So, my lovely friend erin mentioned something about terezi cosplayers having to lick chalk for their cosplays and I thought that you know those little fun dip sticks look quite a bite like chalk
so I thought, you know with a little filing down and sitting them in food coloring for awhile they should turn whatever color chalk you like maybe, and taste better too, just a thought for you Terezi cosplayers :)
SEMI-COMPLETE LIST OF TUTORIALS, TRICKS, WALKTHROUGHS, ETC ON THIS BLOG
Since I know a lot of people are on this blog for the cosplay nonsense, here’s a semi-complete list of the tutorials/advice blogs that I’ve written on this blog. There may be some (maybe some good ones) which I haven’t found; this is because WHAT IS AN ORGANIZATION SYSTEM and I’m still going through the cosplay tag for those. I’m going to try and keep this list updated, though! (NOTE: depending on when you read this post, you MAY have to switch URLs from “reospookywagon.tumblr.com” to “silencedrowns.tumblr.com”. Haha, Halloween.)
- Homestuck Ben Nye cosplay tutorial
- Gamzee-specific makeup tutorial (on youtube)
- A discussion on making Gamzee pants
- Basic Cosplay List (a list of clothing, shoes, wigs, and makeup that will pop up a TON in anime and comic character designs, and will make your cosplay life easier if you can pull these from your closet)
- Text discussion: Cosplay Posing
- Gyro Zeppeli (Steel Ball Run) rough patterns and costume-making instructions
- some REALLY basic patterning tips for a Hot Pants (Steel Ball Run) costume
- making a GIGANTIC WHISK from tomato stakes and a cardboard tube
- a bit of advice on how to PROPERLY use tutorials
- Shout Color Catcher and how it can help you wash your costumes when you forget to pre-wash your fabric/you bought a costume and don’t know if it’s pre-washed
- Modifying a wig head to have your hairline and head shape
- Organizing wig color rings to make ordering wigs easier
- (off-tumblr) Super-easy sunken-in facial scars
- (off-tumblr) General JoJo part 5 or other similar EXTREME makeup tutorial
- (off-tumblr) Giorno Giovanna wig tutorial
Hopefully some of these will prove useful to my cosplay-loving followers… and I’m hoping to post a lot more in the future (more of my own and eventually a page linking to the cosplay tutorials other people made which I find the most useful)!
Skin Care Tips From Mod S
Most of the characters we tend to cosplay have beautiful, clear skin. We don’t see them worrying about acne or trying to get rid of redness…but us cosplayers are only human; the occasional flaw is inevitable! Fortunately, we have some control over our fate when it comes to skincare. Here are some tips to help get that “anime” complexion.
Wash your face
It sounds like a pretty “duh” tip to start out, but I cannot tell you the number of times going to bed with my makeup on resulted in regret the next morning. Makeup clogs your pores leaving dirt and oil trapped on your face. Not only that, but things like mascara and eyeliner are covered in bacteria that can cause irritation to the eyes and even infections.
Do your face a favor; wash it at least once a day to get off all the gross stuff.
Know your skin type
Skin care products are not one-size-fits all. It’s important to know what your skin type is before grabbing a random cleanser off the shelf. To find out your skin type, there are several quizzes you can take just by typing skin type quiz into Google.
Someone with sensitive skin is going to want to stay away from harsh chemicals that may only make it more red, while as someone with oily skin should look for products labeled “oil free.”
Stick to your products
Once you find a product that works for you, there really isn’t a reason to experiment with other cleansers. Doing so may result in skin irritation or more breakouts. If it works, why change?
On the contrary, if there is a product that causes your skin to become irritated, get rid of it! There is probably another product out there that will work better.
No matter how dry or oily your skin is, always moisturize. Cleaning your face is great, but it can also strip your skin of natural oils. Using a light moisturizer will prevent dry, red skin.
Look for something that is meant to be used on the face, where skin is typically more sensitive.
You don’t have to slather yourself in it each time you leave the house, but using a foundation/moisturizer with a built in sunscreen will protect against things like wrinkles or cancer in the future.
Don’t overdo it
Having a clean face is good, you don’t need twelve different cleansers to achieve it! Using multiple products on your skin may actually irritate it more, same with washing your face more often than necessary.
