Long-time, no play, cos-fans!
The Mysterons didn’t get me, it’s just been a disgracefully long time between posts. So allow me to begin by saying sorry that this took so long! The main reason I went dark was because I was building a proton pack from Ghostbusters, and not content with that, I then built a second pink proton pack for a friend. But that’s for future blogs I’ll take forever to post! Let’s get down to business, we’re all here for the final instalment of the Captain Black cosplay recipe. If you haven’t read the previous entries, then SPOILER ALERT! Lolz, not really, you can just go back to the start, we’ll wait…
Welcome back! By now you should have a full outfit, hat, gun, light up lights, the whole piñata! But you probably look too human, human! Even I, milk skinned Scottish boy that I am, needed artificial assistance in looking rough enough to pass for Captain B.
So here’s what you’ll need to rustle up:
Black face paint
White face paint
Brush in black hair dye
Baby wipes (any wipes are actually fine, but those made from babies are best)
Hair cream (I used Brylcreem, I know I’m breaking my product placement rule – will explain below)
Make up sponges (this could be a tool or an ingredient, but the tool section was looking kinda Spartan)
A brush or comb
Gaffa tape (you shouldn’t need this, unless things go really badly, but if you are serious about cosplay, it should always be to hand)
As always I’ll be explaining things crudely and simply, if you have any prior experience using make up or face paint, you have surpassed this guide, and can burn without reading.
I always did my facial make up before colouring my hair, but after styling it. For styling tips, see below, but the reasoning is that having your hair slicked back first keeps stray hair off your face, and clear of the make-up.
General make up tip: less is more! Start light, you can always add more later, but it is harder to remove excess. You have no idea how happy it makes me to finally have had a chance to use that cliché!
Start by tucking tissues all round your collar, this will protect your costume from stray make-up. Don’t start this until you are wearing the top half of the costume, as the undershirt goes over your head, and you don’t want to cover it in make-up gunk! If you are taking these instructions literally, please remember to put the bottom half of the costume on before attending a con, they are crazy strict on this stuff – trust me!
Dampen your sponge a tiny touch, whilst repeating the less is more rule out loud. The wetter you get the sponge and/or face paint, the brighter it becomes. Get a little white on the sponge and coat your whole face and neck. We’re aiming for pale here, not mime, so be seriously mellow with that water. Painting the hands is optional, I didn’t, because it rubs off easily, and it wasn’t practical for two days at a con. You should now look nice and pale, if in doubt head down to the back of your local library, and seek the help of some Goth kids.
Now for the black. I’d say use a different sponge, otherwise the white and black mix together on it and mess everything up. This probably sounds obvious to you, because you are not me. With the eyes, you are going for black bags below, not the full round Batman style. It’s as if Captain B hasn’t slept for a while, maybe he hasn’t… do Mysterons sleep? That’s one for the SIGers! (Is SIGers a thing, if not, can it be?).
Next, suck in your cheeks. This will expose the cheek bones and give you nice boney lines to lightly colour black. You’re aiming for some sunken looking cheeks, so make a light black line that follows the cheekbone shape, a sort of L that’s fallen forward. Then even more lightly shade the triangular space between the two ends of the L. Blending is the key to making things look good. It helped me to have a sponge for applying, and a secondary sponge for blending.
Captain Black has that awesome stubbly look that I think only exists for puppets and cartoon characters – I’ve never seen it look that awesome on a real life person. I achieved this by not shaving for a few days and then lightly scraping the black blending sponge over the hairs – don’t touch your face skin, just the stubble hair. If you are female and doing this, I am unsure of the best way to achieve this look for you, maybe ask an old lady? Lots of them have total boss stubble!
Last up on the face are the eyebrows. Captain Black has large, thick black eyebrows. And for me, this has been the only time in my life I have loved my ridiculously large eyebrows. My hair colour is brown, so I used the black brush in hair dye here. The black dye I had came in a little tube with a little brush attached to the lid. I think (make-up wearers call me out if I’m wrong) it was a mascara type brush. This was perfect for brushing it into the eyebrows. As with the stubble above, keep the brush far away from your skin and try to just catch the hair. Keep things slow and steady, and it will look wicked good. You could probably use black face paint and a toothbrush, I did this with white paint whilst playing Santa once, but remember that you’re aiming for slick and smooth brows, not bushy and wild – which is how Santa rolls, up top and down below! ;)
This Segway’s nicely into the hair section –
(Note: Before you get all King Stannis on me, I know the word is segue, but I found the mental image of us all Segway’ing into the next section amusing).
Captain Black has a dark black hair in a slicked back style. When I was imagining the best way to achieve this I thought, dude, this is such an old school hair style, and I remembered that back in the olden day’s people were nuts for a hair cream called Brylcreem. They used to call the Royal Air Force pilots ‘Brylcreem Boys’ because they loved the stuff. I went to a shop, and holy moly, they still make it! Or it’s been sitting there since WW2. Using a straight toothed comb, and the cream, I slicked my hair back (this is prior to the make-up step).
Post eyebrow step, use the dye brush gently apply the black back and into your hair. This can be time consuming, as the brush is small and the hair is long. Don’t worry too much about the amount you apply at this stage, concentrate on not touching your skin and messing up your make-up face. Once you’re happy that there looks to be black pretty much everywhere, switch back to your comb and comb it back again. This helps to evenly spread the dye. I had a special comb for this, because the black dye sort of stays on it, and also, I never use a comb in real life.
Lastly, remove those safety tissues and look in the mirror – what should be facing you is Mysteron reflection perfection!
With a heavy heart I must admit we’ve reached the end of not just this entry, but the entire Captain Black cosplay recipe! It’s been wonderful having you here, and thanks for taking the time out of your awesome life to hang out on the Ozplay blog. Please get in touch if you have any questions, or want any advice – I might not give good answers, or advice, but I’m very enthusiastic!
Always remember, if it wasn’t meant to be fun it’d be called Coswork!
Next time on the Walking De … I mean … Ozplay blog, I’ll be giving you a look at the Ghostbusters proton packs I put together, giving you some practical tips, and pointing you in the direction of some amazing tutorials – because seriously, people have been making these for longer than I’ve been alive, and their guides are awesome – where I might help is in sourcing parts, because you just don’t get giant resistors these days!
Catch you on the flip flop,
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