Hi guys! I'm going to college soon, and I was wondering if you guys had any tips for transporting makeup (specifically eye shadows and such). With all the cons you guys go to, it must be a problem you're familiar with?
ARGH I hate this.
Why is it that makeup boxes and bags seem to be made by someone who doesn’t use makeup? They are all really badly designed. Shit always gets dirty and jostled around. And the boxes are always so deep you gotta go digging around for that small eyebrow pencil.
Personally I use a nail polish case for my makeup. The nail polish squares are perfect for lipsticks and glosses, concealers, foundations, almost everything. Then I put a small tray in the bottom drawer to separate my brushes from pencils, liners and mascaras. My bigger palettes go down in the bottom too. Its a bit big for traveling, but convenient if you have a ton of makeup or cosplay makeup.
My mom uses this! Which is great for simplier travel. She seems to like it a lot and we’ve both ranted about shitty makeup cases.
Would costume satin be an acceptable replacement for lining fabric?
Hurgh I honestly don’t know, but my gut leans toward no, unless its on a cape or long jacket. That fabric doesn’t react to sweat well and will probably cling to your skin. It might catch on you all the time, making your outer fabric look funny. Honestly, most lining fabrics are just as cheap as costume satin. I would try for something else.
Any seamstresses with more knowledge want to through in their vote?
Hello! I checked your website but you did not specify what kind of material was used for Korra's top.. was it cotton or a stretchy material such as spandex/lycra? I don't know what to do for her top! :( Thanks!
NOT STRETCHY AT ALL! Korra’s top has this weird magic of never wrinkling, so I wanted a very tight fitted top that did not stretch and would not make many wrinkles. I used moleskin cause it was perrrrrty and felt something the Water Tribe might use.
Hi guys! :] I want to be Poison Ivy for Halloween and bought the same corset Sheila did for her Enchantress cosplay. I wanted to cover it with fake leaves and wondered if you had any advice on the process? Please&thankyou ♡ Love you two!
Well you can hand sew them if you like, or use Fabri-tac! That shit is amazing for gluing things to fabric. And fake leaves are avaliable at Walmart, Jo-annes, Micheals, etc…
Oh, my. We had a brilliant, brilliant day! Everyone knew who each princess was supposed to be, all the girls looked beautiful, and there were lots of little girls who wanted a hug or a picture with their favorite. We had a BLAST!
(Tagging aicosu again, just in case Sheila is curious to see how they all came out. :) Plus I’m pretty sure she used the same bodice as Tiana for her Enchantress cosplay.)
I think it's ridiculous that you will obviously answer recent questions not related to helping people at all. I bet you are just deleting them.
I have been getting…. A lot of these types of asks lately.
Please understand anon that we get 20+ asks a day. I’m not sure how many times I can stress that.
Sure, I answer recent asks that followers ask if it’s related to recent posts. Mostly because they are on top. And they are easy to answer.
Just as hard as it is for you to figure out the answer to your question, it’s hard for me to sit down and sift through the information for you.
I want you to know that despite having other things in my day to day that i like to do. Unfortunately I am a full time employee and while I try to do what I can to help everyone, sometimes there are other things I want to do then search for other people’s wigs and cosplay references.
I choose to help people. I am not obliged to do so.
And if you are depending on me to answer you in order to finish your costume, I advise you start learning the ways of research in order to find an answer yourself.
In most cases, I can copy and paste an ask into google and the answer is in the top 5 search results. “Cosplay tutorial sailor moon tiara” BAM. Right there.
But I don’t mind linking you, or finding wigs for you, or giving my best advice on how I might go about building 20-ft-wings.
But remember that I do this because I love to do it.
Do not make me hate doing it.
If you respect me enough to come to me for advice on your work, respect that I need time to give you my full attention.
A long while back, I remember you (Aicosu) had plans of a cosplay retirement date, where you thought you were going to bring things to a close. Now your careers are very much orientated around your interests, what made that change? It must be an interesting story!
You basically just said it!
Cosplay because so much of our lives we realized that we wanted to do things related to it as our careers, since it is our passion. Once we established that, we decided that continuing to cosplay would only help our portfolios and experiences!
As many times as you've seen the defense of 'time', I've seen the counter-argument of 'but TLA did so well'. LoK isn't TLA. It wasn't from Episode 1. And since then, they haven't managed to sort out their inability to manage the time they've been given, so I wouldn't expect that to change any time soon. I'm not defending it at all, don't get me wrong, it's super lazy and careless. 3 is poorly written I agree, and did focus on 'cool factor', I just don't think it's any worse than Book 1 or 2.
We liked book 1 more — it had its faults. We’ve completely FORGOTTON about what happened in Book 2. So that in itself says a lot.
It is our own opinion that Book 3 is worst in a writing sense. We felt more conflict with Book 1. Amon was a well written villian with a clear, direct motivation. One that made sense to the viewers — he stood for an idea that made Korra doubt her own ideas. Which is more than Zaheer can say.
We also could write pages on how they ruined all of that with the ending of Book 1 — but at least that Book stuck with you. Scenes didn’t happen willy nilly with no reason. Most scenes in Book 1 actuall drove the plot. And the fight scenes weren’t 70% of the episode, like book 3.
