Wondering where to get cosplay supplies? Honestly, there really is no limit on where you can shop.
Most cosplayers start by buying bits and pieces from thrift stores such as Goodwill. You can come up with really cool (and cheap) closet cosplays this way. You can find starter material that you can sew and alter (or use for mockups).
The next route you might take is eBay. I am a very impatient person, so I’m not too thrilled by the idea of buying a wig and waiting a month to gauge the quality.
However, 99% of the time, cosplayers tell me that they have huge and inexpensive success shopping here, so I still recommend it!
Then you can purchase full cosplays at some great online cosplay shops or, if you’re like me, you can become an almost exclusive Amazon shopper.
To help you get started, I’m going to walk you through everything I have in my personal cosplay desk. I have two YouTube videos on my cosplay craft room, so you can get more of a visual over there.
This list is exclusively for cosplay materials that you will probably need at your own cosplay desk. If there is anything else I’m forgetting or that you recommend, please feel free to leave us suggestions in the comments below!
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To give you an idea of what I think you should buy first, I’m going to list my favorites in order. The top items are what you should get first, followed by the more advanced options.
Patterns: My favorites are the Simplicity which frequently go on sale at Joann’s!
Fabric: Almost all of my material has been purchased from Joann’s. I have purchased material from Wal-Mart but your options are slim there, and it’s usually not the highest quality material.
However, I do find their little squares of fabric to come in handy, so I’ll stock up on those from time to time!
I haven’t found any place cheaper than Joann’s, although I know that other cosplayers have found local shops to have more options. If you have a great tip on where to buy cosplay fabrics, please let us know!
Rotary Sewing Cutting Set
Adjustable Dress Form
Hip Curve Ruler
Styling Design Ruler
Starter Cosplay Tools:
A good pair of scissors (for cosplay supplies only)
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (or 5)
Box Cutter and/or X-Acto Knife
Wood Burner or Soldering Iron
There are a TON of things you can have at your cosplay workspace. I also recommend getting your hands on some of Kamui Cosplay’s patterns! They will save you so much time and it’s an easy way to learn foam smithing!
What cosplay supplies do you have in your craft room?
One thing active crafters like cosplayers dream about is their own crafting space. Even though I live in an apartment, my boyfriend and I thankfully have a spare bedroom that doubles as an office for him and a cosplay work station for me! So, just in case you’re in need of some craft room ideas, I’m going to break down how I set mine up and give you some craft room storage ideas.
A Breakdown of My Cosplay Craft Room & Craft Room Ideas For Organizing
Click here to watch the video!
I’m sure you can tell, but I don’t have a luxurious crafting room.
Honestly, if I had it my way, I would live in a house and transform an entire garage into a dedicated crafting space. It would be so convenient considering how much material we cut up and the fumes we’re exposed to (EVA foam, contact cement, paint, etc).
But if you’re looking for a convenient way to transform a small corner of your home into a cosplay area that you can call your own, I think my setup is the perfect solution.
At the very least, I hope it will spark some craft room ideas!
I was very picky when it came to my cosplay craft desk (btw, you can now shop my desk here!). Originally, I only had storage cubes that were 13×15 so I needed to find a desk that could fit those.
Also, I really didn’t plan on spending more than $150 on the desk itself. I searched through Amazon, went to Ikea, and finally settled on this desk from Wal-Mart. It can hold 8-10 storage cubes, and my giant cubes fit in perfectly.
My favorite feature about this desk is the extendable legs. It’s a kind of a pain to switch up, but I love that I have the option to stand while making my cosplays.
I found some alternatives on Amazon in case you wanted to see what options you have. But if you’ve seen the video, you can see how convenient using this type of cosplay craft desk is!
Craft Room Storage
If you’re looking for craft room storage ideas for all your cosplay materials, I’ve got you covered there, too!
I think your best bet is to get these giant, fabric storage cubes like I have. You can fit SO much in these. I purchased mine from Wal-Mart a while ago as I had a hard time finding bins this big online.
Either way, I have some craft storage materials linked down below. I also recommend getting bags for wigs, scrap material, and other miscellaneous items like jewels, velcro, and hot glue sticks.
Edit: I forgot to mention the small organization drawer where I keep my fabric markers, glue, and sewing pins. It’s something like this!
A media kit is primarily used by cosplayers in order to apply for convention appearances and cosplay sponsorships. My first sponsored cosplay came a year into my cosplay career and having a media kit was a handy tool that allowed the company to see who I was and what I had to offer. That’s why I decided to share my own kit with you and offer you a cosplay media kit template.
