The Ultimate Comic-Con Guide



Ladies (and dudes): Comic Con is the hottest place around. Not only because it’s swimming with more stars than the Playboy Mansion on an average Tuesday, but because when you’re outside, it feels like the sun is tap dancing on your shoulders. With this in mind you might want to consider switching up your regular makeup routine to avoid a makeup meltdown, unless you’re cosplaying as the dudes at the end of TEMPLE OF THE LOST ARK, then do your thing.

Opt for a powder or mineral based foundation rather than the liquid foundations or tinted moisturizers you might be using currently. Look for something with an adjustable coverage, so you can keep your look natural.

I’d also recommend a primer underneath the foundation to smooth out the surface of the skin and allow for a more seamless application and a setting spray afterward, just to make sure everything stays just the way you intended it to.

While this might seem like a lot of work, it’ll keep your touchups to a minimum so you can spend more time looking at the sights around you rather than into your compact.



bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($27.00 – Sephora.com)
Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder ($22.00 – Sephora.com)
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation ($35.00 – Sephora.com)
Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation ($40.00 – Sephora.com)


Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($10.00 – Sephora.com)
Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36.00 – Sephora.com)

Setting Spray:

Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix ($12.00 – Sephora.com)
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($14.00 – Sephora.com)
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray ($14.00 – Sephora.com)


Comic Con first timers often underestimate just how busy the Con gets. Simplify things for yourself by having physical copies of all the important paperwork you’ll need during the event: tickets, airline and hotel reservations, confirmations for interviews and parties, as well as pre-orders for any exclusive merchandise. This way just in case your technology fails you, you’ll still have the proof you need and won’t be holding up lines any longer than you need to.

Make sure you give yourself ample time to get in line for your favorite panels. The rule at Comic Con has been that once you get into a space, the seat is yours until you exit. That means that if you want to see a panel in one of the bigger spaces like Hall H or Ballroom 20 that doesn’t start until the afternoon or evening, smart money would make sure that you’re in line by five or six that morning – yes, really. However, for most of the smaller panels in other rooms, an hour and a half to two hours is usually plenty of time to get in line and insure that you’ll get into the panel you want to see.

If, for whatever reason, you don’t make it into your first choice panel, make sure you have a list of back-up panels you want to see or off-site events you want to check out, because moping about getting into something that will end up online within a few days if not hours. There’s also always lots of stuff going on the convention floor and around the convention center that you can check out.

Most importantly, remember, not everyone gets to go to Comic Con. Have fun! It’s a unique experience that brings pop culture lovers of all stripes under one big umbrella for a killer party!


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Jim Napier

Jim Napier

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