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Friday, July 18, 2014

Sailor Moon Crystal 2014

^月に代わってお仕置きよ!
Tsuki ni kawatte oshioki yo!

I remember that phrase vividly.
It means, "In the name of the Moon, I will punish you!".
No matter what version, that was and still is Sailor Moon's catch phrase.

As a kid, I was a BIG Sailor Moon fan.
I remember having shirts, toys, shoes, dolls, plates, utensils, (even underwear... hahaha) and the show on tapes.

Kid Yuu graduated kindergarten in Sailor Moon glory
Taken March 30, 1995
Yep, big fan of Sailor Moon here. hahahahah
Not sure if this is considered as cosplay, but at least I had the yuri part down XD

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The PLAY in COSPLAY

^The "play" (or role play) part of cosplay is what makes the difference between costuming and cosplaying.

But how exactly does one "play" for cosplay?

This question is especially hard for beginners but there are also cosplayers who tend to forget or all together not know...

Remember, from the word itself, cosplay is only cosplay if there is an accurate costume based on a character and there is some form of role play.

Rinoa cosplay by jaRoukaSama
Squall cosplay by Zhel 
photo by J. Gaisano III


What is cosplay?
Click the here to read up on my definition of cosplay. And here for the difference of cosplaying and costuming.

So... how to play for a cosplay?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Types of EYELINER

^Accentuating the eyes is one of the key points in cosplay make up.
To do so, your number one tool would be the eyeliner.

Rakshasa Miku Hatsune cosplay by jaRoukaSama
heavy on eye liner cosplay


Eyeliner is one of the basics for any make up kit, but for newbies it can be difficult to use, especially now that it comes in so many forms.
Which type to get? What brand? Decisions, decisions, decisions!

At first, I was really against eyeliners as I thought it made my already small eyes smaller, but with practice and proper application, I have been able to manipulate how my eyes look for cosplay or for any other occassion for that matter.

So, let me share what I know about eyeliners: types and tips from a non-pro who learned from experience.


TYPES of EYELINER:
It is important to note that although some types are easier to use than others, learning to use as much as you can would be beneficial as different types also produce different effects. Apart from the eyeliner itself, you need PATIENCE to practice, practice, practice.

*PENCIL or KOHL
pencil eyeliners


The most common type of eyeliner. Easily found, mostly inexpensive and easy to use.
It looks like any ordinary pencil and just as with pencils, you have to sharpen it to get finer lines.

What's great about pencil eyeliners is you use them just like you use pencils, so you literally draw the desired result on your lash line. They also come in a great variety of colors. When you make a mistake, you can easily do something about it.

pencil eye liner and its effect


They smudge easily though and aren't as long lasting as other types, may need reapplication a few times a day... And if you sharpen them too much you may potentially poke your eyes.

tip: After sharpening, dull the tip a bit by drawing lines on the back of your hand.

Very convenient, just draw on, no need to wait to dry or set and you're good to go.
You can also just throw in your bag and head out, if you need a pen, you can use it as an emergency back up pen. XD


*LIQUID
liquid eyeliners, in brush pen type and brush in little tube type


Liquid eyeliners usually come in two forms; (1) the brush pen type and the (2) brush-dipped in a little tube type.

Liquid eyeliners are great for fine, crisp lines and details.
The color is very bold and visible.
The finer the tip, the finer the lines it makes, some liquid eyeliners have tips so fine you can write and draw with them!

liquid eye liner and its effect


Some have hard tips and some have soft ones. I personally like the ones with soft tips as they glide smoothly on my lids. The ones with hard tips make me feel like I am using a runny permanent marker...

At first it is difficult to apply and needs time to dry properly. Since it is in liquid form, one needs a steady hand for application.
Mistakes are very hard to correct and can be a pain when it gets in your eyes.
But the effects are great and most are made to last long with out smudges once fully dried.


*GEL or CREAM
gel liner
my favorite, by Maybelline


Gel or cream type eyeliners well... are... creamy? XD
They come in small pots, sometimes with a brush (if you're lucky) but is best applied with a small angled brush.

