Cosplay 101 is a series for cosplay tutorials, tips, and tricks! From the planning stages to caring for props and wigs, I hope to have a wide range of information here for cosplayers old or new. I’m an Open Book Cosplayer! This means I am happy to answer any questions about cosplay. I’m not an expert at anything, but I will do my best to
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If you’re a blogger, you probably already know that blogging is a tough undertaking. With other projects, when it’s done, it’s done, but blogging is a never-ending project. As soon as you hit “publish” on your most recent post, it’s immediately time to move to the next one or work on behind-the-scenes details. While I love blogging (I’ve been blogging for 2.5 years now!),
Aside from her white-blonde hair, Daenerys’ most identifying feature is her dark eyebrows. Even before I watched Game of Thrones, I could recognize Dany cosplayers by their hair and eyebrows! When I worked on my first Daenerys cosplay, I realized that her eyebrows are one of the biggest keys to looking more like her in costume. I’m a beginner at makeup, so even though I’ve
This may seem like an awkward topic, but really and truly, part of looking good in your costume has to do with your foundation. Just like with makeup, you have to have a solid base before you add anything on top. Fictional characters are often wearing clothing that most of us would never think to wear in public – spandex, boob windows, and other garments
Cosplayers: Liz as LSP, Peony as PB Part one of the Wig Guide covers why wigs are integral to cosplay, basic wig terminology, choosing wigs, and types of wigs. Today, let’s continue on to wig styling, wearing a wig, and wig storage techniques! After reading both parts of this guide, you should master wig basics! And don’t forget to browse the Cosplay 101 tag for more
Last week on Cosplay 101, I shared how to get a neutral, clean face as a base for your cosplay makeup. This week, it’s on to the finishing touches – eyes and lips! If foundation and such are about creating a blank canvas, then eyes and lips are where your creativity can run wild! Here’s where you can add colors and shape your look to
Alternative title: My Face: The Blog Series I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – everything I’ve learned about makeup, I’ve learned from cosplay. One of my favorite aspects of cosplay is modifying my look. I love the grey area between reality and fantasy and makeup is one way to explore that. In addition to making you look more like your character, makeup
When I’ve mentioned in past Cosplay 101 posts that buying items is an option, many people seem surprised! For many costumes, it’s either not reasonable or not possible to make every single piece. This week, I thought I’d share how I personally decide whether to make, modify, or buy something. (Click to view the chart larger!) For me, there are three main things to balance
Last week on Cosplay 101, we talked about planning and budgeting! Let me introduce you to my friend, Evernote, where I do the majority of my cosplay planning. You’ve probably heard of this service before! I use it for almost everything, but it’s especially useful for cosplay. Evernote Basics Evernote is a cloud-based, digital notebook. You can include formatting and images, share notebooks with friends, and,
This week, Cosplay 101 is all about planning. It can seem a little daunting to begin cosplaying, but with the proper planning, it’s easier to see how the costume will come together. For me, budgeting is directly related to planning, so I’ll be discussing how I budget for costumes, too. Planning is Your Friend I am an organization junkie, so planning out a cosplay comes naturally to
Happy New Year! I hope you celebrated the new year in a way that makes you happy. I want to share my cosplay goals for 2014 with all of you! My cosplay has sort of taken a back seat since I started grad school. School takes up a lot more time now, so it’s a lot harder to find time to work on new costumes.
Ramona Flowers (Video Game Version) from Scott Pilgrim I’ve already done one Ramona costume, so this write-up is pretty basic! I’ve known for a while I wanted to make another Ramona Flowers cosplay because she is one of my favorite characters. A week before SDCC, I was considering what costumes to bring, and suddenly decided I absolutely needed a new Ramona costume. In less than
It’s no secret that I love Adventure Time! I’ve cosplayed Fionna before, but I didn’t like the way her outfit fell on me. The skirt felt really tight and short, the socks were uncomfortable and didn’t stay up, and overall I just didn’t feel my best. Even though I spent some time making the hat, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be cosplaying her again.
In my cosplay series, I examine each costume I make, how I created it, what I would do differently, and so on! For more cosplay posts, just look in the cosplay tag here or sort by costume here. For cosplay tutorials, check out the Cosplay 101 tag. This is one of my all-time favorite costumes to wear! It feels like I bring it out almost every