Wash your face once or twice a day (in the morning and the evening) with one cleanser, and use things like masks and exfoliating products about once—but no more than twice—a week to allow your skin a break.
Talk to your doctor
If your skin just will NOT cooperate—no matter what you do to care for it—there may be a bigger issue there than just typical “teenage” acne. Your doctor may be able to provide more effective treatment than what you can get over the counter at the drugstore, or help figure out if your skin problems are being caused by something else all together.
Eat right, sleep well, and drink lots of water
This last tip sounds pretty “duh” as well, but again it’s one of the most important things you can do for your body.
Eating a balance of nutritious foods can help bring in vitamins to repair your skin. While there is some argument that diet has nothing to do with complexion, it can’t hurt to eat right for other reasons. I can personally tell you that when I don’t eat right, my skin breaks out like no tomorrow.
Sleep is so important for skin care! Try getting at least seven hours a night if possible. Again, it gives your body a chance to rest and repair itself. You’ll feel better and look more vibrant in the morning if you get enough sleep at night.
Water is important to keep your skin young looking and hydrated. No amount of moisturizer can ever replace the benefits of water. The best thing of all? Most of us have easy access to clean drinking water on a daily basis for FREE.
Will the above tips guarantee beautiful, flawless, never-get-a-zit-again skin? Of course not. But they are steps in the right direction toward healthy looking skin.
UP NEXT: Savvi’s Skincare Arsenal—The products and routines I use to keep my skin in check.
*I also want to point out that I am someone who suffers from moderate (previously severe) acne. These tips are compiled from years of trial and error when it came to making my skin look good. I dislike taking advice from people who do not even have the affliction they are giving others tips on, that’s why I want to assure you all that I am in the same boat as many of the people who read this.
Sewing tip of the day
This is a small but helpful time that is usually over looked
Always always always always always alwlayalwlaywslswayawlawas ALWAYS
put your sewing machine needle DOWN when you
-adjust your fabric
-leave for even a second in the middle of sewing
You’ll save yourself a ton of frusteration <3
Makeup at a con isn’t optional.
It doesn’t matter how good you look without makeup, cameras are harsh. The flash will pretty much hide all your features. Even if you’re cosplaying someone that doesn’t wear makeup, wear makeup! It will make all of your con photos come out 80 times better.
My routine for Merida is as follows-
- Contacts (Always do those first!)
- Medium-Dark brown eyeshadow on my lid
- light brown below my eyebrow and in the corner of my eye
- white eyeliner/ eyeshadow under my eye
- a thin line of brown eyeliner around me entire eye, none of that half eye shit
- dark brown eyeshadow using a chisel brush, going over the eyeliner
- short fake eyelashes
- blush (I do a really bright pink for Merida, because her cheeks are always pink)
- slightly tinted chapstick
I do ALL OF THAT for a character that doesn’t wear makeup, and it still doesn’t look like I’m wearing much of anything.
a note relating to some tutorials using fake fur which i keep seeing on my dash
Whenever you see a tutorial telling you to just plain cut fake fur with scissors…
STOP. NO NO NO NO NO. DON’T DO THIS, IT WILL END IN MISERY AND IN MOUNTAINS OF FAKE FUR EVERYWHERE.
The least awful way to cut fake fur is by marking out what needs cutting on the back with a marker, and cutting through the backing with a razor blade. You then carefully peel the cut-out fur apart from the rest of the fur.
If you don’t have a razor, and you don’t have scissors sharp enough to act like a razor, you can carefully part the pile along the cutting line and attempt to cut through only the backing. It won’t be quite as nice as a razor, but you’re still going to get a bit less fake fur misery and it won’t look quite so awful along the edge.
Reasons cutting fake fur with scissors is bad:
- it cuts the pile unevenly along the edge of the fur, so that your fake fur looks all jaggedy and uneven at the edge. Unless you’re turning the edge under for some reason, this will look kinda janky and bad.
- it will kill your scissors and dull them hella fast
- the most important reason: All that fur that you cut unevenly from the edge has to go SOMEWHERE. This somewhere will be your floor, your carpet (where it will live FOREVER), the air, cracks in furniture… you’ll be trying to get rid of fake fur dust for AGES. Bonus fun: If it’s long-pile fake fur, it can clog your vacuum cleaner, leaving you with the fake fur STILL not cleaned up, and the vacuum broken. Not good!
