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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.


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


    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.

    Before: IMG_9791

    AFTER! IMG_9794

    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.







    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!

    Cosplay, DIY Projects, Knowledge, Make, Wear

    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.

    Cosplay, Outfits, Wear

    My favorite casual cosplays! Part 1

    Casual cosplay is so fun.

    I was matched up with the lovely Linsdey at Co-Host Girlfriend for the current round of the Odd Honey Swap, from my pal Harper over at Harper Honey.
    I was talking with Lindsey about how easy and fun it is to mix geek elements into your everyday fashion, so I figured I’d make a quick post about some of my favorite ‘Casual Cosplay’ outfits.

    So, with ‘casual cosplay,’ a lot of people don’t even realize that they like it, or already do it-

    Thinking about wearing an outfit you saw on tv? Casual Cosplay.

    Don’t want to go all out on designing someone’s outfit, but still want to dress like them? Casual Cosplay.

    Inspired by someone’s personality or fashion style and decide to replicate it? Casual Cosplay.

    Want to follow Disney’s rules for dressing up in their parks? Casual Cosplay.

    Nerd? Casual Cosplay.

    The list goes on an on.

    I consider ‘Casual Cosplay’ to be anything reminiscent of cosplay. If you like an exact outfit from someone from tv or movies; it you want to pretend you are that character in everyday life; if you like to show off your geeky side, and wear fandom inspired outfits. All of this stuff, and more, to me, is casual cosplay.

    I was thinking about some of my favorite characters from tv shows and movies, and which kind of outfits are my favorite.

    For this post, I’ll focus on outfits inspired by a character, since that’s an easy place to start.

    Typically, one of my favorite types for these are Disney Princess outfits done casually. This could be actual outfits from the character trimmed down to be more casual, outfits inspired by their general taste, things like that.

    Here are some examples from the user ‘Juliaann35’ from Polyvore.






    They’re simple, but you get the idea, right?
    You can just use regular clothes to inspire your look to a new level!

    You can also remix the character’s style, using their main elements (like color, texture, clothing item type, etc.) to change up their look!
    Here’s some examples of ‘Hipster Disney Princesses’ that I like.

    Snow White






    Outside of the Disney fandom, here are some other examples!

    Doctor Who:

    Femme Eleventh Doctor


    how to dress like Rose Tyler, a guide

    The Avengers/Marvel Universe:


    Loki by sampoly featuring a moto jacket


    Agent Coulson


    Iron Man


    Captain America




    And, just for fun, some of my favorites: PIZZA PLANET [from the Toy Story Franchise]

    Pizza Planet


    Pizza Planet

    I’ll see you soon, with more!!

    Cosplay, Outfits

    Cosplay Goals – 2015

    In the past, I’ve just sort of done costumes at the drop of a hat.

    This has lead to a dozen half-finished costumes in a poorly organize heap, along with a bunch of unused supplies that get shoved into my closet and forgotten.

    This year, I’ve decided to follow the inspiration of the greats and actually plan things out.

    A revelation, I know. Mind-blowingly simple, yet effective.

    I’ve finally settled on my goals for this year, now that we’re 21 days in. This would seem like a long time, but keep in mind I haven’t ever made the goals before, so 21 days is relatively short.

    So, without further ado:

    2015 Cosplay Goals for Stephy Young

    cosplay goals 2015

    Listed in the order they appear in the picture, from top left to bottom right, we have:

    Poison Ivy: I’m finally going to finish my costume for the lovely Poison Ivy, my favorite Gotham City siren. This has been a goal (even though I just said I don’t have goals) for years. Poison Ivy is a smart, badass babe, and I hope to bring exactly that fiesty attitude to the table with my cosplay.

    Hanji Zoe: My absolute favorite character in Attack on Titan / Shingeki no Kyojin. Hanji is possibly, literally insane, but she’s very intellegent. Her stories on AoT are excellent- she’s a catalyst character that provides so much background and scientific information on the Titans. I think it’s impossible not to love her. I already have the jacket, so now I just need… all of the rest of her ensemble.

    Black Canary: Arguably, from me at least, one of THE toughest fighters in the DC universe. She’s also an inspiration because originally, she didn’t have super powers – she was just smart and did great under cover work. Then, even later when she was depicted with a super power, (as the daughter of the original, for continuity reasons), she was still a smart person and great fighter.

    Lady Loki: I plan on perfecting my Lady Loki costume. This is one of my favorite. I love explaining to people that the character is not a ‘rule 63’ or whatever- that Lady Loki is technically a standalone character in the Marvel Universe. For those of you who don’t know, Loki, the ultimate trickster, was ultimately tricking Thor after this great battle in Norse mythology, and convinced Thor to bring back Loki’s soul, but into the body of Thor’s dead lover. From here, Loki is a female in body, and in spirit (as she is incredibly creative, crafty and smart- it’s the magic done while in this role that convinces Odin to adopt Loki in the first place, basically making this the start of one of our favorite villains, Loki. I know the paradoxical timeline can be tricky, but trust me- she’s seriously cool).I was Lady Loki for Halloween this past year, but I didn’t get to perfect the entire costume, because I was so worried about the diadem being perfect. I plan to work on the entire outfit soon.

    Silk Spectre: I’m loving making my own, custom bodysuits, so I think I’d really like designing and working on the Sally Jupiter style Silk Spectre outfit. Plus, who doesn’t love that retro hairdo and badass vixen temperament?

    Ramona Flowers: Last, but not least, is Ramona Flowers from the Scott Pilgrim series. I don’t even know how to get into to explaining how awesome Ramona is. Just go buy and read these, and you’ll understand.

    Cosplay, DIY Projects, Instagram, Outfits

    Lady Loki Cosplay

    Here’s a quick snap of my Lady Loki costume from Halloween.

    I will be releasing DIY tutorials on how I made separate parts, along with real pictures and a walk-throughDIY .

    Hang in there!