Thanks for organizing this group again, Miyuppe!! ^0^
Anonymous said: Hi Chan! i've always been a fan of your cosplays and you inspired me to do some of my own too! but i'm a newbie with wigs and stuff so can you help me out a bit? when i wear wigs regardless of length or colour, they always look very poofy/big and make my head look bloated >.< Any ideas why? is the wig too thick? am i putting it on wrong? i want the wig to appear like part of my head but it looks so fake. Thank you in advance, you've been my idol for years /hides
Hey Anon! Firstly, thanks so much for supporting my stupid nerdy mug HAHA//
If you aren’t already doing this, I strongly recommend using thinning scissors to reduce the volume of your wig by thinning its layers. Cosplay wigs generally look ridiculous from the get go, so you can’t expect it to look natural without trimming it..!
Also, perhaps you’re not used to the look of wearing a wig? I remember the first time I started wearing wigs, I was really weirded out by how much bigger my head looked too! But when you take a photo, you’ll realise the wig doesn’t look as big as it does IRL- same goes for cosplay make up!
Recently I had a similar problem a wig I bought on ebay, which turned out to be a pre-styled Gintoki wig- it was super poofy and almost like a perm! I had a lot of trouble trying to make it look more ‘natural’ on my head, which involved a lot of time carefully trimming and layering…
This is what I settled with in the end. (Sorry, it might have been better with a before/after photo, but I don’t have one..;;)
It still looks kinda puffy, but using heavier eye makeup, larger contacts, fake lashes etc. balances that unnatural look out!
I think in order to get a overall ‘natural’ looking cosplay, you need to distribute the same amount of effort on every aspect of your get up: Costume, Wig, and Makeup. Well, I can’t say much for my costumes since I get them tailored, but I do what I can with my wigs and make up to try and match the quality of the costume :)
THE BOY IS
Whooop, here’s my late SMASH report and as usual, it’s kinda photo heavy so I’m splitting it into two parts…. ALRIGHT!! LET’S DO THIS! ☆
First off, let’s begin with the Amazing Adventure that transpired on Friday night+*+*+
SPOT THE ODD ONE OUT.
We had some time to spare after dropping off our luggage, so we decided to grab a bite at maccas (that’s Mcdonald’s for you non Aussies!)
Behold. Half the reason why we ended up running around the airport.
We were so caught up in arguing whether they’re Mcdonald’s COOKIES or BISCUITS that by the time we had checked the time again we realised we only had 4 minutes left to catch our flight.
At that point we hadn’t even gone passed security check yet.
We made a mad dash towards the security check point. My boots set off the metal detector, and since they’re a huge hassle to put on again I decided to run in my socks.
Jeffers drafting the team.
Lady Luck was obviously on holiday because our gate happened to be STUPIDLY FAR AWAY, so by the time we got there we were informed that we had most certainly missed our flight.
"There’s only one flight left going to Sydney in 7 minutes.”
"You’ll need to rebook your tickets at the service desk upstairs, collect your luggage from downstairs, come back up to drop the bags off and get to the gate."
All in 7 minutes.
I am pretty sure the flight was delayed or something because there is no way we actually did all of that in 7 minutes, and most certainly not with the uncooperative old man working at the service desk. He was adamant that we would not make it, all the while he was rebooking our tickets. Kaori handled the booking while the rest of us ran back downstairs to collect our suitcases, brought them back up and dropped them off.
We were welcomed back by the people at the security check point who looked confused:
"Didn’t you girls just come by before?"
Apparently I was in such a daze, they had actually let us through without much hassle.
Again, I had to run without my boots, but luckily the gate was MUCH closer and we ACTUALLY MADE IT.
What’s more, me and Kaori actually had a LOT of nice leg room! Jeffers and Cherri were situated at the back, in which we joined them later because it was pretty empty. We ended up helping Jeffers with her sailormoon charms throughout the entire flight LOL.
We arrived at the hotel at around close to midnight, and woo it was SO NICE!!
TWO BASINS!!! A TRAVELING COSPLAYER’S DREAM!!!!
