A different kind of dressing up
1 Face And Body Makeup
Piling on the paint takes a lot of time and patience but with good execution, it can do most of the acting for you (see: It’s killer clown face paint).
How to: You’ll need basic tools like pigment, makeup brushes, sponges, water, and lots of time. Water-activated paints are great for beginners and if you want something more advanced with staying power, go for oil paints.
Leveling It Up: “Applying face and body paint can sell that fictional, otherworldly look,” says Dinny Grayson, winner of Christmas Cosfest Asia Singapore 2014 Photo Contest.
2 Full-on Costume
By investing a little more time, effort, and money in creating the outfit, you’ll have a go-to frock that’s sure to win every office costume party contest ever.
How to: For sourcing fabrics, Divisoria (Ilaya) is not only super cheap, but also provides a wide selection of prints and colors. Fabric Warehouse and Carolina’s are great for standard materials
Leveling It Up: “Cosplaying rests in your ability to not only look, but also carry yourself in the costume instead of drowning in it,” shares Skellyval who’s done superhero roles such as Supergirl, Ancient One, and Black Widow.
3 Macho Cosplay
Now you’ve got an excuse to get presko by going topless and showing off them hulking muscles without having to post another gratuitous gym selfie!
How to: Going to a gym is a given. Use black oil-based body paint para may kaunting dungis. Contouring [using makeup to accentuate the muscles] helps, too.
Leveling It Up: “Dapat medyo may angas ka. Tigasan mo ang tindig mo, dapat pati titig mo may bangis,” shares Ryan de Vera, cosplayer for 7 years, and was included in the top 15 entries of the Dota short film contest.
5 Prop Making
Not only will having props give you more options when posing for cosplay photographers, but it could be a creative way to scare off snatchers at convention.
How to: Get a box cutter and hot glue gun then move onto advanced tools once you gain experience. Plastic or foam are your safest bet to build swords.
Leveling It Up: “Read up on how to handle a weapon properly, for example a katana: you need to have your left hand on the pommel and your right hand just below the guard,” reminds Gelo Grayson, owner of Gelo Grayson Props.
4 Mecha Armor
Upgrade that cheap cardboard box costume, and live out your Gundam fantasies.
How to: You’ll need heavy-duty materials like rubber sheet, foam, wood, PVC pipes and the like. Use power tools, a spraypaint set with a compressor, and adhesives to put it all together. You can also use wires, lights, boards, and power sources for special effects.
Leveling It Up: “Don’t forget to bring a toolbox for repairs and have a portable mini-fan inside the suit to keep you cool.” advises Fred, Viñas, part of Team Cyback Metafusion Prop Shop, winner of Manila Major 2016 Cosplay.
6 Casual Cosplay
The best part about this cosplay is that for majority of the time, you can actually wear the same outfit on regular days.
How to: Scouring ukay-ukay for affordable finds and unique accessories that can make onlookers easily recognize your character. If that doesn’t work, carrying around a poster along of the character will greatly help people see what you’re going for.
Leveling It Up: “Do your research because you might get asked about your character’s source material,” shares, Kevin Bautista of Suit Up Commuter blog.
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