:33 < 4SK 4RS3N1CG4LLOWS
{ a Terezi and Nepeta ask blog }
:33 < *Terezi and Nepeta would be pawsitively greatful if you would ask us questions*
Seriously! ask us anything and we will respawnd with 100 purrcent of our artistic skill!

Please r33d our FAQ befur asking questions
About this blog and the artists

Check out our YouTube for skits!

Our purrsonal blogs:
Nepeta's blog
Terezi's blog
Helloo i was just wonderin if you guys will be postin anythin here or on youtube i know you guys are busy with work and life but it would be nice to know if you are

To be honest, we have nothing planned for either but we’re not putting this blog on a definite haitus. I’m sure after the gigapause is over we will have more inspiration but for now I’d say not to expect many upd8s. -AO

An update on the blog and life

I’m not sure if you noticed, but we turned off anon. We were getting too many (redundant) cosplay questions that were crowding up our blog. We hope that this will make it much more enjoyable for your dash scrolling :) Please continue to send us questions! We are going to try to film something this summer so more asks would be nice. Due to the fact that our nepeta gave up fanart, we are trying to move the blog to be more cosplay ask oriented. Please keep this in mind when asking things.

A few things about us you may be interested in:
-We both finished our first year of college :D yay! We unfortunately go do different schools, but we’re trying to change that.
-Our Nepeta is getting a BFA and our Terezi was going to culinary school, but she’s looking into something more video game related now.
-Our Nepeta got a job at a local art supplies store as their graphic designer and marketing consultant.
-Our Terezi has been cooking and gardening like crazy.
-We will be at Hama-con!!!!

Happy 4/13!

In the name of this glorious event, we present to you a sleepover with Nep and TZ

Anonymous said:
could you do a bellydance video to the song "Pink Elephants on Parade" by Lee Press On and the Nails?

:33 < i’m sorry, but that song is not quite good fur bellydancing. thank you fur your interest in my dancing, though! 

Anonymous said:
You are beautiful and amazing! >:D

Thank you so so much!! >:]

TZ mod here; belledecam and I are working to revamp this askblog with all we’ve got, which is why it looks so strange at the moment.

We will return shortly to answer questions for Nep and TZ, so we hope you will come back and see us again when our blog is all polished and shiny!

-AntiOppressant

Anonymous said:
Is there a possibility of more drivestuck videos in the future? The one you two did was REALLY funny to me and alot of my friends and they thought it was the best thing ever

Well I’ve been trying to get Dream Bubble Theater (the troupe I’m in) to do a massive drivestuck project, but no one seems to be very committed to it (and we live in all different places of the state) :C. I do have plans for more bellydancestuck, though. I also have a toooon of footage on my computer of random skits that I just haven’t finished editing. It’s very hard to finish projects when there are more than one person involved, especially if they all have to paint their bodies. 

~Annabelle

Anonymous said:
You were the belly dance nepeta at kamicon last year! I wanted to get a picture with you but I kept losing you! Great costume though

I was :) And thank you! I’ll be at Kamicon again this year as normal Nepeta, Jade or Meulin, and Elsa from frozen. I’ll be in the ask-a-homestuck and monologue panel. Our Terezi may be there too, if I can convince her to go in cosplay.

~Annabelle

Anonymous said:
can you please show me the new bellydancestuck character?

I’m not sure what you mean. I haven’t designed any new bellydancestuck characters. I have made a Bellydancestuck!Aradia cosplay, which I have plans for….

Anonymous said:
How did you learn belly dance? :3

Check my FAQ at the bottom

Where To Buy Wigs For Every Single Homestuck Character

Wigs can make or break a cosplay. It’s very important to find the right wig for your character, and to take a lot of effort in styling it! I would encourage cosplayers to almost always get a wig, especially for the trolls!  Even black hair looks brown against grey makeup, and your pink scalp will be visible and stand out against grey. Wigs are easier to style, hold their shape, and look more cartoony than real hair. However, I personally think real hair can look much better for the kids (Especially the boys) since they’re supposed to have natural hair. 

