BTW, this is posted under 'accessories' since I don't QUITE consider them make-up, but the mods may move it if it truely is.
Alright, so with a convention looming on the horizon, I've found myself having to finally tackle the last minute details for pulling off Ayasegawa Yumichika from Bleach. And one thing that I have noticed that seems to give people trouble are the feathers that he wears on his right brow and lashes. I experimented a little, noting that others had used everything from real feathers to foamies (fun foam) to just drawing them on, and I think I may have found a great technique. So let's learn it!
Also, I apoligize for the blurred photos in some steps. My camera decided to throw its presets out the window today and only focus when it WANTED to.
What you'll need:
- 1 pair of SHARP scissors (preferably small)
- 1 disposable razor
- 1 pack of multicolored 'Indian plume' feathers, 3" length
- 4 feathers from said pack, 2 yellow and 2 red
- Here are your basic supplies as prescribed above
- And here are my preferred feathers. I bought mine in the Wal*Mart kid's craft department for about $1.29 or less.
- For this demonstration, I have chosen to do the shorter red feather on the left side of his brow. Make sure that whatever feathers you pick are sturdy (no parts should 'kink' when you flex the feather) and has a good curve to it.
- The first step, simply, is snipping off most of the bottom quill. You'll want to leave a small portion at the bottom, both for grip and to attach them later on.
- Next, you'll want to 'fluff' out the wider wide of your feather, to make it easier to trim. This also establishes the side you will be using as the actual accessory.
- CAREFULLY trim along the mid-section of the feather, being cautious as to not break the middle shaft. Doing so will mean restarting from the beginning with a fresh feather.
- So here we have the carnage: a pile of red cut-away fluff, and a somewhat ragged feather. If you don't mind rough edges, you could stop here. But being the nitpicker I am, I wanted a nice, smooth edge.
- In that case, firmly hold your feather by the bottom quill (I told you we would need that little bit!) and it's time to use your razor. Simply glide the blade along the feather shaft, shaving away any excess fuzz and such from the trimmed side.
- And there you have it! The technique for nicely-trimmed feathers for all of us crazy enough to cosplay as Yumichika!
- And my completed set, that I'll be wearing at Ohayocon 2007.
Good luck to anyone trying this out, and thank you for reading. Constructive feedback is ALWAYS welcome!