If you’re starting out in cosplay, or if you’re a theatre major (ESPECIALLY if you’re a theatre major), Ben Nye makes an excellent student starter kit (the above is creme makeup, but they also have a set for cake makeup).
The set comes in a variety of skin tones and all sets include: three creme foundations (one for old age), creme contour wheel (cheek rouge, lip color and two creme colors), bruise & abrasions wheel, highlight, shadow, white creme color, powder cheek rouge, eyebrow pencil, lip pencil, black pencil, liquid latex, nose & scar wax, hair color, translucent face powder, spirit gum adhesive, spirit gum remover, stage blood (mint flavored!), rouge brush, velour powder puff, sponge applicators, stipple sponge, No. 3 flat brush, No. 7 flat brush, eyebrow/lash comb, and swab applicators.
It is a little pricey (55 dollars from most online retailers), but it’s a good value (especially for the wax, liquid latex, and bruise and abrasion wheel) and it’s easy to build upon this set (an eye shadow palette would go well).
Theatre majors or other college students, check with our department head to see if they can order you a discounted set. Your college/university may also carry the set in their student bookstore.
(All pictures taken from Norcostco. No affiliation or connection to either company or Ben Nye, the set is what Cata used through college and still uses for cosplay.)
How to make a pattern for armor
(Picture 1) You can do the first step either on a body double or have a friend help you and do it on your self. Cover it in saran wrap
(Picture 2) Now put masking tape on the plastic wrap and generally draw the design you need with markers
(Picture 3 and 4) Now do fine detail work and make sure every thing is exactly how you want it to be.
(Picture 5) Now cover the whole thing in clear packing tape.
(Picture 6) remove the pattern from the body double
( Picture 7 and 8) Cut up the pattern by your lines and make sure to number them to keep everything in order because once you start throwing them around all the pieces get harder to fit back together.
Many, many tutorials covering weapons, breatsplates, helmets, gauntlets and so on in both English and Japanese.
DIY Circle Skirt Generator from circleskirtpattern.com. I recently got asked a question about circle skirts and referred the reader to this tutorial: DIY Full Circle Foolproof Skirt Tutorial from By Hand London here. But then I saw this circle skirt generator on inspiration & realisation’s Facebook page. You plug in your wasit, hem length and seam allowance and you can choose from the most popular fabric widths - 45” and 60”. It tells you how much fabric you need, whether it can be cut from one piece of fabric etc…
OH GOD I AM ABOUT TO NEED THAT NEXT WEEK god bless you tumblr for having a post about this
Pepakura is basically the art of paper craft folding. You can make amazing life-sized pieces of armor such as:
So how do you use Pepakura? Here are tips on how to get…
I feel somewhat obligated to make this outfit if I ever get back to doing things for Shit Hokuto Wears.
Like, the penguin wedding dress is like 25% done, the main obstacle now being I live 3000+ miles away from my sewing room and I’m still not sure what I want to use for the hoopskirt.
And my family already thinks I’m insane for working on that one, but come on. It’s Hokuto.
And this one has a fucking umbrella skirt.
Hey guys! Corsets/Shapers are such a huge part of anime costumes right now and are always helpful to wear under a costume, not to mention it’s my favori…
I rarely post tutorials that aren’t mine, but I don’t think Eli has a cosplay tumblr and her new tutorial is great for beginners! :)
Ah, great tutorial!
Sometimes you end up cosplaying a character with a really crazy hairline, and you think “How am I going to make THAT?”
Maybe you’ve already learned about lace-front wigs and how they appear more natural-looking. Maybe you’ve even heard of wig ventilation, which is the method for individually adding hairs into the lace of a lace-front wig. If you’ve gotten that far, you’ve probably noticed you need special tools, called ventilating hooks/needles, and they can be costly and hard to acquire. Fear not! I am here to show you a few methods to ventilate hair with just normal supplies you can find at your craft and sewing store!
That’s right, you can ventilate hair with just a normal sewing needle!!!