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I am a 20-something cosplayer from Northern California. This is my cosplay and sewing blog, where I post progress pics, tutorials, and cosplay pictures. I can get pretty busy with real-life stuff, so don't be alarmed if I don't post terribly often.

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Reblogged from cryptobotanist  11 notes

A plea for help from any cosplayers out there on tumblr:

cryptobotanist:

I desperately need help with face paint application. The first time I did a cosplay that required facepaint I used Mehron creamblend, and even though it applied very smoothly and evenly and made for quick application I just could never get it to be opaque enough and because it was a cream blend I could NOT get it to seal no matter how much I coated it in hairspray, so I spent most of the con nervously doing my best not to touch anyone or anything. So I bought some Krolan aquacolor becuase it was rated as a very quality facepaint for cosplayers, but trying to get it to apply right has been a complete nightmare. No matter what I do it’s always horribly streaky and splotchy like a two year old colored my face over with a crayon. I’m definitely dabbing instead of making a streaking motion so it shouldn’t be streaky (but it totally is), and I’ve tried using both brushes and cosmetic sponges, and both regular cosmetic sponges that I got in bulk at target and the fancy professional grade cosmetic sponges I got from Ulta and I just can not for the life of me figure out what’s going so horribly wrong with applying the face paint. Help ?!?! Oh and I should probably add on that I was totally applying primer first too so a lack of primer shouldn’t be the issue either.

I should probably add that the color I’ve been using is plain white if that helps with tips in the application process ?

Hello there!

Facepaint can be a tricky thing, especially in white. With a water-based paint (like the Kryolan Aquacolor you have used), it will be very difficult to get the full opacity that a creme paint would get, and if you can get it very opaque, it will be more likely to flake and crack, no matter how high the quality of paint is. (That said, I still prefer water-based for myself, even for white, but that’s because of my skin type and because I prefer something that won’t smudge onto other surfaces very easily, even if it’s a tradeoff with the opacity and cracking.)

For a cream paint (the Mehron you used), you need to powder it. That is crucial to setting the paint. Just spraying it won’t be enough. Even powdering it to what seems like an excessive amount and spraying it may not be enough to prevent it from smudging some when touched, depending on your skin type, the paint itself, your setting materials, and other environmental factors. However, it will create the smoothest and most opaque look, especially with white.

I would try using the Mehron again for a test run, but powdering it and using an actual setting spray. You can use either a commerically-made setting powder or baby powder. I always use baby powder, but the commercially-made powders are nice, as well, and may react to your skin differently than baby powder. For setting spray, hairspray can work in a pinch, but isn’t the best thing to cover your skin in for long periods (even though it is skin-safe, it may irritate sensitive skin, especially if scented or used on delicate areas like the face/around the eyes, nose mouth, or other mucous membranes), doesn’t have the best staying power when it comes to makeup sealing, and can be sticky or crunchy in and of itself. I would also only use a cream paint on the face and other areas that won’t be touching or potentially touching objects and people in a con setting, since there is always the risk of rub-off, no matter how well-sealed you are.

For the Aquacolor, it can take a little practice to get the right amount of water. It sounds like maybe you have too much. You may also be trying to add too much/too wet paint on top of paint that is not dry enough — you have to apply the paint in layers, waiting for the previous layer to dry before adding another layer. You have to be very careful with water-based white, since it is very easy to remove paint where you are trying to apply it, so you may have to do careful touch-ups with small dabs of paint in splotchy areas to prevent removing more paint/to fix the areas that you may have messed up.

I’ve never tried KAQ over primer before, so I don’t know how that is affecting your application. Depending on the primer, it might create a barrier that the paint can’t stick to as well as skin, so I would try to apply the paint without the primer to see what happens. As usual, powder and set with a spray, even though this type of paint is much less likely to rub off than a cream paint. (It should dry to a powdery finish, but may still rub off onto things if not sealed.) It might also disagree with your skin type — if your skin is very oily or very dry, it will fight you, so make sure your face is clean and properly toned and moisturized. (It tends to be easier with oily skin than very dry, since it is somewhat drying in itself, but very oily skin might create too thick of a layer of oil, which, as we all know, does not mix with water.)

