Kylo Ren Makeup Test

Last night I did a test run of my Fem!Kylo Ren makeup, including the scar. I decided to go with smoky eye makeup (using my Tarte Sex Kitten palette) and pretty much my usual day-to-day makeup for the rest. For the scar, I used Mehron’s Rigid Collodion to create the base. I did a few coats to make the scar a little deeper-looking. I used a pinkish/nude eyeshadow to make the scar look a bit pinker. Then, I used a medium brown eyeliner pencil and traced along the length of the scar, and then softly blended it to give the scar some depth and to stand out a little more.

I’m really happy with how it turned out! I had some fun taking photos, too.

Kylo Ren approves, except when it comes to porgs.

TFW your parents don’t understand you and don’t believe it’s not “just a phase.”

Well, at least Kylo Ren has an eight-pack. And is shredded.


Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Sometime in late December/early January, I had a dream that I made a really cool genderbend Kylo Ren costume (complete with an awesome scar). I laughed it off because I’m not really a Kylo Ren fan. But, then I couldn’t stop thinking about it and how much fun it would be to create, and so I decided to go for it. My goal was to create the costume pieces close enough to the ones used in the movie, but not go too crazy trying to make them screen accurate – mostly because my skill level wouldn’t allow me to be able to perfectly recreate everything. As long as people could recognize who I was trying to emulate, then that would be good enough for me.

So, let’s break down the costume pieces!

Undertunic: I bought a black long-sleeved tee shirt from Target and removed the sleeves to use one as a pattern. Then, I bought a bunch of black linen-like fabric and used a sort of pintucking technique to two large pieces of the fabric to create about 26 1″ rows on each sleeve to give a sort of pleated look, but not actually creating pleats. While I used the sleeve from the tee as a base, I had to make it a bit bigger since the tee is made from knit fabric (so, super stretchy) and the linen I used had no stretch at all. With a little bit of adjustments, I made a mock-up pattern from some scrap fabric and cut out the sleeves from the pintucked fabric. Then, I just sewed them in place of the old sleeves in the tee.


Vest: Using the Simplicity 1499 pattern as a base, I made a mock-up of the vest using an old bed sheet. I had to make quite a few adjustments: I had to make the front collar a bit higher, had to add some fabric to the underarm area, made the shoulders a bit pointier, created a whole new collar, and took in the sides a little bit. Once the mock-up was complete, I cut out the pieces from the same linen-like fabric I used for the undertunic, and then made a lining from black cotton fabric. The basic construction didn’t take too long, but then I wanted to create a quilted grid pattern. That part took quite a while, but I think it turned out well.


Cape: I bought this really cool stretchy black fabric that has sort of a wet look to it, so it’s somewhere between looking kind of metallic and also kind of like leather. I used Simplicity 8201 as the base for the cape (just the two back panels, really) and made a mock-up using an old bed sheet for the front two panels. Then, I sewed in woven cotton laces at the shoulders to create “opera straps” to tie behind my back to keep the cape on my shoulders.



Leggings: I bought faux leather leggings from Torrid.

Belt: I bought a stretch corset belt from Torrid, but I’ll eventually commission a proper Kylo Ren belt from my friend Paul at PHProps.

Boots: I bought some cool boots off of eBay that have multiple straps. They’re awesome, and I plan on wearing them outside of my Kylo costume for sure!

Gloves: I used my black leather gloves from my General Hux costume.

Wig: I bought the “Jane” wig from Arda Wigs in Black. It’s such a cute wig that I kind of want to wear it all the time.

Lightsaber: I went with the Black Series Force FX Kylo Ren lightsaber. I want to add the texture to the blades to give it a fiery look, but I want to make blade covers as opposed to modifying the actual blades. That’ll be a project for another time.

Makeup & Scar: For my makeup, I did a smoky eye using my Tarte Sex Kitten palette. The rest of my makeup was pretty much my normal daily makeup. For the scar, I used Mehron’s Rigid Collodion to create the base. I did a few coats of it. Then, I used a pinkish/nude eyeshadow to make the scar look a little pinker, and then used a medium brown eyeliner pencil (softly blended) to add depth to the scar.

This is the costume put together:


I had my friend take a couple of photos of me wearing the costume, but I didn’t wear any makeup for these photos (the makeup test was done on a different day). I’ll edit this post to add more photos later.


I’m hoping to debut this costume soon, and then I can have some photos taken with makeup and everything. But, I have to say I am extremely happy with how this costume turned out, and I think the undertunic and vest are my best work so far.

General Hux – Reusable Sideburns (Tutorial)


I’ll be taking submission photos for the 501st Legion of my General Hux costume once my commissioned costume is complete, and one of the requirements of the CRL is sideburns. Being female, I can’t quite grow my own, so I decided to make some.

