Jiggly Cosplay : Hair, Make up & Accesories

Part two of the jigglypuff cosplay breakdown. Toady we are looking at the Wig, the makeup and The Mic. For the background and the dress see the previous post.

The Hair. This was the hardest part of the look, it’s obviously a wig but have you ever tried to do a victory roll in your hair? Yeah, looks good but not easy. And trying to style it to look like the jigglypuff curl with none of the wig cap showing is even harder. But look at the curl! It lasted all day too.

I bought the wig ‘lily’ in ‘rose pink’ from coscraft.com. A site which I cannot recommend enough, their customer service is great and very prompt. Anyway back to the wig, I spent forever watching countless videos to try and learn to do a victory roll and working out how to backcomb the wig. The tricky part was getting the curl to stay in place and how to have styled in the very center of the forehead while not exposing too much of the wig base. I cannot guess how many times I style and re styled it. Eventually I got the shape just about right and quickly covered it in styling wax and pinned it with booby pins to hold it solid.

There isn’t too much I would change about this wig if I was to re do the cosplay. I may think about gluing the curl because there was a few strands that fell a little out of place throughout the day but that was because there was some strong winds outside. To be honest it was actually quite resilient bearing in mind this is the first wig I’ve styled.

The Mic. This cosplay came with a prop, the mic that doubles up as a pen and yes so does this prop, as you can see in the photo. This was one of the reason that someone actually recognized my character too.
All it is, is a plastic tube with a lid on either end, cut a hole big enough to fit the nib of a marker through one side and push a wooden skewer through the other side then masking taped the whole thing and painted it black. Lastly stuck a polystyrene ball to the top of the skewer and painted it green, sealing and securing the polystyrene ball to the tube with glue. and painting that black. Simple. The only thing I would change about this is trimming the bottom of the round polystyrene ball to be a bit flatter, even with extra glue it was starting to pop away from the handle/tube by the end of the day.

The make up. So excuse the dorky expression. We were pulling faces when this was taken and was the only shot that had my eyes closed showing the make up.
As you can see, I painted my eyebrows pink to match the wig. That was something I’d been experimenting with for months because making such dark eye brows a light pink without dye isn’t easy but I managed it sorta. Using NYXs pink mascara and Barry Ms Dazzle dusts, just kept applying them till I got the colour I was after.

The eyes have a simple layer of pink eye shadow (Barry M) but what I liked about the look was that I’d drawn a very fine line above the colour with black eyeliner, coming from the tip of the outside of the cat eye to the middle of eye socket. Inspired from the rockabilly look. You can see I went in very heavy with the blush, dragging it quite far up my cheeks for the cutesy effect to match Jigglypuffs look. They only thing I think I would change about this look would be the foudation, Because of the sun lately I had developed a little tiny bit of tan so I applied the foundation thicker that I normally would to try and pale my skin out and was a bit on the cakey side.

Lastly, the lips were a metallic Jeffrey Starr lipstick, from his last collection. Seriously his liquid lip sticks last all day, even for smokers. I was originally going to go with just a bright pink but it didn’t look right. I think the metallic made it pop a bit more.

The picture on the right was taken after we went out for the evening, so just before I took my make up off completely and I hadn’t bother touching it up at all. So I was seriously impressed with it. This is the difference when you use primer and setting spray.

Anyway that was my break down of Jigglypuff rockabilly. I know it was a long one but there was a lot I learned from this that I am proud of. I know its not the most ambitious cosplay out there but I loved it and will be wearing it again. So look out for photos!

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Jigglypuff Cosplay : The Dress

So I went to MCM london in May. Being the cleaver person I am, I didn’t think to take photos to blog about it. So wait till october and have a blog for you about the weekend. This little post will be about one of the cosplays I wore, what I learned while making it and what I might do different in the future. I’ve had to split this into two posts so expect part two in a few days.

The image at the top is Jigglypuff. She’s a cute little puff isn’t she? Thats who this Cosplay was based off. Jigglypuff. 7The idea behind the cosplay was to do a humanoid version of her. Not sure why I picked Jigglypuff, to be honest, but I certainly had a bit of fun with her. I think because its something so pink that I would never do it any other time so MCM was the perfect time to do it. I had this idea of doing a rockabilly version of her because of her curl and because in the anime she sings, then puts people to sleep as that’s her ability but she get angry and draws on people faces when that happens.

Seriously proud of this one. I know its simple but we all have to start somewhere right? Any way let’s get on with the breakdown of what I did.

The dress was probably the simplest part of it, I just bought a dress off Sammydress.com, it cost less than £10 and took about 4 weeks to arrive. It originally was a white dress that I dyed pink. The dying process was a bit tricky as it’s a synthetic material meaning I had to buy specially formulated dye to get the right colour from Amazon which cost more than the dress. It was a fair bit of guess work to get the colour right and it did come out a bit darker than I wanted but it worked.

I would have loved to have made the dress from scratch and did toy with the idea of doing so for a while but my sewing skills are certainly not up to that challenge, yet. If I was to re attempt this one, I’d spend a little more on the dress initially, to get one that’s the right colour and that fits better too. You can see in the some of the photos it doesn’t sit quite right and looses the flattering quality of most flair dresses in this style.

