Cosplay Hacks To Try Out This Con Season
So you’re looking for some cosplay hacks? The year is young. Your cosplans are outlined in meticulous scribbles and grandiose dreams; your con budget is set as firmly as your line-ups; your craft space is one gargantuan mess of materials, tools, and ideas.
It’s going to be your year as far as cosplay is concerned and these costumes will be your biggest and boldest yet, and you’ll be turning heads at all the cons.
To make sure your appearances at your favorite cosplay conventions turn out every bit as glorious as you envision, Felandaris has a few handy cosplay hacks for you.
Try these out and see if they’ll give your outfits that extra boost towards perfection.
We spend weeks, months even, planning, making and procuring all parts of our cosplays down to the tiniest detail to make sure every last bit of us looks precisely like our character of choice.
Almost every last bit, that is – pesky details such as our eye or brow color can betray our true, mundane identities.
Whereas hundreds of online shops sell colored contacts to remedy the former issue, faking someone else’s eyebrows is a tad trickier.
Who hasn’t looked in the mirror to find that Link’s golden ponytail sits perfectly, or Sailor Chibi Moon’s twin tails are just the right shade of pink – but your bushy browns don’t measure up?
You have several options to play with, or even combine, to find the shade that suits your character.
First, there’s pencils of all sorts – lip liners, Kohls, brow pens. They’re easy to apply and cover a range of shades. Eyeshadows also can work wonders when you comb the powder into your brow hairs, even in combination with a pen.
To adjust the shape of your brows and perhaps thin them out, concealer and transparent powder can help get you a slimmer or flatter browline.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s even theatrical wax to fully cover your brows and draw on a completely new set (or go brow-less – Voldemort cosplay, anyone?)
If you want to go a shade or two lighter than your natural tone, there are tutorials on faking a bleached-brow look using liquid concealer. (Yes, that’s a thing – both having bleached brows and faking them.)
My eyebrows have gone everything from black to blonde, copper to purple using some of these techniques.
One photographer didn’t recognize me despite having met me just a couple weeks prior.
Try this out and you may be surprised at the result. A change to your eyebrows can make for a drastic difference in your overall look!
The Joys of Jelly
Petroleum jelly, that is. Spread a little just below your hairline to prevent the dreaded wig itch.
You’ll avoid finding yourself scratching your forehead in all the photos taken at that cosplay convention where you looked smashing otherwise.
Apply some on your forearm where you know those foam bracers are going to cut into your skin.
Thigh burn is another cosplayers’ woe that petroleum jelly works wonders on.
Keep one of the little round tins of the stuff in your con bag to ease pretty much any irritation or discomfort you can inflict on yourself with those equally beautiful and uncomfortable cosplays.
Lord of the Layers
Larger dress-based costumes often require a hoop skirt, which usually also means a petticoat for extra puff and fluff. Before you know it, you’ve got three or more layers on you, all of which have their own weight and may move downwards as you move forward.
How often have you seen a Disney princess or other dress-bearer awkwardly fumbling around their waist?
Chances are they were trying to align their petticoat, which was slipping down on them while their underwear was creeping up on their tights.
To make it a bit easier, you’ll need a length of dress elastic (the white soft type, between ½ and 1 inch in width) and two nice and big safety pins (think about 2 inches long).
Down your side, measure the distance between just below your armpit and where you’d like your petticoat to sit (or your hoops, depending on which one is the prime offender.) Cut two pieces of elastic twice that amount plus about 1 inch extra.
Take the bra you’re going to wear with your cosplay, loop the elastic around the side panel that sits under your arm and then tie a knot in the elastic.
Now hook the safety pin through the elastic sling, stick it into the waistband of your insubordinate garment and close it.
Repeat on your other side. Keep the knot towards the bottom of the elastic hoop and you won’t feel the band while wearing it.
Because you’ve fastened the hoop skirt on either side of you with equally long rubber bands it will sit evenly.
The elastic will allow for movement while holding your hoop skirt or petticoat in place. Using a large and sturdy pin and sliding its whole length under the garment’s fabric will make for a stable hold.
I’ve done this with the petticoat for my Totoro cosplay – it had a full-length light chain with a heavy battery pack attached to it. With the fastening, it didn’t budge all day!
As far as hair elastics go, I’m a bore who sticks with her brown scrunchies and may occasionally raise a judgemental eyebrow at new trends such as those weird ones that look like phone cables.
When clear hair ties entered the scene, however, they caught my attention immediately. While I’d never put them in my precious locks (I don’t buy the whole no-snag thing) they struck me as perfect for cosplay!
Think about it – these little guys are flexible, small and practically invisible! You can wrap them around stuff, pull them through things or tie knots into them.
Clear hair elastics have helped me keep stubborn gloves sitting all the way up beyond my elbow and allowed me to drape flimsy belts around my waist so they’d sit oh-so-casually like they only ever do in games or cartoons.
Once I even walked around as Triss Merigold from The Witcher with 12 or so unfastened buttons! At 24 weeks pregnant, my bump had proven too much for the leatherette vest that buttons up on the sides.
I wouldn’t have been able to wear it at all had it not been for these little guys. I wrapped an elastic around each button then pulled it through the respective buttonhole and around the button again with the other end.
Quick, easy and dirt cheap. Even better, these are available in black and white as well, making this a cosplay hack for all kinds of situation.
That’s a few ideas to get you started on improving your cosplays and staying on top of your game in any situation a convention can throw at you.
Which ones are you going to try out? Do you have any tried-and-tested cosplay hacks you swear by? Share them in the comments!
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