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First things first!
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ASIAN TO BE A GOOD COSPLAYER! I see this argument every time I click on a cosplay picture. Here are a few good cosplayers that are NON ASIAN.
Convention Do's and Don'ts.
General disclaimer ;: these dos/don'ts are not meant to be offensive or rude in anyway shape or form. These are advice/tips to help you achieve your perfect costume/convention experience and can be taken literally or non-literally.
= Start on your costumes early. A month or two in advance.
= Set deadlines for yourself. While it can be stressful at times it'll help you stay on track and keep your progress steady.
= Always bring a good camera with you and plenty of film.
= Ask for permission to take photos and to hug/glomp people.
= Be creative, if you plan on doing originals or female versions of characters really be imaginative with the outfits. Don't just put on a dress and call it a version. Make sure the design fits the character and the series!
= Bring a repair sewing kit to conventions. Glue guns are a must for prop holders! You never know when it'll come in handy.
= Use the buddy system. Sometimes the places where cons are held aren't all that 5 star, the buddy system helps when you have to make a late night run or return to your hotel through sketchy areas.
= Exchange tips/advice or deviant pages/blogs. Network like a champ.
= Check con regulations to make sure your props/costumes are acceptable.
= Make friends and don't be a wall flower!
= Regularly check official boards/cosplay boards for meet up/photoshoot information.
= Invest in coolers and ice for late night snacking/drinks!
= If you're going to a Convention as a main character from a series meet up with some co-stars/supporting characters. Cosplay is good on its own but its better with company!
= Hotel locations near convenience stores modernly priced restaurants. This will help keep down food and drink costs.
= Stay hydrated. No one likes heat stroke or a trip to the hospital!
= Ration money, forget your wallet in your room or car. Check your Bank status after major purchases, keep a check book/balance book with you to keep track of your spending.
= Pick characters that are similar to yourself, it makes the cosplay better when you can adapt and relate to said character.
= Use duct tape. While it may be magical, putting it on your shoes for a cosplay is not.
= Wear a costume that was put together in two hours, two days, or even two weeks unless you are a professional or you actually did an excellent job.
= Males, don't wear costumes that require you to shave if you refuse to. It ruins the illusion of the character that you've set out to portray.
= Pick characters that have revealing clothing if you don't have the body for it, are self conscious, or are doing it for the wrong kind of attention. Think of it like this, if you won't wear it in front of your grandmother, why would you wear it to a con in front of strangers?
= If you do wear revealing costumes do not complain about unwanted attention or being hit on by locals. Its going to happen whether you like it or not, be aware before hand.
= Just wear a costume to a character you know nothing about. Do some research! Its how the best cosplayers/cosplays are made.
= Please don't creep. No one likes a stalker!
= Don't act like you're better than another cosplayer or person just because you made your costume, are in a costume, ect. Conventions are for fun, not for tom douchery!
Addatives Looking for Elven ears? Hereís a great site.
Aradani costumes [Link below. PLEASE READ]
Aradani features sets of prosthetic body adds such as ears, horns, scars, ect., ect. Aradani is a good site to go to if you are looking for pointed Elf ears. These prices are low, some items are even under ten bucks.
Features A-J are good for: High elves Fairies Goblins Wilde Elves Satyrs Fauns Orcs Trolls Elfquest characters Anime characters Sea creature ears for Mermaids and Dragonkin or even sea elves. Hobbits And they even feature ears from Lord of the rings, half elves. Their most noted ears are the 10Ē Twilight elf tips.
Aradani also sells Latex horns and ones of polymers in a selection.
They sell vampire fangs in short and saber and even prosthetic wounds and open cuts for possible Zombie or fighting/wounded characters plays.
Sesshomaru Cosplay[link] Is a lens that I found that is pretty helpful for costume makers. Remember for any costume do your RESEARCH. Find plenty of ref photos and study the character.
[link] Buckled winkle pickers one of the best cosplay shoes. So close to his originals and pretty inexpensive I believe. Sold at Drac-in-a-box
www.Mehron.com Mehron www.Kryolan.com Kryolan These two above links are places for good quality body painting makeups.
