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Unread 01-21-2017, 08:37 AM   #1
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Being passable in your crossplay?

I personally haven't done any crossplay yet, I really want to do so but I also want to do a really good job of it and seem very passable and accurate as a woman cosplaying, hence I haven't really tried any crossplay yet. I know I'm crossplaying because it's fun, but I also really want to make it really passable and really accurate to the character's appearance as I don't want people to treat me differently because I'm crossplaying instead of cosplaying, and it's a challenge I'd like to pass. I know it can be done, there's many pictures of people crossplaying and I'd never knew they were crossplaying if I wasn't told. (They seriously look absolutely amazing!) Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me? How do you deal with it and overcome it? I'd like to hear your opinions and stories please.

Note: My current plan is to indulge in a cosplay and try a crossplay for perhaps Princess Euphemia as the next Code Geass season is soon to come out.

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Unread 01-24-2017, 08:54 AM   #2
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I personally haven't done any crossplay yet, I really want to do so but I also want to do a really good job of it and seem very passable and accurate as a woman cosplaying, hence I haven't really tried any crossplay yet. I know I'm crossplaying because it's fun, but I also really want to make it really passable and really accurate to the character's appearance as I don't want people to treat me differently because I'm crossplaying instead of cosplaying, and it's a challenge I'd like to pass. I know it can be done, there's many pictures of people crossplaying and I'd never knew they were crossplaying if I wasn't told. (They seriously look absolutely amazing!) Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me? How do you deal with it and overcome it? I'd like to hear your opinions and stories please.

Note: My current plan is to indulge in a cosplay and try a crossplay for perhaps Princess Euphemia as the next Code Geass season is soon to come out.
I have never done crossplay myself, or I should say, I wasn't able to do it seriously due to a lack of proper materials but the first thing that makes you passable in any cosplay is confidence.
If you don't think you look good, you won't. Faux confidence can only carry you so far and eventually it weighs you down!

There is also a lot to do with makeup, for sure! I am sure there are many videos online for you to watch on how to be seriously passable in cosplay no matter your gender vs. the gender of the person you are cosplaying!

Also, shapewear is your best friend forever and ever.
But you definitely wanna get it early and start training your body to get used to it because it squeezes the daylights out of you!

Fabrickind did a really good little presentation on cosplay and undergarments which includes a lot of useful information that you could possibly use!

Here is a link to it!

I wish you luck with your cosplay, I am sure you will look lovely!
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Unread 01-28-2017, 11:05 PM   #3
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I personally haven't done any crossplay yet, I really want to do so but I also want to do a really good job of it and seem very passable and accurate as a woman cosplaying, hence I haven't really tried any crossplay yet. I know I'm crossplaying because it's fun, but I also really want to make it really passable and really accurate to the character's appearance as I don't want people to treat me differently because I'm crossplaying instead of cosplaying, and it's a challenge I'd like to pass. I know it can be done, there's many pictures of people crossplaying and I'd never knew they were crossplaying if I wasn't told. (They seriously look absolutely amazing!) Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me? How do you deal with it and overcome it? I'd like to hear your opinions and stories please.

Note: My current plan is to indulge in a cosplay and try a crossplay for perhaps Princess Euphemia as the next Code Geass season is soon to come out.
Hello! I have crossplayed a few characters such as Cinderella, Sailor Venus, Odette from Swan Princess, Anastasia, and Lili from Tekken. Honestly, I agree that makeup and shapewear are your best friends! I highly suggest getting a gaff (helps tuck away your stuff without needing tape) and a women's corset. I personally use false breasts that I got from Etsy that are foam but help fill out the corset.

Follow any RuPaul's Drag Race Alumni regarding makeup, as their advice on how to cover beards, eyebrows, contouring, creating new eyebrows; or anything really can help you find out what would work best from you. I learned how to do makeup by watching YouTube tutorials with Jeffree Star, Manny MUA, Courtney Act, Miss Fame, Nikki Tutorials, and any character centered makeup tutorial that I would be doing.

I may not be an expert cosplayer/crossplayer, but coming from some experience I hope this helps you! Also, if you will be wearing heels; make sure to invest in heel guards, anti-chafing sticks, Dr.Scholls' foot things for heels, and that you wear them out to make sure you can walk in them. I have seen all genders try them out, and while some are bloody troopers, others show they need more practice. If you're bigfooted in the women's section like me, I highly suggest Payless for some normal type heels and researching eBay and Amazon for specialty ones.
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Unread 01-30-2017, 06:08 PM   #4
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The biggest problem you'll have is likely going to be body shape and facial features. The face you can't really fdo much about, but if your face is somewhat androgynous, it certainly helps. If not, I'd look more around this Crossplay subforum for the makeup tips. There'a more than enough on here about it. I don't have defined features in my face so there's not a lot I have to do It's more the body shape for me, meaning I can't help you with the makeup any further than beard shadow removal. All you do there is use a pink/red lipstick and cover your face in a light layer of it, then use foundation all over so your whole face matches in shade.getting a foundation that is extremely close to your skin tone is the best idea. Then I use a very VERY light layer of powder foundation on top of that, then seal it with makeup sealer with is a little sprits bottle (all of this stuff can be bought anywhere makeup is sold, all mine are from walmart cuz I'm broke).

As far as shapewear, it honestly depends on the shape you already have. If your quite thin, you really won't need a corset unless it's part of the actual character design, but personally I use them as I'm not that thin so they help shape the waist. You'll also want to look into fake breasts, which you can find online in a number of places. Ebay has some..Idk..Then you will need to figure out the bra size after you get the fake breasts. Can't really figure it out without them. Unless you just get a sports bra which will usually fit them pretty well, but it's up to you and the costume design. To find your bra size, there are plenty of tutorials online. Then for the hips and butt you can buy enhancement shorts. They will be usually black or tan..They don't really match skin tone too well to be honest. But they have this foam padding in them that goes around both the hips at the sides, and the butt. Which is better than the butt enhancers because that does nothing for your hips. I bought mine on ebay. No idea where else you can get them. You can also find some shape wear at walmart, but it's not always the best place. The stuff you buy there won't be that great, and is only for helping keep jiggly spots under control, not really for anything else.

that's about all I got. I hope this helps.
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