Last Minute Cosplay Making Area.
See that black fabric on the table? I was burning them until 4am making roses for Kaori’s Luna dress HA HA HA+*+*
I’m surprised we didn’t set off the smoke alarm (considering our luck that day.)
AT ONE POINT I WENT TO SLEEP I DON’T REMEMBER.
SO, THE ACTUAL CON!!!
Actually I don’t remember most of Saturday so I’m just going to post photos and commentary ok this post is long enough as it is:
MELBOURNE BABES!! Leo as Mako, Rachel as herself (the best cos), Jeffers as Artemis, Kaori as Luna, Cherri as Usagi….UMMM I’M SO SORRY I DON’T REMEMBER KAGEYAMA’S NAME SORRY;;; and Kylie as Junie!! You girls are my faves to travel with!!
THE WRIGHT ANYTHING AGENCY TABLE!!
Thanks for letting me steal you guys for photos even though you were all so busy ; v ; ALSO I LOVE YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS GROUP HAPPEN!! It started when me and Leanne planned to do Clapollo and then it just GREW….! You are all so in character too it’s kind of scary HAHA.
DID I MENTION WE HAD BOTH OF THE GAVIN BROS??????
Ryan sensei, thanks for letting us mess up your wig for that one photo that should hopefully appear soon LOL. Lisa, thanks for putting up with my gross noises and all my klapollo requests ahahahaAA ^q^///
like this shot
I would have asked you guys to get closer but I wasn’t sure how creepy I was being—
THIS IS WHAT PERFECTION LOOKS LIKE.
give me a moment to recover from the perfection that is my friends
MR. WRIGHT PLEASE THERE IS ONLY ROOM FOR ONE COCKBLOCKER HERE
/shoves Junie outta the way
wait am I dead
is this heaven
(The taller Apollo couldn’t remember Clay’s name and I gave her so much crap for it hahaha DW WE COOL BRO WE COOL)
"BEGONE, EVIL URCHIN DEMON!!!"
Shout out to Eva for being the most perfect and dedicated Jinxie- she PAINTED the entire pattern on her yukata(?) SHE’S RIDIC!!!!
LOOK ‘POLLO!! WE’RE MATCHING!!! ☆
Look at this fop using Jinxie’s tray as a mirror
Thanks so much for bringing pedals into SMASH ^q^ I think these cuties were the only yowapedal cosplayers at the con?? It was pretty neat finding out Onoda was the same Naegi I met last year hehe.
Ah AAAH a very sweet girl gave this card to me!! I’m afraid I’ve forgotten who gave this to me though ;0; ….but thank you so much! This is such a cute idea <3
I also met Warutsu who drove me beautiful T2 ;0;//
It was only until I got back that I recognised this style because she had also drawn me a picture of Tsurugi Yuuichi last year akslhg I’M SO SORRY IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO REALISE;;!!!
Below are some Clapollo shots huehue
This wasn’t even planned. Leanne just happened to have white material for reasons I forget and suddenly she asked for my jacket and I started screaming BECAUSE I KNEW WHAT SHE WAS GONNA DO….
WE SOOOOOOO DAMN FIIIIIIINE
"munchmunchmunchmunch oh yeah he’s definitely dead.”
We had a photoshoot at the end of the day but we’re still waiting on photos~ will post them later when we receive them!
That night, I met up with some Sydney pals for dinner and it just so happened one of our friends invited Reika along??!?!?
Yeah that Reika.
It was a huge group so we were pretty much in our own little groups- I was in the “I-know-of-Reika-but-am-indifferent” group. While a few of our other friends were freaking out and adamant in not facing her because they had removed all their cosplay makeup off LOL it was super cute.
We just so happened to walk passed a sushi train restaurant where Leo, Kylie and Rachel were eating at and snapped a photo of us:
I’m the grown ass adult with an icecream cone in my mouth.
I went up to the window and pointed in a direction, mouthing:
"R E I K A !!!"
THE ENTIRE TABLE SHOT UP. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE PACK THEIR BAGS AND PAY FOR THE BILL SO QUICKLY BEFORE.
