I never did the ears, a combination of funding and not being bothered to put them on . I'm actually excited that my Link costume doesn't need ears since they are covered
I do believe that Aradani would be worth the money.
Would eye shadow crayons work for the dots? Maybe with a little primer under? It might be easier/ stay better. I would maybe try makeup over the latex, especially with the earrings.
That sounds like a good plan for the gloves. Easier than trying to embroider in the round.