At the end of the day. These are our opinions and what we took away from it. We aren’t saying that anyone has to agree with us — or that they have to concede to us despite liking the show.
Like we said — we are Still looking forward to Book 4 and Book 3 had some bits here and there we appreciated. This is just us raising questions on writing so bad that we couldn’t ignore
I think you raise really good points about Book 3 that I do agree with, but I think a lot of what you mention has to do with lack of time caused by pacing issues created in the other 2 books that they just continued the pattern of in Book 3. I think development has been sorely lacking in all 3 and isn't necessarily unique to Book 3. Personally I think book 3 was the most entertaining to watch season, and while I don't think it had the worst writing of the 3 I do think it left a lot to be desired
We keep getting told this too. “There was no time.” But this isn’t a school project. This is a production team. A full production team. And we’ve seen them do MANY stories that stand alone. How many amazing full character arced stories did we see in ATLA that can stand alone without watching the rest of the series? Stories of Ba Sing Se anyone? Heck — you could watch all of Book 1 of ATLA and be satisfied. Take out the Ozai conflict and keep it about defending the Southern Water Tribe and BAM Book 1 to seperate conflicts in a 4 Book series like Korra.
I think lately it’s more of this weird “You know what would be cool?” mindset. Like the writers room wanted to see a character with water arms. And older zuko, and awesome prisons for different benders. They wanted to see a mean Earth Queen and a metal bending city. So they took all these ideas and played connect the dots. :/
Then, what you're saying also that, in short, Book 3 is lame? I know, you guys get asked may times.
I guess you could say that we think, yes, Book 3 was lame. We love Korra. We love watching Korra. I love seeing Varrick and Zhu-li. The fight scenes are always spectacular and every frame needs to be credited for its art, composition and beauty. Their jokes are always pretty good. And let it be know that the Avatar universe and world is ALWAYS a sight to behold.
"Please also see Star Wars Episode One: What was the main conflict, and why should I care that the main characters defeat it?" Damn girl. Wow. I've never thought of Episode One that way and tended to forgive it because I felt bad for everyone else saying it was awful but hoooly shit does that put it into another perspective. Why thank you!
I used to too! I honestly enjoy the prequels at face value and I used to really really love them. I literally love SW so much that I will eat up anything they put out. Dancing Boba Fett on Kinect or no — to me, any star wars was great because it was just more of it.
It wasn’t until I rewatched them in college that I wondered — why are these more boring than I remember? What… character am I actually supposed to attach to or relate to?
I recommend heading over to watch this video (it can be kooky and harsh, and its long, but it makes some arguments worth thinking about.
Are you saying Korra had no character development this season? Did you watch the final episode?
A character with established traits REACTING to the bad situations around her does not a character arc make.
You can beat up a hero all you want but they don’t grow as a character just because they have been thrashed around.
Sure, Korra ‘decides’ to sacrifice herself but you can call going to the crossroads with metal bending police reinforcements true sacrifice? And even if you could — her decision to do that didn’t matter anyway because from there we watch her struggle to break free from the poison and keep the Avatar state. Then once she’s thrust into Avatar state, we watch her epic-ly battle the main baddie almost in a state of no control. Reactions aren’t decisions and neither is someone being subjected to tragedy when they had no choice otherwise.
How interesting would it have been to see Korra turn herself over alone. The airbenders get let go, and Korra WILLINGLY lets the poison take her away because she’s decided that a world without Airbenders is worse than a world without the Avatar?
You could even write a dues ex-machina in there so that that all her Avatar abilities are taken away and she watches the Red Lotus ship off to control the world as a normal girl. Then we realize that Korra has made the decision for this path, as bad as it is.
I will grant you that it looks as though they are trying to set up Korra’s actual development for Book 4. But Book three, on it’s own, is not a complete arc and no developments to her character happen besides the set up for the potential to now change in her adversity.
Can you explain to me why you didn't like Book 3? Personally it was my favorite one for all of Korra's story. I think it was much better than one and two and I want to see what your argument against it was.
But I’ll go ahead and answer your question with questions of my own.
-What was Zaheer, P’li, Ming-Hua and Ghazan’s PERSONAL motivations for believing in their cause?
-Since the Red Lotus stood for the IDEA of chaos and anarchy against governments and organized control, what was Korra’s argument against that? (Aside from the fact that she didn’t like them or their idea.) What did Korra STAND FOR?
-Do you think Korra would NOT have sacrificed herself had she not talked to Iroh/Zuko? Or do you think the Korra we know and love would have come to that conclusion anyway?
-If you believe the second, what was the point of her talking to Iroh/Zuko?
-What did opening the Spirit World in book 2 effect in Book 3?
-If you changed the Red Lotus to all be Airbenders, all Waterbenders, or all Non-benders — would it make a difference in their story or their motivation?
-What did finding their family do to affect Mako and Bolin’s character? Was it important that Mako gave away his scarf?
-What did interacting to Opal do to affect Bolin’s arc?
-What did going to Metal Binding City do to effect the main stories conflict? Could we have gone to any other city with the same results?
