Cosplay: Creative, Theatrical, Sexy!

Halloween – it’s an excuse for everyone to dress up and have fun. But Halloween only lasts for one day out of the year. So what are people to do with the other 364 days when they feel the need to get into costume and wear a different face? Most people just accept the fact that they have to wait for next Halloween or for friends to throw a costume party. Some decide that waiting is not enough.

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Cosplay (known to the out-crowd as “costume play”) is a popular, world-spanning phenomena that allows people of every age, race, religion, gender, sexual preference, and nationality to come together in the guise of their favorite fictional characters and interact together. Sources of character inspiration range from movies to anime to comic books and cross all genres. The haven of these hobby-actors is traditionally at gatherings of like-minded individuals, such as sci-fi/fantasy conventions, comic book conventions, anime conventions, gaming expos and the like. In these places, the atmosphere becomes as alive as any stage.

Cosplay carries some social prejudices in the way outsiders perceive it. The ignorant public often views cosplay as a geek hobby, filled with socially inept people who dress up in ridiculous costumes and attend pointless pop-culture events. What the uninitiated fail to realize, however, is that most cosplay is no different from the theatricality that one might see on the stage or the big screen. The art of choosing the right character and finding (and often making) the perfect costume is an act that most cosplayers do not simply jump into blindly. The character that one chooses has to be a representation of what he or she wants to portray, often for several days at a time. And while every gathering of cosplayers has its fair share of slave-outfit clad Princess Leias, for a veteran cosplayer the choice is made very carefully.

Superwoman costume

The types of costumes that people choose to adopt as their temporary identity are infinite. Some choose famous super-heroes while others choose characters that they identify with on a personal level. Still others make their decision based on the quality of the art-design that went into the way a character looks. And there are always those that choose based purely on the sexuality of the character. Just like Halloween, the personality is in the costume – an opportunity to show the world (or at least a small portion of it) what one is on the inside.

For those devoted to the lifestyle, cosplay represents more than just costumes and acting. It is the true creative experience and the chance to live out one’s dreams of being a person that reality has no place for. Characters from movies and books have inspired the imagination of young and old alike for thousands of years, driving them to understand things about themselves that they might have otherwise never known. Cosplay is a walk in the shoes of the author’s mind; a merging of the physical form and the unreal; a way to touch a unique, spiritual part of one’s self.

Viking  warrior cosplay

All this may sound a bit like a cult, but if one sits by and listens to football fans talking about their passion, one might begin to suspect them to be a cult as well. Everyone has something that is important to them, be it their job, their family or dressing up and being someone else. The cosplayer is the next evolution of actor, in character and ready to go, with no need for anyone to yell “Action!”


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Halloween Makeup Tips Using Everyday Makeup

Dressing up for Halloween is a fun activity for all ages, but one of the complications that arise is the Halloween makeup. Depending on your specific costume, you might need a large amount of makeup or you might keep the makeup natural and light. Regardless of what type of Halloween makeup your costume requires, it is not necessary to pay extra money for expensive face paints or specialized makeup. Instead, it is possible to get Halloween costume looks with regular makeup you might already have in the home.

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Halloween Makeup Tips For a Variety of Looks

Pasty Vampire, Witch or Dead Flesh Skin:
The key to making any pasty-looking skin, whether you are planning a pale-faced vampire, a zombie with dead skin or a witch that only comes out at night is foundation in a shade lighter than your skin tone. For the best results, a white works for many skin tones. Geisha white or the palest ivory shade available in your local store is perfect for getting that pasty and sickly looking skin tone.

For a grey-tone, add silver colored makeup over the foundation and blend. Any silver, whether you use eye-shadow or find a silvery shade of foundation, will work.

The Eyes:

Depending on your specific costume, the eye makeup will differ. For many creatures of the night, like vampires, use black or dark grey eye shadow and smudge it over the eyelids. Line the eyes with black eyeliner that extends slightly beyond the eyes and then add mascara. Fake eyelashes are optional, but not necessary.

Fake Blood:

Many creatures require the use of fake blood for the perfect Halloween creepy touch. Whether you are a vampire adding blood on the chin, a zombie with bloody open sores or a ghost with blood showing how you died, fake blood always adds the cherry to the top of the sundae. Fake blood requires nothing more than red food coloring and corn syrup. Mix it together to get that starting to clot look. For something like a zombie, mix in some chunky peanut butter to make the look of sores.

Makeup for Devils and Temptresses:

The temptress or devil look is meant to draw attention, but not meant to look oozy or blood coated. For this look, the base foundation should remain the same. A smoky grey or silver eye shadow smudged on the eyelids will bring out the eyes. For a temptress or devil, thick and dark eyeliner and fake lashes make the eyes stand out. Finish off this look with a deep red lipstick for a tempting and sultry look.

Fun Mask:

Makeup to create a mask is a great way to liven up any costume, particularly old fashioned dresses that bring to mind a masquerade. To make a fun mask with makeup, select eye shadow such as a shimmery silver or gold. Surround your eyes on both the lid and under the eyes with the color. Cover the bridge of your nose at the middle and then line the eyes with black eyeliner. Top off the mask by drawing swirls or from the outer edge of the circle of eye shadow to your hairline with black eyeliner. This makes it look like you are wearing a delicate mask.

Regular makeup can create numerous costume touches for your Halloween treat. You do not need to spend extra money to get a stunning or shocking look.

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