-See my Wig Buying, Styling, and Care Master Guide for more wig sellers. I highly recommend consulting it after buying your wig for styling help. It is very important that you style each and every wig you get :)

-See my FAQ for much more help on greying up, specific characters, and just general homestuck cosplay help

-This is my favorite seller, and a lot of the wigs I’m going to recommend are from them. If anything says it’s out of stock, just wait a few weeks to a month and they will restock all of their wigs eventually. Again, see my Wig Buying, Styling and Care guide for more sellers.

-If any of the ebay wigs are sold, there is usually a list of items like the wig under it, and you can probably the same wig there. If not, check the seller to see if they relisted it under a different URL.

-Even if the wig looks exactly like your character, you will still need to style it. Wig bangs come purposely long so you can style them to your needs. 

-A lot of people will recommend this wig, or something else like it for Vriska, Jade, Aradia, Feferi, etc… DO NOT GET IT! Anyone who has gotten it, including me, will warn you: It tangles immediately and looses all of its curl after one use

-A lot of people get the same wigs for Jade, Aradia, Feferi, and Vriska, but their hairstyles are actually all different. Aradia’s is very curly, all the way to the top of the wig. Viska’s can be curly at the middle/bottom, or straight and teased depended on your headcanon. Feferi’s hair is curly, and is pulled back so you can see her hairline. Jade’s is straight and very teased. Now these are just from interpreting the sprites. I am in no way saying that Jade cosplayers with curly hair are wrong. I’m just stating my opinion of the sprites. 

Beta Kids: 

Read More

Super long Wig Buying and Styling Master Guide For All Your Cosplay Needs

Wigs can make or break a cosplay, seriously. If you’re going to invest in one expensive thing for a cosplay, let it be the wig.

Sure you can get a cheap wig from party city, but trust me, you’ll regret it. Cheap wigs are impossible to style, the skeleton shows through, and the hair falls out like crazy. When buying a wig look for a heat resistant and skin top wig. Special parts and pulled back hair calls for special wigs such as lace front and lace top.

I’ve had people ask me about using their own hair instead of a wig. I do not recommend this at all, unless your hair is just like the character’s. Anime characters are extremely stylized, and over the top. Natural hair typically does not stand out enough to look that great for cosplay. It’s also a pain to have to style your hair each time you want to cosplay, and making sure it’s the right length.

I advise getting a wig if your character has: 

  • Any unnatural colored hair. It’s a PAIN to dye your hair a super bright color and keep up with it long term, and it will usually not look as good as a wig.
  • Any spiked or weird crazy style. Natural hair is usually not full enough to make spikes work well.
  • Jet black hair. Even most people with “black hair” actually have dark brown hair. A black wig will usually look more rich
  • There are exceptions to all of these, of course! 

Real hair is usually better if your character has:

  • A natural color that is close to your own hair including: blonde, brown, and red. If you’re dirty blond but your character is platinum blond, don’t sweat it unless you’re really concerned about accuracy
  • A length that can be easily maintained. I do NOT recommend cutting your hair in a weird way for a character unless you KNOW you want that cut every single day of your life for a while
  • All of things above plus a crazy part like a zig-zag part or pig tails. Zig Zag parts or ponytails/pig tails take a LOT of work and extra money to do to a wig. 
  • A good example: I have waist length long brown hair and am cosplaying Painwheel. She has a zig zag part and a bun with a big hair loopy in the back. My hair is long enough to form the loop, and all I have to do is buy a clip-on bun and I’m set. If I wanted a wig like this, I would have to buy an EXPENSIVE full lace wig. Using my real hair is the best choice in this case

