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DIY – Crystal Ball Prop

Yesterday, I shared a DIY makeup tutorial for how I do my makeup when performing as Simza Vadoma Luminista in Balthazar’s Band of Beauties. Today, I thought I’d share how I made my own prop crystal ball. It’s really quite simple and lots of fun for a halloween decoration or theatre prop.

What you’ll need:

  • Old, round light fixture. (Or a new one, whatever)
  • Wood circles of various sizes (& small trinket box)
  • Gold spray paint (optional: glitter spray paint)
  • Super Glue
  • Wood Glue
  • Small battery powered light

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1.) Spray your wood pieces and allow to dry completely. You can find these at any craft store. I also purchased a small, plain cardboard trinket box found in the same craft aisle that fit the light fixture perfectly and holds the light. Spray that too.

2.) Using both super glue and wood glue, I stacked these pieces. Allow to dry completely.

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And thats really it! Super easy!

3.) Add battery powered light and then pop the glass sphere from the light fixture snuggly on top (trinket box fitting inside bulb).

*for extra security, I use double sided tape around the top tier (trinket box) to hold the bulb in place when performing. Its still easy to remove to turn the light on and off and can easily be replaced if needed. It’s also hidden so nobody sees the tape.

BONUS DIY: I didn’t want to use any of my real tarot decks during performances so I purchased some sparkley poster board and found a free tarot deck download online. I had the tarot images printed at Staples and then just glued them to the board and cut to size.

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Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

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DIY – Hollow Eyes Makeup

Earlier this year, as Ive posted, some friends and I from the Treasure Coast Cosplayers hosted a Creep Walk at a local Horror Con. My original character is a Gypsy Fortune-Teller named Simza Vadoma Luminista and she gauged her own damn eyes out, ya’ll. I wanted to share a step-by-step on how I do my makeup for this character, so here goes:

You will need:

  • Window Screen
  • Liquid Latex
  • Tissue
  • Fake Blood
  • Foundation/Concealer
  • Powder
  • Black eyeliner jumbo pencil
  • Black eyeshadow


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1.) Using liquid latex and strips of tissue/paper towel/TP/whatever really, I attach the strips around my eye. This is the most time-consuming of the process but after a few rounds, you can slap it on pretty quickly. I make sure to go above my eyebrow so I avoid ripping out my eyebrows when I remove the makeup. I extend down along/just below my cheek bones.

2.) Once the tissue strips are attached and the latex is dry, I use cream foundation everywhere including the tissue so it’ll look like ripped skin. I used stage makeup whenever I’m doing special effects stuff because I trust it and it lasts the entire time. This foundation/concealer is by Ben Nye. You can order it online. It’s a very recognizable stage makeup name. (Masquerade and Kryolan are two of my other favorite brands and can also be purchased online)

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3.) All inside the tissue circle, COVER your eyes using a black jumbo eyeliner crayon/pencil. I’m using one by NYC. it was super cheap at the drug store and works just fine. You’ll want to also seal the black using a highly pigmented black eyeshadow. (I forget what brand this is here but its of higher quality and provides great coverage.) I also used a regular size black eyeliner pencil for the details and getting every bit of my eye area.

4.) Use a brush to apply stage blood all around the edges of the tissue. Smudge it in the crack where the tissue attaches to your skin. This doesn’t need any precision; it’s supposed to look like your eyes were ripped out so you can just squish that stuff all around.

5.) You can purchase window screen by the roll at any home improvement store for relatively cheap. I used a circular cotton pad to measure out a good sized circle and cut a few pairs out. Apply more liquid latex around the edges of your screen circles. Let the latex dry just a bit and then apply INSIDE the tissue. The ripped, bloody looking “skin” should still be hanging ragged around the edge of the screen. Allow to dry completely.

*One of the annoying bits of this makeup is that your eyelashes, depending on how long they are, may rub against the screen and it just feels weird but you deal with it for the sake of having awesome gorey makeup.

6.) Finish up by adding more stage blood. And some more stage blood all around the “ripped skin”, inside the lip where “skin” meets screen, and allow some to drip from the “wound”.

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Bam! There you have it. In well-lit areas, your friends can see the whites of your eyes behind the screen but in photos, close your eyes, and in dark areas you can get the effect perfectly fine.

I hope this inspires some of you to explore horror and special effects makeup. Its something I’ve always loved and totally need to dive back in. Thanks so much for reading!

Love, GK

Darth Vader Accessories

As you know, one of my cosplays for MegaCon Orlando this year was Glam Vader (Lady Vader). I wanted to share how I made some of my glittering, fabulous accessories: my chest box and belt. My crafty and skilled friend, Scotty, helped me tremendously! Here’s how I put it together:

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Scotty crafted the boxes for me in his workshop and I couldn’t be more grateful to him for that. Once I had them in my hands, I gave them all a good sanding and used a clear coat to help seal them prior to painting.

