Cosplay 101: Undergarments!

Hello peeps! I hope you’re having a good week! Today we’re gonna talk about underwear for cosplay. You may be wondering: why the heck are we talking about this; can’t I just wear what I normally do? In some cases; yes, but wearing specialty undergarments can really make or break a costume.

First we’ll talk about spandex costumes and anything skin tight. Spandex is fun, but it’s also kind of a pain in the buns; it has a bad habit of flattening chests & bums and simultaneously making you look fatter than you actually are. So to combat this; people cosplaying lady characters should invest in a super push up bra to fight back against spandex’s compression, and if you’re concerned about your belly/waist, you can also invest in an open-bust style shapewear bodysuit (they usually come in styles that stop mid-thigh or thong styles). If your skin-tight costume has skin-tight pants (i.e. Catwoman catsuit or something similar) you’re going to want to invest in some seamless panties or a thong; panty lines WILL show and ruin the flow of your cosplay. Sads. Also, if your costume is white and skin tight; wear nude colored undies; white will make it obvious where your undergarments begin and end. Even though I’m cosplaying Chibi-Moon in the photo below, I’m still wearing a bombshell bra from VS to give myself an hourglass figure/cancel out the flattening.

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Dudes; this comic from The Devil’s Panties sums up the need for dance belts better than I ever could:

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If you’re cosplaying a magical girl or someone with a very full skirt (like Rose Quartz or Cardcaptor Sakura) you may want to buy (check out Lolita fashion boards for advice) or make a petticoat and/or hoop skirt (there are different kinds based on historical eras btw) to give your skirt that extra FLOOF! Adding these elements can take your cosplay from “meh” to “wow!” Similarly, adding boning to support bodices can also help make your costume look more crisp and professional. If you’re cosplaying a historical character, you can also make yourself a corset to go underneath your outfit or purchase one.

If modesty is your thing and you’re worried about creeps taking upskirt photos of you at cons or just windy days, buy a pair of cheer leading practice shorts/booty shorts to wear under costumes with short skirts.

Finally, dance tights! Dance tights are the best things ever when it comes to giving your legs some nice definition for cosplays where you can see them. They’re not as sheer as pantyhose and they’re usually not shiny, but they do give your legs a nice uniform look and will conceal any cuts/bruises (if you’re accident-prone like me…) and most tattoos. You can also sew thigh highs or thigh-high spandex boot covers to them which means no more pulling thigh highs up all day.

That’s all I have for today, and please remember, take all of this with a grain of salt – you do you and whatever you’re comfortable with in terms of shape-wear.

I hope you all find this guide helpful!

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Cosplay 101: Dealing with Creepers

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No, not these… credit to the Minecraft Wikia’s vignette3

Conventions are supposed to be a fun time for everyone, but nothing kills your vibe faster than some creep proposing that the two of you go back to their hotel room for some “one-on-one time.” There are bound to be a few bad seeds at a convention simply because of statistics; stick a lot of people in one place, and a few of them are bound to be jerks. If you’re a woman at a con, your chances of being harassed are pretty high, especially if you’re in cosplay (& yes, men are harassed at cons too, but typically at lower rates).

Here’s my guide to dealing with these jerks:

1. IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT. I don’t care what you’re wearing, how you’re posing, or what series you’re from. There is absolutely no excuse for someone sexually harassing another human being, even if it’s “in character”; there are some lines you just do not cross. They’re the person in the wrong, not you. It also literally doesn’t matter what you’re wearing; someone groped my chest at a con when I was cosplaying Maid Hungary from Hetalia – she’s covered from neck to mid-calf, and I’ve gone surprisingly unscathed as Lion version Sheryl Nome. Creepers gonna creep.

2. Use the buddy system. If you’re with a friend, people are usually less apt to make a gross comment. If you do have to split up, make sure you set up times/places to check in with each other. This also gives you a convenient way to extricate yourself from a creepy person’s “conversation” with you. Call your friends if they’ve missed their check-in time with you; taking the call will be an easy out for them if they’re in trouble.

3. DO. NOT. Go anywhere private with someone you don’t know! Just don’t, even if they seem perfectly normal/not a creep. Take a friend with you if you’re working with a photographer you don’t know, have them stand behind the photographer to make sure there’s no panty shot stuff going on if that’s not what you’re going for. This sort of garbage can happen at cons. Your safety should be your #1 priority.

