Hello there! So I’m planning a Sarah from Labyrinth cosplay (her ballgown) what type of fabric would you suggest to use?

Hello there! So I’m planning a Sarah from Labyrinth cosplay (her ballgown) what type of fabric would you suggest to use?

Hello there!

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One lucky thing about cosplaying such an iconic outfit is that a lot of fans have already done breakdowns of the outfit, and the original costume has been on display at museums, leading to high-quality reference images. 

This one is very detailed, and breaks down the fabrics used quite nicely.

If you didn’t mind not being completely accurate to the original materials, but wanted something easier to work with and less delicate, I would replace the plastic film with iridescent mirror organza. It would have a very similar appearance, but it won’t tear or shred as easily as the original plastic material.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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Do you know if a wig with clip on ponytails is a good idea? I’m trying to do a miku cosplay and there’s a really nice wig but the ponytails it comes with clip on and off. Idk if that’s a good or bad thing lol

Do you know if a wig with clip on ponytails is a good idea? I’m trying to do a miku cosplay and there’s a really nice wig but the ponytails it comes with clip on and off. Idk if that’s a good or bad thing lol

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There are multiple pros and cons to using clip-on ponytails, and whether you use them or not depends on what you are comfortable with and the effect you want.

Clip on ponytails:- Easier to deal with for detangling/storage, since they can be removed- Can help keep your wig on your head better if you clip them through the wig and into your hair- Typically cheaper and easier to find- Easier to style, no need to worry about sagging “bag hair” in the back- More versatile, in that the base wig can be nearly anything, you don’t need to worry about head size, etc.- Often fuller ponytails than with built-in ponytails because of the bulk of the clip- Often less realistic than a wig styled into ponytails because of the bulk of the clip/how the clip attaches

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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I wanted to know if you had any experience in using soft pastels on wigs? I wanted to temporarily shade a synthetic ( hiperlon ) wig ( long story) and soft pastels was brought to my attention, as well as using eye shadows. I am leaning more towards the pastels, and from what I can tell they will wash out of the wig with no lasting effect on it. So, I thought I would ask if you had any input or tips regarding this? Especially since my internet search is not giving much to go on. Thank you so much

I wanted to know if you had any experience in using soft pastels on wigs? I wanted to temporarily shade a synthetic ( hiperlon ) wig ( long story) and soft pastels was brought to my attention, as well as using eye shadows. I am leaning more towards the pastels, and from what I can tell they will wash out of the wig with no lasting effect on it. So, I thought I would ask if you had any input or tips regarding this? Especially since my internet search is not giving much to go on. Thank you so much

 

 

I would say for this kind of thing, it’s up to you to experiment.

I’ve never used soft pastels on a wig, but if they’re the chalk kind rather than the creamy oil kind, it might work. The oil kind would likely leave a clumpy mess, so I would avoid those.

Eye shadow would fall out pretty quickly, and would be not be suited for anything more than giving a tiny bit of shade to your hairline or adding a bit of very temporary color to the part of a wig.

What I would recommend is looking into hair chalk. I know it was popular a few years ago and I’m not sure if it as remained popular, but it is a product meant to stay on real hair and may work on synthetic hair. I’m not sure what the mechanism of it holding to hair is, but since it’s a powder that coats the strands, you will have more luck with something like this or something else chalk-like rather than something as loose as an eyeshadow.

In fact, I found this tutorial on how to use hair chalk! You’ll have to translate it, but the automatic translation is still pretty decent.

You probably won’t be able to fully color a wig this way, but if you are just trying to add some temporary highlights, roots, tips, etc., I would give it a try.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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I’m looking into cosplaying Carey Fangbattle from The Adventure Zone, but she is a dragonborn, and I am neither capable nor comfortable doing something with full scales/make up. Do you have advice for a more stylized way for showing the she is dragonborn that wouldn’t require makeup all over me?

I’m looking into cosplaying Carey Fangbattle from The Adventure Zone, but she is a dragonborn, and I am neither capable nor comfortable doing something with full scales/make up. Do you have advice for a more stylized way for showing the she is dragonborn that wouldn’t require makeup all over me?

Hello there!

One of the advantages of cosplaying from an audio medium is that you don’t have to go with any one visual interpretation, but instead do whatever you are comfortable with.

For a dragonborn character, I can think of a few ways to signal this, most of which involve doing a more humanized interpretation, but with a few dragon-like elements:

– Add dragon horns
– Add fin-like dragon ears
– Add a dragon tail
– Use claw-like fake nails and/or feet. Feet can be done by adding onto shoes, so it wouldn’t necessarily involve makeup, but rather a modified form of prop or armor making
– Add dragon wings
– If you can wear contacts and are comfortable and safe doing so, using “snake eye” or other unnatural-looking lenses
– Doing partial scales or scale makeup instead of full scales, such as adding a patch to your face or neck, or individually applying a few in strategic areas. I would recommend looking up scale makeup tutorials for ideas. One common method involves placing a large-hole netting (such as a fishnet) over the face and using that as a template for makeup, so that the webbing pattern of the netting blocks the makeup. Instead of doing this on top of a full body paint, you can add a more subtle scale effect with blush or highlighter (may I suggest a color like green or blue for added effect?) by just modifying regular makeup application in this way.

Of course, the more dragon-like elements you add, the more likely you are to be recognized as a dragonborn. Also, carrying props that are iconic for your character and being in a group will help with recognizablity, though this may not always be possible.

I would also advise to look at as much fanart of the character as you can, as well as art of dragonborn characters that aren’t from TAZ, and other characters that may be more humanoid than this character is usually depicted but still have dragon-like features, such as half dragon characters.

I’m also going to open this up to our lovely followers! Respond if you have some ideas of what would help you recognize this character, or otherwise ideas on how to depict a dragonborn without going full dragon.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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Hi! I’m putting together Julian from the arcan’s masquerade outfit and I’m stumped on how to do the feathers for the lower portion of his coat.

Hi! I’m putting together Julian from the arcan’s masquerade outfit and I’m stumped on how to do the feathers for the lower portion of his coat.

Hello there!

There’s a few ways I can think of to go about this.

First, take a look at a search of the tutorials on our site for “feather,” since there are some good feather tutorials there.

There seem to be two major options here – one is to use real feathers, and one is to make faux feathers. I would personally go with a hybrid, but the decision is up to you.

If you go with real feathers, you will need to combine multiple feathers in order to get the length that you need. I would recommend taking turkey quill/wing feathers and, making sure you are matching up right to right and left to left, trim off the bottom portions of feathers and glue them to the tops of another feather until you have the elongated shape you desire. Many feathered wing tutorials use this method for large and unusually-shaped feathers. These newly-created long feathers can then be attached to the sides of the coat.

There are several methods for creating fake feathers. I have seen them cut from everything from foam (thin EVA foam/craft foam, packing foam, etc.) to fabric. I would personally go with a synthetic fabric that you melt the edges of to seal it (if you have hot cutting tools, even better) that has a stiffer material, such as foam or plastic, glued or sewn down the middle to give it the effect of a center shaft. If you go with fabric, the feathers will be lighter in weight, probably cheaper, and have more flow to them than real feathers, though they will take a bit more work to create.

Personally, I would do both. I would create faux feathers for the longest and largest of the feathers and then mix in some real feathers to create a more feathery effect and to vary the textures.

I would also recommend that no matter which method you use, you should attach the (faux) feathers to a separate piece of fabric that attaches to the coat with snaps, hooks, or magnets. This way, you can remove the delicate parts you don’t want to wash when it comes time to do laundry.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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