[link] For Sesshomaru makeup two pack refills are good. Cheery bomb red for cheeks, red for eyes and Dark blue, Dk.blue or DBL for moon, Wild orchid the last filler for a Just in case go with the purple moon.
This makeup was bought and tested by me and is a perfect match to Sesshomaru's [Anime]
Products that are good to go with using make up.
Barrier spray : [link] A quality barrier spray that stops sweat. Misted before or after makeup use, before stops sweat underneath and after seals for the finished look and no run.
Foundation: [link] Foundation to hide the "I just shaved" look for a flawless finish. Good for a Sesshomaru cosplay as well as any other in general in general.
FOR WIG WEARERS:
If you happen to be wearing a bright coloured wig or white wig and are afraid of showing your hair underneath the first good way to reduce this is if you are a male you can go bald, too drastic? Then for all a WIG CAP is a must. If your hair is long it is good to use knitted wig caps and to wrap hair around the head and pin it in place with bobby pins.
After hair is pinned, here is a product I have found that helps preventing coloured hair from sticking out. [link] Comes in silver or white.
If youíre doing a Sesshomaru play itís good to go with the silver. Itís a SAFE and NON PERMINATE water based formula that covers the hair and will make sticking out hair LESS noticeable.
When the wig cap is on dab or stroke lightly around the edges of wig cap or hair line about half an inch into the hair to colour it. The hair will become less noticeable.
For those with COLOURED wigs such as purple, blue, green. Use the WHITE formula and do the same as above. -Then take a bit of eye shadow in MATTE of the same colour as the wig and lightly brush it along the edges of your now whitened hair. Make sure that the shadow is of a NON-sparkling or pearlized kind and is a dull flat matte.
STYLING A WIG:
There are a few GOOD quality stranded wigs that sell and they are kanekalon, Eleora, toyokalon, and modlon. Human haired wigs are the best but expensive and stop at a certain length.
ď PART WIGĒ fibers are not good wigs at all so donít buy them, they are usually poor quality. Try to stick to reliable sellers and check out credentials if possible; also check out reviews or feedback.
When buying a wig check the quality as well as the assembly, make sure the wig will not fall apart. Double check sizing as well. Some go by Small, medium, and large.
When styling a wig important products to have are: A wig brush Wide tooth comb Wig spray Plenty of wig caps. Hair spray or/and gel Garnier Fructis Wetshine Blow dryer
Only use salon professional products and nothing cheap or you will damage the wig. The Fructis Wetshine is a gloss spray, I have a small travel size bottle that I find good for travel, it gives the hair a quick shine boost and life while not being sticky or excessive. It also gives the wig or hair a nice fruity scent that last for hours. <3
When styling a wig use a generous amount of product but donít go crazy. Treat it like real hair or you will damage it.
DO NOT use excessive hair gel or hair cement. A little goes a long way when combined with sprays. Make sure to find a good hair spray that doesn't flake.
Take a small amount on your finger and rub it into your hands. Run your hands under cold water[for a couple of seconds] to further dilute to not damage but still do its job. Or make sure the wig is damp or wet and gently work product in and style as needed. Use hairspray to keep style. Blow dry while holding the spike or curl. Do it low heat to not destroy the style.
Make sure the hair spray is not one that flakes off or gets OVERLY sticky or you could ruin your style.
For curly haired wigs, either buy them straight and style them yourself or get them curly styled already. To curl a straight wig you need: Curlers [plastic ones not the hot ones] A blow dryer Warm water Bobby pins Wide tooth comb Hair spray
1. Wet the wig with warm water and rid any access water.
2. Part wig into sections like normal hair. Comb out section and roll it in the curler, pin and move on to the next one.
3. Repeat step two until the full wig, or just what you need is in curlers.
4. Make sure wig hair is still wet, if not mist it with warm to hot water.
5. Blow dry the hair dry on high but keep it far enough away so that it does not damage the hair.
6. Do this twice, step 4 and 5, and then remove curlers carefully. With Wide tooth comb; comb the hair gently through the curl once or twice if needed and there it is. Hair spray to hold style and done.