4. If someone’s creeping you out by talking to you, and you feel comfortable doing so; loudly tell them that their behavior isn’t appropriate. This draws attention to the two of you, which will hopefully make you less of an appealing target. Sometimes, people at cons are just realllllly socially inept and don’t realize their behavior isn’t appropriate, but this is usually a rare occurrence. If they back off and genuinely apologize, you just have a well-meaning dingbat and not a predator, hurray!

5. If you don’t feel comfortable confronting them, try to get a good look at their badge (most cons have your real name printed in a small font, and some let you pre-pick your large font “badge name” online and have it printed on the badge — this makes it easier for con staff to look up their info), what they’re wearing, and their build/eye/hair color. Go to convention security, tell them what happened, and give them all of the relevant info. They’ll be on the lookout for Dudebro McJerkface and will probably boot him from the con, because chances are, you’re not the first person he’s harassed this weekend.

6. If you’re not the confrontational type and need to get away from a conversation, hopefully your friend is calling you because you missed your check-in time (make sure your ringer is on full blast). Take the call and use it as an excuse to get away “oh sorry my friend needs my help with a costume in our hotel room, catch you later” and get the heckie outta there. Alternatively, you can say that a panel you want to see is starting soon (but sometimes people are persistent and will insist on going with you) or that you need to go back to your room and change for a photo shoot (and some people are even so persistent as to want to come with you AND your boyfriend to your room…). Sometimes, people just can’t take a hint & you’re gonna have to be flat out with them and say they’re making you uncomfortable, and you’re leaving now.

7. Hopefully, things never escalate beyond a gross conversation or comment. If someone touches you without your permission, ALL BETS ARE OFF, no playing nicey-nice. Here’s what to do in that situation:

  • Step one: Yell something to the effect of “how dare you touch my _______ without my consent/did you seriously just _______ my ________?!/don’t touch me again!” This draws attention and witnesses, and hopefully someone will overcome bystander effect and intervene.
  • Step two (optional unless they’re holding on to you, ONLY DO THIS IN SELF-DEFENSE): Hit that jerk. You need to get away from this person quickly, so do only enough to get away – don’t try to incapacitate them. Getting the groin is usually the best way to get them to drop.
  • Step three: Find your nearest human and ask them for help if you don’t immediately see someone who’s part of con security. Explain what happened, then go to con security.
  • Step four (optional): Talk to the police if you want to press charges.

& that is your bird’s guide to dealing with creepers at cons! Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with this, but now you have a handy protocol of what to do if you do!

Cosplay 101: How to Survive an Anime Con

Hi peeps,

Sorry I’ve been away, I caught a nasty cold because apparently my immune system thinks that it deserves a nice vacation (this is my 6th cold/flu of the season, go me!) and fever brain is surprisingly not conducive to writing.

Anywho, since con season is upon us, we’re gonna be talking about how to survive a con!

I’ve been cosplaying for 10 years and have 20+ cons under my belt, so I’ve learned a quite a bit (mostly through my own mistakes, lol) about how to survive (and even have fun!) at one of these! Enjoy!

Surviving a con starts before the con, which sounds nuts, but I promise it’s worth it.

Before the con:

  • Finish your costumes, make sure all stray threads are cut, hems and seams do not have holes, etc. Try to do this a week before so you’re not staying up all night the night before.
  • Wear all costumes around your house for a few hours to make sure they don’t tear or hang funny. If they do, you can fix it while you still have a sewing machine accessible. Also, figure out how long it takes you to get ready!
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  • Compile a packing list for components of your costumes and check them off as you add them to your suitcase. Small accessories go in ziplocks so they don’t get lost.
  • Pack a repair kit for yourself and for your costumes, which should include: scissors, thread in colors for all of your costumes (or just transparent thread, which is a beautiful thing), needles, hot glue + gun, super glue, stain pen, wig caps, bobby pins, duct tape, fashion tape, safety pins, fabric glue, fabric tape, Velcro, snaps, extra buttons, hairspray, clear nail polish (helps stop runs in tights, also emergency fray check), and gel shoe inserts. If you don’t need them, someone else will.
  • Pack personal items like shampoo & bodywash, any medications you take, & most importantly: pepto bismol (eating junk food all weekend does not do nice things for the digestive system), over the counter cold medicine, & a painkiller of your choice.
  • Bring food and drinks with you – I usually bring granola bars, apples, bananas, oranges, water bottles, bread & pb&j, instant oatmeal, ramen, chips, and crackers with me. Saves you money & time!
  • Practice poses in a full length mirror if you have one, or in front of a trusted friend. Come up with three stock poses so you do not become a one-pose pony at the con.
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  • 5-2-1 RULE: Five hours of sleep (the sleepyti.me app is great for figuring out when to set alarms to be the most awake), two solid real food meals (at least!), & one SHOWER every day – everyone hates con funk.

