Beauty Tips for Cosplayers @ Cons

Hi guys! Today I’m here to share some beauty tips for cosplaying at a convention. Since FanExpo Canada is coming up, I was inspired to write this post for all you lovely cosplayers out there. It can get pretty hectic at a convention and after putting so much work and so many hours into a costume, you definitely want to look your best for all those photographers out there. I know by first-hand experience how things can go wrong the last minute whether its costume, makeup… or that nasty pimple that appears the day before you need to show off your costume so here are five big tips that I swear by when it comes to cosplaying at conventions.

1) Planning your Cosplay Beforehand- If you’re making your cosplay and if you can, try to choose lighter and thinner materials for your cosplay. The worst thing about conventions is sweating through your cosplay from the lights and from the body heat of other con-goers. Walking non-stop for hours is already tiring in your regular clothes. Wakling around with a heavy Gundam cosplay made of wood is impractical and just torturous. If you’re going for mecha, I suggest cardboard or foam and if you’re cosplaying a character, layer your thinner fabrics so that they’re wearable and breathable.


If you’re looking for some really great cosplay photography of yourself, remember to plan your poses beforehand. Learn your character’s mannerisms, their attitudes, their signature gestures. Have at least three poses that are trademark to your character and think of a bunch of other general stock poses that accent your body lines. Stand in front of a mirror and figure out your best side and your best angles. If you’ve scheduled a one-on-one shoot with a professional cosplay photographer, remember to be prepared so you can get the most of the shoot with the best pictures!

2) A Change of Clothes- It’s always best to keep another outfit on hand… especially if you’re a first time seamstress and your handiwork is still a little iffy, you don’t want to be walking around the convention and slowly lose pieces of it. Sure, it’ll make for some interesting photos but I doubt you want to lose the cosplay you’ve been working on for so long. Also, conventions heat up pretty quickly and you’re constantly surrounded by crowds of people, maybe spending three to four days in your minecraft box costume isn’t the best idea to enjoy the con.


3) Makeup- Keep your makeup light. I know that when it comes to cosplay photoshoots, you spend hours in front of the mirror getting the right colours and doing the best eyeliner. However, about half of the photographers are there to take amateur “in-the-crowd” hallway photos of your cosplay. Heat and fatigue can melt your makeup right off and you’ll end up looking like a really sleep-deprived version of your character. Keep it simple. Light foundation, some eyeliner and maybe a bit of blush or bronzer to keep yourself from looking awake and lively, not wrinkly and shiny. Also, mascara is an instant sharp eyes makeup tool so it’s essential that you have one really great tube of mascara that’s waterproof!

4) Skincare Kit- This is really important for cosplayers or even normal convention go-ers. My skin gets drier than the Sahara desert, I constantly lick chapped lips from the dryness of the air and my eyes get irritated. If you’re a bit more sensitive like me, then you’ll want to bring a little kit with you. Wash and refresh your skin in the bathroom with water and remember to have your regular moisturizer with you. I like to keep a small tube of lotion and lip balm with me at all times. If you’re cosplaying with contacts, eye drops are a must!! Sunscreen is also a big one if the con photo shoots take place outside and don’t forget to bring a brush for your wig if it gets windy!

You don’t want your skin to suffer during the convention and have to deal with the consequences like sunburnt, peeling, flaky dry skin or dirty pimple rashes. Especially if you’re planning on going full-out at a cosplay shoot in the morning, you’ll want your proper makeup removal products in nicely packed travel sized bottles for you to clean up your skin and enjoy the convention in the afternoon. Having full cosplay makeup on for more than a few hours is just uncomfortable.

5) Stay hydrated!- This tip is probably the most important one. I’ve seen my fair share of ambulances at conventions. Water also keeps your skin hydrated so that you retain a healthy glow when you’re photographed. I always lose track of time in the Artist Alley and forget about my body’s needs when I’m rushing from panel to panel at conventions but at some point you need to stop and remind yourself to eat, drink and yes, use the bathroom. Have a water bottle on you at all times and maybe a few stashed in your car or hotel room. Your skin and your body will thank you for it.

Hopefully you learned something helpful here. I hope you guys enjoyed these tips and if you guys want more of these posts, remember to click like and follow me for new content every day. The most important thing is to take in all that the convention has to offer. Have fun and good luck!!