Since it is basically in the middle of a pencil and liquid eyeliner, it has the benefits of both.
It is easy to apply, glides pretty well, lasts long and doesn't require long time drying.
I find gel eyeliners to be more expensive than liquid ones...
Before it dries, it is great when smudged too.

gel eye liner and its effect


The only thing I don't like about them is when they dry up, they harden and it may take some heating (blast with a hair blower for a few seconds or run through with warm water) to solve the problem.
Cleaning the brush is a chore I don't particularly enjoy as you have to clean constantly otherwise it hardens and it will be hard to use...

Over all, I have nothing but praise for the effects and convenience of gel eyeliners.

Pencil, liquid and gel are the the three commonly known eyeliners out there.
Gel eyeliners, as mentioned before, is kind of a cross between a pencil and liquid eyeliner. If that wasn't great enough, you could also find gel eyeliners in solid pencil form. Neat, right?

All three types side by side so you can see their effects
Please forgive my bad lighting and even worse lines as I did all this solo style XDD


Eye shadow as an eyeliner?
There is an increasing trend in using dark or black eye shadow as an eyeliner.
They look nice and smoky but unless you prep your lids well, using eye shadow as an eyeliner won't last very long.


Best uses for which type of eyeliner:
I mainly use pencil eyeliners on my lazy days or for when I am going for a more natural look.
For times like work, going out with friends and a bit of a dressed up mode, I use a liquid brush type eyeliner. I have mastered the use of this type and with a few fast swipes I am out the door.
Gel eyeliners, I reserve for special occasions and cosplay.

Although eyeliners are commonly found in black, they also come in a variety of colors and some even with some glitter in them!

Browns are great for an au naturale look or for drawing on shadows, wrinkles and other facial features.
Whites are useful for outlining guidelines, lining lower lash lines to make you look more awake / have bigger looking eyes.

To add fun and some pizzazz, try skipping on eye shadow and use colored eyeliners. Works great either on you upper, lower or both lash lines.
Some days I am just too lazy but want some color, I use colored eyeliners.


How I got the hang of eyeliners:
I only started using eyeliner after 18 years of my life.
Before that, I had very little contact with make up.    

I first started using pencil eyeliners, then I switched to liquid eyeliners because of cosplay reasons. It was very hard as I have shaky hands... and since I was a beginner, I made plenty of mistakes, not only did I have to clean up and start over, but there were times when some got in my eye and that was really painful... orz

pretty much how anyone feels when they make a mistake with their eyeliner


From pencil to liquid, I switched to gel because a friend of mine was using gel eye liners and I saw how nice and seemingly easy it was to use.
After using gel eyeliners for a few months, when I decided to try liquid eyeliners, I found that I actually got better with liquid, too!

I guess because of practice, I gained experienced and leveled up! hahahaha


For cosplay, here is how I typically go about defining my eyes:

1. After studying the character's eye, I use a white eyeliner for lining the lower part of my eyes and for guidelines when I need to draw something on my face, like for when making scars and fake tattoos.

2. I then apply a bit of black eye shadow, to save up on eyeliner and to see how the shape looks.
Eye shadow is easy to correct so if you don't like what you've done, you can still save everything.
Eye shadow as eyeliner serves as my trial guide and setting agent for the eyeliner.

3. Once everything is ok, I fill in/ line my eyes with gel eyeliner.
I use black gel eyeliner on the bottom half of my eyes, too, as they stay longer and don't run.

4. For points and tips, I use liquid eyeliners, I prefer the ones that need dipping rather than the brush types for this as I feel the dipping types make for cleaner and crisper lines.

5. Then I do something called tight lining. I use a dulled and thick pencil eyeliner for this.
tight lining
source and tutorial by makeup.com


6. For extra details like creases, I use pencil eye liners again and then I blend everything in.
Shikamaru Nara cosplay trial
eyes and hairline done with liquid eye liner
shadows around the eyes are a combination of eye shadow and pencil eyeliner
 blended and smudged together
again, this is a trial so my lines weren't done very neatly, I just wanted a rough idea of how 
I would look as Shikamaru



Lazy person's/cosplayer's shortcut a.k.a. the way of the Yuu XD :
I have admitted many times that I am lazy.
When I don't feel like making outlines or when I have cosplayed the character one too many times already, I usually draw the outer lines or wings or tips of the eye with liquid eyeliner then I proceed to fill them in. Eye shadow, the gel liner then pencil. Oh! And tight line.


