An FAQ has been added! A few more things will probably be added, since we get a lot of asks about certain things~ Be sure to take a look at it if you have a question, and scroll through the blog a bit.

maadskittlez29 sent: I'm working on a Winter Soldier cosplay, and I've been having some trouble figuring out how to do the metal arm. I thought it might be cool to paint my arm grey or silver, since it would make moving around a lot easier. Do you have any body paint brands that you'd recommend? Also, how much would I need to cover my arm and hand?

Hello! We have answered a lot of body paint questions before, if you want to look back through the blog!

For brands, I have seen 
Graphtobian, Ben Nye, Kryolan aquacolor, and probably more that a lot of others would recommend, just make sure it is only skin safe products. I can’t give you a definitive answer for how much, so I would contact the company! Probably only one container though, at most two. It depends on what you use,

This video also came to mind, but I don’t know how useful it would be to you.

tsuyaoi:

"if arakita had a girlfriend, he wouldn’t address her with "-chan""

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thefrogstercosplay:

CROSSPLAY STUBBLE TUTORIAL!

something I forgot to mention: if you’re going to be out in the heat and sweating it may be advisable to use waterproof mascara. Also the brand I use is l’oreal voluminous.. because that’s what i use for my actual makeup and their brush works great for this.

Halloween Makeup and Cosmetic FAQ!

anestheticx:

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Enjoy my “Pan” inspired SFX Makeup? Planning on creating an amazing cosmetic look yourself for this Halloween season? When it comes to special effects cosmetics and body painting not all makeup is created equal, and sometimes the cosmetic products available can be downright…

anzujaamu:

A makeup tutorial for one of my usual looks, enjoy~!You can find the link for the lenses in my review post, here.
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anzujaamu:

A makeup tutorial for one of my usual looks, enjoy~!
You can find the link for the lenses in my review post, here.

(Source: anzujaamu)

amenokitarou:

Today I take a break from crafting and take look at another part of Cosplay: posing.I’ll start with my favorite pose…It’s known as the “3-point landing” in animation… but in my eyes it is “The Unnecessary Cool Landing” pose, aka Black Widow’s Leg Splay… An Excuse for Fanservice …EtcHere are the 5 pointers:(1). Shift body weight to one side and bend the knee. Open the knee to the side to widen the pose. Now splay your other leg to the side. Straighten this leg.(1*) Depending on the flavour of your character, you might want to bend your second leg also. If you do, place your second knee on the floor, and also open it to the side, so the pose doesn’t become narrow.(2) Lift chest to straight upper back for a strong looking pose. This will also help you left your chin and eyes without having to roll your eyes uncomfortably.(3) The landing arm. Generally looks good when the opposite arm is in front. (Eg. The side with the knee up is the front side, so the side with the straight leg/knee down gets the landing arm in front).(3*) The floor hand. Depending on the flavour of your character, you could generally touch the floor, press your palm down, or even close your fist and knuckle down on the floor.(4) Always do something with your other arm. An extension backwards generally looks dynamic).(5) Now if you want to add a little motion, you could lift one of your heels off the floor. Just one. Back or front, decide on the direction you want to be moving. (Lifting both usually ends up retarded… At least for me D:)Happy shooting!
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amenokitarou:

Today I take a break from crafting and take look at another part of Cosplay: posing.
I’ll start with my favorite pose…It’s known as the “3-point landing” in animation… but in my eyes it is “The Unnecessary Cool Landing” pose, aka Black Widow’s Leg Splay… An Excuse for Fanservice …Etc

Here are the 5 pointers:
(1). Shift body weight to one side and bend the knee. Open the knee to the side to widen the pose. 
Now splay your other leg to the side. Straighten this leg.
(1*) Depending on the flavour of your character, you might want to bend your second leg also. If you do, place your second knee on the floor, and also open it to the side, so the pose doesn’t become narrow.

(2) Lift chest to straight upper back for a strong looking pose. This will also help you left your chin and eyes without having to roll your eyes uncomfortably.

(3) The landing arm. Generally looks good when the opposite arm is in front. (Eg. The side with the knee up is the front side, so the side with the straight leg/knee down gets the landing arm in front).
(3*) The floor hand. Depending on the flavour of your character, you could generally touch the floor, press your palm down, or even close your fist and knuckle down on the floor.

(4) Always do something with your other arm. An extension backwards generally looks dynamic).

(5) Now if you want to add a little motion, you could lift one of your heels off the floor. Just one. Back or front, decide on the direction you want to be moving. (Lifting both usually ends up retarded… At least for me D:)

Happy shooting!

HOW I DYED MY PEARL WIG (w/ pics!)

cautiousamber:

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(this is my very first cosplay tutorial, so sorry if it’s a bit shaky!)

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Anonymous sent: Hi, I want to cosplay soon but I don't know what to do about wigs, like how would I know to find one that is good and will actually be able to be styled into the characters hairstyle, and also how would I cut it? And what would I do to make it look like real hair? I have no idea what I should do basically. I'm also really terrible at eyeliner so do you have any tips on how to do casual eyeliner that will make my eyes look like a characters? Thanks for the help! And sorry if this is difficult

Well it’s really hard to tell you exactly what wig just in general. Ebay has a lot of taobao resellers, and taobao has a lot of custom character wigs that should be pretty good quality for cheap.

Arda Wigs is a really good place for wigs that have really good fibers and can be styled in many ways. But it isn’t what I’d recommend for a beginner. 

Also it can be hard to make a wig look like your real hair. Sometimes people will just know, but that’s fine.

I’d start off with recommending that you watch youtube hair cutting/styling tutorials (though bear in mind that some wigs cannot handle heat well) and pick up a wig that you think would possibly fit the character with plenty of time in case you need to buy another one. Just get familiar with the fiber of the wig and how to wear it. Your first wig doesn’t have to be perfect either. :)

With eyeliner though: I recommend practice. Find an eyeliner that is gel and make nice, clean lines (test it on your wrist) and practice making lines on your wrist, back of your hand, and especially on your eyes. I don’t know if you’d need a special eyeliner, because I really don’t know what character you’re going after. You can try out different methods though, and different styles until you find one you like!

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courtoonxiii:

SUPER QUICK:  Basic Cosplay Makeup for Beginner Cosplayers

I get this question a lot— So this is just a quick introduction to what I do for Cosplay Makeup!

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