Do you always need to send a media kit? Not necessarily. Sometimes a well-crafted email can land you that sponsored cosplay or collaboration (I’ve done this myself a time or two). However, media kits help you establish a sense of professionalism while simultaneously giving you a way to showcase your cosplay-related accomplishments.
Media Kits shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all, so I highly recommend changing the colors and adding a few things to make it represent you and your cosplays. The platform I used to make my kit is called Canva, and it’s the greatest thing ever. You’ll need an account to get my template, but from there it’s literally just drag-and-drop, so customizing it will be a breeze.
But before you get started, you should probably take a look at what exactly a media kit is used for and what you should (and shouldn’t) include in this file.
A media kit is essentially a beefed-up cosplay resume. It holds all of your graphics, statistics, and experiences in one document. This document (typically in PDF form) is then used to send to conventions or companies in the hopes that you will be hired as a cosplayer, crafter, streamer, or what have you.
These documents are fairly easy enough to make, but I decided to send you my personal cosplay media kit template that I made just to give you a head start (I’m not a graphic designer, so please don’t judge me). You can use the same program to tailor your own or use one of the many templates they have available.
You can also just add your media page to your website! But I’ll get into that in a minute.
What To Include in Your Media Kit
Everyone’s media kit should be different. And depending on the reason behind your media kit, you may need to tailor it in different ways. For example, convention runners may not be interested that the RPC Studio sponsored you a cosplay, and likewise, a makeup company might not put much thought into your convention appearances.
You can try to squeeze it all in there, but just like when you tailor your resume for a specific job, consider doing the same for your media kit depending on who you’re trying to work with.
Besides your contact information and social channels, here are a few more things to include in your cosplay media kit:
Pictures: Showcase your best cosplay photos here. I would also suggest putting in a decent personal photo just so companies can get to know the real you.
Services: Do you write blogs, make YouTube videos, or stream on Twitch? In most cases, companies are going to look at what you have to offer them. This is also where you can include panels you’ve hosted or competitions you’ve been a judge for.
If you’re only looking to get free (sponsored) stuff, consider offering multiple services (i.e. a dedicated blog post and an IG post) in order to land the gig. It will be really hard to sell yourself on just a single Instagram post if you have a small following.
Previous collaborations: This includes convention appearances and sponsored posts. Let them know what you did for the company and include any statistics and positive outcomes that the company benefitted from during your collaboration.
Statistics: Include your demographics (age range, gender, location of followers) and social media stats. The easiest way to get these is by using the two platforms I have listed down below.
Awards and Press: This is where you want to highlight any awards, press, and publications you have been featured in. I would only include one photo here and then just link to the publication so the reader can view it at their leisure.
What Not To Include
There is such a thing as too much when it comes to your media kit. Here are a view things that may make your media kit look unprofessional or novice:
Too many pictures/colors: Yes, this is cosplay, but don’t let your media kit act as your primary portfolio. Ten photos is more than enough to include in your media kit (high-quality, of course!).
I made the mistake of incorporating too many colors and graphics in my media kit the first time. Try to stick to 3 core colors and fonts so that your media kit looks clean.
A background image: A background image is way too distracting. You want your media kit to have a fresh and easy to follow format. Likewise, sometimes bold colors such as red or blue are a bit too much for a media kit.
Work history: This isn’t your resume. It’s cool if you’re a hard-working barista, but companies aren’t really going to take much stock in your daily work hustle. Keep it brief and professional.
If you are sending out a pdf Media Kit via email, I recommend keeping your file at 2 pages max (similar to a resume). Chances are, the company is only going to do a quick skim at first, and you don’t want to overwhelm them with too much information.
However, if you have a website, you can also just include your Media Kit as one of your dedicated pages. I still have to do this, but I still have a PDF version, just in case. Momo Kurumi’s Media Kit webpage is another terrific example you can use for reference.
Ready To Send?
Not so fast. Before you start sending off your Media Kit for collaboration inquiries, have a friend look it over. It always takes a second pair of eyes to spot any errors in your copy.
I would also recommend showing it to an unbiased source, such as a cosplay friend who you know will give it to you straight. Preferably, you will want to have someone who has experience in landing gigs (such as convention appearances or sponsorships).
If you need some advice, I’d be happy to share my opinion. Just DM on Instagram and we can exchange information there!
Cosplay Media Kit Template and Alternatives
As promised, here is where you can get my free cosplay media kit template. Just click the photo below, drop in your email, and I’ll send it over. If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to the email or DM me on Instagram.
