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Any suggestions for setting powders or barrier sprays for sweaty folks? It gets SO HOT at cons! Do you have a favorite brand for, say, summer cons, when it’s super super hot, and worried about melting all the paint off? 

I actually don’t sweat very much, so I cannot guarantee that anything I use will work for you. I wore Martian Manhunter in the DragonCon parade on Labor Day weekend last year, that’s 3 hours and over a mile of walking in 100 degree weather, with direct sunlight and no shade. And ALL of my Martian Manhunter photos are taken AFTER that parade. I didn’t reapply at all. I’m sure we can give some credit to Mehron for their body paint and barrier spray, but most of the credit is due to me being from Jamaica & not sweating despite the heat.

Everyone has different body chemistry so you should try small samples of many brands to see which ones work for you. My favorites are Wolfe & Mehron but that doesn’t mean the other brands are bad, just means that they didn’t work for me. Some people swear by Ben Nye and it looks great on them, but that stuff melted off my face in minutes and my makeup test looked like something out of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Long story short, experiment and do many many tests with different brands and application methods to see what works best for you before you do any body paint at cons, and SEAL EVERYTHING.

Weighed myself today. Realized I had the wrong weight entered on My Fitness Pal. I’m right at my desired weight already so all I have to do is maintain, not lose 10lbs. I change the settings. I get to have a whopping 400 more calories. Lol
I’m not going to strictly follow that, this is just for fun so no one worry about me fainting from hunger
or anything. I’m curious to see if what I would normally eat is actually under 1600 calories a day & that’s why I have been doing so well fitness wise (according to the app for someone of my weight who doesn’t exercise to maintain, that’s how many calories they should eat a day.)

In other news I made insane amounts of progress on a surprise costume yesterday & I might finish all the armored parts today :O and then it’s on to fabric. Prop making is much less tedious than sewing for me. I think it’s the figuring out new ways to make something work that makes it extra fun. I’ve had projects that I should have done months ago but haven’t started bc there was no challenge to them. Zero motivation. Then there’s one that involves me doing something I’ve never done before & I finish 1/3rd of it in a day. Oh my brain, were you bored?? Lol

Trying to pay $50 for a $300+ costume commission is like trying to get French champagne on a Sprite budget.
MaryAnne Vivandiere, seamstress and owner of Vivandiere Designs, on cosplayers asking for ‘reasonable prices’ for custom made costumes, without taking into account the hours spent patterning & fabricating said costume, as well as the cost of materials.

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Holy carp. How long did it take to apply?

I’ve been doing body paint for nearly 4 years now, and Gamora was face, neck, arms, hands, front and sides torso, so not even the most that I have ever done (I’ve done full body several times). It took less than 90 minutes I believe, but again that is after years of practice.

I was interviewed at Philadelphia Wizard World in my Gamora costume! They basically asked me for a quick summary of who I am, why I cosplay, and WHY ANYONE OF ANY RACE OR BACKGROUND SHOULD COSPLAY AS WHOEVER THEY WANT. And I told them. You can also see lallyinthesky pose with me as Nebula! <3 <3



I am permanently disabled and have been for many years.

I am also a costumer and cosplayer.

Sometimes I use my mobility aids in my costumes. Sometimes I don’t. People forget that when you see a photo of a cosplayer it is just a split second in time. You can’t judge that person by that photo. You have no idea what they’re dealing with on a regular basis. You don’t know their life.

There is such a thing as an invisible disability. There is no way to tell how sick or in how much pain someone may be in by looking. You should never tell someone who tells you that they are disabled ‘But you look fine to me! You NEVER seem sick!’ We are very good at hiding our pain to avoid stressing other people out. We also want to live our lives without constantly having to reassure others that we are okay. We HAVE to fight the pain just to accomplish our goals. Sometimes we may need help, but let us ask you first.

Disabled people do not exist to provide inspiration for able bodied people. It’s nice for your work to be appreciated for what it is, but it is demeaning to be told by an able bodied person that my every day life of dealing with pain that they will never experience, inspires them to do something creatively. Let my work inspire you. My body and illness is not your inspiration.

Other people’s medical history is NOT your business. You don’t have the right to demand someone’s diagnosis just because you are curious. If it is important to that person for you to know, they will tell you.

I’m posting this because people were asking about my health and disability status. And that is okay! What’s not okay is insisting that I never seem sick, when you don’t know me outside of a few moments at a convention, or off the photos you see on the internet. Cosplay photos are not real life. This should be obvious, but just in case some folks did not realize it, here it is. MESSAGE!

Coming from a fellow disabled person, I’m inspired by the respect you have for others, and for yourself. You use your obvious intelligence in a productive, kind, and unfortunately rare way. Thank you for that.

Also, I’m interested in hearing a bit more about incorporating mobility aids into cosplays. As it stands, I’ve been subconsciously limiting myself to characters with canes/wheelchairs, or right-leg amputees.

I enjoy seeing your work on my dash, because you’re a very talented person. Your work is incredible.

Thank you very much! I tried sending you an ask but it seems your inbox is closed. You asked me about incorporating mobility aids into costumes.
I give a character some sort of staff or long weapon even if they don’t usually have one, just so that I have something to lean on. Or I work a fancy cane into the costume, or just use my regular cane even if the character didn’t have one in the show/book/movie. I don’t think it’s worth the stress of being without a mobility aid if you need one, and I don’t think it takes away from the costume if the person wearing it has a visible disability. I completely understand the decision to only cosplay as disabled characters if that makes you more comfortable.

I’m looking forward to using my wheelchair in a costume next month. Being at conventions is stressful enough as it is, we should all be able to enjoy our hobby without adding to the anxiety by prioritizing how other people may see us, over our own comfort.

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