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Foundation Garments for Cosplay Panel, as given at SacAnime Winter 2016

Having the right foundation can vastly improve the look of a cosplay. This panel covers the often overlooked realm of what is worn underneath the costume. We will discuss both masculine and feminine undergarments for varying body types and across gender presentations (crossplay). Learn how the right foundation can help your cosplays lay smoother on your body, create an idealized ‘anime’ figure, keep your privates private, and overall enhance your cosplay!


The information here tends to skew feminine just because that’s what the majority of lingerie is, and because that’s my area of expertise. However, I tried to keep this as gender-neutral as possible, since a lot of the information can be used varying sexed bodies. (Seriously, cis dudes who are cosplaying as men, don’t be afraid of shapewear and such!)

This is just the bare bones of the panel, as many of the examples were elaborated on in-person. It is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive, and is just meant for general advice and suggestion purposes only. If anyone has feedback they would like to give, feel free to do so. That said, I hope that people find this information useful.

Another note on safety with some of the more extreme shaping methods (such as corsetry):
I am not an expert on corsets, and even if I were, the topic could take up its own hour-long panel (which is the amount of time this panel is). 
That said, there is a lot of safe corsetry information online, as well as information about fitting, seasoning or breaking in a corset, and wearing practices. My Google-fu is probably no better than yours on this subject, so please do your research before starting to wear a corset for body reshaping purposes.
Also, if you are under the age of 16, please do not wear a corset, as you could potentially damage your growing bone structure. I would also advise anyone who is young and still developing breasts to not bind. (Also, if you bind incorrectly, it can break down the collagen in your breast tissue, aka the stuff that makes boobs bouncy, and collagen does /not/ grow back.)

Here is a link to a pdf of the presentation. You may download for personal use, but please do not alter the presentation, repost without permission, or do any sort of other unauthorized use. (If you have a question about how you can use this presentation, please send me a message with your question and we can work it out. I promise I’m not scary. ;]) Feel free to reblog this post as much as you want, though. I do these panels and post them because I want the information to be shared.

I hope someone finds this helpful! :]

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Body Paint 101 Panel, as given at SacAnime Winter 2016

Body paint has increasingly become an integral part of the cosplay scene, but with the many types of paint on the market, how does a cosplayer choose? And what does “seal your paint” actually mean? This panel will give an overview of the most common types of body paint, application methods, and sealing methods, along with addressing typical problems and pitfalls.

This is just the bare bones of the panel, as many of the examples were elaborated on in-person. It is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive, and is just meant for general advice and suggestion purposes only. If anyone has feedback they would like to give, feel free to do so. That said, I hope that people find this information useful.

I apologize for the photo layout here being a bit janky. I had an odd number of slides in the beginning and no real way to combine them into something readable, so the breakdown by twos splits up the info and pro/con slides for each type of paint. :| Sorry

I was very close to putting alcohol-activated paint in this panel, but I decided that I wouldn’t have time to cover it in an hour-long panel and it’s a little more advanced. (It comes in liquid form that can be airbrushed on or solid/cake form, and is activated by a special alcohol-based activator, and removed with a special alcohol-based remover. Cake form can be somewhat translucent. It is fully waterproof. Don’t use it near mucous membranes. The alcohol can be a bit harsh and drying. There’s the basics, for those curious.) 

I feel like these three types are more likely to be used by the average beginner. I also didn’t cover airbrushing (and there are a lot of types of paint that can be airbrushed, depending on the formula) because again, this is a 101 panel and that’s more advanced, though I do make mention of it. Maybe someday I’ll own an airbrush and be able to do an Airburshing Body Paint panel. ;]

Note on PAX: I know a lot of people swear by it, but the safety concerns should not be overlooked. DO NOT USE. It is not safe for use on skin.

I’m also personally biased against Snazaroo because it’s a lower quality of paint and tends to crack and flake easier than other types, but it’s a popular one so I included it because a lot of people use it and need to have the correct application/sealing information for it.

Two more general notes that didn’t make it into the Powerpoint:
Shave before doing this. Light body hair might be okay with something like water-activated paint, but shave just in case. You want the paint to stick to your skin, not hair.
For some reason, Wolfe brand paints are not compatible with Ben Nye brand products, such as Final Seal. They will turn pink. Keep these separate.

Here is a link to a pdf of the presentation. You may download for personal use, but please do not alter the presentation, repost without permission, or do any sort of other unauthorized use. (If you have a question about how you can use this presentation, please send me a message with your question and we can work it out. I promise I’m not scary. ;]) Feel free to reblog this post as much as you want, though. I do these panels and post them because I want the information to be shared.

I hope someone finds this helpful! :]

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THANKS EVERYONE for coming to visit me at sacanime!!! It was fun and I got to meet a lot of cute peeps *___* Also shout out to all my followers that said hi cries sorry I wish i was a more cool kid in person LMAO U__U I was screaming inside I promise. 

These are a handful of badly photographed commissions/samples I did whilst there! It was great seeing all the awesome Undertale cosplayers ungh