

    I've never joined any cosplay event before. Btw, i nminated you on the Liebster Award. Here's the link 

  2. Oh, cosplay events are a lot of fun! ^___^
    Thank you so much for the blog award!