I did make a few modification to the dress besides dyeing it. I added a bit of white translucent fabric to the cleavage as without it there would have been slippage. That neck line was low! Also added some iron on gems in the shape of music notes on to the front of the skirt. Though I loved that bit of detail, the gems did start dropping off very quickly. Not sure if it was down the quality of glue or the fabric. In the future painting or sewing a design might be a longer lasting option.

Nearly forgot my favourite thing! The petticoat! Golly these things are so much fun to wear! No modifications or anything just the first time I wore one and look at the puff it give the skirt. Its fabulous darling! I really want to add a few rockablity dresses to my wardrobe just so I can wear more petticoats.

The last part of the outfit was the cardigan, it’s a simple white cotton shrug. I wanted it to break the pink of the dress up a little and to try to lighten the whole image. Again I didn’t really do much to this besides another iron on patch in the shape of pink music notes. Also wore it because I’m not a massive fan of my own arms so this let me hide them a bit.

Next post, Make up, Accessories & Mic!

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London MCM 2015

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So I went to the MCM London on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And its taken me two weeks to write this little piece. To say it was brilliant is a supreme understatement. The cosplays, the booths, the people it was brilliant. And that is all I can say about a three day weekend.
Ive already uploaded some of the photos to facebook, not the cosplay ones but the photos of people who I was there with. I was planning to edit the rest and upload them but there are quite a few photos so I think I might just upload them as they are o facebook and as I get through editing them add them here. I also realized that I never uploaded last years photos so I should get round to that too.

As for the con itself, Jamie Bamber and Edward James Olmos were there as was a panel with Steven Moffat all of which I missed because the cosplays were too amazing and I let myself get distracted. Plan for next year plan it with times and set alarms on phone! After all the info is listed online but isn’t the easiest to plan out on your phone.IMG_8183 Even though I missed a few things, I did have a good wonder down the stalls and saw lots of pretty cute items.
A couple of the guys we were with got their pictures taken and placed in the Adventure Time world. We even got a pic of us being attacked by a zombie at the walking dead stall.

Yes that me with the green ears, I was a bulbsaur, a dodgy bulbasaur but one none the less. I even got recognized by a couple of people and a few asked for a picture with me which I really didn’t expect. Does mean I will be working on my cosplay a fair bit more for next time. I wore the bulbasaur on the Friday, thinking that not many people would be around as this was my first time dressing up. IMG_8390I kinda rushed putting it on so it lacks makeup and hair but it will better next time round!
On the Saturday, I didn’t bother dressing up except for my venom tshirt, which an umbrella operative though was cool.
IMG_8393Then on Sunday, I kinda half arsed it in my Tardis dress. Besides who doesn’t rock a Tardis dress. the dress was put to shame a little when I guy in the coolest tardis suit asked in get a picture with him. He even had a top hat that just looked so sick.
And I met a Dalek! It spoke and glowed! It was just a tad to big to fit in my bag….

And of course I got myself a few goodies. I got the cutest bulbasaur with extended vines! I have named him backlash, he looks like a backlash doesn’t he? IMG_8402
I manage to pick up a few comics, the cutest pair of Umbreon earrings and a Spiderman voodoo keyring that now lives on my camera bag.

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Oh there are a few photos in the gallery of the cosplayers, more will be added and a quick warning some of them are quite heavily edited, though I haven’t messed with the actual Cosplays just the backgrounds.

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Geeks and Zombies

Two blogs in one day! Aren’t you a lucky reader? The last two weeks have been wonderfully busy for me. I went to MCM London ComiCon the other week and it was amazing! Emphasis on Amazing! Too be fair, I wasn’t that impressed with the merchandise section but then I think it was because I was hugely distracted my all the fantastic costumes that were floating around. In fact for the second day, we didn’t even bother going in to the expo just hung out outside and took pictures of the cosplayers. I was more than happy to do that all day.
Check out some of the pictures, please excuse my amature photography skills, I was far too distracted to be able to fully focus on the photo set up. I really dont feel like I did justice to half the outfits I saw. Every time I saw one amazing character, I’d blink and there would be another one going the other direction and I couldn’t see half as much as I wanted. Every time I turned around there would be another great cosplayer. There will be better shots next time, that I can guarantee.

The other fun even that happened was a Zombie night (actually a friends birthday), that one amused me for a good week before. Playing around with make up and I even got my hands on some liquid latex to make a couple of fake wounds. Ripped up an out fit and covered it in blood, nothing to fancy just an old pair of jeans and a pale t-shirt. Paled my face a little and added hollowing make up, then stuck a gaping wound on my face and arms, mussed my hair to a giant mess and done….

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I really liked the look, the bouncer even called me scary. So result for the night. Though I will say I did notice a rather big difference between my make up and the more theatrical styles out in the club, in the dark my lost its impact so the lesson on the night was the darker it is the more you need. Eh. Still love it and had fun so all is good.

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