digitallyimpaired:

this is probably gonna be really bad so gomen in advance

also you have no idea how many shirts i wasted in the making of my cosplay omg

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whatsupguysitsray asked: I'm doing a Karkat cosplay and I was wondering, if I can't afford face paint, what should I use? Thanks for the help!

Try searching Halloween or costume/party stores for cheaper alternatives to face paint. Snazaroo is one brand that seems to be cheaper than the higher-priced alternatives. 

Horns sans paint tend to look odd, so perhaps look into a humanised version of Karkat (example of one such design, though if you’d rather not follow the hair colour, it also works very well as a makeup reference). 4chords is a fairly recognisable offshoot of the “humanstuck” alternate universe (from the same artist is also Karkat Vantas Versus the World, featuring another humanised Karkat). 

If you still desire to wear horns and would be okay with simply imitating troll skin, try powdering your face to desaturate its natural tones (use any variety of loose or pressed powder from a makeup compact). Add shadows under your eyes, since exaggerated eye-bags are perhaps Karkat’s most characteristic feature. 

-J

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Anonymous asked: This is more of a rp question. I am not really into HS as much as some people. I don't really ship anyone and I am not really intensely into the fandom. I'm going to a con as Karkat. Do the rpers normally talk all about fandoms/canons and relationships and stuff when they meet up, or do they just act themselves (as in they act human but they're dressed up?). Sorry if this is confusing, I'm just not the best KK actor and I don't really know how to react to some things.

At a con with Homestuck cosplayers, you’ll run into every type of person you described above and then some. In-character roleplaying cosplayers are the vocal few; most Homestuck cosplayers that I’ve encountered act like their normal selves who just happen to be dressed up and in an environment with other people who share an interest in the webcomic. 

If you get two same-shippers together, they’ll certainly have a conversation about relationships. Otherwise, people generally make small talk or comment on each others’ outfits or fool around. Don’t worry overmuch about necessarily MSPA-relevant conversation. Homestuck is only the first factor you have in common with people, and it’s in conversation that you find the rest. 

If you can pull off looking suitably grumpy or high-strung for photos, nobody who matters will care that you’re friendly and amicable otherwise. 

-J

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spookyscaryaradia asked: Can you recommend any wigs that would be good for John?

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Anonymous asked: what's the correct color for mehron starblend makeup, "moonlight white" or "light grey"? or something else?

Starblend colour chart

If you want control over mixing and also have paint for contouring, Monster Grey and two tubes of Moonlight White. Light Grey works on its own, though you’d also need something to use for highlights and shadows. 

-J

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Anonymous asked: Who or what can you cosplay as with an all blue outfit with hints of black and gray?

Vriska’s FLARP outfit is the closest match.
Aranea could also fulfill those guidelines

Or you could go for boggling and cosplay as Dicekind. 

-J

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Anonymous asked: I'm doing a troll cosplay for Otakon (Yeah I'm last minute preparing), I want to know will regular amount of the make-up cover tattoos, or would I need more layers if so like how much estimated more? Also, it doesn't damage tattoos, does it like take the color out or conflict with tattoos? I'm sorry if these are stupid questions, I've never done troll cosplay before.

Sorry for lateness, but hopefully this may serve as future reference for anyone else. Although this page is routed towards blending tattoos into human skin, it does say that more layers of makeup may be needed for tattoos with darker colours. As far as I know, makeup doesn’t bleach colour from or add pigment to tattoos past their healing stage (a reasonable concern, no worry). Personal estimate is that no more than two or three layers of dabbed-on makeup would be needed to cover a tattoo. 

-J

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Anonymous asked: What di i use for Homestuck troll skin in a cosplay??I will honestly say I am 'young' and I have break out problems when it comes to make-up. There is also the problem of money. I am on a budget so I would like it to stay cheap(if possible).

Ben Nye and Mehron are hypoallergenic body paints. Mehron is slightly cheaper than Ben Nye, depending on where you’re purchasing from. 

The confluence between “cheap” and “good for your skin” is not a great one. Higher-quality paints formulated with better ingredients come with the necessary price tag. 

If you decide to go with a cheaper paint, put down a primer first. It will act as a barrier between your skin and the paint. Monistat is generally recommended (you might find it at less cost at drugstores), though other makeup primers might work. 

To reduce the cost of buying higher-quality face paint, you could find someone to collaborate with and split the purchase (the amount of makeup produced via Hanyaan’s troll makeup tutorial is easily enough for two people). If areas below your face are less prone to break-outs, try Tulip fabric paint as “poor man’s PAX.” Since the subject of fabric paint as troll paint is one not without contention, here is an argument for and an argument against

-J

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dantalionhuber asked: Hi there! I'm cosplaying dead!fancy!Derse!Aradia (design by rumminov), and I need to cut and damage the cloth a lot, but I'm not exactly sure how to make it look natural... The other problem is that I'm very worried about damaging the bodice of the dress, so I'd like to avoid burning any of it... Any tutorials you know of?

Perform all weathering and distressing on the base dress before adding embellishments like lace, beads, or ribbon. Handy guide with tips on sandpaper, fraying, rips, dyebaths and stains. You can also take the dress outside and rub patches of it on rough gravel or in dirt.

I’ve seen dead-Aradia skirts with too many large holes, so also remember that small holes first accumulate before turning into larger ones, and there should never be more than a few large holes due to weathering. 

-J

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Anonymous asked: So I want to cosplay Tavros and I have no idea how to do robot legs... I've skimmed the archive and only really found stuff for Vriska's robot arm, but arms are a bit different for legs and was wondering if there was a more.... comprehensive tutorial or something?

1: Detailing on pants, referenced from Freakenstein13
On a pair of pants that don’t wrinkle easily, spray-paint them silver and add weathering and details with fabric paint. 

2: Segmented legs, referenced from kabukers
Used a Fenris gauntlet tutorial to make the armour (further notes under this post; work-in-progress pictures under this kabukers tag). 

-J

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Anonymous asked: So im cosplaying Her Imperial Condescension/Meenah soon (depending one which one i get done first) but im stuck on the glasses. Any advice for what kind of glasses i should use/how to make the glasses the correct shape?

Buy these, pop out the lenses, paint the frame; or buy any sturdy pair of reading/prop glasses (RealD 3D frames might work for this if you don’t mind a thicker width in the frame) and carefully sculpt on the spikes and shape with thin layers of Model Magic or paperclay. 

-J

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deliciouslygrey asked: Is there a way to temporarily turn prescription glasses into Sollux's glasses?

Clip-on 3D lenses, or maybe use a gluestick to attach red/blue cellophane to the inside of your frames (doubtable if this would work). 

-J

FLARP Terezi Vest Pattern

mintly:

This is basically how I made my pattern.

I’m not sure how to go about describing it, but surely this could help someone?

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I’d never made a pattern before so it was an adventure and a lot of measuring!

Kind of goes along with this post!