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After getting some questions yesterday I realized that I might be able to help those of you cosplayer’s who would like to know how to take care of your boobage while you cosplay! Be it if you want to support them, make them VOLUPTUOUS, or hide them! 

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FIRST:

First things first! Make sure you know what bra size you are!!! You may not know this, but there’s a lot that goes into bra size. There’s a reason why we all get a number and a letter, they mean different things! Your Cup is your letter, and your band size is your number. And EVERY cup is proportional to the band size SO EVERY BRA IS DIFFERENT! 

Here’s a few things to know to figure out if you are wearing the wrong bra…

-the band around your back should be tight and doing all the work. NOT your straps.
-The connecting strap between your boobs should be flush with your chest. If its loose or hovering, you’ve got the wrong size!
-Your boobs shouldn’t be spilling out of your bra, AND your bra should not be covering above the curve of your boobs either!

You should also know about your sister size. I for example, am a 36C but I can also wear a 34D, because those sizes are proportional to each other with slight differences in cup and band. Learn about your boobie sizes and HOW TO SIZE YOURSELF here!  
THE SECRET BRAS

Okay, so this is for all you who you need to wear a bra without anyone being able to TELL you are wearing a bra. 

Like if you are cosplaying Black Cat – you need ’The Plunge‘ 


For cosplays with a bare back, I recommend the low back converter. I mean, you can always go with clear straps, but personally I find them as noticeable AND the plastic is uncomfortable. And some other backless bras just always sag forward. 

But this thing is just simple and awesome, and you can use it with a bra you KNOW works already. 

Finally – everyone should know about the magic of Sin Bras. There a ton of different brands. Just search ebay!  I tried them and they are a bit funny to wear at first, but they are PERFECT for the times you need to perk up your boobs and your wearing something low cut and backless. It’s what I used for my Miku and Sigyn cosplays! 



See how magically they work here!! Warning, you will see boobies.

THE VA VA VOOM BRAS 

For everyone who needs extreme cleavage in their costumes, I would look to investing in a double-cup push up bra. They sell em at Wet Seal for super cheap.  I couldn’t find a picture of the inside, but they are WAY CRAZY padded. 



I’ve actually used this bra for Korra, Elizabeth, and Rosalind Lutece, because it helps balance out the layers of clothes and fill my proportions better. So its actually great to have when you need to pronounce the shape of your costume.  



Another way to give your babies some UNPH is by stuffing your bra with some chicken cutlets silicone inserts



These actually work really great! Personally I prefer socks, because these tend to get sweaty and sticky, but that’s just me. 

Another cheap and easy way to get some big boobs is by wearing two bras. You put one bra on, and then another slightly bigger bra on top of that. BAM instant cup size. It feels weird at first but it is a great trick. 



I can keep going on about big boobie tricks, but instead I will direct you guys to Jenna Marbles video. She covers some great tricks into great boobage.  Or if you don’t like Jenna, or feel like reading instead – this tutorial is great too!

KEEPING THINGS IN AND UP! 

A great way to keep your boobies perky no matter what bra your wearing, is to safety pin the bra straps together behind your neck. It’s an instant difference if your clothes are flattening you out. 


These clippy thingies also help perk your boobies, while also hiding straps behind tank tops! 

Next up is SPANX. Spanx are really handy for costumes that are full leotards, tight fitting, or slimming. They really DO work, believe me – you will FEEL it working. They can be expensive, but they come in all different shapes and sizes. To hide your thighs or just slim out your stomach. 



A great tip for leotard wearers and superhero cosplayers: Wear your push up bras and such and then put some spanx on top to hide your bra lines! 


THATS IT! I hope I helped some people and opened some eyes to new ways of taking care of your chestal area when cosplaying. ;D

I’d love to sit and talk to you guys about binding too – but I’m really not an authority on it. So instead I direct you here! 

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HI aicosu! I was wondering wat you guys do with your cosplay costumes/wigs etc after your done with your cosplay. Do you keep them for future use or sell them? if you see them can you link me? i really liked sylars  vest for grell and was wonder if you guys could link me to were u bought it or watever. Thank you

ps-sorry im kinda new to tumblr and dunno if im doing this questions thingy right

Look what you've done XD

Yah I admit I watched your last livestream a bit late, like 2 days ago, but until now that loki song with Sylar’s dancing is stuck in my head and also when Sheila laughs its so cute XDD

and now I’m suppose to be doing my HW, you guys are the best distraction I’ve had in a while XD

anonymous asked:

I always feel like such a bad Cosplayer when I go to a con and I have a commission or bought costume and every other person made there's from scratch. I try to make my own costumes but they never turn out pretty. Can you give some advice for coping? And maybe some costume advice too?