This is going to sound like an odd tip, but it’s one that I’ve learned. When you apply your makeup, do it in a bathroom with the lights on. It doesn’t matter the bathroom. (I’ve dealt with this in at least 5 different bathrooms off the top of my head, and this still applies to all of them.) Then, once you think your paint is mostly even, leave the bathroom and look at your paint again. Body paint always looks sploticher under bathroom lighting than it does under any other type of lighting I’ve encountered. I think it has to do with the type and amount of light usually used in bathrooms. As I said, it’s a really odd tip. But paint will almost always look 100% better when not in a bathroom. so if that’s where you’ve been doing your Kryolan…try taking it somewhere else and evaluate it.

For an example of what water-based white can look like, I am wearing white KAQ in this photo, powdered with baby powder and set with Ben Nye final seal. The photo is unedited. It isn’t the smoothest paint in the world, but it’s smooth and even enough to not really be noticeable in photos.

Good luck! I hope that helps. :]

Reblogged from meowpurrnom  75 notes
meowpurrnom:

To celebrate both the recent North America and Europe release of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and the oncoming winter, here’s an Ace Attorney themed hot cocktail set!
(Oh how I wish I had irish coffee mugs, but these janky mugs from my school dining hall will have to do…)Dick Gumshoe: hot chocolate, Bailey’s, and cake vodka, topped with a scoop of coffee ice cream
Maya Fey: raspberry tea, honey, Bailey’s, Chambord
Mia Fey: cafe caramel, milk, Kahlua, amaretto
Apollo Justice: orange spice tea, black spiced rum, brown sugar, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, a slice/clump of butter
Athena Cykes: lemon tea, honey, limoncello, peach schnapps, garnished with an orange wheel
Phoenix Wright: black tea, cloves, fireball whiskey, juice from a freshly-squeezed orange.  Optional: lightly sprinkle the rim with blue curacao for some added orange-flavored kick and, of course, that iconic blue color
Miles Edgeworth: red wine, hot apple cider, juice from a freshly-squeezed orange, cinnamon stick
Franziska Von Karma: goldschlager and lemonade (for the slush), Hpnotiq and Sprite (for the liquid around the slush) (okay, this isn’t a hot cocktail, but that cinnamon will get you just as fired up)
Godot: black coffee, Kahlua, dark rum.  Optional: garnish the edge with Godot’s tears (or Grenadine, whichever you can more easily obtain…).  Feel free to add sugar if you don’t like your coffee as black as Godot does.
Simon Blackquill: vanilla coffee, Kahlua, Bailey’s, chocolate liqueur, creme de menthe, topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup
Read more for more detailed instructions and individual photos!
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meowpurrnom:

To celebrate both the recent North America and Europe release of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and the oncoming winter, here’s an Ace Attorney themed hot cocktail set!

(Oh how I wish I had irish coffee mugs, but these janky mugs from my school dining hall will have to do…)

Dick Gumshoe: hot chocolate, Bailey’s, and cake vodka, topped with a scoop of coffee ice cream

Maya Fey: raspberry tea, honey, Bailey’s, Chambord

Mia Fey: cafe caramel, milk, Kahlua, amaretto

Apollo Justice: orange spice tea, black spiced rum, brown sugar, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, a slice/clump of butter

Athena Cykes: lemon tea, honey, limoncello, peach schnapps, garnished with an orange wheel

Phoenix Wright: black tea, cloves, fireball whiskey, juice from a freshly-squeezed orange.  Optional: lightly sprinkle the rim with blue curacao for some added orange-flavored kick and, of course, that iconic blue color

Miles Edgeworth: red wine, hot apple cider, juice from a freshly-squeezed orange, cinnamon stick

Franziska Von Karma: goldschlager and lemonade (for the slush), Hpnotiq and Sprite (for the liquid around the slush) (okay, this isn’t a hot cocktail, but that cinnamon will get you just as fired up)

Godot: black coffee, Kahlua, dark rum.  Optional: garnish the edge with Godot’s tears (or Grenadine, whichever you can more easily obtain…).  Feel free to add sugar if you don’t like your coffee as black as Godot does.