I found tutorials for creating sideburns using crepe hair and spirit gum, but those could only be used once. I wanted something I could reuse in case I ever want to wear the sideburns again. This tutorial explains how to use liquid latex and crepe hair to create sideburns (or whatever sort of furry thing) you can use again and again.

This is a pretty photo-heavy tutorial, so click “Continue Reading” to view it in all its glory.

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General Hux’s Blaster

Did you know that General Hux has a blaster? He does, apparently, although we have yet to see him use it. The greatest mystery to me is where the heck he keeps it, since he doesn’t have a holster. It seems unsafe to keep it in a pocket, but…what do I know? The First Order has a problem with installing safety railings, too. My guess is that it’s all due to budget cuts because of Kylo Ren’s tantrums and having to replace everything he breaks. But, I digress…

I planned on having Hux’s blaster 3D printed, and I will probably do that in the future. But, I was made aware that Nerf released a First Order Stormtrooper blaster (their version of the SE-44C) for “The Force Awakens” and those blasters are very similar to the one Hux uses. I decided to buy one and try my hand at painting it.


That’s how it looked out-of-the-box. My first task was to sand off any logos and imprinted text. That took a while. I also sanded the majority of the blaster so that the paint had something to stick to. Then, my next problem was filling in the space where you could pull back the slide to get the blaster ready to fire a dart. I came up with probably the most ratchet-looking solution: I used a piece of foam to fill in the gap, and then sanded down a piece of a popsicle stick to fit across the gap, and then used Diamond Glaze to adhere it to the blaster and fill in any gaps. I normally use Diamond Glaze for jewelry-making, but it worked wonderfully for this! Once it dried, I sanded everything down smooth.

Then, I taped off the part that would eventually be painted silver with painter’s tape.


I started painting the blaster before I remembered to take a progress photo. Whoops! In any case, this is what it looked like after the sanding and prep work.


I used acrylic paint in Payne’s Gray for the entirety of the blaster. It has a somewhat matte finish, which is exactly what I wanted. It took about three or four coats to completely cover the blaster, but the paint dried quickly so I was able to paint the blaster fairly quickly.

For the shiny black parts, I used…wait for it…nail polish! Here’s the cool thing about nail polish: it’s enamel, and it comes in every color possible, and usually you can find it for pretty cheap. The kind I used was Wet ‘n’ Wild, so that’s about as cheap as you can get. Since I had already painted the entire blaster, I only needed to do one coat of black nail polish to get full coverage.

I used my trusty Shimmering Silver paint for the silver parts. Then, I painted the matte areas with a coat of matte Mod Podge.

I also decided to add a little special touch by completely destroying and rebuilding one of the darts that came with the blaster to create a red…laser? I don’t know. Something red. I cut up and re-glued a dart, and then painted the tip with red nail polish, and then glued it inside the barrel.

And…then it was done!

Here is the reference photo:


And here is the finished blaster:


There are obvious differences between the actual blaster and the Nerf version (mostly because of how it needed to be constructed so it could fire projectiles), but it makes for a fun prop for conventions or casual trooping. From a few feet away, it looks pretty cool. Up close…well, I know my painting job isn’t perfect, but it was a really fun project.

Rebel, Rebel Princess Boots

Even though my Rebel, Rebel Princess costume is still a fairly new build, I’m already working on a V2 after wearing it a few times. One of the things I wanted to change was the boots. The ones I bought initially worked just fine, but they weren’t very comfortable. I hardly ever wear shoes with heels, so those boots were awful for walking and standing in. So, I decided to make GLITTER BOOTS!

I ended up buying a cheap pair of white boots off of Amazon. I figured if the process didn’t work, I’d be out $15 and some glitter. I’m always a little skeptical of cheap shoes, so I wasn’t sure what I’d get when they arrived. Thankfully, they were pretty much what I expected:

While I wouldn’t wear these boots on a daily basis (they’re not super high quality), they will definitely work for costumes. In fact, if I ever make a “normal” Senatorial Leia costume, I’ll probably buy these again.

The first thing I did was remove the buckles. The buckles around the ankles weren’t attached at all, so I just slipped those off. The top buckles were easily removed with a seam ripper. I ended up saving the hardware just in case I can use them for another project. Yay, recycling!

The next thing I did was tape off the soles with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to protect them from painting and glittering. Then, I began the process of painting the boots silver with DecoArt Patent Leather paint. I bought two bottles, and I’m glad I did. It took several coats (I think five?) to get some decent coverage. If I wasn’t covering them in glitter, I probably would have done several more coats just to make sure there was solid coverage (and would probably need three bottles of paint total for that). It also took quite a while for the paint to dry and lose its tackiness, so the painting process took several days since I’d do one coat right after work and then a second coat later in the evening. This is how the boots looked after the painting process:

You can see the very attractive blue tape on the soles. FASHION.