The group with Reika was already walking wayyy ahead at that point and I needed to catch up so I’m not sure what happened to the restaurant crew LOL;
Anyway. That’s basically all I remember from Saturday!!
Tune in next time…FOR HAIKYUU SUNDAY!!! *+*+*+*+
Anonymous said: Chan~ Has anyone ever told you that you have the most amazing eyes? *________*
NO BECAUSE IT’S NOT TRUE AT ALL!!! IT’S CONTACTS, MAKE UP AND LIES AAHAHAHA
(but thank you <3)
Anonymous said: You know I was going to ask you if you know any good eyeliner because I was looking for a different type than the one I normally use but we use the exact same brand @_@ maybe I just need to get better at using that
AAH maybe I should clarify that I haven’t really played around with other brands either lol I used to use Bourjois but I became allergic to it? I’m sure there are better eyeliners out there (a lot of people recommend gel ones) but I don’t like spending too much on make up and stick with whatever doesn’t make my eyelids swollen.
I considered Rimmel’s Glam eyes to be pretty good because quite a few people had commented on how well my eyeliner had stayed on throughout the entire day at cons. It’s not perfect since a bit of it comes off when I smile too much, but I can’t help that LOL
Perhaps try and apply more layers? I have single eyelids so I have to draw pretty thick eyeliner on the top of my eyes. A single line under my eyes is usually not enough to last the whole day, I’d have to apply at least 2 layers so it doesn’t smudge off easily.
SORRY SUCH A LATE REPLY TO THIS;;; Thanks anon!!! Were you at the con?? Hope you had a good time if you did!!
I think this is my best cosplay yet.
Hello!! Oh man, that’s such a huge compliment and relief to hear ;_; thank you so much for dropping by with such encouragement! I have this fear that I haven’t improved at all considering how comfortable I am with my art these days, but I’m really glad to hear these words from you. Thank you again!! <3
Thanks man!! OH I CERTAINLY ROCK AND/OR ROLLED IT!!
AH, OH….AHH… I’m a super amateur cosplayer so I’m not really the best person to go for cosplay advice… I kinda wing my makeup most of the time?! (don’t even ask me about sewing oh lord LOL I pretty much buy all my costumes when I can)
My cosplay makeup isn’t too different from my every day make up, I mean a lot of the characters I choose to cos don’t require a dramatic inhuman look!! Also, most products I buy for ‘solely cosplay purposes’ are usually available in pharmacies/chemists since I can’t justify spending heaps on makeup I use only a few times a year. I tend to choose brands like Maybelline and Rimmel because I know shit all about good make up and rely on affordable yet well-known brands LOL.
Here’s what I used for my Clay cosplay anyway:
Always do makeup tests before the actual con!
And uh… idk there’s so many ways to go about cosplay tbh, it really boils down to what your tastes are because some people are more fussy than others in terms of accuracy and aesthetics?? Sometimes being more accurate to the character doesn’t actually look flattering on yourself, or sometimes you don’t even care so JUST DO WHAT YOU’RE COMFORTABLE AND WILL HAVE THE MOST FUN WITH!! ;) Choose characters you like/care about! Choose characters you think you’ll suit best! Choose characters you don’t suit but love anyway! DO WHATEVER YOU WANT and WALK WALK FASHION BABY ☆
"I’M FINE, YOU’RE FINE!! ☆"
Thanks to Leanne for being my Polly!!!
SMASH con certainly came and went like a whirlwind, the traveling itself was just as much of an adventure as the con was! Thanks to everyone I met throughout the weekend even if it was just for a small chat, I had so much fun that this probably felt like the shortest con I’ve ever been to!?
Anyway, a full report will come later this week hopefully!! ;9
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MOUNTAIN KING, TOUDOU!!! ☆+*+*+**
Sorry for the really messy comic, I tried to pump this out before I had to jet off to Sydney tonight!
IDEK IF I’VE UPLOADED IT IN A HORRIBLE QUALITY SINCE I’M ON MY PHONE;;