When a friend expressed that he loved YuYu Hakusho, and wanted to cosplay as my favorite character, Hiei, I jumped at the chance to cosplay with him. It took a while to decide between Kurama and Mukuro, but after finding a Kurama outfit I really liked, I chose him.
The costume was pretty simple; the only time consuming part was the applique blue design on the green changshan (tunic). I always back my main fabric and applique fabric, but this time I tried Sulky Solvy Water Soluble Fabric Stabilizer. It worked really well!
The most challenging part about this cosplay was making myself look more masculine. The binding was pretty simple, but the make-up was frustrating. I watched quite a few tutorials online about crossplay make-up, but I no matter what I still looked like a girl. :/ My eyebrows were the first challenge; even with a glue stick and wax my eyebrows were impossible to completely conceal. Next more challenging part was masking my lips. They are pretty full, and even with concealer and nude lipstick, they were still obviously full girly lips. My face shape is also pretty defined. It was just difficult to look like a dude.
The Indian Caverns shoot was a ‘dream’ shoot for me; I’ve been hoping to do shoot something in caves for a good year and a half. I was happy to find the Indian Caverns online because it really was the perfect place to shoot. Granted, it was 3 hours away, and solidifying a photographer was challenging. But everything eventually fell into place and the pictures really turned out amazingly.
Photographer: David Frei