Media Kit Alternatives
Not everyone has the time to put together the statistics for all of their cosplay accounts (even with a template!). To make your life a little bit easier, I recommend utilizing these two free platforms as well and include them in your pitch to potential sponsors.
Influence.co: This handy little platform allows companies to see your total reach, engagement, and social platforms all in one place! All you have to do is link each social site and Influence spits out the stats for you (including demographics). You can customize it a little with a bio, and you can even add previous sponsored or promotional social media posts. You can see mine linked for reference
Social Bluebook: If you are questioning how much you can charge for collaborations or conventions, you definitely want to invest in Social Bluebook. There are paid versions where you can add all of your accounts, but I just write down the information it gives me for each platform and then I remove it from the list.
The rule of thumb when it comes to sponsored posts is $100 for every 10K followers. However, if you have a high engagement rate or grade (my Instagram is A++!) then you can probably charge a little higher. Social Bluebook allows you to see how much to charge for dedicated posts, shout outs, direct links to company websites, and more.
In 2016, Into the Gloss published an article about sustainable makeup recommended by Emma Watson. In the article, Emma goes over what’s in her daily makeup bag, her favorite skincare products, and even her favorite shades of lipstick.
If you’re coming from my Emma Watson makeup YouTube video, you saw me trying on these exact products for a casual Belle cosplay. I even went out downtown just to see how the makeup would weather an entire day.
As the article mentions, it’s hard to be 100% sustainable… especially when it comes to makeup. It’s a bit expensive and a little hard to gauge since it’s popularity hasn’t become mainstream quite yet.
But if you want a full comprehensive look at what I think of Emma’s favorite sustainable makeup products, then keep on reading 😉
Sustainable Makeup Recommended by Emma Watson
Out of all the makeup products Emma recommended in that article, I decided to just go with the basics. As I said in the video, I don’t tend to glam it up much. I’m more of a fan of light and subtle makeup (unless it’s for cosplay!).
That’s why I only picked out a foundation, an eyebrow gel, mascara, eyeliner, eye shadows, and a lipstick (for a total of $107.89!).
I didn’t go for Emma’s favorite shade of lipstick, but I did buy it from the same company. Likewise, I picked out eyeshadow from The Body Shop because she recommended X from that store (and she applauded their environmental-friendly practices). I
Here are the exact makeup products I purchased:
FOUNDATION $38.34: RMS “un cover up” for light skin (she also uses their powder but I decided to skip that because I’m on a budget)
MASCARA $18.50: DHC Double Protection mascara in black
EYEBROW GEL $21: Jane Iredale Pure Brow Brow Gel in blonde
EYELINER $21: Jane Iredale Liquid Eyeliner in black/brown
LIPSTICK $18: Lilu Lolo Natural lipstick (in the color Rouge)
EYESHADOW $12.05: Various brown colors from The Body Shop
Sustainable Makeup Review
The reason I wanted to try sustainable makeup is two-fold.
One: I wanted to review it. And
Two: I am very self-conscious of waste. I cringe when food is thrown out and I hord as many of cosplay materials as possible in case I can recycle even the tiniest scraps of fabric or foam.
Because my videos tend to be off-the-cuff, I wanted to give you a comprehensive analysis of what I actually think of each of these sustainable makeup products recommended by Emma Watson:
As I said in the video, I don’t like wearing foundation. I have oily skin, and I tend to break out any time I use it. I was curious to see if this would happen with a sustainable foundation. Sadly, it did make me break out.
Considering the size of the foundation and the price, I don’t think this is a sustainable product I would buy again anytime soon.
This mascara is definitely all about giving your length over volume. I prefer the latter, however, I will say that this mascara is tough!
In a good way.
I also didn’t realize until way later that it’s a water-resistant mascara. Usually, I don’t like to wear water-proof mascara because it’s a pain to take off. The DHC mascara actually had me second-guessing that choice though. I loved not having to worry about the mascara smearing and for the size, it’s a pretty good deal!
This mascara is about $8 more than your standard drug store product. If you’re in need of some length, I definitely recommend this sustainable makeup product.
Let me just say, my eyebrows are the worst. They’re a dark blonde and super thin. But they are also really long.
I’m not a pro when it comes to makeup– but this is especially true for eyebrows. I’ve used cheap eyebrow gel before, but it always looked like I just smeared brown grease over my eyes.
This stuff is a little different. I could instantly tell the quality is higher than your standard eyebrow gel and the color was spot on. I still like using eyeshadow to fill in my brows better, but this is the only stuff I’ll use to securely lock in my eyebrow look.
