For the month of October I've found some amazing cosplayers to interview, and I am SO excited to share this whole series with you!
For those of you who think I might be speaking another language, "cosplay" is a shorted version of the words "costume play." A big deal in the con scene, these talented creators find a character with an awesome outfit, and recreate it. But this isn't a costume you'll find on a rack at WalMart. They take their outfits to the next level, going from simple costume to a whole new art form.
Today's interviewee is Mewpiie, and her adorable cosplays will blow your mind. She does a lot of colorful and complicated costumes from anime and video games alike, playing close attention to the shape and silhouette of the whole outfit (for example, take a look at that tail below). But enough from me, onto the interview!
If you could cosplay any character from anything, who/what would you choose?
There are too many....lol. Right now I'm obsessed with the new Star Guardian Skins from League of Legends. I kind of want to cosplay something from Overwatch but I'm not sure who yet.
Have you ever designed your own outfit?
I designed the Armor and clothes for my Kindred cosplay.
Whats the most uncomfortable outfit you've every worn? Do you have any horror stories?
Kindred tbh. Those shoes were SO PAINFUL. Also my 3d printed bow warped in the heat inside the car and bent and I was so freaked out. It's straightened out but it feels like it might break.
Do you have a special storage space, or do you just take over whatever spare surface is available? How do you keep everything organized?
I use the dining room in my house because we never use it. I just like to put things in boxes and various storage units. When i get into a project I let myself go and make a mess.
What is your process for putting together an outfit?
A ton of research. I look up references from the actual show/game, other cosplayers, fanart, anything I can find useful.
What's something you feel like you've gotten pretty good at making/doing?
I feel like I'm pretty good at makeup and I'm pretty resourceful. I also feel like I'm good at painting props.
I absolutely love the makeup from your Yang cosplay. Do you have any tips on how to make your eyes look bigger without going over the top?
aw thanks! So I used Nyx Wonderpencil in the palest color and lined the bottom outer corner of my eye, and then under that I put black eyeliner to create the illusion that my eyes were bigger. I also drew some fake lashes on the bottom. It takes practice, and honestly I feel like there's some things I could've improved!
They say the devil is in the details... do you pay attention to the little things?
Yes I do! I always find things that could enhance a character. With ahri, I wanted certain contacts and for the whiskers to be drawn like brush strokes. I always make sure that nothing in my outfit is slipping off or crooked. Of course I'm not perfect and sometimes I'm like "fuck this" and leave the house/hotel without being super nit-picky.
What do you think is that one thing that takes a cosplay from good to great? Are things like makeup and wigs an important part of the overall look?
If you can afford a better wig, I'd recommend it. Sometimes a over-shiny wig can take a lot away from a good cosplay. For makeup there's a couple basic things that I'd recommend for every gender. I'll always have a eyeliner, foundation, concealer, a eyeshadow palette, and a nude lipstick in my kit. I use foundation and concealer to take away redness or discoloration in my skin. Eyeshadow and eyeliner can be used in so many ways, and putting eyeliner on your eyes gives them more depth and you can create a more "anime" look. Nude lipstick is to even out your lipcolor and can also make you look more "masculine". For female anime characters I'd just use a bit of pink lipgloss or light pink lipstick.
Do you have any tips for someone looking to get into cosplaying?
Keep trying. You are going to mess up and you are going to fail. You're going to see cosplayers with more experience and better cosplays, this does not mean that you're bad or have bad cosplays. Also it's okay to buy cosplay, do whatever you want because it's your hobby. Cosplay is fun. Cosplay is for everyone.
You can look at all of Mewpiie's other creations
on her social media accounts!