How to contour and highlight your face!

Here is an image I found on where natural highlights are on men and women, a perfect reference for beginning drag kings and queens like me. 

guys this is a lifesaver for cosplay! espECIALLY if you’re doing troll/painted up cosplay and want to blend to make your features actually stand out no matter what gender the character you’re cosplaying is

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Adding a “lace front” the quick(ish) and (not really) dirty way. Featuring Levi because I hate this wig’s hairline with a passion.

Details in the captions, but basically I took the extra lace from a cheap eBay lace front wig (because swiss lace is waaaay expensive and I definitely don’t need it by the yard), glued it to the inside of the wig, and started stabbing tufts of extension hair through the lace. I hotglued it totally flat and just kept building. I used the same method to add the purple to my Eridan wig

Hope that helps a little! Now for a trim…



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How I do horns and troll grey image

note: i prefer to mix a full white and about a 1/3 of a black snazaroo together to make my own shade of grey but the regular one works just as well! It’s also washable and comes off easy enough with water unlike ben nye that can have you tinted for days after the con C:

someone asked for these to be together and rebloggable :33

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7 Ways to Improve Your Cosplay


Keep in mind that these may not apply to all cosplays, and that its not mandatory at all! Skill level should never hold you back from cosplaying what you want to, just do your best. But if you are interested, here are some quick tips on taking your cosplay to another level :)

  1. Weathering: This can make your cosplay look 100x more realistic! Make it look like you’ve just gotten out of a fight, chased off monsters, or come back from the dead. [Ex: Laura Croft, Wolverine, Zombies, Warriors and what not] Get creative! There’s all kinds of home made blood recipes, fake dirt, fake burn powder, and other resources you can use for awesome special effects! Don’t forget your clothes or armor though, they might need a rough look too!

    | How to Make Torn Edges | How To Weather Fake Fur | How to Weather Armor | Weathering a Prop |

  2. Contouring your makeup: Want to accentuate your features? Want to make your face look more like a different character or gender? Contouring is a great way to do that and it is relatively easy. It just takes a little time, patience, and practice. Don’t forget if you have a mall nearby with makeup counters, the sales people can show you how to contour your face! (Also don’t forget that you can contour while using body paint as well, just switch up the colors!)

    | Basic Contouring/Highlighting | (I’m currently looking for some good crossplay makeup tutorials, so link me if you know of any and I’ll add them!)

  3. Improving your eyes: Okay this covers three tips but I figured I’d put them all under this. Firstly, match your eyebrows to your wig! This makes a HUGE difference…just go maybe two shades darker than your wig color. Second, give contacts a try! Now, definitely don’t feel like you have to, some people have eye problems or just don’t like the idea of having something in their eye. That’s perfectly fine! But if you wanna give it a try, it can really make your cosplay shine a little brighter. Third, experiment with fake lashes. This is primarily for female characters, but a lot of times cameras minimize what makeup you do have on and sometimes it helps to have a little extra oomf! 

    | Eyebrow Coloring | Eyebrow Coloring with Eyeshadow | Cosplay Contacts 101 | How to put on fake lashes |

  4. Iron as you go: When you’re sewing, keep your iron warm to press your seams and keep it wrinkle free! This can give it a very professional, clean look.

  5. Speaking of sewing, try out some new seams: French seams are a nice alternative for a string-free, clean look. Or, if you don’t want to bother with that, you can grab some Fray-Check to keep your fabric from unraveling and making a mess. When your outfit looks clean on the inside, it makes you feel a lot better about wearing it :)

    | How to make french seams |

  6. Make it shiny: Yes, what you read was correct! Adding a resin coating to your prop can give it a really professional look. Of course this won’t work for everything, but it’s a fantastic option. 

    | How to resin coat |

  7. Choose correct tools for what you’re working on: There are hundreds of kinds of tools and materials that you can utilize for whatever project you are working on! Do research on what is available to you and how to use it. You can buy fiberglass materials and bondo at walmart! Lowes or Home Depot has Rigid Insulation Foam that is great for large props! Heat guns, hot wires, razors, rotary cutters, and all kinds of other materials can be found locally. Just please be sure you are very careful and follow all safety procedures!