Where to buy: Note, all of the sellers I list only sell heat-resistant wigs

  • Arda wigs is my new favorite. All of the wigs are very full, and use the same, incredibly realistic fibers. Their lace fronts are absolutely fantastic. 
  • Lucaille has an AMAZING selection. They have the biggest character-specific selection I have ever seen. They all look very accurate, and are extremely cheap. They also have some nice fashion/lolita cosplay wigs. 
  • Epic Cosplay Wigs has a very large selection, and they are recommended by lots of professionals. They are very soft and good quality with minimum sheen. 
  • Insomnium wigs is great! 
  • Amphigory has a HUGE selection of wigs and extensions
  • The Five Wits has great character-specific wigs
  • ebay user Agree518’s Fashion-Cosplay-Wigs shop has a humongous selection of wigs. I have been buying from them for years, and am happy with all of the wigs I bought. However, they aren’t all made the same and some of them are much thinner and courser than others. None of them are going to be super-fantastic quality like Arda and Insomnium.
  • AnimeStuffStore on ebay has a great Cosplay wig section
  • Cosplay Wigs USA has some unique styles
  • Matchwigs are alright, but be warned: they all are VERY full and look a bit too poofy and unnatural. Good for super styled spikes. 
  • Cosplay.com Shopping I’ve heard mixed reviews about, though I’ve never bought wigs from them.
  • I Kick Shins is great for extensions and styling supplies. I bought lots of human hair wefts from them and they’re absolutely gorgeous, and cheap!
  • Petting Zoo Wigs has extentions
  • Doctored Locks has extentions
  • Milanoo gets a lot of mixed reveiws since, unlike the other sites I have listed, their wigs come from many different sellers. I would stay away from them.
  • God Save The Queen does custom wig commissions

Here is my masterpost on what wigs to buy for every single Homestuck character

Styling:

- Products:

  • A Styrofoam mannequin head is essential for wig styling. They are $5 at hobby lobby.
  • Hair wax to style bangs, spikes, and to tease hair.
  • Spiking glue to style spikes
  • Many people say not to use gel in wigs. While I somewhat agree since gel will cake the fibers together and make them extremely stiff and shiny, it is necessary in some cases. I used gel to smooth down and solidify my Elsa braid. Otherwise, it kept coming out because it was so full. Gel is good to use on the end of super styled spikes to keep the fibers together. Gel is not good if you’re trying to make semi-realistic spikes. 
  • Hairspray to hold the wig’s shape. I recommend freeze spray for holding spikes and special curls
  • Wide tooth comb to comb the wig. Never use a comb for curls, use your fingers to lightly brush it
  • Rat comb is used to back-comb wigs for volume, or spikes
  • Blow dryer for styling curles
  • Never use hair straighteners or curling irons
  • Sewing shears are my personal preference for cutting wigs. Many people say not to do this because they’re so sharp, and can leave edges too perfect. I just know how to work them. It really depends on your methods of style. If you want good hair thinning shears, here are some. Don’t use the scissors you use for wig cutting on anything else, and especially not paper
  • Foam curlers work best for curling wigs

-Layering:

-Cutting Bangs:

-Styling Spikes:

- Curling: 

-Straightening:

-Teasing: 

-Dying: 

  • There is no way to lighten a wig with die if it’s too dark. The only method is leaving it out in the sun, but be careful because this is inconsistant and could create streaks, or gradients
  • Do not use colored hairspray to try to dye a wig. Don’t use colored hairspray to dye your hair as a substitute for a wig. DON’T EVER USE COLORED HAIRSPRAY
  • Use Actual wig dying ink, or FW ink (video tutorial)
  • dying with polyester fabric dye
  • dying with (very cheap) rit fabric dye
  • You can make your own wig dye
  • You can use acrylic ink (tutorial)
  • Or you can die your wig with sharpie
  • Painting designs on a wig
  • You can sometimes remove wig die, but it doesn’t always work depending on what ink you use. Put the wig in a ziplock bag filled with rubbing alcohol and squish and shake it well, then rinse. You only need to let it sit in the alcohol for a few seconds; the die should come right off. Just make sure it gets everywhere. If the die doesn’t come out completely, let the wig air dry and repeat the process
  • Wig dye does not work well on Elora fiber, but the only Elora fiber I’ve seen is the New Look line so it’s not a big worry


Special Styles:

-Cowlick/hairlines:

-Lace Front Wigs: 