The night of the con:

  • Secure your hotel room and keys. Designate a spot for badges & room keys to go immediately. Do not clutter this spot. Don’t put your room key with your phone because it’ll mess up the chip.
  • Go get your badges (you did pre-register, right?)
  • Commence unpacking! Put all of your wigs in one place, keep your costumes in another. Put everything back neatly when you are done for the day or switch costumes. It makes it much easier to find other costume pieces and to check out when Sunday rolls around.
  • Set an alarm for the time of the first event you want to go to minus however long it takes you to get ready + 30 min to 1 hr to get into the con. If I want to be in the con at 8:00AM, it takes me around 2 hours to get ready, so I need to set an alarm for 5:30AM to be on time. If you’re planning on going down with friends, choose the slowest friends’ getting ready time as your marker.

The day of the con:

  • Homestucks/people with body paint: For the love of all that is holy, please seal your body paint. If it rubs off on someone, they will not be happy. E.L.F sells setting spray for under $6: USE IT.
  • Make sure you’re wearing all of your costume pieces before you leave your room and grab any items you want autographed if you’re headed to a guest panel.
  • Also be sure you have your badge, room key, ID (esp. if you wanna go to 18+ panels!), a small snack (you will lose track of time and you do need to eat), cash, credit cards, camera, 3DS, makeup for touchups, and cell phone.
    People with parts that are annoying once per month: carry some spare stuff w/ you just in case; even if you don’t use it, someone else might need it.
  • Most cons have a cosplay repair station now so you don’t need to carry your repair kit with you.
  • Eat, and stay hydrated!
  • Con drama is bound to happen; just try to roll with the punches and try not to get too upset and at least remain civil for the remainder of the con if it’s a fight with someone in your room, even if the other person’s not. Don’t stoop to their level; it just makes you look bad.
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  • Remember that painkiller? Take it before you go to bed & first thing the next morning so your head, back, and feet won’t hurt in the morning. If your hotel has a jaccuzzi, I highly recommend visiting it when you’re done for the day. If you feel a cold coming on, take some over the counter cold medicine. (Be sure not to take both a painkiller and cold medicine with painkillers built in!)
  • If any part of your costume becomes painful, change into a different (read: more comfortable) one or into normal clothes for a bit. This goes double for peeps who are binding!
  • For popular events, line up an hour before it’s scheduled to start to guarantee yourself a spot. Lines are also a great place to make new friends!
  • Save the bulk of your shopping for Sunday before you leave. This way you’re not lugging merchandise around the con or over-crowding your hotel room. Most dealers have massive sales on Sunday, so you’ll wind up getting a better deal and you can just carry everything out to your car. If something’s limited edition or will sell out fast, snag it when you see it though. Also – double check amazon before you buy!
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  • ASK for pictures and hugs. If someone says no, back off and MOVE ON.
    • Move to the side of the hall for people asking for hall shots so you’re not blocking traffic
  • THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. Use the grandma rule; if you wouldn’t want your grandma to see or hear it, then it’s probably not a good idea to do it.Last but certainly not least: HAVE FUN!!! This is the most important part!

 

Cosplay 101: How to buy contact lenses

Hello again! Now that you’ve read up on contact lenses and safety  I’m putting together a guide on how to buy them!

There are two ways to go about this:

Getting a recommendations from your optometrist and buying them online (1-800-Contacts/walgreens/walmart, etc)/in-store for contacts in naturally-occurring colors (blue, green, brown, grey/hazel). Or you can take that prescription to somewhere like visiondirect, sfxhalloweencontacts, or samhaincontactlenses to buy more cosplay-specific lenses. Since they’ll ship from the US, it’ll take less time for them to arrive, but they’re usually more pricey than Asian sellers.