    | A great post on tools of the trade

These are just a few tips to help out! If you have any tips or tricks that you feel have improved your cosplay, message or submit them to me and if I get enough, I’ll make another post with YOUR tips :) Remember, these don’t apply to everyone and they are definitely not mandatory. Cosplay is for fun! So do what you have to to enjoy your cosplay to the fullest, regardless of what anyone else thinks :)

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Dear cosplayers. I have found salvation at the Micheals. These are hot glue finger caps. They are fucking amazing and perfect. You can smear hot glue smooth without third degree burns. Bless based cosplay god. #cosplay #hotglue

25,364 notes + 11 months ago


Newt tattoo sleeve master post! ‘Cause some people asked? SURE.


- Art guide! (Sure, there’s screenshots and art book concept art, but they weren’t great solid guides. So I took a shit ton of refs and made my own and tried to be as screen accurate as possible. If my art guide can help you, please use and abuse it! That’s what it’s there for!)

- American Apparel Opaque Pantyhose (or whatever. pick your poison. i bought, like 8 pairs of pantyhose of various types to test on before picking one)

-Copic markers (a bunch of green, a bunch of yellow, a bunch of red, a bunch of blue, a very very very very light blue to fill in the areas that would be white, and a warm grey 9 to solidify outside linework)

- SetaSkrib Fabric Markers (two reds - a lighter and a darker, and a yellow)

- Graphite (for the initial outline)

- A whole lot of patience

Step-by-step (at least, what I can remember):

- Tell husband, Steve, he’s going to be Newt and that he should deal with it.

- Test out markers and stuff on a couple different pantyhose types. I decided on the opaque white ones to retain color integrity (and because American Apparel is right near where I work, so it was easy).

- Cut pantyhose in half so you have a right and left, cut off excess on top, cut off foot. You could probably make a thumb hook if you wanted, but given I used white pantyhose, we couldn’t do that without making him look weird.

- Have significant other wear the pantyhose on their arms as you work (to reduce the chance of any image warping). Or create some sort of arm form. I mean, my husband sat for a total of almost 10-12 hours which isn’t a great thing to force someone to do.

- Use graphite pencil to rough in the design. (This step was GREAT given that I used white pantyhose. The pencil showed up very well.)

- If wearing on self or someone else while you work, prepare to get marker bleedthrough ALL OVER YOUR ARM.

- COLOR THAT SHIT IN. The three fabric pens I bought were a significant portion of the base, whereas all the blues and greens were copic markers. My fabric pens were running out of ink near the end. I’d suggest having some backups just in case.


- Bleeding was almost non-existent (well, there WAS a small amount, but pausing and letting things dry out make this problem minimal). One of the arms, however, was stretched a bit more than the other, and I did notice that the coloring was far less sharp on that side. I mean, you probably can’t notice from the pictures, but if you’re a perfectionist like I am, it’ll bug you. Try and stretch each pantyhose over the arm as close as possible to each other.

- Use body tape to hold the upper part and lower part in place. We put body tape around Steve’s mid-upper arm and around his wrist. Doesn’t damage the fabric, and sticks things pretty well and good, even if you’re sweating all day.

- The arm tattoos CAN BLEED ON OTHER FABRIC! If you look closely, you can see that Steve got some red on his sleeves. Haven’t washed that shirt yet, so not sure how it will fare up, but whatever. That shirt was, like, $14 so we weren’t that upset. No other bleeding on pants or backpack or anything. We figured it was just the continuous friction between shirt and pantyhose. I might try and use some fixative spray on them and see if that helps.

- Ahahahaha and since we were at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo), the free swag capitol of the world, Steve kept being asked what booth was giving out the sleeve tattoos. So… I guess I did too good of a job?

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I’ll make a more sensible and professional post later. It’s been 14 hours of struggle, I deserve a nap, but only after I notify the 80+ people waiting.

Size chart and how to will be up Monday or so.


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DIY Fashion Pattern Vocabulary Indographic from Enerie here. Also from Enerie: Know Your Sunglasses here, and for the popular posts Know Your Shoes go here for part 1 (Lobster Claws anyone? Hilarious) and here for part 2.

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Protoss Wizard - Starcraft II / Diablo III / World of Warcraft crossover

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