Itís better to wear the wig after styling being careful to put it on without mussing it up. Itís also easier to style it while on your head. After it might be good to use a bit of Hair sheen. Oil sheen that says OLIVE OIL on the front or Wig spray to get the luster you need.
For plays with SHORT hair if you have short hair that is around the same colour or length it is good to use YOUR OWN HAIR and not a wig. [Saves money]
If your hair is to your jaw and youíre doing a Kingdom Hearts Sora play, use your own hair and either get it professionally styled or have someone help you.
Styling Soraís hair is pretty easy as long as you DONíT use a ton of gel or hair cement. Use an amount like above but part the hair first to help. Do not do a straight part but a zig zag part it seems to keep it more natural. Spike the hair use the gel more at the bottom or base of the spike then the top and use hair spray at the top to hold the point.
If you want to go with a more natural realistic look then tease the hair slightly and use a small amount of gel or hairspray to have this fly away but spiked look. Make sure itís not TOO messy.
If you do not want to do this here are a few good sites for QUALITY cosplay wigs already styled that I have found so far: [link]
For those looking for contacts: [link] This link is good for Sesshomaru contacts using the ones at the bottom of the page: Hazel Autumn Bella
Or if you want to get more than one pair with a discount here is JAPANESECANDY
This site features contacts for cosplays or just regular wear in prescription and non-prescription. So donít worries if you have two different prescriptions in each eye you can get a pair without any added fees at all; also if you buy more than one of one style they give discount. Sae-Chan is amazingly nice and friendly and if you have any questions she is sure to help.
Iíve found contacts on here good for: Chii or Freya cosplays Naruto plays and a few others. [link]
Another site: [link] [link] Colours Honey and Pure hazel are good for Sesshomaru cosplays and any with yellow to golden eyes and want to keep the RL but anime aspects of a character. While they are cheap I am not sure if they can be prescription or not.
Jennifer cosplay from Ebay has great cosplay shoes. She even has a realistic version of Sora's shoes. I am not sure as of yet but I do think that they do custom orders for shoes. Not sure but you can always ask.
[link] Sometimes they sell Bleach shoes and whatnot, but they are good for Naruto headbands, keychains and Akasuki Necklaces as well as others. Mask, and collectables. If youíre wearing the bleach whickered sandals I suggest using a sealant at the bottom of some type or fitting them with rubber to keep them from breaking as you walk on the concrete. Otherwise stay indoors and check them every so often.
Commissions or costumes: Cosplayhouse does quotes on commissions for outfits. I checked them out to see what you would get for some cosplays. They say 48 hours and they will get to you but its been more than three for me so I'm not all too sure. They can be pretty damn expensive sometimes.
Cosplayfu.com has some decent costumes. For those that can't afford to make from scratch or don't know how to sew its good to get premades and then taylor it to yourself and add or take from it as needed.
If you know people that sew its good to get them to help you. Also, taking it to a taylor is a cheap and professional way. Some may even do the costume for you. Ask around and see.
Lolita: Its abundantly clear that you can google this and find whatever you need but to save some time here are some links to help you out.
[link] This is a link to the Lolita handbook located on Live journal.
For the DIY Loli's [link] Sewing and DIY entries on lolita pieces.
I've once used this as a basic step step for my lolita skirt pattern. With a few alterations on measurements and adding a panel or two i believe I got the effect I desired. It varies upon person to person.
Disclaimer: This can be taken literally or non-literally. For any questions just Note me and I'll be happy to answer or look up anything you might need. Don't forget to check out the second one here : [link]
"Elfquest characters" eeeeEEEEEE YAY THEY'RE MENTIONED HERE <3 Elfquest :') And I'm not entirely sure if I'm actually going to cosplay or not but it sounds really fun. I'd cosplay in private Because I like dressing up as my own characters ;D But sadly my main-MAIN character is evil and therefore nothing like me and the other characters who I might feel more comfortable acting as/dressing up as don't have as many things I can do with costume-wise. Okay I'll stop rambling and get to my question. The character who I want to cosplay as is a male and wears a bearskin thing over his shoulders--very similar to Cutter's from Elfquest. I am a female. How should I handle this...? o,o (because I've obviously got to cover something up XD)
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