One of the new cosplays I want to try this year is the character Kinkotsuman
, from the wrestling series Kinnikuman. Because the character is skeletal, I'll be wearing a skull mask, and to add an extra level of reality to the mask, I wanted to have it look like my face isn't quite underneath the mask, i.e. having the areas around my eyes black, my nose black, et cetera.
My plan is/was to get black face paint and paint my face black, but a thought struck me. This may just me being overly cautious or assuming the worst, but I can't help but think about the fact that painting my face black for underneath the skull mask would look a lot like I was blacking up. I was just wondering if this concern is something I should take note of, as I wouldn't want to offend anyone by having painted my face black, and being around the con with the skull mask off (say to drink some water or so), and looking like I was doing something tasteless like a stereotype or a minstrel act.
Would it be wisest to not go with the face paint, or am I just making a mountain of a molehill, and that so long as I'm not making it look like a very obvious blackface (say, with the exaggerated red lips and other stereotypes), I would be fine?