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    Cosplay Tips – Makeup Brushes

    When we think of cosplay tools, I’m sure a heat gun or knife kit probably comes to mind first.

    However, there are other tools that you can use to bump your cosplay up to the next level.

    For me, one group is makeup brushes.

    Don’t run away yet, lemme explain.

    As you may know, I’m a big proponent of wearing makeup for cosplay. I seriously believe it can make all the difference for your cosplay – in between how you appear to others, how you appear in photographs, and how you can match your character better. Make-up is AMAZING for that. Even male cosplayers, who often growl at me at the suggestion, should wear makeup. It takes you to the next level, the same way a wig does! Get over your fear.

    So, part of applying makeup is brushes.

    You don’t need to spend $100s of your hard-earned cash to escalate your look. Lemme tell you that much right here.

    I own cheap brushes. Like $10 for 12 brushes cheap.

    But they work amazingly well- because I’ve learned how to care for cheap brushes.

    Firstly, let me show you the brushes I own:

    Here are my exact set from Amazon. I am not an Amazon Affiliate, I do not get kick-backs- I’m just genuinely admitting that these are the ones I own, and I like them.

    Here’s the deal. These range from $10-14 USD. I bought them at $12. They’re cheap. I know it.
    But, if you know how to handle cheap brushes, you’ll love them.

    Here’s my ‘new owner’ process for cheap brushes.

    1) Remove the handles. They’re wimpy at first, for real- the glue is weak, and they won’t stick on. After a few washes, the handles will fall off, so it’s better to start off right. Remove those handles first thing.

    2) Wash the brushes. These smelled like …. something. I dunno what. But, I knew it would be best to wash them. So I did. My process for washing brushes is HERE.
    If you want the simple steps – Small bowl of warm water and dash of soap (baby shampoo, brush cleaner, etc. I use my plain clarifying Suave shampoo). Tap each brush in a few times, then remove and swirl on the palm of your hand. Then rinse thoroughly. I hang mine to dry, with the bristles facing down from a rack in my kitchen. When completely dry, swirl on your clean palm to fluff the brushes. Tadaaa.

    3) Using E6000 or a hot glue gun (I used the latter), glue the handles and brushed back together. If you have the same set as me, remember that the larger brushes are labeled, so you’ll want to match them up first.

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    4) That’s it. Store them in something pretty, and repeat washings as necessary.

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    Also, please don’t ignore washing your brushes. Leaving them dirty will essentially put dirt on your faces, and in your pores. No fun. Check out the difference between my dirty and clean brushes below, as well as my blenders! The first (white) one is a knock-off, and the hot pink one is the my Beautyblender from Birchbox that I got using some of my points last year.

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    Here’s the name brand before and after. It expands, so it’s not a trick that it looks a little bigger inthe second picture.

     

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    After:

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    For me, this makes the brushes hold together way longer, and the initial wash softens and cleans them.

    As for using them with makeup, here’s a quick guide from Allure Magazine that explains the usage of each type of brush!

    You can also check out the search terms “Makeup Brush Guides” on Pinterest to find tons of useful guides, tutorials and tips!

    Again, I don’t get a kickback on anything. i’m just letting you know everything I know.

    Let me know if you have any questions! I’ll explain more about how I use my brushes later!

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    DIY Wig Detangling Spray

    I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t take care of my wigs as well as I should.
    I know that may not give me much credibility as a cosplay source, but I think it also adds credibility when I say that this easy, (sorta) 2-ingredient, DIY wig detangling spray actually works.

    I would know, because like I said, I don’t take care of my wigs very well initially, especially right after a con (when I’m too tired to do everything right). I’ll let them tangle up, lose their bags, forget to put them away- etc. You get the picture.

    But, this always means that I have to detangle them before I can use them again, and that’s how I know that this spray works.

    Plus, chances are, you already have the ingredients, and you may already use the spray in a soak form (if you’re like me and spend a lot of time on the internet).