Simon Blackquill: vanilla coffee, Kahlua, Bailey’s, chocolate liqueur, creme de menthe, topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup

Read more for more detailed instructions and individual photos!

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Reblogged from nachttour  11,589 notes

nachttour:

samurottedge:

Since it was Munday, I decided to do a small art reference project for myself. And then I decided to make it public with the following notes.

From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

What NOT to do (front):

  • Don’t chicken wing your arms! Although it might be easier to hold the rifle, you will make yourself a bigger target.
  • Don’t close your one eye! You will lose your depth perception, which is crucial when you are on the move, or are trying to determine how far away your target is
  • Don’t keep your legs haphazardly strewn about. You need to make sure you’re balanced!

What to do (front)

  • Keep both eyes open
  • Bend your elbows downwards and towards the ground to make yourself a smaller target
  • Bend your knees to control the gun’s recoil + be ready to move.

What NOT to do (side)

  • Don’t put the stock above your shoulder
  • Don’t lean back.
  • Both of the above reduce your control over the weapon and may result in a black eye, and the rifle flying backwards and out of your hands.

What to do (side)

  • Bury the stock of the rifle into the meaty part of your shoulder
  • Lean into the gun to keep the gun under control when the recoil of the gun kicks the gun upwards or to the side
  • Bend your knees slightly to lean forward, as well as make yourself a smaller target

Patrol/Relaxed Stance

  • The soldier is relaxed and is most likely moving around.
  • His eyes are searching for possible threats
  • His hands are still on the rifle, even if he has a sling on

Low Ready Stance

  • Possible threat has been detected
  • Entire body shifts towards threat direction
  • Stock is shouldered 
  • Eyes are focused on the possible target
  • Gun barrel is pointed in the target’s general direction, but not directly at the target.

Firing Stance

  • Immediate response
  • Soldier fires off shots while screaming to the other people in his team
  • "CONTACT!" or "THREAT!"

^ Yup. My shooting experience is primarily with old-style pump action shotguns and handguns and I have never been military. However, we have a Mosen. When you shoot the Mosen you do not want its stock anywhere but in the meat of your shoulder. And it still hurts like a sonofabitch. But at least the thing isn’t traveling. There is a reason you see videos of guns smacking people in the face after recoil. 

Reblogged from awkwardpotato  195,009 notes
meowpurrnom:

Say hello to my Eeveelution frozen cocktail menu!Eevee: cake vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s, chocolate eclair ice cream bar, chocolate syrupVaporeon: rum, Malibu, blue curacao, pineapple juice, SpriteJolteon: tequila, red bull, margarita mix, lemon juice, Sprite, salt on the rimFlareon: fireball whiskey, peach schnapps, iced tea, lemonade, dash of strawberry syrup (for color)Espeon: strawberry vodka, Hpnotiq Harmonie, Chambord, cranberry juice, SpriteUmbreon: bourbon, coke, lemon juice, orange juiceGlaceon: rum, blue curacao, peppermint schnapps, lemonade, soda water, sugar on the rimLeafeon: tequila, peach schnapps, lime juice, ginger ale, mint, honey and a drop of chocolate syrup for decorationSylveon: cake vodka, strawberry vodka, Bailey’s, strawberry shortcake ice cream bar, cream, strawberry syrup

meowpurrnom:

Say hello to my Eeveelution frozen cocktail menu!