– Cloudy

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Cloudy’s Summer Beauty Favourites

Hi everyone! Today I’m doing another Light Otaku Living Segment but it’s going to be geared a bit more towards the girls. Welcome to Cloudy’s Summer Beauty Favourites! I don’t get new beauty products ALL the time but lately I’ve been experimenting a lot with new creams and scrubs since summer weater has been harsh on my skin.

The first product that I wanted to share was the Advanced O’Three Collagen Eye Treatment Patch. It’s actually a Korean brand that I found in the drug store section of a Korean Supermarket. I’d never tried eye patches before but I thought, “what the heck,” might as well give it a go, the worst thing that can happen is that nothing happens. Your dark circles couldn’t get any worse right?


There’s about five to six packages inside with a pair of patches in each of them. You peel off the film and there’s a jelly-like mask coated in the product. You lay it right under your eyes and you leave them on for 30-40 minutes (or two episodes of anime) and then you take them off, rinse and apply your regular moisturizer.  Since there are no early classes or early work in the summer, I’ve been staying up super late every night and I’m starting to look like a panda from my new sleeping patterns. This eye mask brightened up my circles right away, the greyness was faded and I instantly looked more lively. After about two of the masks (and lots more sleep), my dark circles were all but faded.

DSC_0012My next thing I wanted to show you guys is the the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Polish. I got the a turquoise blue and baby yellow from summer series and I loved it. I painted the blue on my nails with a bunch of other colours from other brands and this polish lasted the absolute longest. The colour seen in the bottle is exactly the colour you get on your nails, so it’s pretty accurate. I really wish I bought more of these because the colour is really so pigmented and I think it goes great with a Hatsune Miku cosplay 😉

DSC_0001The next products I wanted to show you guys have become my new holy grail when it comes to my skin. It’s the Clean & Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Scrub (the yellow tube) and Smoothing Scrub (the purple tube).  In the summer time, the heat always feels like it’s clogging my pores. You have to put on sunscreen which is usually oily and there’s dust and sweat and at the end of the day your skin just feels nasty. I believe the morning burst line is meant to be used in the mornings but I don’t really think it matters so I usually use them at night and it just adds to my relaxing and refreshing shower experience.

I got the skin brightening facial scrub first just because it was on sale. I remember always hearing “Clean and Clear and under Control” on TV so I thought I’d give it a try. I bought the smoothing scrub after the wonders the brightening scrub did on my face. The smoothing burst doesn’t have as many little exfoliating beads as the brightening scrub but it’s pretty good for dry skin because it’s a bit creamier while the brightening scrub is more gel-like. Your skin instantly feels refreshed, it looks brighter and it just feels so good! Thank you Johnson and Johnson!

DSC_0002 (2)bMy last product has been really useful all summer. It’s the sunscreen from Ombrelle. I got the hypoallergenic lotion with 60 spf. It’s fragrance free, colour free, moisturizing and contains antioxidants. I’m usually a paler than average person so I burn really easily if I’m constantly under the sun. My skin burnt red after Saturday of Anime North and I think it would have started peeling if I wasn’t constantly using this sunscreen. I’ve always avoided sunscreen all my life even though I should have it with me all the time. I hate how oily sunscreen usually is and how it smells. Ombrelle gets rid of all my little sunscreen pet peeves and I actually enjoy putting it on my face.

It is, to a certain degree, oil because it’s sunscreen but it doesn’t run off your face when you sweat, so it’s pretty great if you’re doing cosplay photography. I’d advise, washing your face, regular moisturizer and some light sunscreen before you put on foundation for makeup. Even though your foundation may have some spf, it’s not as strong as Ombrelle and if you’re cosplaying as someone with pale skin, you don’t want to get darker as the shoot goes on (LOL) Ombrelle is a little pricier than regular sunscreen but it’s completely worth it. I’ve been using the bottle all summer and I haven’t run out yet so it’s a product worth having.

Thank you girls so much for sticking with me throughout the entire long post. If you girls want more beauty-related reviews and tips for cosplay, conventions or just daily life, let me know but hitting like or comment below! Thanks again for reading and I will talk to you all soon!

– Cloudy

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