You’d be surprised just how many others are in bught costumes or commissioned ones like you. 

You have to realize that there are TONS of people out there who love characters that just CAN’T sew.  I mean, if you think about it, what are the odds that every fan out there is a master costume maker?

We all do this because we just want to BE that character. So feeling bad is like expecting a little girl to feel bad that her disney princess costume was bought. Its ridiculous. 

And I’ll let you in on another little secret. 

Most japanese cosplayers (culturally the country that started cosplay in the first place) BUY their costumes. 

There are literally tons of places in Akihabara that you can just go and buy brand new costumes at. 


Because they can! This resource, these cosplay houses have ALWAYS been available to them. Its common and more mainstream in Japan, so its widely acceptable to buy cosplays. Almost no one in Japan makes their costume. And if they do — they also take it to a tailoring house. 

You can literally commission costumes in Japan from special occasion stores and tailors. Its not unheard of. 

Really, the only reason most people started making costumes here in the US and the western world is because we just didn’t have access to stores and tailors like this. It was out of necessity, not elitism. 

So the fact that we now bash each other for not pouring blood on making yourself is just stupid. 

In fact, in Japan, its more culturally important to be able to look and act like the character. They could care less where the costume came from. 

A while back I wrote out a huge breakdown on things that go into Buying vs Making and why the differences are important!

Many times I buy costumes to — because I don’t have certain skills to make them — or I don’t have the TIME.

And sometimes I make costumes because I don’t have the MONEY to buy one. 

Try thinking about buying vs making not as an insecurity but as different ways to accomplish your ultimate goal : being your favorite character. 

Eventually you will come across things like, ‘this costume isn’t available to buy’ but you want it so bad that you decide to take a whack at making. So you start by altering clothes from a thrift store. That’s a great start on understanding what goes into making clothes. And its way easy to accomplish a costume just by altering premade clothes. (Plus its hella cheap) I STILL do that. 

So, its not about getting better at making, its about changing the way you think of it. Don’t shame yourself for not having a skill. Encourage yourself to enjoy your hobby without it and learn it if you feel you have to to keep enjoying it. 



anonymous asked:

Hi guys! I need your advice and its very important. Im making a Luffy Dressrosa version cosplay and I wouldn't like to show off all of that skin, since I'm a girl lol, how could I make a skin color shirt to hide my own skin? What fabrics would you use? And what would you use to paint the scar? Hope to hear from you guys soon! ✨

Many times people buy a skin toned leotard and then airbrush it. Alternatively, since airbrushed are expensive, you could just hand paint it. This will hide your binder too. 


As far as the scar, markers or fabric paints will work best.  

anonymous asked:

COSPLAY AND PERIODS. HOW

Okay, ready?

The week before your period starts – drink tons of water and stop eating salty foods. Salty carbs in particular. This will help minimize bloating once your period starts. And bloating always makes us feel shitty, regardless of bleeding.

On the topic of bleeding – if its really bad for you, double it up. Tampons and pads. Especially if your worried about a costume. Take as many  bathroom breaks as you need. 

BANANAS, YOGURT, SALMON, RAISINS and anything with high potassium LESSEN your blood flow!!!

CUT YOUR COSPLAY DAYS SHORT.

At the end of the day, periods always ruin it even with all the help. So schedule your days strictly. Get in, do your events, take tons a pictures so you don’t feel like you wasted the day and then GET OUT OF COSTUME. Stress + menstruation sucks.  Get the cosplay out of the way and just spend a con buying pocky to make yourself feel better. 

anonymous asked:

sheila can you give me any advice that you learned from art school that you wished you knew before you went?

I can give you MULTITUDES. But a lot of it isn’t something that can be said without demonstration.  Let me see if I can put together a list of good advice or tips anyway….

1. Stop being picky about what you draw. 
Stop that shit right now. Yes, people are funner and you love that one character. But stop that and start drawing everything you see instead. Cars, heaphones, cups, houses, trees. DRAW EVERYTHING. GET GOOD AT DRAWING EVERYTHING. That will make you BETTER at drawing that one character you love. I promise. 

2. There are no concave curves on the human body.
There are only series of starting and ending convex ones. Stop drawing them. 

