View Full Version : Xmen 3 Dark Phoenix Costume

01-12-2007, 11:10 PM
I have this costume finished but the uniform won't reach me till Monday! But I have the wig and have some shots, what do you think.

Great REF Pic


I will post my costume early next week for more feedback and comments.
Also some of the pictures are a bit blurry sorry bout that. I will have a professional photoshoot in the next month for this character. Its all about lighting as well, looks different colors in different light.

Ref pics

Thanks for looking

01-14-2007, 07:32 PM

01-15-2007, 01:06 PM
I like the cut and color on that wig! If you want to look more like the movie version, you may want to put a few very small dark colored streaks to give it a bit of a gradient look (like real hair). If not, it still looks very hot!! Be sure to post the rest of the costume!^_^

01-15-2007, 01:12 PM
I was thinking about that but all the other ref I have seen the Real Pheonix has flaming red hair not dark streaks at all.
Though my costume is from Xmen 3 the leather uniform, I may try the streaks but Im not a costume person I have no idea how to do it, and I dont want to ruin the wig.
If I were to do it, how do you do it safely?

01-15-2007, 04:16 PM
I would highly reccomend the sharpie method. It sounds horribly ghetto, but it works great,and it's really easy to do! All you really need to do is buy 1 sharpie marker in either dk brown, or black (whichever you prefer), Pin your wig to a wig head, then start streaking at random from root to tip. Put a bit more of the darker color at the base of the scalp since hair tends to be a bit darker at the roots. You won't ruin your wig, since you only color a few strands at a time using this method. When it looks good enough, just rinse out the excess ink in cold water, and let the wig air dry. The streaks may not even be that noticeable when done, but it will give a more natural feel to any wig. I did it once,and now I want to do it to all my wigs! Your wig looks good, but streaking it will add depth to it. Hope that helps!^_^

01-15-2007, 04:52 PM
Ok Ill give it a go, now to make sure Im understanding you correctly. I just color it like a few strands at a time, using a black sharpie with I have at the roots then what? underneath a bit too?
From the scalp how far out to I go?

01-15-2007, 06:21 PM
oohhh I LOVED that costume!! can't wait to see the pics!

the hair is great too!

01-15-2007, 11:59 PM
If you aren't too sure of yourself, just practice a bit underneath the wig first so you won't be scared of messing up. Just grab a small clump of hair and rub the ink downward from as close to the roots as you can get, all the way down to the bottom of the strand. I even just started randomly making downward strokes all over the place. Have you ever put highlights in your hair (or seen somebody else have it done)? Pretty much just do the same thing but holding a marker.

01-16-2007, 10:06 AM
Well I added some color not to much, but Im worried I did the roots wrong, I only did a 1/2 out to make it look as though the roots were growing out but to be honest I don't really like it. I hope I didn't ruin it. I guess I could always part my hair.

I put some streaks in but it doesn't really show up on camera only in person.
When I get home ill take a pic.

01-16-2007, 10:13 AM
You are doing the outfit that she ran around in for about five mins in the beginning of the movie?

01-16-2007, 10:33 AM
Yes, and had on in Xmen 2 the leather one.

01-16-2007, 11:23 AM
O_o I am so sorry! Are you sure you messed it up?! Does it look ok?

01-16-2007, 11:46 AM
I guess, but I dont think I needed to do anything to it. Everyone who has seen the wig knew instantly who it was. I never should done anything. It looks ok, and thankfully I didnt do that much on the scalpe but it is a bit strange looking to see black roots.

It may just be me, but I wish I could undo it. The streaks are hardly noticable so thats fine. You can be the judge when I take a pic later. And because I only did a half a inch of the root I can part it over a bit if I need too. I think its just the very front of the wig I dont like now.

01-16-2007, 01:53 PM
I'm sorry!! Have you washed it yet? Maybe the ink will fade a bit.

01-16-2007, 02:48 PM
Wash it? No I didnt do anything after the sharpie thing, i just waited to the marker dried and then thats it. I put a little water on it nothing else. What do I do.

01-16-2007, 05:28 PM
You are supposed to submerge it in water. run it under the cold water in the shower to let the excess ink run off untill the water is clear. Then let it AIR dry on your wig head (leave it alone) so it holds it's shape. That may help a bit!

01-16-2007, 06:54 PM
Heres pics of the wig as I but the black roots on, its inside not in the sunlight so its more accurate. It isnt as bad as I thought it would be.
Seeing it outside in the sun will help better but its not as bad.




01-16-2007, 08:22 PM
Make sure to attempt to lighten your eyebrows with either a bright red pencil or apply foundation over them and pencil them back in. The contrast between your eyebrows and the wig is a bit distracting.

01-17-2007, 05:29 AM
The original wig did have chunky blocks of colour of several shades. In the film you can see them but they are rather more subtle than the most well known still from the start of the movie.
You may be able to carefully brush some alcohol in to reduce the amount of colour you added. Test, though, as I don't know how your wig was coloured in the first place and alcohol apparently can soften the fibres, which mostly means you just need to be careful when it's wet to not over stretch it. Think of it like wet hair in that regard.

You could add red colour to your brows, but hers are dark in the film but very very narrow and plucked into extreme arches. If you have blonde brows I wouldn't recommend plucking them to shape but plucking somewhat and them pencilling in narrow brows. I dye mine and prefer to carefully shape then dye than dye then shape. But with naturally dark brows... Hmmmm.

I'm still debating between her uniform and the red outfit. I finally got a reasonably clean look at the lacing in the back of her corset which has weighed the balance in favour of that one;) And well, I have the hair for that costume rather than the straighter hair for the first. Again though that's going by the stills, on film her hair is softer.
Sigh, I just don't know. I have the fabric for the suit though. But if I wander around in my Catwoman and the Mara Jade I've been promising for a while now it could start to look dodgy;)

01-17-2007, 06:14 AM
I think the black roots look fine. In fact I think it makes the wig look very natural. I had to remind myself that it was a wig while I was looking at it. Plus from what I see its only the top of the head, and who's going to be looking straight down at you. I wouldn't worry, I think it looks great.

Good luck! Can't wait to see the finished result!

01-17-2007, 10:25 AM
Make sure to attempt to lighten your eyebrows with either a bright red pencil or apply foundation over them and pencil them back in. The contrast between your eyebrows and the wig is a bit distracting.

Actually her eyebrows are black like mine, there just thinner.
Here's the link to my finished costume :)


Also when I have my real professional photoshoot I think the details will be clearer as well, I took these pictures when I was outside in the dark
And a couple pics one of me and her.