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I sprayed them all down with a gray primer next. Then, I painted the majority of the boxes black. Once dry, I carefully (and time-consumingly) taped off all the “buttons” and painted each their respective flat color with acrylics. Before removing the tape, I painted the buttons again with the corresponding glitter paint and then, gave them each a healthy dose of regular craft glitter. For the silver pieces, I taped off the surrounding buttons and sprayed them with a silver glitter spray paint that I had.

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Once all the boxes was good and sparkley, I decorated them with rhinestones using krazy glue. The final step in this process was to give them a good glitter-sealing clear shine coat.

After giving my belt (just a regular men’s black belt) a spray of glitter, I was ready to attach the boxes. I used velcro to do this and it worked perfectly. I had originally intended to remove the original buckle on the belt and add snaps but it was getting down to the wire (con procrastination is so real) and I scrapped that idea… for now.

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I gave my Vader helmet a coat of glitter spray paint and sealer also because the Glam is strong with this one. For the chest box, I used another section of the velcro tape to attach it to my corset the day of the con. Perhaps not the best solution but it held all day at the con and I can always figure out another solution for next time. (But I’ll probably just use another section of velcro tape again.)

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Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

MegaCon Orlando 2016 – Saturday

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Yesterday, I shared with you my photos from Friday at MegaCon Orlando 2016. Today, I’m sharing my Saturday pics and highlights!

So, I’d been working really hard on my “Glam Vader” (or Lady Vader if you prefer) for a while. Saturday, I was absolutely exhausted from sleepless nights working on the costume, driving to and from Orlando on Friday while running on barely any sleep (I worked both Friday and Saturday night and I don’t leave work until well after 4am most nights…) So as much as I had planned on waking at the crack of dawn again, I totally slept in. When I woke up I was upset but cranky and still very tired and for a while was just like “I’m not going. Its crazy to drive two hours up, walk around for a few hours and then drive back down to change and go to work… Its crazy,.. I overslept, I’m not going.” I alerted the friends I was planning on hanging with for the day and they understood… But then I talked to Sarah (Daenerys) and she was like “Fuck it! Go.” And just like that, I changed my attitude, grabbed my gear and hopped on the road.

I’m so happy I did. I didn’t attend any of the events or Q&As I was planning on attending and Saturday was so packed with people I didn’t even see most of my friends in attendance. I met up with Chris again and we stormed the floor in our Star Wars gear. He introduced me to his friends and they let me tag along and take pics with them while I was there. I may have only been at the con for a few hours but in that time I met some really amazing people and fellow cosplayers AND…. I met Michelle Gomez, Missy from Doctor Who on the main floor! She couldn’t take a photo with me bc its against the rules and she was avoiding attention but I got to speak with her very briefly and she was an absolute doll. She even gave me a pretty solid wink. As if that wasn’t enough, I completely lost my fangirl mind when I spotted one of my favorite cosplayers and my geek-chic inspiration, Victoria aka ScruffyRebel. She walked by and I said “Scruffy?” She immediately turned and as I introduced myself she knew exactly who I am from our past interactions on Instagram and whatnot. I was floored! She took a few pics with me and gushed about how she likes my hair and my cosplays and my nerdy fashion choices. It made my day!!

Saturday, although a short one for me, I managed to stop by the booths of all my con-friends to show the love I didn’t get to show on Friday. I’m so glad I made the drive! (And the large blister on my foot that I later worked on my feet dealing with was worth it too!) Here’s the photo evidence of awesomeness!

Thanks for reading!
Love, GK

MegaCon Orlando 2016 – Friday

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I’m finally getting around to posting about my weekend at MegaCon Orlando 2016! I have to specify “Orlando” because, as of this year, there will be MegaCon Tampa! And who is the #1 beautiful face on the poster advertising the inaugural year for this con?! DAVID TENNANT! Be still my heart and may my pockets be plentiful because I am absolutely attending, absolutely meeting David, absolutely paying for the photo op, I’M DOING IT ALL!! I HAVE to…

But that’s not until October. Let’s focus on the now… or the then… when “then” was last weekend… you get the point.

Friday, my sister and I attended as, yep, the Tenth Doctor and Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, yadda yadda yadda, Daenerys from Game of Thrones. Sarah was quite the fan-favorite and I acted as handler for her a lot throughout the day. Of course, there was plenty of Whovian love abound and I got to meet some really fun people! We also met up with a good friend of ours and 4th Doctor cosplayer, Chris. I had such a blast!

Early in the day we attended the Phelps Twins’ (Fred and George Weasley) Q&A which was a lot of fun as expected. Later, we got to meet and take a photo with Billie Piper (Rose-mother f’ing-Tyler, people!) She was so nice and warm and welcoming that after our photo when Sarah and I were discussing just how cool and friendly she was, I totally cried… yep. She really is one of the nicest people I’ve ever paid to meet. I just want to get drunk with her and hang out; she seems like she’s be a blast to chill with.

Friday was a really fun day so here’s all my pictures from the day.

Thanks for reading! I’ll post about my MegaCon Saturday experience tomorrow!
Love, GK