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Unread 05-16-2015, 11:14 AM   #1
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Things you are self conscious about (in cosplay)

Everyone is self conscious about something. Whether it be your costume making skills, body or whatever. So I thought would make a thread to cheer each other up and give support

For me, it's my teeth. The natural color of my teeth is pretty yellowish and while it's not that big of a deal, it prevents me from feeling confident in smiling with an open mouth in my photos. I'm trying crest white strips soon when I have the money but for now I'm stuck with fugly teeth...

Another one is a dimple that's just on ONE side of my mouth. I'm only ashamed of it in cosplay because I've been told it's cute, but in photos I usually turn my body so nobody can see the dimple/lack thereof. But hopefully soon I'll be able to take photos that show both sides xD

Also, my sewing, while improving is still horrendous. I'm going to sign up for a class when I can find someone.

What about you? What's your cosplay insecurity? :P
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Unread 05-16-2015, 11:52 AM   #2
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I'm a bit self-conscious about my teeth, too. Most of them are pretty white, but I have a couple that are a tad off color, and it drives me crazy! I try to do whitening stuff, but it only does so much.
I'm definitely self-conscious of my body. I don't like to show my upper arms, and I don't like clothes that cling to me too much. I've come to appreciate shapewear. It helps me a lot with my self-consciousness.
I also hate my profile. My face isn't too chubby, but my profile looks crappy. So I try to pose my head in a way that doesn't make me cringe when I see the picture.
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Unread 05-16-2015, 12:12 PM   #3
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Thirding teeth. Since I've HAD teeth I've had a large diastema (as bad as this. I even measured.http://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/...Went_Out. jpg ) and we could never afford braces. And add in that I also unfortunately inherited the gene for teeth that always look perpetually yellow (I still remember Mom forcing me to scrub my teeth with baking soda back in the days before they had commercial whiteners OR the ridiculous "YOU MUST HAVE SNOW WHITE TEETH" standard). So I won't pose for a photo with my mouth open and it tends to really limit my expressions in pictures.
I don't really like my chin either. I don't have much of one so side shots need really careful posing to look good.
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Unread 05-16-2015, 12:20 PM   #4
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OMG I HAVE THE DIMPLE THING TOO. xD

For me I just feel like my face in general looks weird I really hate my face shape even though people have told me there's nothing wrong with it, especially when I'm wearing short wigs since I'm usually sporting long hair any other day. I also have this mole/freckle thing above one side of my lip. I guess it could technically count as a beauty mark, but it bugs me in my cosplay photos because I try to go for accuracy as much as I can. I've tried covering it up, but because of how it's raised I feel like it just draws more attention to it when covered in make up. ;n;

Other than that, because I'm still getting the hang of sewing and other crafts I'm very self conscious about my craftsmanship. I know every little mistake each and every costume I own has and while it's unlikely others will see it, I still get paranoid.

I can also kind of second the teeth thing. I've had braces, but one of my bottom teeth still pokes forward more than the others, thus causing my bite to be off a bit. My bottom teeth are also pretty yellowish ever since I had braces. Even though I clean them religiously, especially when I had braces, somehow during the braces process they yellowed. ;n;
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Unread 05-16-2015, 12:28 PM   #5
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I also agree with teeth. I also have a mole/beauty mark on my cheek that I try and cover up as often as I can with bangs. Even now I have a hard time cosplaying characters that don't have bangs so I can't cover it up and I've looked into having it removed (but scarring may be even worse).
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Unread 05-16-2015, 01:18 PM   #6
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I'm always worried about my teeth since I have a lot of crowding. But I'm mainly self-conscious about my nose. I can't do silhouettes because of my beak of a nose! I blame my father; it comes from his side of the family.
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Unread 05-16-2015, 01:30 PM   #7
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My weight. I'm somewhere around 180-190 lbs and yeah.
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I feel like my skin /always/ breaks out around cons. Usually it's just fine, but when a con runs around, maybe I'm just so stressed/excited that it screws up my skin and I get zits that makeup can only cover up so much. It sucksss.
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Unread 05-16-2015, 02:29 PM   #9
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I feel like my skin /always/ breaks out around cons. Usually it's just fine, but when a con runs around, maybe I'm just so stressed/excited that it screws up my skin and I get zits that makeup can only cover up so much. It sucksss.
Maybe try this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmkRR9WlFKs
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Unread 05-16-2015, 02:59 PM   #10
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3 things.
1. My weight, which, I mean, I think no matter who you are, this is kinda normal..lol But I don't like it..

2. My teeth which oddly seems to be normal too according to this thread..Mine are all effed up and we could never afford to fix them. So smiling in pictures is really hard for me.

3. I haven't seemed to meet anyone else with this problem, but I get hot really fast. So I sweat more than most people. Which not only is bad for light colored outfits, but makeup. It makes makeup shiny and run, as well as it makes white or other really light colored clothing have sweat spots like on my back and stuff where it's like, I really don't wanna wear it..
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Unread 05-16-2015, 08:48 PM   #11
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Ugh. I sweat like a pig, too. I always meticulously clean my costumes to prevent sweat staining.
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Unread 05-16-2015, 09:53 PM   #12
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1. Skin is too dark for most cosplays
2. Flat-chested
3. Lordosis (makes my butt and gut stick out like a little kid)
4. I am an awkward person (I never know what to say and being around lots of people terrifies me)
5. I sweat a lot, even when wearing sleeveless costumes
6. My sewing skills are still basic
7. My flat nose
8. Always afraid of a wardrobe malfunction or prop disaster
9. Dreaded "shiny face"
10. I almost always go alone to cons
11. I have alopecia which affected my eyebrows, so the hairs on one side are thinner than the other
12. I don't like my profile because I have an oddly-shaped head

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Unread 05-16-2015, 10:08 PM   #13
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Eh, there's a few things. I'm not fond of my wide jaw, but I guess it's nothing contouring, strategically styled hair and an angle can't take care of. Gotta be careful about my upturned nose too, if I tilt my head at the wrong angle, then it looks really weird. I'm mostly insecure about my eyes, though, tbh. I have uneven eyelid folds and have to apply eyeliner way thicker on my left eye if I want it to look even, and the crease beneath my bottom eyelids messes with my eye shape and makes wearing more intricate eyeliner an exercise in frustration.
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Unread 05-17-2015, 12:35 AM   #14
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I definitely have A LOT of insecurities while cosplaying ... I can't help but worry that I'm not doing a good enough job, that I'm not doing the character justice.
My profile is horrible, so I can only take frontal shots.
I get really conscious of my height when I cosplay loli/shota characters, I often get comments that I'm not short enough... I can't pull off bishonens with my baby face either TT
And then there's my eyes which aren't big enough without circle lenses, but circle lenses are often uncomfortable to wear. The Dark circles under my eyes are hard to cover too QwQ
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Unread 05-17-2015, 01:05 AM   #15
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A few things I get self conscious about currently is my smile. I love my smile, it's great. But ever since I got braces it's messed it up because where my braces are on my teeth are where my top lip would usually go. So it looks a lil effed up. Also mildly self conscious about my natural eye bags, although not too bad, can really make me look tired if I'm lacking energy. Generally I don't get too self conscious though, I little in my upper arms (but weights have been fixing that).
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