3. If the light of your picture is warm — the shadows will be cool. 
And vice versa.  

4. Complimentary colors MATTER. In more ways than one. 
Yellow & purple incite calmness. Orange & Blue mean excitement. Red & Green make someone anxious. People will be amazed with your ‘color sense’ if you start mastering these.  They will be FLOORED when you start being able to use a bit of each of them in your pictures. Literally every movie, animation, poster, etc uses this color math. I DARE YOU to watch a movie and notice when they movie all of a sudden goes really yellow and purple to make you calm. 

5. Draw fast and move on. 
STOP messsing with it. Stop trying to fix it. MOVE ON. Get it over with, continue, leave it alone, leave it in the dust. Think about how much you are stressing over that one sketch and then think of the MILLION SKETCHES YOUVE ALREADY MADE AND WILL MAKE. Stop it. Just throw it away. 

6. DRAW FAST BITCHES.
Do you see how many shortcuts he took to make that masterpiece? Its nice to be able to draw everything from scratch — but why would you WANT to make it harder on yourself? Especially if you are on a deadline or working for someone like this. 

7. Use refrences, stock photos and more. 
Because why would you not?  Other than some other artists think that its ‘cheating.’   Its not. Its learning. 

8. Draw drawings. 
Yep you heard me. Draw from other peoples drawings. Draw some of Leonardo’s sketches (and then when your done crying about it) draw from Leyendecker’s paintings, Norman rockwells illustrations, and any other artists (including modern ones). Drawing from drawings is easier than drawing from life (but you should do both.) You’ll get to see exactly how different styles expand your knowledge of drawing.

9. Good character design is actually just good shapes. 
Its.  Just.  That.  Simple.

10. DRAW.
A lot. All the time. Everything. Quickly. Slowly. With chalk, crayon, a tablet, paint. Just ALWAYS do it. You only get better with experience. 

Hope those help! Sorry for the bombardment of links! But yeah, thats all the stuff thats stuck with me and that I wish I know before college. 

anonymous asked:

any tips for knowing which ebay sellers are legit/have better quality when it comes to wigs? I find a lot of sellers using the same photo of a wig so its kinda concerning that I'm probably not even seeing the real wig!

Sheila’s Tips for Wig Buying on Ebay! 

-Most mass sellers on Ebay all use the same photos because they are all actually selling the same manufactured wig –MOST. Some do it because their lazy.  When looking for sellers, look for one that has pictures of the wig ON A STAND. (A generic model is okay too, but NOT cosplayers) but the biggest key is that they have SEVERAL photos of the wig in different angles. If you scroll down and they have various pictures in the description, thats a good sign!

-Another great tip off is watermarks. If the ebay store has their logo on the photo, and I mean a logo and not like MSpaint type, haha, then its a good sign. 

-CHECK THE REVIEWS. I can’t stress that enough. Check the reviews, how many do they have? (You want four digit numbers). How many positive reviews (it should be a majority.) 

-Specifically check the bad reviews. Most have a detail of what went wrong and it gives you an idea of what you could be potentially dealing with. So if all their bad reviews are on the quality, or appearance – thats their main problem. If its all about the shipping time– thats the risk you may have to deal with. Make sure you are ready to deal with the issues others have reported if you are set on that seller. 

-Return policy!!! Make sure THEY HAVE ONE. Not having one is a BIG NO NO. Most sellers have one, READ IT. Because sometimes they offer exchanges but no refunds. :(  And some won’t take it back if the tags are cut, etc etc. 

-What else do they sell? Do they only sell wigs (this is great!) Wigs and cosplay stuff (good sign!)  Wigs and hardware products and house items (hmm… maybe not.) 

-There are some well known, verified stores with their own pictures, wig only stores with great prices. My favorites are CharissaKids,  CosplayAnimeWigs, Cosmonde, WigFashion, and JCPunk

-Talk to your seller!! You’d be surprised how quick and nice they can be. Several times I’ve contacted them asking for more pictures in different light or with questions about shipping time (usually they offer me expediated for a higher price, which is handy when your late). I’m always answered. Don’t be afraid to get to know the product before you buy. Especially if you are on a deadline. 

anonymous asked:

There is no such thing as being a professional cosplayer and you shouldn't encourage it.

Oh not just yet anon! But soon!

Cosplay has boomed in just the past 4 years alone! It’s all actually very exciting. All cosplayers of this generation are experiencing a hobby become more recognized and acknowledged as a skill set that could be wanted and paid for in entertainment media. 

At some point you have to imagine a lot of hobbies (and sports even) went through this phase. And its rare today to see it happen. I mean, at one point people who played golf or danced or rapped were laughed at when they considered making it a career. And now all three are widely accepted and praised professions.