-Did Su and Lin’s relationship conflict effect anything with the MAIN conflict?
-Why was it important for us to see Zuko this season?
-Why did it matter that the Red Lotus were connected to Pai Sho and the White Lotus?
I think it’s important to realize that when writing a narrative, that nothing should be written that doesn’t matter. Good writing means that every scene is spent either developing the story’s conflict or the character so that they may grow to overcome the conflict.
Also, when writing, if you can not establish a relate-able and believable conflict, anything else written around that will fall apart. If I feel no threat from the main conflict of a story — why should I cheer for the main character, even if I love them?
Please also see Star Wars Episode One: What was the main conflict, and why should I care that the main characters defeat it?
I know this might sound mean but it's not, I think you guys are a cute amazing Cosplay couple. But what would you guys do if you weren't together? Would you still be doing what you love doing I would like to know what shelia and Sylar think?
If we weren’t together, we would not be cosplaying. Sylar would be back home in Arizona doing any job available instead of perusing VA work. Sheila would most likely be somewhere on the east coast trying to do character concepts for video games.
I don’t think that’s possible. We wouldn’t be so disappointed in it if we didn’t love it so much. We are still going to watch the new book, and we still love Korra (and tahno, hah!) And we love seeing Varrick and Zhu-Li on screen. We’ll still buy merchandise and so on…. You’re allowed (and should imo) criticize something you love.
I’m a diehard Star Wars fan but that doesn’t mean I like the prequels.
Do you guys intentionally ignore questions of certain kinds or are you just really super busy?
It depends on the question!
We answer everything we can! UNLESS its on the FAQ. If you ask us where to buy contacts — we will not answer you. If you ask us What fabric should I use for… etc” We will not answer you. A lot of things are adressed in the FAQ so pllleeaassee read it!
Also! If you ask us something that we recently answered (And I mean REALLY recent, like two pages back on our blog) we won’t answer it. I’m not going to tell you what to use to seal your craft foam if the answer is a page back on our tumblr. That just tells me you aren’t looking, besides — our tumblr is now designed for everyone to find answers quickly! With our new tagging system, it should be easy to find things without having to wait through our ask que.
I hope none of this comes off as mean. We get 20+ questions a day! We really do have a line. And yes, EASIER questions get answered first. Simple things like “What makeup did you use for Ghirahim?” will get answered faster than “Can you help me find a wig for so and so character?”
Other things we may not answer: ”I love you guys!” “Whats your favorite color?” ”What music do you like?” <—- These questions sometimes get deleted because there are other people asking for cosplay help. And cosplay help is more important to us than letting our followers know what we ate that day.
Also, if you ask us something literally everyday, we may not answer you because you have already been helped once! We need to be fair and give more people chances to be helped.
That being said — If you don’t think your question relates to any of these things and you haven’t got an answer yet—- KEEP SENDING IT. We will realize that you really need help and try to get to you if you keep sending it to us. AND It helps in the case that it got lost, tumblr ate it, or we accidentally deleted it.
Please be patient with us guys. We get a lot of questions a day and we both are full time workers, with other things we like to do!
***NON ANON questions get answered first. We send a LOT of our answers privately so that way they are not only easy for the asker to find — but also so we don’t clog up our followers dash.
Sheila, you went to Japan on an exchange program, I'm from Brazil and was wondering if it was possible for me to use the same program you used? Do you have a link to it? I searched for some myself, but can't find anyone to help confirm if they're trust worthy sites. :c
Yes! You should be able to! I met people from the Netherlands, England, and the Philippines in the program, all to Tokyo!
Hey, how would I go about making a fake steel toe for some boots? I don't want to ruin them with paint. I was thinking maybe craft foam heated and formed to make the fake steel toe to be attached temporarily? Thoughts? Thanks for the help.
That is exactly what we did for Hazama!
Errr at least thats what I swear we did. I can’t seem to find ANY pictures of Sylar’s feet.
What is something that you guys hate that people do at cons?
We couldn’t really…. think of anything….
Sometimes people will run up and snap a photo of us while we are talking to each other or eating — not quite ready for a photo. And thats not annoying so much as we feel bad that they did that— because we wouldn’t posed for them had they only asked!
I guess the only annoying thing is sometimes when we meet people at cons, they insist on following us around to try and hang out with us at the con. It’s okay for our friends — but sometimes its just strangers or fans.
We don’t mind meeting and hanging out with new people, or fans — but often times we have our own plans. And we are a couple, you know? We share conventions together as a relationship characteristic. It’s sorta off when you have strangers or fans trying to tag along behind us while we hold hands and try to shop. Haha!
Hey guys, awhile (waaay, I'm pretty sure) you posted a cosplay "outline" of some sort? I was just wondering where that was as I'd like to start planning out a future cosplay in detail like you! Thanks!
So I have to make my skin paper-white for a cosplay and I was wonder what body paint you would suggest I use for that? It needs to be able to cover my freckles, and I'm aplying a beauty makeup on top of it.
If you mean paper white like Ulquiorra Schiffer paper white, Ben Nye.
If you mean white like white girl Shirley Fenette white, Dermablend.