I had no idea what blackface mean, so I had to google it, and if I am understanding correctly, then yes, I think she used makeup to portray a black character. As I said, I didn’t manage to see her in person so all I know are pictures of her, but as far as I know, she isn’t a person of color in real life (I’m sorry if anybody finds the term offensive, it’s the only one I know, semi-poor english and whatnot).
As for if it’s okay or not, I cannot say, I think it’s a way of perception. The person wanted to portray the character as good as possible and seeing as Taranee is not a white girl, she chose to color her skin. I’m guessing if she stayed white, other people would not be ok with her white-washing the character.
I suppose in the end it’s impossible for everybody to be happy with her cosplay, unless she was actually a black person cosplaying Tara.
Lies and propaganda.
If you’re white and want to cosplay a black character no one would cry about you NOT painting your skin a different colour for a costume.
Blackface is racist. Don’t change your skin colour if you’re cosplaying as characters from races that actually exist.
I’d love to agree with you, but I HAVE seen people being called out for white washing :/
have a read: http://ughsocialjustice.tumblr.com/post/57317762271/white-people-cosplaying-characters-of-color-is-a-form & http://jedifreac.tumblr.com/post/25543159730/the-lose-lose-situation-for-white-cosplayers (second one is mostly to back up my comment that there is a thing as being attacked for whitewashing)
http://rufflebuttcosplay.tumblr.com/post/19928207854/so-hi-im-the-anthy-in-the-picture-here <- cosplay is for fun.
I hate the fact that people often forget cosplay is for fun and storm in with the racism arguments..
Is this cosplayer’s blackface racist? - yes.
Did she intentionally do it to insult somebody - no. I don’t think she saw it as being racist, I highly doubt she would’ve done it if she knew people will be offended by it.