    Also, I say sorta 2 because one ingredient that you add is already pre-mixed for you, but it itself contains many ingredients. You’ll see what I mean.

    So, one thing you need is a spray bottle (which I’m not counting as an ingredient). I’d recommend reusing an old bottle you have on hand, but only after you’ve cleaned it thoroughly.

    I end up reusing my NYX Setting Spray bottles for things like this – they’re tiny, so I can take them with me, and it means I don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals like if I were using a leftover cleaning spray bottle.

    The recipe itself?

    1 part fabric softener (liquid) to 3-5 parts water.
    That’s it. Mix and shake. Spray on wigs to coat the surface for easy detangling.

    I got this idea mostly because of the internet. It may have been done before, but I tried this on my own recently after C2E2, and a particularly nastily snarled, long wig after a long Saturday of use.

    Since I normally clean/condition my wigs by soaking them in fabric softener, I figured that should be the main, non-water ingredient in my detangling spray.

    I typically use this mixture, with softener replaced with hair conditioner, to detangle my own, real hair, but that doesn’t work as well on wigs (if they aren’t real hair – the synthetic fibers don’t hold the conditioner like real hair does, so especially you need the fabric softener to make your wig slippery), and the water prevents it from getting too greasy.

    Experiment until you find a ratio that you like. It’s your life. You have the power.

    With my short wigs, I’d water I use 1 part softener to 5 parts water, so that my wig doesn’t get too weighed down.
    On long wigs, when I really need that extra detangling power, I like to use 1 part softener to 3 parts water.

    Since I’m using old make-up bottles, I typically only make small amounts at a time, which really lets me customize the mixture often, and play around with the ratios.

    That being said, it also means I dunno about the staying-power of the mixture. I’m assuming it would keep for a long time, like fabric softener does, but I’ve just never found on my own. Lemme know, if you know.

    Also, let me know if this works for you, or if you have other suggestions! As we know, I’m an Open Book Cosplayer, which essentially means I’ll tell you anything and everything I know about cosplay if you ask. I’ve got nothing to hide, no secrets to keep, and I love spreading the knowledge wealth. This is how I detangle my wigs, and I find it works for me!

    Plus, I smell like clean laundry a lot.

    As a word of warning, try not to use too much, especially if you don’t rinse our your wigs. If you have sensitive skin, and you use this on the scalp of the wig, all of your sweat mixed with the softener could make you break out.
    It hasn’t happened to me, but it is something I just thought of while writing this out.

    I talk a lot! My bad.

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    More fictional alphabets you can use in everyday life!


    I followed an interesting pinterest link lately.

    It led me to Jennifer Lewis’ article on Flavorwire, “10 fictional alphabets you can use in everyday life.”

    You can find the article here.

    She has a great list. There’s:

    Gothic Vulcan (from Star Trek) was akso listed, but the original link was dead. I have included a new link if you are interested in Vulcan!

    One of my favorites that was unlisted is the Precursor Alphabet (from the Jak and Daxter series). Jak and Daxter was my one of my favorite game series in high school, so I learned it as fast as I could back then. I used to be super geeky, and would write my name on school assignments in that language. I also convinced some friends to learn it so we could pass notes back in forth in class without the teacher being able to read them- you know, back in the day when people used notes.

    If you’re interested in learning more, check out this Master List from the Omniglot website, which has several more, like Halo Covenant alphabet and Romulan.

    Something to keep in mind: sometimes just knowing the alphabet is not enough to know the whole language. Luckily, some fictional alphabets are simple in that once you know the alphabet, you can write and type directly in the language; but, others can be difficult- knowing the alphabet may not directly translate to sounds and words in the other language (just as knowing the Japanese Hiragana and Katakana alphabets means you can read the sounds, but may not understand the words).

    Some fun fictional languages that are a little more in depth include:

    Although, you could just look into the ones you’d like to know, and study them, and you’ll have interesting knowledge either way!

    Have fun!

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