  • I buy all of mine from Arda wigs. They’re cheap for lace fronts and VERY good quality. Extremely thick and sturdy with very realistic fibers. 
  • IMPORTANT! You must watch this if you buy one: Putting on a lace front
  • I used spirit gum first, but it was a pain and leaves yellow scum on the wig. Very hard to clean off. I advise using lace front tape. Arda wigs supplies it, but it’s usually out of stock. You can get them very cheap on ebay. 
  • Wig ventelating (GREAT video tutorial!)
  • Wig ventelating 2
  • Arda wigs also sells ventilating needles + holder, but they are often out of stock
  • This ebay seller has cheap wig ventilating needles + holder in 4 different sizes. (They also just needles)
  • Fx Supply sells ventilating needles (holder sold separately)
  • If you’re making your own lace front, Hugo Royer and Atelier Bassi sell super fine swiss lace

-Ponytails/buns/parts:

-Wig wefting:

-Character Styles (some of the tutorials above are for specific characters too):

Making your own wig from scratch:

Wearing 

  • Putting on the wig
  • Always wear a wig cap. It prevents ichyness, and will keep your wig from sliding around. Even if you have short hair, wear it
  • Pin your wig to your hair/wig cap with bobby pins
  • If you have long hair, than use this method to pin your hair up. I use it every time, and if I don’t, my wig slides down with wear
  • wearing a lace front wig

Wig Care:

-Brushing: 

  • Only brush straight hair with a wide-tooth comb. Brush the tips first, then move up to the top of the wig
  • Do not use a comb to brush curls, use your fingers gently
  • If your curly wig has a straight top, or straight bangs, you can use a brush to comb the straight parts. 

-Washing and detangling:

-Detangling (also, see above in washing and detangling):

-Storing:

  • I keep my most styled wigs pinned to a few styrofoam mannequin heads, this way all my hard work is not ruined by storage.
  • You can keep wigs with minimal styling in their original plastic bags. For spiky/teased wigs, I keep them turned inside-out in the bags. This way they don’t flatten.
  • If you have a huge wig collection and no space to store them (like me), I would advise getting a shoe hanger rack :)

Note: Synthetic Vs. Human hair wigs:

  • Synthetic hair will hold its original style, even if it gets rained on or dunked in cold water
  • it is easy to take care of and maintain
  • It is significantly cheaper than human hair wigs
  • they come in a variety of colors
  • it is really difficult to tell the difference
  • It cannot be styled in the same way as human hair
  • Human Hair can by easily styled with anything
  • they can be dyed and bleached
  • they have to be re-styled much more
  • they are extremely expensive
  • available in a limited range of colors

More references:

-my FAQ (mostly for homestuck cosplay help, also a bit of bellydance)

-This is a HUGE glossary of terms and definitions all about wigs. It’s very informative, and I advise looking it over!

-cosplaytutorial: a wonderful master list of many many cosplay tutorials. 

-cosplay.com’s FAQ

-Godsavethequeen’s cosplay tutorials

-cosplayresources, a good cosplay help blog

-an SFX makeup masterpost

-a great sewing tutorial site

-my “Where to Buy Wigs For Every Single Homestuck Character" master list

-homestuckcosplayhelp, a great blog that is my go-to when starting a new homestuck cosplay

 Whew! Glad that’s finally done. It only took me three months…

Anonymous said:
hey there, i wanna make a nepeta coat following your pattern, about how much fabric should i need? thanks in advance uwu

I believe I wrote it in the post, but it’s 5 yards. 

Anonymous said:
How did you make the dolls in Nepeta's Tea party? They are great!

Actually, my friend Cate made most of them ^^ (all of the grubs) I made the pounce de leon, and Equius. And the rock!Aradia, of course,

Help me improve my FAQ

I know I made that huge, long FAQ… but does anyone actually read it? Is it too long? I still get asked questions from it T.T Please, let me know if I should shorten it or reorganize it.

I’ve also been working on a master wig styling and buying post, plus a post for at least 10 wigs options for every single homestuck character with hair. It takes FOREVER and I wanted to know if it’s worth finishing. Let me know if you really want me to finish it. 

Also, I just learned indesign and I’m thinking about making a pretty, graphic homestuck cosplay 101 thing with pictures because it’s just so hard to explain things in a plane text post. Would anyone be interested in that? 

~Annabelle