The second way to do this is to take your prescription to a place like uniqso, pinkyparadise, or honeycolor and buy from them. The benefits to doing this are that it’s cheaper, and they usually have a wider variety of colors/styles that are suitable for cosplay. Shipping usually takes longer, but if you combine orders with friends and split the cost, you can usually get free express shipping if your order meets or exceeds a certain dollar amount. Also keep in mind that these lenses are not regulated by the FDA, but are regulated by the country of origin’s version of it – so if their standards are lower than ours, you are putting your eyes at risk.

Depending on your eye color, you might have a hard time finding lenses that work well for you. If you have light colored eyes, it’s usually easier to get lenses that cover up your natural color, but if you have dark eyes and are looking to change to a bright color, it can be tricky. Try to find “real life” photos of people wearing the contacts that have your eye color to judge how they might look on you. In the absence of actual photos of people wearing the lenses, if you compare opacity it makes it easier to tell what they might look like on you:

 

The lens on the left is a Geo X-tra Bella Blue from pinkyparadise, and the right is Pretty Crystal Blue Vassen, also from pinky paradise. If you have dark eyes, the one on the left would probably give you a better shot at achieving the ice blue look, because it’s almost completely opaque, but the lens on the right would appear dark blue because it’s not opaque and your dark color is layered behind the blue. If you can’t find a dark blue that you like, then buying a semi-opaque lens might be able to get you the look you want. People with light colored eyes might experience some color-changing with semi-opaque lenses, but this is usually less common. Your natural eye color will show through close to your pupil no matter what style you buy (with the exception of “whiteout” contacts where you’ll be blind/seeing everything behind whatever color the lens is) because your pupils need space to dilate and retract so you can do the seeing thing, but it’s usually not very noticeable.

Tips on how to save some money:

-Sign up for emails/newsletters and watch out for sales (especially buy one get one free!)
-Before checking out, check retailmenot for coupon codes
-Split shipping costs with friends or try to pool together to get free shipping
-Make an account with each site, they usually have a points system that translates to free stuff/$ off future purchases. (This also helps you to keep track of the brand of lenses you were using, in case you want to repurchase/avoid entirely).
-Cosplay multiple characters with the same eye color to get the most uses out of your lenses.

I hope this is helpful/informative!

 

Cosplay 101: Contact Lenses

Barring any fabulous cybernetic implants of the future, you only get one set of peepers! You need to take care of them so that they last for your whole life! (read: do not kill your eyeballs with contacts for cosplay, it’s not worth it).

So I will preface this post by saying:

  1. This is not medical advice, I’m not a doctor, and I’m not advocating for you to break the law.
  2. Photoshop exists! Use it!
  3. People are probably not going to notice/care if your eyes are a different color than your characters’.
  4. A lot of lenses will NOT show up in photos anyway unless they’re selfies or closeups.

You can tell my eyes are pink in this selfie, but can you tell that they are in this hall shot from Hailey Wilmot? Probably not.

That being said, I know y’all are gonna go buy those crazy lenses from Asia so let’s be smart about being stupid, shall we?

You are required to have a prescription from a doctor to buy contact lenses in the U.S., even if you don’t need them for seeing. If you’re buying contacts from a site that does not ask for a copy of your physical prescription from your optometrist, chances are the place is dicey and illegal! There are colored contact companies in the US but I personally haven’t bought from any of them, and they are all usually pretty pricey, but these are the safest contacts for you to use for cosplay/theater because they have to be reviewed by the FDA.

If you haven’t been fitted for contact lenses before, go to your optometrist and ask to be fitted for contacts- if you don’t need them to correct your vision, just let them know it’s for cosmetic purposes/theater. The optometrist will look at your eyes to determine:

  • Base curve (often abbreviated as BC, measured in millimeters): which is the amount of curve that your eye has at its fullest point
  • Diameter (often abbreviated as DIA or D, measured in millimeters): which is the measurement of how far across your eye is from one end of your iris to the other. Contact lenses should fit just beyond your iris.
  • Vision correction (measured in diopters): if you’re nearsighted (can only see things close to you) you’ll have a negative number (mine is -4.75, for example), and if you’re far sighted (can only see things that are far away) you’ll have a positive number. You might have different prescriptions for each eye.

They will also probably teach you how to insert and remove contacts safely! They’re required by law in the US to give you a copy of your prescription even if you’re not buying anything from them, so you can use that and go to your online circle lenses store to search for cosplay lenses.