So please, cut the fur with a razor, not with scissors.
this has been a friendly PSA from “someone who did this back in 05 and has never attempted to cut fur with scissors since”
When you see a tutorial telling you to cut fur with scissors, STOP and use a razor instead.
Regarding Cosplay and Body Type
I would like to take this opportunity to clear up some common misconceptions about cosplay and body type:
- Being skinny doesn’t necessarily make you a “good” cosplayer
- Being bigger doesn’t necessarily make you a “bad” cosplayer
- Having a small chest doesn’t mean you can’t cosplay busty characters
- Having a large chest doesn’t mean you can’t cosplay male characters/characters with smaller chests
- Being tall doesn’t mean you can’t cosplay short characters
- Being short doesn’t mean you can’t cosplay tall characters
- Just because your body is the way it is doesn’t mean you can’t cosplay whoever you wish to cosplay.
I get so annoyed when people tell others that they “should” or “should not” try to do a certain cosplay because of how they look. Of course there are going to be people who physically resemble certain characters more than others, but that’s not the point. The point is the hard work and heart you put into making the perfect costume; not how much you weigh or how tall you happen to be.
So, I've read your answer, describing how you get into a cosplay role (and beging a freakin amazing Cosplayer...). And though I really, really enjoy Cosplay and love the few characters I cosplay, trouble is: I'm shy and awkward in front of a camera... which is, as you could expect, kind of annoying. I know it's all about feeling good about yourself, but I don't really know how I can get there. Any ideas? :)
I hope it’s allright when I answer this in public, since it’s a question I get from time to time and other might be interested in it.
It’s actually simple: It’s not easy to be a pro in front of the camera if you got no (namable) experience or good snapshots of yourself, which you can use as a reference for your confidence.
So here some tips:
- Train in front of your mirror. Move around, try out all kinds of poses, again and again. When you pose for photographers you won’t have a mirror to look if the pose looks good, so you need to internalize the poses that suits you. Plus moving around much in front of the mirror helps you to get a better physical feeling.
- Smile at the person in the mirror! She/He sure will be happy about it, and you’ll know a bit better how you’ll look in front of other people. (It helps when you tell the person in the mirror a nice, honest compliment <3)
- Ask your closest friends if they want to spend some minutes to take pictures of you, so you can train with them. In return, take some pictures of them. You can grow yourself some experience together!
- Cerish and maintain yourself before shootings. Grant yourself some luxury. Use your favorite peeling for your skin and your face, a good smelling lotion for your body, brush your teeth with your favorite toothpaste, use a good shampoo and condition hair cure (? if this is the right english word). If you use Make-up, use the one you know you look best in. Heck, even use your favorite parfum! Sure you want smell this at the end on the pictures, but this all helps you to feel better in your body, and this definitly helps to look good on pictures.
And never forget: Don’t be sad if it doesn’t work out the way you expect it to at the first tries. Sustainability (Nachhaltigkeit) is the key to success!
Buy wrapping paper on sale after Christmas to use for drafting your own patterns or modifying existing ones. You can even trace pattern pieces onto the paper to make a copy for safekeeping. Just make sure to copy over any additional markings such as notches and fabric direction information.
Simplicity my ass...
I am making Fullmetal Alchemist military jackets right now and I swear pattern makers just get lazy sometimes. See the extra fabric under the arm? That’s definitely not supposed to be there. Sloppy cutting wasn’t the culprit either since the same exact thing happened on the second jacket! The sleeve wasn’t supposed to have gathers either (I tripled-checked). The sleeves turned out perfectly once they were sewn in and the extra fabric fabric trimmed, so, yeah, blaming the pattern for this one. Thanks for making my life simple, Simplicity! Please tell me I’m not the only one to run into this.
This is totally a pattern thing! It’s why we depend so much on mockups now. :)
Last year, the night before ACEN, Lindsay thought she could whip up a quick button up shirt (with snaps though XD) with a brand new pattern. Unfortunately, all of the pieces DIDN’T fit together quite right and it was a big frustrating mess!!!
In other news - Your jacket looks AWESOME. :)