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Unread 03-05-2013, 08:28 PM   #20176
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2) those who bully other cosplayers, because they hate/dislike that character
+i can say personally i have this happen countless times, just becuase you aren't a fan of that specific character does not give you the right to trash talk to the COSPLAYER and say things such as "oshawott is stupid, he shouldn't be on the series" or " that girl looks horrible as oshawott and the costume is horrible, to make matters worst i hate pokemon" that said, i just tune those people's comments out and have fun at the con+
I find that a good rule of thumb is to keep your dislike to yourself. Many times when people express that they don't like the character/series someone is cosplaying, it comes off really rude, even when the person doesn't intend it that way. For example, I don't like Homestuck but if I find myself talking to a Homestuck cosplayer, I won't tell them that.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 09:45 PM   #20177
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When friends don't understand cosplay priorities. You should probably get started on the main costume piece BEFORE you buy contacts. Just sayin'.
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Unread 03-06-2013, 06:32 AM   #20178
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When friends don't understand cosplay priorities. You should probably get started on the main costume piece BEFORE you buy contacts. Just sayin'.
I've never understood why cosplayers put so much importance on having the right eye color. Very few people are going to notice and even fewer are going to care. Instead of spending $70 - 100 on contacts that you'll have to replace in 6 months to a year, why not concentrate on making costume and props pretty? I'm guarantee you a well-constructed costume will last you a lot longer and bring you more joy than a couple of pieces of gas-permeable plastic.
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Unread 03-06-2013, 08:34 AM   #20179
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I've never understood why cosplayers put so much importance on having the right eye color. Very few people are going to notice and even fewer are going to care. Instead of spending $70 - 100 on contacts that you'll have to replace in 6 months to a year, why not concentrate on making costume and props pretty? I'm guarantee you a well-constructed costume will last you a lot longer and bring you more joy than a couple of pieces of gas-permeable plastic.
I understand not using contacts if your eyes can't tolerate them. Besides, there are other tricks with make-up like wearing eyeshadow of the eye color of your character. But contacts cost pretty less than the costume itself (around $25) and they can last forever. The contacts sold in these sites are pretty cheap and good quality, and I have never had problems with them: http://www.honeycolor.com and http://www.youknowit.com I have also found single contacts in my city optician's shops for 6 € each (only natural colors, of course). They last for 3 months, but can be used several times if they are not worn daily.

I have the same color contacts for my cosplays since I started using them and if I change the liquid once a month and use them only for cosplay, they can last for years. I've never bought them again. Most circle lenses and fantasy lenses last for a year, but if you take proper care of them you still can use them, as long as you use the contacts just for cosplay.
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Unread 03-06-2013, 04:34 PM   #20180
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1) Sister. I got detangler for my Ririchiyo wig, with my own money, for myself. I'm fine with you borrowing it if you ask when you need it. But don't you even try to put my damn things that I use for cosplay with your stuff. You're leaving for college soon, and I don't care how broke you are, if you use up the bottle or take it with you, you are buying me a new one.
STOP STEALING MY COSPLAY STUFF BECAUSE YOU LIKE IT YOURSELF.
(It wouldn't be such a big deal if she hadn't nearly lost 2 of my most important items of makeup for cosplay in the past then yelled at me for getting upset)

2) Peeve of myself...I get jealous/envious of what other people have for their costumes way too easily..Especially with Ciel. I want an overcoat too after seeing my friend get one but I have a creeping feeling if I try to get one I'll be thought of as stealing their thunder or trying to upstage them since seeing them have one reminded me that I want one too. Bonus points as I live in a very warm state and would have use for it at one single convention that gets cold. Seriously self, stop wanting everything everyone else has, it's only getting you into negative thoughts and trouble.