The most important thing to match is your base curve – if it doesn’t match, you risk scratching your cornea, which can lead to infection, and in some cases, blindness. Circle lenses are supposed to make your eyes look bigger, so the diameter of them is usually quite large – as long as you’re going above what’s listed on your prescription you should be okay, but know that deviating at all runs the risk of scratching your sclera (the white part) and infection, and blindness if it spreads over your cornea. Most places will offer “plano” lenses with no vision correction for those of you blessed with good genes and 20/20 vision.

The biggest difference between circle lenses & regular US contacts is that circle lenses are less “breathe-able” and let less oxygen permeate the lens and into your eye. Your eyes need oxygen in order to function properly/make tears, so if you wear them for too long, you’ll get dry eyes. The lenses themselves will also dry out and then you run the risk of scratching your eyes–> infection –> blindness. The normal wear-limit time for US contacts is 8-hours, so your limit for wearing cheap-o contact lenses of questionable quality from Korea should be somewhere below that.

Assorted tips in no particular order (cardinal sins caps locked, bolded, and italicized):

  • If contacts are burning your eyes, take them out, rinse with saline, try again. If it still hurts, take them out and let them soak overnight, and try again. If it still burns, sorry, you got a garbage pair of contacts. Contact the company about their refund policy and see if you can return/exchange them, but if not, just toss them. It’s not worth killing your eyesight!
  • DO NOT SHARE CONTACT LENSES OR CASES. Your eyes, just like the rest of your bod, allow a unique variety of bacteria to chill on/in them. Your bacteria are different from your homie’s, and your bod will probably not appreciate your homie’s bacteria up in your eyeballs.
  • Make sure that you pay attention to the L or R labeling on contact lens cases; even if you have planos or the same prescription for each eye, if you have a (yet undetected) infection in one eye, it’s really easy to spread it to the other one if you mix up your lenses!
  • DON’T SLEEP WITH CONTACTS IN – Your eyes need oxygen! They aren’t getting as much when you’re asleep because your lids are shut. You’re already taking a risk with contacts from outside the US. Don’t go for doubles!
  • Contacts have expiration dates! Regular contacts come in daily, two week, and monthly versions. So cosplay lenses I would say expire 1 year after opening or after 14 day-long uses, whichever comes first.
  • You need to change your saline once a month at least to make sure no gross bacteria are hiding in your contacts. Change cases every year as well.
  • Store lenses in a cool, dry place that doesn’t have drastic changes in temperature (read: your bathroom). Hot temperatures = bacteria heaven, and it’ll cause your saline to evaporate more quickly.
  • If your saline has entirely/mostly evaporated and your lenses have become hard shriveled discs, DO NOT try to resuscitate them by adding more saline. Toss those bad boys and buy some new ones.
  • DON’T USE WATER IN PLACE OF SALINE.  Bacteria live in water (yes, even drinking water from the tap). Saline is water +  salt and is sterile.Stay safe peeps!

Cosplay 101: How to get help

Learning how to get help in the cosplay community is one of the most important skills you can learn! Before you bug a cosplay senpai with a question that they’ve probably already answered in their FAQ, try these things first:

First, you have a ton of online resources that I didn’t when I started out. Everyone and their mom is making tutorials now, and you only need google to find them! Search terms: “X character Y item Z series tutorial” will usually get you some results. Also, most tutorials can be applied to other costumes; even if a tutorial is “how to style a wig for Axel from Kingdom Hearts” you can apply learning how to make a widows’ peak and spikes to other wigs/characters who aren’t Axel. Familiarizing yourself with some basic sewing terminology can be really helpful for googling tutorials on how to do that thing. On that note, don’t be afraid to look at non-cosplay-specific tutorials either; there are a LOT of sewing tutorials that can be used for cosplay even though they weren’t written by/for cosplayers. Cosplay-specific forums are also really helpful (read: cosplay.com, ACP, & even your local cons’ “cosplay” subforum)!

Most cosplayers will do detailed write-ups of how they made their costumes on their social media/cosplay-specific accounts like cospix or ACParadise so looking through those or FAQs of their blog/pages can be helpful. (This is especially useful for finding out what wigs/lenses cosplayers use for specific characters!)

If you’ve exhausted both of those resources or are struggling to figure out a step in a cosplayer’s tutorial, then send senpai a message asking for help and maybe they’ll notice you.