Honestly I think the mainstream acceptance of ‘nerd culture’ is to blame (also youtube and social media). Its finally acceptable to like anime, comics, video games and so on — so cosplay is being dragged into light as this cool, widely know thing. 

When I started cosplaying in 2007, even I hadn’t heard of the hobby until I was on convention grounds. Nowadays Sylar and I have had our cosplays featured on ifunny, with comments about how cool it is to see fictional characters come to life. 

And I believe a lot of companies see the potential of great advertising and marketing that come from that magic. (Disney princesses, live action video game trailers, and fan made shorts anyone?) Not to mention the fact that industry companies at fan conventions are at an all time boom — cosplay is being dragged along into a NEW generation. 

It’s being industrialized whether we are ready for it or not. 

And it should be exciting! More mainstreaming of cosplay means its more accepted by parents, friends, work (think of what accomplishments you could add to your resume).. not to mention a wider variety of resources of cosplay. In Japan the hobby is so widely accepted they have tons of stores that sell costumes. And in Singapore, China and Korea a lot of tailors and wedding shops also offer costume tailoring and commissioned cosplays. 

This just means cosplay will be easier and who the hell doesn’t want that?

Also, I don’t know about you anon but I was told by mother that I should do what I love and if I can find a way to make that a career, why not? Who really wants to wish a miserable job that takes up more than 50% of their day for the rest of their lives on someone?

And if you are scared that Cosplay becoming industrialized and buisness-eske scare you because it will belittle people who do it for fun, don’t be!!

My dad golfs for fun and Tiger Woods’ professional career doesn’t take that away from him. 

youtube

Cosplay Makeup & Wig Care 101

Everything from wig caps, eyebrows, wig brushing/washing, and more. So I tried to do a General Makeup/Wig video that covered everything I usually talk about in my Cosplay Makeup 101 panel. I hope this helps on all the basics! 

If you click through to Youtube – you can use the shortcuts in the description to jump to specific topics. :) 

anonymous asked:

Do you have any good cosplay memories you can share?

Yeah! I thought of one because I just recently answered about my brother being my Zuko. 

My brother is a big nerd like me. He loves DragonBall, FMA and ATLA. And he has always wanted to cosplay with me. But he was always really strict about his choices. “I gotta get really buff to be Zuko!! I gotta wait to grow out my hair!" 

I told him we could go to AX as Zuko and Azula and he spent the whole year working out and growing out his hair even though he HATED it. He let me do makeup and straighten his hair, and because of his work, he could only come out to AX for ONE DAY. He flew in and flew out the same day just for Zuko.

He had never been to ANY con before AX. 

So we got ready and walked to the con, I showed him around and toured him the dealers hall and so on – A bunch of people took our pictures and stuff. 

But I was super worried he was bored or disappointed. (we were really just walking around getting picture taken and not doing anything event like)  

And the WHOLE time he had this bored/angry look on his face. 

So finally I pulled him aside and was like "Listen I’m sorry you did all this work and its boring, if you wanna do something else…”

And he broke out like “ARE YOU KIDDING!? I’m having such a fun time and its SO HARD not to look happy!!!”

“Why are you trying to not look happy?”

“BECAUSE IM ZUKO!!!”

It was awesome. 

anonymous asked:

Do your feet hurt after walking in heels all day at conventions?? I wear heels off and on, but no matter how much I wear them I always end up ditching them during conventions. How do you do it?

Practice prractiiceeee! 

Heels are always going to be a pain, even with all the tips I’m about to give you. Keep in mind that they just aren’t great for your feet, especially over long periods of time. So no matter what, once the day is through your feet will always hurt.

-Wear your heels a lot before the con. DO IT. Wear around the house, wear them to and from the mail. Wear them up some stairs. Wear them a lot and for longer periods each time. TRAIN your feet and break the shoes in. You’ll at least get used to walking in them, and you can pinpoint the areas that cause blisters or pinching.

-Use band-aids or adhesive craft foam to cover the areas inside the shoe that pinch you or cause blisters.

-Gel insoles! (If they dont fit, cut em.)  ALSO FOOT PETALS. So awesome.

-If your feet hurt during the con. Sit down. Sit for awhile or roll your ankle around. BUT NEVER. NEVER take your shoes off if you intend to keep wearing them. As soon as the shoes are off your feet will swell. And swollen feet are bigger than regular feet — so they are gonna hurt EVEN WORSE once they go back in the shoe. Resist the temptation.