As soon as I opened this eyeliner, I was disappointed– not gonna lie. The bottle is very tiny, albeit eloquent. I usually use black eyeliner, but Emma recommended brown as a natural way to play up your eye.
I have to say, despite everything, I still didn’t really like this sustainable product. It comes with a thin tip brush which I loved(I know a lot of people prefer pen eyeliner), but it didn’t stick. And I always put primer on my eyes.
This eyeliner seemed a bit too diluted for me. After application, I could tell it needed a bit to dry, but even then, it didn’t seem to want to stick.
Instead of going for Emma’s recommended fierce, bright red shade, I went with Rouge for a more natural tone. This is the color I would use if I were to do a Belle or Hermione cosplay. Actually, it’s just a color I prefer in everyday life!
The first time I wore this, it seemed very flaky. However, I am prone to chapped/dehydrated lips so I figured it was my fault.
This lipstick glides on flawlessly and it lasts way longer than any NYX lipstick I’ve used (sorry NYX). As a sustainable makeup product, I give this 5/5 steaming cups of coffee!
Even without primer, I found that The Body Shop’s eyeshadows didn’t crease! They stayed on all day without much fuss and I didn’t have to retouch at all. They’re very pigmented, which is a must for me, and I actually like the little glimmer they have.
The only thing I’m not a fan of is the fact that they come in individual packets. There’s no easy way to store them! That being said, I’m excited to try out even more products from this eco-friendly store.
Want more cosplay and makeup reviews? Let me know in the comments below!
For whatEVER reason, my Captain Marvel cosplay is the one you guys seem to enjoy the most. So naturally, the next step for me would be to get the Captain Marvel flight suit costume.
As I’ve said time and time again, I’m not a stickler when it comes to screen accurate cosplays. Hell, my Captain Marvel suit(from Ali Express) looks nothing like any version of Carol Danvers. But when Stitch’s Loft reached out to me about his product, I was instantly intrigued.
When Ryan (Stitch’s Loft) sent me this pilot suit, he also gave me some history on the suit and how he was able to make it as real as possible. This guy went above and beyond to make finite details for this costume. It’s truly remarkable.
That’s what I’m going to get into in this blog in case you wanted some more backstory about the making of this suit. I did a full review of the Captain Marvel flight suit on YouTube so that you can see this cosplay in action. Check it and out andsubscribe if you’re into that kind of thing!
Is This Captain Marvel Pilot Suit Costume Movie Accurate?
Yes. The suit itself is a bonafide fire-resistant military-grade suit. Ones that’s actual Air Force Pilots wear. You’ll know it’s real when you see the tag that says:
“Coveralls, Flyer’s Women’s Summer, Flame Resistant. Type 11 CLASS 1”
The newer suits come in Freedom Green, which is only slightly different from the 90’s vintage Sage Greens pilot suits. The Freedom suit (the one I have) is a brighter green, which is actually perfect because this is cosplay and it will show up better in photos.
Captain Marvel Flight Suit Patches
You can watch the full breakdown for the Captain Marvel flight suit patches on Stitch’s Loft’s YouTube channel. He really goes into detail about how much research and study it took to get these patches just right. And the chest patch on my Air Force suit, he says, is a real vintage USAF patch.
My suit comes with a total of 4 patches, with 3 of them being movie-accurate recreations by Stitch’s Loft (V2.0 Test Pilot patch is probably my fav because it’s so colorful).
Here’s what the suit comes with:
(1) CWU-27/p (Real Nomex US Military) Flight Suit with hook and loop
(1) Custom Carol Danvers nametag (Stitch’s Loft Design)
(1) Set of USAF Captain Bar Rank Insignias (Real USAF Rank Insignias)
(1) AF Systems Command Patch REAL Vintage 90’s
(1) Inexplorata Patch (Stitch’s Loft Design)
(1) Test Pilot School Patch *NEW V2.0 (Stitch’s Loft Design)
(1) SPARROW (Stitch’s Loft Design) or RETENTION METER Morale Patch Replica
The Sparrow Patch actually has a sad story behind it concerning a real U.S. Air force Pilot. The U.S. Thunderbirds pilot died at the age of 34 in a flight accident. Brie Larson spoke about it on her Instagram, noting that,
“There is no Carol without you. You helped create her and I am forever grateful.”
So if you are planning on getting this flight suit, I highly recommend getting the Sparrow patch to celebrate and honor Maj. Stephen Del Bagno.