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Something along the lines of: “Hey, I’m trying to make an X character costume, I really like the way yours looks, and I read through your tutorial/write-up, but I’m struggling with Y piece; do you have any tips for how to make this work properly or do you know what I’m doing wrong?” If you show them that you’ve made an effort to solve the problem on your own, it’ll a) make it a lot easier for them to help you and b) make them a lot more willing to do so.

A lot of your senpais get a metric butt-ton of messages (and a lot of repeats!) every day, and they don’t have time to answer all of them– so don’t lose heart if you don’t get a response. Check their replies to see if they’ve answered a question similar to yours. If they haven’t, then try asking someone with less status/prestige within the community (read: not Yaya Han). Also: shamless plug for my own line of work, but if you can find a person that’s local to you and/or responds when you ask them questions, nominate them to become your mentor! Mentors are amazeballs and I’ll do a writeup about how to recruit one soon.

Another thing to remember is that it can get irritating for cosplay senpais when people don’t bother to check their FAQ or do a simple google search before asking them a question that they’ve already answered or that someone else has already taken the time to go into detail with. USE YOUR GOOGLE-FU. Their time is valuable and the most important thing to remember is that you are not entitled to it simply because you’re a fan. Not naming names, but one of my senpais recently stopped taking questions entirely because people were giving her too much of an attitude– which essentially robs everyone else of a valuable resource. Not cool. Mind your manners.

Time is money, and most of us have other jobs/school/volunteer work/hobbies outside of cosplay. Not everyone’s willing or able to make a tutorial for everything they produce and it’s not fair to them to expect them to as this could easily double the amount of time that it takes to finish costumes, not to mention putting more stress on them to create more content.

Would it be nice if everyone made tutorials for everything? Sure. But sometimes, you just gotta figure things out by yourself.

Cosplay 101: So You Think You Can Cosplay

Cosplay 101 will be a series of advice/tutorials for new cosplayers but even seasoned cosplayers might find these useful. 

Hello cosplay newbs/would-be-cosplay newbs!

I’ve heard a lot of people say that they’re scared to start cosplaying because they’re intimidated by either other cosplayers’ level or of winding up on a website like yourcosplaysucks. When I started 10 years ago, I feel like it was easier to jump right in without feeling terribly scared because overall craftsmanship was nowhere near the level it is today so I can definitely relate to the trepidation that people might feel.

But I think it’s really important to remember that cosplay is all about having fun, and there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to cosplay. Put on a costume of your favorite character + have fun = you’re a good cosplayer. End of story. If you think making your own stuff is fun, great! Have at it! If you want to just buy costumes off of ebay or thrift ‘em and have fun with your friends, fantastic! You are still a cosplayer! Everyone’s definition of having fun in cosplay is different so just do you, don’t hate on other people for their definition of fun & everything will be just ducky.

On cosplay haters/hate websites:

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Sailor Moon Says: just remember, they’re the ones with poor taste in hobbies, not you. Most of the time, these people aren’t cosplayers themselves and have no clue how difficult it is to even make a “bad cosplay” or how much courage it takes to be a cosplayer. If they happen to be a cosplayer, then they need to take their negativity somewhere outside our community. Ignore + block + report & repeat as many times as necessary, and don’t go searching for yourself on these aggregator wesbites. 😉

Finally, everyone starts somewhere! Jessica Nigri only just started making her own stuff not that long ago, and her first costumes were nowhere near as spectacular as they are now, and she also had the benefit of being friends with/mentored by some of the biggest names in cosplay craftsmanship. Cosplayers do not pop out of the ground, fully formed and 100% amazeballs at everything unless they’ve gone to school for makeup/theater/fashion.

We’re human, and comparing oneself to others is something that we do best, and cosplay seems to amplify that because you’ll compare yourself to other people that do the same character/costume as you. However, it’s important to keep in mind that other people have been a) probably doing this for longer than you b) for the youngin’s: they’re adults with enough disposable income to spend on crazy cosplays. When you have just as much experience/cash as the people you’re comparing yourself to now, you’ll be just as good.

In 2008 I think I was 12 and bought everything online or in a store for Itsuki, but eight years later and I hand-made my Sailor Venus cosplay, thelolitaprincess’ Sailor Moon, taught my friends how to make Jupiter and Mercury all from scratch. The only way to get better is to jump in and try, so don’t be scared to take that leap!

Photo credit & edits to thelolitaprincess of wordpress for the Sailor Moon shot!