3) Long wigs with straight cut bangs. They are SO HARD to keep where I want them, and require a lot of pulling down and grooming to get them to look right ;-;
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Unread 03-06-2013, 07:37 PM   #20181
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I've never understood why cosplayers put so much importance on having the right eye color. Very few people are going to notice and even fewer are going to care. Instead of spending $70 - 100 on contacts that you'll have to replace in 6 months to a year, why not concentrate on making costume and props pretty? I'm guarantee you a well-constructed costume will last you a lot longer and bring you more joy than a couple of pieces of gas-permeable plastic.
They're actually quite noticeable when you do choose to wear it. They're definitely NOT needed, but there's this extra "pop" when you do get contacts. It's like the sprinkles ontop of a cupcake.

That said, I've never spent anywhere near even $70 when gets a pair. And they all last a year.. You just need to be smart about where to look.
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Unread 03-06-2013, 07:51 PM   #20182
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Incorrect bias tape... I didn't even notice it for a while but... gah. ><
I just want everyone to know how to get a cleaner finish!!!
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Unread 03-07-2013, 02:28 AM   #20183
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Why is that whenever I go out shopping for what should be the simplest things, turn out to be not so simple to get?
Same here! It's just crazy. Right now, I'm in search of a pair of flat soled cloth ankle or shin length boots. Sounds like a no-brainer, but it has me frustrated. Can't seem to find exactly what I need!

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Unread 03-07-2013, 02:48 AM   #20184
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I've never understood why cosplayers put so much importance on having the right eye color. Very few people are going to notice and even fewer are going to care. Instead of spending $70 - 100 on contacts that you'll have to replace in 6 months to a year, why not concentrate on making costume and props pretty? I'm guarantee you a well-constructed costume will last you a lot longer and bring you more joy than a couple of pieces of gas-permeable plastic.
Well, here's the thing. It's not so much for others to notice such attention to seemingly unimportant details, but rather for the person cosplaying. Those tiny details can make the costume feel totally authentic and complete even if no one else can see those tiny details. For example, I once wore a bhindi jewel on my forehead since the character I was cosplaying had one, however I was also wearing a helmet, so the bhindi was completely covered. It didn't matter to me though. I just felt really satisfied and confident knowing I had created an accurate cosplay.
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Unread 03-07-2013, 04:36 AM   #20185
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I think with contacts it's also the thing - there are some details people are bound not to notice as such. Clever sewing techniques and such would be a good example. Still, people DO notice if the overall look feels right and that's something contacts can contribute to.

And of course it can make the costume feel complete for you, which is the most important aspect.
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Unread 03-07-2013, 07:20 AM   #20186
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I think that there a few reasons people are so into matching eye colors:

If you're able to purchase and wear contacts, it's an easy thing to do right. By which I mean, you don't need to master any kind of complex sewing/propmaking technique, you can just stick 'em in your eyes and voila! It can be a nice little confidence booster to know you have that one detail nailed, no matter what.

It really can help to enhance a cosplay. I'm quite olive-skinned, with dark eyes and hair. I wanted to cosplay a character who is extremely pale, with white-blond hair and pale colored eyes. I got a blond wig, and used makeup to make my skin a couple shades paler/cooler (my normal skin tone cannot do any sort of blond at all without looking jaundiced), but it still looked unconvincing until I put in the contacts.

That being said, it's silly to knock someone for not matching eye color. It's a cool thing to be able to do, but definitely not obligatory.
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Unread 03-07-2013, 08:09 AM   #20187
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Those shoes you really need for your costume and yet you can't find...anywhere in your size...
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Unread 03-07-2013, 08:33 AM   #20188
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Finally having a decent enough job to afford cosplay materials... but then having none of the time to make it! I'd really love to make this costume, but *man* - I get home and I'm exhausted. Definitely doesn't help that I thought my caffeine consumption was hitting unhealthy levels, so I'm trying to cut down a lot and it's adding to my tiredness levels (but I'm at least finding that this time isn't hitting me with the withdrawal headaches, which is a godsend).

Also, trying to patiently wait for my custom-printed plaid fabric for my fem!Joker skirt, but I'm going crazy! I want to see it! X3
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Unread 03-07-2013, 10:51 AM   #20189
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When people hate on Homestuck cosplayers.

why :<
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Unread 03-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #20190
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Finding a pair of simple ankle boots that don't have a 3+ inch heel. Seriously. I need a short heel!
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