Cosplay Step-By-Step | Mercy Wig

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step

This weekend, I spent my entire Saturday documenting styling my Mercy wig. Yikes. I’ve cosplayed 2 characters in the past with ponytail wigs, and after those two horrible experiences I vowed I would never cosplay a character with a ponytail again. And I didn’t – for almost three years! So I found it slightly ironic that I was once again at the mercy (heh) of styling another ponytail. I used an Arda Jeannie in ash blonde.

Since there weren’t a lot of tutorials out there (especially for total wig styling noobs like myself), I figured I’d document my progress and hope that someone might find it useful! I apologize in advance for the poor lighting (and my pajama top, ha!)

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
This was honestly the part that took the longest – 5 whole hours. During which I had a breakdown, thinking I’d never be able to do this. But I pushed through! I’m sure I’m an anomaly and this wouldn’t take as long for someone else.

I took out the ponytail that came pre-packaged and brushed the entire thing out. It’s recommended to have a friend help you gather the hair back into a ponytail on your head but I did it myself. It took 4 different tries before settling on the height of the ponytail pictured above. As you can see, it’s still a little “baggy” at the bottom but after 5 hours…yeah, I settled. I secured the ponytail with 5 hair elastics.

I knew I needed some extra volume in the ponytail for the spikes, so I added 6 extra wefts, 4″ wide. I tied them in via elastic, knowing that the elastic and tops of the wefts would be covered later on with a large black fabric band.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
Mercy’s back ponytail comes to a point in the back with three little spikes at top. Using small elastics, I sectioned the hair into where the spikes would go.

To make a spike, flatten the section of hair and snip the hair into a point. I used got2b ultra glued gel to gel the hair into a spike and set it by using a hair dryer. I repeated this basic process until all the spikes were made. For the top 3 spikes I added a little drop of tacky glue to keep the points extra sharp.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
I started out with the side of Mercy’s bangs with the least amount of hair, since her bangs intimidated me ^^ I knew I wanted a bit of hair on the side to cover up where my hairline might show (damn being a thick-haired brunette). To do this, I sewed two wefts to the inside of the wig, right at the hairline. I trimmed them into a point, used the got2be gel, and set with heat.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
I sectioned most of the bangs over to her right side to use for the larger side of the bangs, and kept a smaller piece to use on the left side. Starting with the “under” layer of the bangs, I started teasing the hair, pretty much with no goal as to how I’d achieve her gravity-defying bangs. I used the hair dryer to coax the roots up and ended up cutting up a paper towel tube to use as a guide for the curl. Then I used hairspray to set the curls, and started to tease some more. And more. Really, I just kept teasing and using heat to get the bangs to lay around the tube.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
I repeated the above process with the rest of the hair that I’d sectioned off. I tried really hard here to add even more volume to the back of the ponytail so it would “float” above the front section. Not sure if I achieved it but I did use a lot of hairspray…this section was then trimmed shorter and turned into a spike.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step

And there we have it! I still have some work to do taming flyaways and getting rid of hairspray frizz but the overall shape is there. I’m so proud of it! I keep waffling back and forth between making the black neck cover in the back (since I’m doing a casual cosplay) to cover up my hairs that are showing. Do you have any tips for covering those up? I’m not too sure what to do…

Anyway, I hope this tutorial helps! If you use it, I’d love to know! Let me know :)

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Cosplay Tutorial | Sailor V Moon Compact

Today I wanted to share a little tutorial for Sailor V’s Moon Compact! I made this initially back in 2014 but remade it last month for Anime Boston. I documented my process and wanted to share!

Kyla Is Inspired | Sailor V Compact Tutorial

Kyla Is Inspired | Sailor V Compact Tutorial

((the cute Chibiusa cosplayer is my friend Ashley!))
Read on to see the full tutorial!
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Cosplay Tutorial | Mario Mushroom

Hello hello! From my last post of Fashion Wario, you may have noticed I was holding a golden mushroom…here, I’ll break down the steps involved in making your own, just in time for Halloween! I’ve even included a downloadable template to print and use!

Cosplay Tutorial | Mario Mushroom

You will need:
  • 1 Styrofoam ball
  • 1 Styrofoam half circle
  • 2 sheets of craft foam
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Gold paint
  • Hot glue
  1. Line up your styrofoam circle inside the half-circle. You’ll need to cut a circle of craft foam the glue to the half-circle, leaving a hole in the middle. You should be able to “slip” on the top onto the mushroom. Glue in place. (This was honestly a lot of guessing for me to figure out where his mushroom head should hit!)
  2. Sand everything smooth! I also sanded the bottom to be slightly flat so he could stand up.
  3. Prime. You can use gesso if you’d like (to fill in any holes), but remember to sand again after
  4. Paint. I used a few different gold colors for each portion of the mushroom. Feel free to do classic white and red!
  5. Seal your mushroom with a few layers of mod-podge
  6. Glue on some craft foam eyes, and you’re done!

DIY Mario Mushroom

If you want to do the crown, follow the below instructions. It’s the same method I used for my Princess Peach crown!

  • Crown template (download here!!)
  • 1 sheet craft foam
  • Worbla scraps
  • Heat gun
  • Paint
  • Resin kit OR buy your own gems
  1. Print out the provided crown template, and cut out of both craft foam and worbla.
  2. Using your heat gun, heat the SHINY side of the worbla. Place the craft foam on top, and bend the edges of worbla over the foam, encasing it. Do this to all 4 pieces(For tips on using worbla, check out this video!)
  3. Re-heat all the pieces, and stick the sides together. Shape the crown into a circular shape. Let cool
  4. If you’d like, add a rectangular strip around the bottom of craft foam.
  5. Prime. You can use gesso if you’d like (to fill in any holes), but remember to sand again after
  6. Paint.
  7. Seal your mushroom with a few layers of mod-podge

Between waiting for paint to dry and putting everything together, I’d say this project took about 5 hours to complete. If you make your own mushroom, I’d love to see how it turned out!

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