Brands I like:
These are brands I like and have used.

  • *NYX
  • *Maybelline's EYE STUDIO LASTING DRAMA GEL LINER 
  • *Heroine Make (mostly found in Japan I think?)
  • *Dolly Wink
  • *Fashion 21's white pencil eye liner is really white and not sparkly or silvery
  • *Nichido 
  • *Eye liners from Saizen or Daiso hahahaha
  • *If I don't mention it, it is either I don't like it or I haven't tried it. 


Other uses of eye liners:
Eyeliners are awesome because of their multi-purpose-ness... what the word for it? hmmm.... Ah! Eye liners are awesome because of their versatility! hahahaha VERSATILITY!

  • *Can be used for coloring / filling in eye brows
  • *Depending on the color, can be a substitute for lip liner
  • *Emergency pen
  • *Can be used for a smokey eye effect in place of eye shadows
  • *Drawing effects and details


More things to know about eye liners:
The rubber at the end is for smudging.

Line your eyes BEFORE you apply mascara or fake lashes.
If you line them after then you won't be able to draw as closely to your lash line because your lashes are in the way and as you struggle to get as close to make a nice line, chances are high that you may mess up your prettified lashes and would have to apply another layer to perk 'em up again.

Because people are lazy, of technology, more and more pencil eye liners are becoming retractable and don't need sharpening.

Use dark eye shadow (or match your eye liner) to sets the eyeliner and prevent it from smearing.

Gels last for a long time and can survive, heat, cold and humidity. Great for hot costumes in tropical Philippines XD

If you make a mistake, wait for it to dry rather than panic and wipe it off while still wet. If the line is still wet then it is more likely to spread and get inside your eyes and that hurts like hell.

Eye liner maybe be tough to master at first but be not afraid, my child. Go out there, get yourself an eye liner and practice.
If you ever need advice, you know you can always come back here and I'll try to help. ;)
Again, I am no pro. If you have tips, please feel free to share them.
I am just sharing what I know.


Related literature
I am guessing you are killing time, let me help you with that by providing further reading on this magical tool.
Click the link for more useful info about the eye liner.



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thanks for reading!
 jaa ne! visit me again, ne!
     arigatou! (*^3^)/~♡

Monday, March 17, 2014

Winter Outfits 2014

^Out fit post for Winter of 2014!
Not a lot... mostly because I am running late and when I get home I am too tired to take pictures of what I wore hahahahah
I will try to do better for Spring. /crosses fingers

Winter is VERY VERY COLD, someone who lived more than 2 decades of her life in a tropical country was very unaccustomed to all the thick layers but it was fun.
Scarves, mufflers, hats, gloves, jumpers, thick coats and all <3

Been dressing in a more otona-ish way lately.





Missed being all girly, a bit of kawaii gyaru style.

Since, it is Japan, I decided to play around for a bit, too. KUMA! ⊂(ο・㉨・ο)⊃

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thanks for reading!
 jaa ne! visit me again, ne!
     arigatou! (*^3^)/~♡





Wednesday, March 5, 2014

KONATA IZUMI Cosplay

^I love Lucky Star!
hahhahahaha
Izumi Konata has been known as the leader and goddess of all otakus.
I loved that about her and wanted to portray that side of her.
One lazy day, z3LL came to visit me and we just had the shoot at my place, we were bored.


An hour of make up and clothes pulled from my closet, some rummaging through my stuff and rearranging of the furniture and we were all set!

The shoot ended quickly as we both got tired trying to make my house shoot worthy, it was late and frankly the lighting was bad..

With all my otaku and cosplay stuff, I thought it would be easy to pull off my vision but we kinda failed. LOL
So many ideas and very little planning. XD