-Cut your day in half. When I know that I’m wearing a costume with a six inch heel, I plan accordingly. I show up the the con late if possible, and leave early. Get your fill of showing off the costume, take some pictures. And then change. It’s okay to call it quits and change, you may be disappointed in not wearing it for longer or missing out in seeing people or getting more photos — but its not worth the pain you may feel the day after.

-Treat your feet! Especially if you need to wear heels in tomorrow’s cosplay too!!  Once you get back home/or to your hotel, soak your feet in the bath with warm water first, then cold water. The warm water will relax your muscles. And the cold water after will constrain them and get them ready for the same pain again tomorrow. (adding in some epsom salts helps even more!!) Another trick is to place your feet against the wall over your head! Helps reduce swelling!


anonymous asked:

How do you go from Fenris to Solas? Or Hawke to Lavellan? Its insane.







Aside from costume and wigs, its always about makeup. 

Well makeup and acting. 

We’ve talked about it it a lot in the past, but I don’t know how much I can stress that Makeup work can be just as important if not more so than costume work when it comes to cosplay. 

Literally sometimes I know that a makeup job can just nail a cosplay, regardless of the way the costume looks. 

Spend a lot of time getting to know makeup. Contouring tricks are key. Literally all of Solas is just knowing where to contor and shade the angles of his face to get it right. You can make a nose look bigger or small, cheek bones higher, or brows lower with nothing but shading. Deep set eyes, cleft chin – shading shading shading. 

After that its all acting. 

Actually trying to pull the emotions of a character on your face will I GUARANTEE make your face look different than normal. Acting and mimicking the facial expressions of certain characters MAKES A DIFFERENCE in the photo. I mean – Sylar’s Cassandra vs his Solas is all that (plus makeup of course.) 

A lot!

There’s this weird sort of expectation for cosplayers that’s dependent on craftsmanship. For some reason hot glue, fabric glue & tac seem to be this weird taboo. As if, if you use hot glue to make a costume then you are ‘less’ of a cosplayer. 

Which in the end, is strange — since hot glue is only a tool. Just like a sewing machine. Just like the machine, if you are bad at using the glue gun it will look bad. Just because you sew doesn’t mean it’s going to look better than the gun. In fact, some of my glued trim looks way better than my shoddy sewing jobs. Especially since I’ve been using a glue gun longer, I have more experience with manipulating it to make it presentable. Wether it’s the machine or the gun, being good at either just takes practice. 

However! I will say that glue isn’t ‘durable’ or lasting. But this trait is all circumstantial. If you aren’t aiming for a long lasting, permanent costume that will be judged in a craftsmanship competition, then there’s no need to make your project harder. 

I have recently tried to sew more than I glue. But this is only because I want to be a better tailor for my professional career — not because I think one is better than the other in a cosplay way.

Cosplay doesn’t have to be hard. And I think a lot of people feel like it should be in order to validate what they are doing. 

Many times, when I find myself stressing about something that I want to sew perfectly, to the point where I’m getting frustrated… I take a step back, breath, remind myself that this is for me and no one else. This doesn’t have to be hard because others think it does. And then I smile and say, “Fuck it. Where’s my badass baby glue gun?”

Rebloggable by request!

anonymous asked:

How did you get the hot glue lines on your nightingale armor so straight and precise? I try to have a steady hand, but mine looks so uneven and not straight.

Glue Gun Etiquette

It definitely takes practice! You need to be sure you know your tool.

-Practice drawing out lines with your glue gun on scrap foam or wax paper. Try making smiley face and such. 

-Let your gun heat up ALL the way. The colder it is, the more splotchy the glue will come out. 

-Have glue sticks AT THE READY. As soon as the stick reaches its end and your not pushing on it anymore, the glue will start to accrue into a goopy mess. 

-Clean the gun when you can. Warming it and scraping off excess will help. (clean the trigger too — when it gets dirty its harder to have a smooth push and therefore a smooth line)

-DON’T get distracted by those long stringy things. They are easy to pull off later, let them be and focus on your steady lines. 

-I find that METAL nozzle tipped glue guns make straighter lines than plastic ones. 

-You mess up and have a wobbly line here how to fix it (while it’s still warm.) Too thin: Go over it again! The glue will melt together.  Too Wide: garb an extra glue stick and slowly slide it along your warm glue and pick up as much as you need too. Do this swftly! Alternatively, you can smear the whole thing down or off and redo the line completely. 

-Did you mess up and it’s dry? Use an exact to trim down your glue into a better line! 

Remember - practice makes perfect. My lines weren’t always steady. But after a while you can get some great edges that look like real ridged steal.