COSPLAY

A dif­fer­ent kind of dress­ing up

FHM (Philippines) - - Contents - words Karen Mae de Vera il­lus­tra­tions MELVIN CALINGO

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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