Eevee: cake vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s, chocolate eclair ice cream bar, chocolate syrup
Vaporeon: rum, Malibu, blue curacao, pineapple juice, Sprite
Jolteon: tequila, red bull, margarita mix, lemon juice, Sprite, salt on the rim
Flareon: fireball whiskey, peach schnapps, iced tea, lemonade, dash of strawberry syrup (for color)
Espeon: strawberry vodka, Hpnotiq Harmonie, Chambord, cranberry juice, Sprite
Umbreon: bourbon, coke, lemon juice, orange juice
Glaceon: rum, blue curacao, peppermint schnapps, lemonade, soda water, sugar on the rim
Leafeon: tequila, peach schnapps, lime juice, ginger ale, mint, honey and a drop of chocolate syrup for decoration
Sylveon: cake vodka, strawberry vodka, Bailey’s, strawberry shortcake ice cream bar, cream, strawberry syrup

Well, I think I’ve posted all or at least some of all of the shoots that I did at this past Fanimecon. Super late, I know, but I still have some ballgown pics and some Condesce pics to post up. So many pictures.

I might queue a few of them up to reblog for greater exposure, since some of those sets deserve to be seen way more than they have! (Like my Maj. Kusanagi shoot…though I I have a feeling that my blog demographic isn’t really big into GitS.) Just as a warning. I’ll tag them with “#shameless reblog” if you want to block it for whatever reason, though it shouldn’t be excessive amounts of photo spam, just a little more activity than usual, and you’ll be seeing some repeats.

==> Roxy: Pose thoughtfully with martini

Cosplayer [ x ] Photographer [ x ]

Roxy Lalonde [Ballgown Dreamer] (Homestuck), taken at Fanimecon 2014; Design by mookie000

Why have I only posted sitting or reclining poses of this shoot so far? I’ll have to get some standing poses posted so y’all can see the sweep of the skirt. (The hoop was a pain to make but is pretty impressive, especially in some of the more dramatic shots that Everon managed to get!) I also don’t recommend sitting on random tables in hotel hallways for a large variety of reasons, the least of which is that the table I chose was exceedingly unstable. ;]

Reblogged from hemizygous  36,459 notes

charlottelabouff:

Halloween is so fun for cosplayers because like 9 times out of 10 their cosplays are 70 times better than any party city costume and they get to rub it in kids faces like ahah that’s a nice monster high costume but did you see my FULLY FUNCTIONAL 3D MANEUVER GEAR?? HAHAH NOOB *FLIES OFF DOWN THE STREET*

Fun fact: I’m actually super lazy for Halloween.

Actually, I tend to have more fun with my outfits than I do with cosplay. Not that I don’t have fun with cosplay (obviously I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t greatly enjoy it!), but that my cosplays tend to be difficult to wear and not really appropriate for a daily situation (work, school, etc.), so I tend to do things that are a bit offbeat and that aren’t really con-appropriate, but are a lot of fun to wear. (Also, even if my cosplays were appropriate for daily situations, no one would get them??? At least not in the places where I usually am on Halloween!)

The best was one year when I went as a generic hardboiled detective. I wore a tan trenchcoat, a button-up shirt, a necktie loosely tied around my neck, a hat, and eyeliner stubble. I spoke in hardboiled speak all day, and freaked quite a few people out before they realized that it was actually me. (Though, last year I went super lazy and went as Mom Lalonde. One of my coworkers asked if I cut my hair, I guess not realizing that my Mom wig is way longer [and blonder, though dye is a thing that exists] than my natural hair, haha)

I don’t know what I’m going to do this year, but since I’m going to be in class all day, I feel like I should do something really fun that cinema grad students would appreciate. I’m leaning towards the mirror faced person from Meshes of the Afternoon, since it would be easy to put together and wear while still being esoteric enough that my fellow film students will get it. (Plus, I love that film. And I totally have a fake flower exactly like the one in the film.) I’m actually leaning towards faceless things this year — if not the mirror face, then maybe Vera Cruz in her black bodysuit and mask from the Skin I Live In (another fantastic film), though I’d need a fake knife, or Christiane Génessier from Eyes Without a Face, since I’ve always wanted to go as her but have never really had the chance (or an audience that would understand who I’m dressed as!).

I’m leaning towards the Maya Deren costume, though. It would be easy enough to get one of those mirrored masks and a black robe.