Cosplay Tips and Tricks For Beginners


Being new to cosplay is completely exciting. You get the opportunity to express yourself and dress up as your favorite anime characters. It also gives you the opportunity to connect with people who like the same things as you do. As a beginner in the cosplay world, you’ll greatly benefit from some tips to help you navigate your way through. So, to help you get started on your cosplay journey, here are 5 cosplay tips and tricks for beginners.

Your Costume

Shatter - Photo by Affliction Media Productions
Shatter – Photo by Affliction Media Productions

When it comes to cosplay, your costume is everything. Before putting together a costume, there are a couple of things you need to take into consideration. First of all, you need to consider the character you’re trying to emulate. The great thing about cosplay is that there are a plethora of characters to choose from, so you can choose one that you absolutely adore.

Another good thing is that characters come in all different shapes and sizes, so you can easily pick out a character that is very close to your physical form to make your cosplay look more realistic. The next thing to take into consideration is how to put together your costume. You have two options, buying or sewing.

Some people are not really good at sewing, so if that’s you, buying from a cosplay shop is your best bet. Know that there is no shame in buying a costume if you can’t sew. As long as you’re in it for the fun, it doesn’t matter how you got your costume. If you are buying though, keep in mind that the fit of your costume is very important.

You still want it to look as good as possible, so if you need to make any adjustments, you can always take your bought costume to the tailors. When it comes to sewing, this is great because you’ll be able to put together an outfit that is tailor-made for you and your body type. Other times, you might find that you don’t need to do either, you simply put together a modern character’s look with a couple of items from your wardrobe.

Hair And Makeup

Once you’ve got your costume sorted, you’ll need to think about your hair and makeup. A couple of years ago, less emphasis was put on the hair and makeup aspect of cosplay. But in more recent times, more focus is going to hair, makeup and accessories as they tend to complete the overall look of your character. When it comes to hair, you have a couple of options. First, you could use your own hair. If you have a similar hair type, color, and texture as your character, then this should be fairly easy for you to achieve.

When it comes to styling, there are tutorial videos on YouTube or on cosplay websites. The reason why most people don’t use their own hair is that cosplay characters usually have different colored hair, and constantly dying your hair can be damaging, which is why on the other hand, you have the option of using a wig.

Wigs can be purchased in cosplay stores, but you would typically find a much wider variety of options if you were to check online. Again, when it comes to styling the wig, YouTube is your friend. With makeup and accessories, you can purchase these online as well, and watch tutorial videos on how to properly execute the look you’re going for.

Ask For Advice

When you’re a beginner in the world of cosplay, you’ll find that you’ll struggle with some aspects of it. For example, you might struggle to find the best place to purchase outfits, or maybe your makeup never comes out the way you want it to. No matter the hitches along the way, don’t be afraid to ask for advice! Cosplay conventions are the perfect place to meet people who have been doing this much longer than you. If you see someone who is killing a look in a way you wish you could, do hesitate to approach them and ask for some advice.

Also, the great thing about the cosplay community is that people are so open and welcoming, and they’re usually willing to help out, especially with beginners. If you network the right way, you could even meet people that would be willing to teach you how to sew if you need it.

When you approach them, start by introducing yourself, complimenting their look, and then politely asking them for some helpful tips. You’ll get some amazing advice from them. Try to write down everything you get from them, and when you get home, you can input all your new information in an online document generation platform so you’ll never lose. Even more, you can always refer to them when you need help.

Attitude Is Everything

Cosplay Tips and Tricks For Beginners
Rizuki Cosplay – Photo by Michael Largé Photography

Your attitude determines a lot when it comes to cosplay. Your costume is important, yes, and you should put in a good amount of effort into ensuring that you leave your house with a well made and clean looking costume, however, that’s not all it takes to excel at cosplay. Your costume and your makeup play a big part, but so does your attitude. You could be wearing the best costume and have on the best makeup, but if you don’t carry yourself with confidence, you might as well stay home.

Cosplay isn’t easy, and it’s a big step outside of your comfort zone, but remember that you’re not alone! Thousands of people share the same interest as you and started out beginners. Even if you’ve got to fake the confidence, in the beginning, it’ll be a lot better than having a bad attitude.

Social Media Is Your Friend

As a beginner, you may not know a lot of people in your area that do cosplay, especially if you live in a small town. As mentioned, conventions are a great way to meet other people who cosplay, but sometimes, these conventions are in far locations and could be expensive to attend.

This is why you need to leverage your social media. Social media can connect you with other people who share your, and you could make friends, find mentors, and join online communities. Try to use your social media platforms to showcase your costumes. Follow people that cosplay as well and reach out to people and allow yourself to be reachable by others.

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