Breakup, Makeup


By Stacey Anthony

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$23.99 CAD



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  2. ebook $9.99 $12.99 CAD

In this sweet and stylish romance, two lovers turned cosplay rivals go head-to-head for a chance at their dream school . . . and maybe a second chance at love. 

Eli Peterson is a self-taught, up-and-coming makeup artist in the cosplay scene who is barely making ends meet. While they might be slaying it with their breathtaking looks, they’re also trying to save enough money for top surgery and convince their parents that their artistic dream is worthwhile. During a convention, Eli hears about Makeup Wars, a competition that could change everything . . .

The grand prize? A scholarship to Beyond, the best SFX school on the West Coast. The problem? Going head-to-head with the most talented up-and-coming makeup artists in the scene—including rival influencer Zachary Miller, their ex-boyfriend. Eli will have to juggle their makeup brushes, their rekindled feelings for Zach, and their self-doubt in order to win everything they’ve ever wanted: a chance to chase their dream and a second chance at love.


  • "The writing grips from the start."
  • “Anthony’s organic descriptions of makeup, cosplay, and convention culture add texture to this inspiring story about self-acceptance and second chances.”
    Publishers Weekly
  • “Stacey Anthony tore open my heart then painted, glued, and spackled it back together with this perfect cosplay romance. The delightfully queer, love-filled pick-me-up I needed!”
    Jason June, New York Times bestselling author of Out of the Blue and Jay’s Gay Agenda
  • "Just like any meticulous cosplay craft, Breakup, Makeup is a beautiful portrayal of passion, grit, heart, and heartbreak. Readers will fall in love with Eli as they wield their bright and sharp makeup brush to color outside the lines—and to blend the lines between love and competition."
    Zachary Sergi, author of Major Detours and So You Wanna Be A Pop Star?

On Sale
May 9, 2023
Page Count
384 pages
Running Press Kids

Stacey Anthony

About the Author

Stacey Anthony (they/them) is a non-binary tabletop gamer, amateur cosplayer, big time reader, excitable introvert, and a devoted pet parent. They collect patches from national parks, complain their way through yoga poses, and love to write happily ever afters.

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