this is no real crafting entry.
but this shall show how I do my nails and snake-tattoos for my medusa gorgon cosplay
since medusas fingernails are some kind of trade mark and the rest of the costume is rather simple. me and my friend spend a lot time thinking of how to make the nails looking good without any manicure-skill.
and this is what my friend thought of: simply cut out the yellow arrows out of self-adhesive foil. that was such a good idea I simply copied it.
you can use all kinds of fake nails but I do recommend not to buy these with a gel-glue-pad to put them on and of, they simply will fall of all the time.
I used a piece of clay
this way, you will not mess up any part of the nail :)
lable of the book for maka. it has a paper-like surface and you can put it into your printer or draw with pencils.
of course scissors would have done the same job but I love to work with these scalpel-like things. makes me feel more pro.
if you use a felt pen or a marker let it dry first. you may need to add a second layer to intensify the colour (especially with the copics)
I tend to make really long arrows, and snip of the piece which is too long.
after you have done that it would be wise to top this sticker with a coat of clear paint. I didn't do that, because I was too lazy but it will prevent your stickers from peeling and falling of
and an other advice: prepare more nails then ten. may loose one or two nails on a con, so be prepared and have the nail glue and some extra-nails and stickers with you
as you can see the arrows have all different sizes because I was to lazy to make a special template for each nailsize but you don't notice till someone points it out. in my opinion the nails comes out pretty good :)
I also decided not to choose very long nails. I don't like how it looks and it doesn't matches up to medusas character. she is more pramatic ;)
since I have two costumes with tattoos I have done a lot of research to archieve the perfect looking tattoo-imitation. and this is the result: a permanent marker. sounds stupid but I like it the best. you can buy tattoo-marker but you don't want to have these weird tattoos on your arms for too long. especially as a cosplayer. maybe you want to wear a sleeveless dress on the next day without these tattoomarks or whatever. there are these bodypainting colours, some kind of grease paint and in the end you fix them with a powder so they won't come of and smear your whole costume. but I don't like them. they are too complicated to apply and smear of and look not like a real tattoo. but this is my personal opinion.
so I have come to the conclusion that this permanent marker is the best for black tattoos. applying is very easy, the marker itself is really cheap and you can simply remove it with make up remover. normally it does not smear if you rub over it, the colour will simply peel of in small pigments. you shall not sprinkle water on it or sweat to much, then the colour will fade and smear a little bit. and what is super important: don't use cream especially suncream. the colour will not stay and completely smear. but I recommend to test is out. if you have sensitive or dry skin I don't know if your skin may bear that. have in mind that it is possible to get tanned weirdly, so if you have the tattoo on, don't stay in the sun too long ;)
I highly recommend this permanent marker! Edding 1455 calligraphy marker.
you can draw freehand or make a template. for the snake had I prepared a template because I want to have the same on each arm. nele has drawn the points freehand. I have seen people who made even a template for this but I was too lazy.
check out my faith connor cosplay to see more of my tattoowork :D
thanks for reading and have a nice day