IM GONNA TEACH YOU HOW TO DO FRECKLES FOR COSPLAY
I know it’s super easy to just take some like eyeshadow and put big dots on your face and if that’s your taste then hey go for it. I’m gonna show you how I make realistic looking freckles for any character that might need them.
And I’m gonna do it in a really shitty Mukuro closet cosplay.
So this first step is technically optional, but if you have a few extra dollars its totally worth it for any cosplay. I have a Ben Nye stage makeup kit and I just used my normal base. It will make your freckles stand out more later but it’s not crucial.
NEXT! YOU’RE GONNA NEED A STIPPLE SPONGE. “BUT LIZA WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?”
And it’s absolutely magnificent. It’s made for doing stubble and black eyes (so if you need that then you defo need one of these) but I realized in my stage makeup class it’s perfect for doing freckles.
You can get them on Ebay for like $2 for a few of them. It’s probably good to have more than one because otherwise your colors get all blended together like what happened to me.
Next you’re gonna want to go google ‘freckles’ to see what actual freckles look like bc you don’t wanna just start putting shit on your face. This is super super simple and it’s just gonna make everything look better. I used this image
So you can see where they’re placed and stuff, use whatever picture you want it’s just good to have an actual face to be working from.
NOW YOU’RE GONNA DO THE THING. I only put makeup on the corner of my sponge because it’s easier for me to control that way and the freckles go exactly where you want. So you take your stipple sponge and you dab it on your darker makeup. I used a dark brown that came in my creme kit, and I recommend using a creme but I’m sure a dark eyeshadow would do fine too. Remember, different people have different colored freckles so make sure to do your research!
You’re gonna gently dab the sponge on your face, start light and you can build up.
This was one layer. You can see there’s some pink on my nose from the last time I did freckles for Meenah. Learn from me kiddies, use more than one sponge. So I wasn’t satisfied quite yet so I did another layer.
Here’s another example from a while ago.
AND THERE YA GO. Go forth and cosplay your cute freckled characters.
In this tutorial, I will introduce you to a relatively easy method on making pretty realistic looking, lightweight guns for your cosplay without the use of expensive tools or materials!
- 1-2 huge sheets of sintra (in Germany known as ‘Hartschaumplatte’)
- Expanding foam
- Glue for Sintra (ask your local seller!)
- Screws as decorative elements (if original design has them)
- Plastic Primer
- Paint (I use car paint ;>)
- Cutter/Scalpel/X-Acto Knive
- Sanding paper
- Respiratory mask and safety goggles for sanding & working with expanding foam
- Latex gloves for applying filler, paint and expanding foam
- Old clothing that covers your arms
A blade is a blade is a blade…. and expanding foam is really hazardous and nasty stuff. Read instructions on the materials, safety first etc. I wont comfort your mourning relatives if you fuck this up hard enough to kill yourself while trying to follow the tutorial and I will not be held responsible for any damage to your live, health, pets or children.
Step 1: Create your pattern
In order to create a pattern, we need an image that shows the gun we strive to make from the side. The image is opened in photoshop and resized, so the proportions fit those the gun shall have in real life!
If the gun is as huge as Ebony&Ivory, one A4 image would be too small to print the full gun, so I cut the image to fit two A4 images, printed them and glued the two images together. Now all I had to do was to cut it out, put it on the sintra, outline it and there was the center piece of my gun!
Step 2: Cut out Sintra
Now we will definitely need more than just this layer, right? And you can already see that I put one more piece of Sintra onto the gun.
To get the shape of the following layers, you have to cut the pattern. Parts are cut off and the shape for the next layer is done, for the next layer, the pattern might have to be cut apart etc…
This is what my pattern for Ebony looked like when I was done- I made Ivory first, so I knew exactly how many parts I needed to achieve the right thickness. (You might have to use trial & error at first)
This is the sheet with all the parts for Ebony. Duuueed…
~A Cosplayer’s Memoirs: How Looking Good Left Me Broke, the Thrilling Tale of Hot Glue and Perfectly Matched Hues