Cosplay has grown in popularity worldwide with its followers imitating their favourite characters. Regardless of if it’s anime, manga, movie or video game no character is safe from cosplay and a simple search on the web will show endless examples of well-loved hobby.
Whether you’re attending a cosplay expo for the first time or wanting to show off your cosplaying skills on your Tumblr, creating an accurate and quality cosplay doesn’t have to be difficult or too expensive.
Ready-made costumes and wigs are all over the web from tonnes of sellers, but more often than not they’ll either look completely unnatural or be of a poor quality. It’s common knowledge that if you want to do something properly, you do it yourself. So how do you go about getting an ultra-realistic looking cosplay together?
The harsh fact is if you want to have a stunning costume, you’ll need to at least know how to thread a needle, or be a wizard on a sewing machine. For newer cosplayer’s looking to have their first attempt be one without embarrassment, then a character with a simplistic outfit would be a great first choice. For instance, if you wanted to cosplay Bulma from Dragon Ball Z and do her justice then you could imitate her civilian clothes and put more effort into making her appearance accurate.
Fans of both Death Note and elegant gothic fashion will find it easy than most to recreate a Misa cosplay, a black lace dress, long lacey gloves, a choker and some pigtails and you’ll instantly recognisable as the eerily cheerful murder.
A cosplayer’s best friend is coloured contact lenses. If you’re cosplaying anything with Japanese origins, it’s a guarantee that most of the characters will have both unnatural hair colours and eye colours. Fortunately, for us realistic lovers there is an infinite number of colours and designs pleasing to the eye.
One of the easiest identifiers of a cosplay is the hair. But the thing about wigs is… they look like wigs. Now dying your hair might seem like an extreme method at first, but this is a definite winner on our quest for realistic looking cosplay hair. Commitment is not necessary and strong coloured temporary dyes are at your disposal in a rainbow of colours.
So we have a basic put together outfit, beautifully coloured hair and noticeable eyes… all quality and made to last, so don’t be put off and join the cosplay army… most of them aren’t that weird.