How to make your eyebrows match your wig!

Many times in cosplay, you see brightly colored wigs, but the eyebrows aren’t colored or don’t match. I like to make my eyebrows match, because if that’s the character’s natural hair, then why wouldn’t their eyebrows match?

Materials needed are a white eyeliner pencil, and eyeshadow in the shade (or close to the shade) of your wig.

Your first step is to make sure your eyebrows are groomed. You want them to not be bushy, because that will make them hard to cover. Once they’re nice and groomed, take a white eyeliner pencil, and completely cover your eyebrows with it. Only get the hairs of your eyebrows, or make sure you wipe the excess off later so that you don’t have weird white stuff around your brows. Continue reading

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SacAnime pictures! (and kind of a review)

Mario and I had a great day at SacAnime! We drove 2 hours to get there, and ended up stopping a few places on the way (since we found out it didn’t open until 1pm on Friday) then arrived right as they opened. There were a few other Team Rocket grunts, an Ash and some good cosplay! We didn’t get many pictures with our camera, but here’s a flickr with a ton of photos from the convention, and it’s going on for today and tomorrow as well, so they should have even more photos up soon.

There were some good vendors there, a neat pajama company that made full pajamas shaped like animals; kangaroos, chickens, and even monsters. Then of course there was the awesome Pocket, who has a video game based webcomic. There were also lots of weapon vendors, with some good Master Swords and Hylian Shields, and we ran into a pretty good Link, too… didn’t have the camera on us, so we didn’t get a picture.

We ran into a Princess Zelda on the way in, which was pretty awesome.

And of course, an obligatory photo of us fighting Ash for his Pikachu.

We left early to have dinner with friends, but it was still a pretty fun day. If we lived closer we would have gotten a weekend pass, because we think Saturday is the day for cosplay, but oh well. Friday was still a fun day.

Sewing wefts to your wig!

So you’ve cut apart a wig for the wefts, dyed them, and now you’re ready to sew them into your wig as needed. You can add wefts to a wig for multiple reasons; to make it thicker, longer, or if you need to style the wig half up or in such a way that if you left it as is, you could see through the wig.

Materials needed: curved needle, scissors, thread that matches the color of your wig, pins, wig head, and your wig and wefts. You may also want to get some hair clips so you can clip the hair of the wig up while you’re sewing on the wefts.

I’m adding wefts because I need my wig to be able to have a braided headband look, a half ponytail in the back, and two pigtails hanging down out of red orbs behind the ears. I’m only going to show how I add on the wefts in this post, but later on I’ll make one on how I styled the entire wig.

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Team Rocket Grunt Cosplay! (A tutorial!)

Mario and I kind of forgot about SacAnime until two weeks ago. When we remembered, and realized it was so close, we needed a cosplay that would be quick and easy, and not so harsh on the pocketbook, since we are still elbow deep in our Blizzcon costumes. After much consideration and searching through the internet, we decided that yes! We would be Team Rocket grunts. Not that hard, right? Continue reading

How to dye wefts using the FW ink method

Is there a wig that you need for an upcoming cosplay in a color that you just can’t seem to find anywhere? It’s okay, I have your solution! Just find a blond or white wig in the right style that you’re looking for, and dye it!

There are several methods that I know of for dyeing a wig. The first is the sharpie method, where you harvest the ink from several sharpies and dye your wig with it. The second is  the FW ink method, where you use FW ink, which is an acrylic ink, and mix it with alcohol and use that to dye the wig. The last method is using Katie Blair’s wig dye, which is easy and premade for you, but can be expensive if you’re dyeing a very long or thick wig.  I prefer the FW ink method.

Later on I’ll make a tutorial on how to dye a wig using this method, since it is slightly different than doing it with wefts. Again, I apologise for the shadows in the picture, next time I’ll try to get the table moved elsewhere so that we don’t have the shadow from the overhang in our way. Continue reading

SacAnime!

Mario and I will be at SacAnime on Friday, September 3rd! We’re going to support our awesome friend Pocket and go to our first Anime convention! We’ve been to several conventions, but none of them specifically for anime, and we’re really looking forward to it. Look for the Team Rocket grunts!

Speaking of Team Rocket grunts, I’ll post up a quick and easy (as in, you don’t have to sew anything yourself, because you might already have most of the materials, or they’re easy to buy as is) Team Rocket grunt tutorial. Stay tuned!

Why do we cosplay?

My boyfriend Mario and I decided to open up this cosplay blog to show what we’ve learned in the past few years that we’ve been making costumes. He’s fantastic at making props, I’m really good at the makeup, jewelry and wig aspect, and together we make a great team.

I cosplay because I love dressing up. Ever since I saw my first anime, I started analyzing the characters and their clothing, wondering if I could pull this or that off, and thinking of how I could do each costume. I love putting on a wig and makeup, and some elaborate gear, and being a different person. The attention that people give you while you’re in costume is just an added bonus, but for me, it’s all about dressing up.

Mario says he cosplays because he enjoys having pictures taken of him, and because he enjoys the challenge of creating costumes. We can’t even go through a store without thinking ‘What could we turn this into?’ or ‘What could I use this tool for?’ The other day we bought a rug that was perfect for a Princess Mononoke costume, and it was cheaper and better quality than the fake furs we could get at Jo-Ann’s!

We decided to open up a blog so that we can share our knowledge, and post tutorials and cosplay experiments. We’ll also be posting tons of pictures from the conventions we go to!

Tutorials coming in the future:

How to cut wefts from a wig (to put onto another wig)

How to dye wefts using the FW ink method

How to sew wefts onto a wig (with some styling tips!)

How to make your own shoulder armor, perfect for any World of Warcraft tier set

How to craft a sword or dagger from pink insulation foam

How to dye a wig using the FW ink method (slightly different from dyeing wefts)

Things that we’ve learned: what not to do when crafting a costume

Many more to come, of course :D Stay tuned!