Now, for the fun and messy part: GLITTER!


I basically followed the same process I used for glittering my blaster. I used regular Mod Podge as my adhesive for the glitter by painting a section with a coat of Mod Podge and then shaking silver glitter onto the section. I patted it down lightly and then shook off the excess glitter. I repeated the process until both boots were covered. When all was said and done, the boots weren’t the only things covered in glitter. So were my desk, my carpet, my clothing, my cats…

I waited until the base coat of Mod Podge dried and then used two coats of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter (mixed with a little of the silver glitter) to seal the glitter. The nice thing about the Extreme Glitter Mod Podge is that the glitter is iridescent, so not only does it sea in the silver glitter, it adds an extra dimension of sparkle.

When the Mod Podge sealing coats dried, I removed the blue tape. The boots were complete!

I wore the boots for the first time at AniMinneapolis for the masquerade. Fearing the worst, I brought along an emergency glitter repair kit with me with a little of the glittery Mod Podge, a small vial of glitter, and a paintbrush. Luckily, I didn’t need to use it for the 8 hours or so I was wearing the boots.

That said, the boots did suffer some damage from wear. It’s interesting how there are tons of tutorials online about how to glitter a pair of shoes, but nobody really shows what happens after you wear them. I think if you glitter a section of a shoe or glitter a pair of flats, there isn’t as much damage. But, these are knee-high boots that are kind of slouch-style, so there are a lot of folds and creases to consider, so I don’t think there’s a surefire way to avoid cracking. Here are photos of the “battle damage” from wearing the boots:

For the piece that actually peeled off of the boot, I just used fabric glue to reattach it. For some of the smaller cracks where the white boot showed through, I used a silver Sharpie as a base instead of messing around with paint again. Then, I just used the same glittering process as above on any areas with cracks. I’m pretty sure the repair process is something I’ll have to do with each wear, and that’s fine. This isn’t a costume I wear all the time so it’s not a huge problem. The plus side is that even if there is cracking, the boots are so glittery that nobody notices. Also, the gown is long enough to cover the majority of the boots, so it’s not totally obvious.

Kaiya Liin (Original Jedi Character) – Star Wars


When I received my lightsaber as a birthday gift in 2016, I decided I really needed to create an original Jedi character so I had an excuse to use it. I mean, obviously.

The nice thing about creating your own character is that you can do whatever you want, and it’s up to you how “canon-compliant” it is. For me, I knew two things: 1) She had to have an orange lightsaber and 2) She had to be badass. I started off by looking around on different websites for patterns, and found one on McCall’s website that looked really cool – M6941, which is a pattern for a tabard, skirt, and belt. It’s pretty much a fantasy-type costume and I wasn’t sure how well it would translate to a Jedi costume, but I risked it anyway. I also bought Simplicity 5840 for the robe.


From there, I created a concept drawing of how I wanted the finished costume to look. Granted, the drawing isn’t very good and I totally forgot that the robe had sleeves, so it’s a little off. But, the basic concept is that the tabard would be grey and orange, and the skirt would be black and orange, and then I’d wear black leggings, black boots, and have a black robe. Icing on the cake is the orange lightsaber! My character is named Kaiya Liin, and while I’m still developing her backstory (I mean, come on, I have to know who she is before I can “become” her, right?) she is a Jedi investigator (despite looking kind of like a Sith) from Coruscant. And, anyone who knows me knows that of course I would pick a planet where the name means “glittering or sparkling.”

Because I hate myself (apparently), I decided to use silk for the fabric on the skirt and tabard. I did find some gorgeous silk (the orange and black were purchased from Joann Fabrics, and the grey silk was purchased from SR Harris) and the colors were exactly what I wanted. I bought grey, black, and orange cotton broadcloth for the lining. The robe fabric is a black suiting fabric that has a little texture to it, and I bought that from SR Harris as well.

I had to modify the tabard pattern quite a bit for a few reasons: the pattern has a circle cutout on the back that looks really cool, but is totally impractical because my bra band would have been completely visible. So, I omitted that completely. Then, I had to adjust the pattern size-wise because the largest size wasn’t quite big enough for me in certain areas. I ended up having to cut out some of the pieces twice and ripping out a ton of seams and re-sewing things. Needless to say, it was frustrating. Sewing silk can be a beast because it’s so delicate and it sheds everywhere.

I sewed the lining to the outside layer, but then had to do sort of a quilting stitch along the seams so that the outside layer didn’t poof out away from the lining, so that took a lot of time because I had to hand-sew it so that the stitches weren’t visible. When the tabard was done, I was so relieved. The main issue after it was finished was that the neckline was so deep, I ended up having to wear a tank top under it.

After the tabard was done, I began working on the skirt. Initially, I thought the skirt wouldn’t be big enough, so I made the pattern bigger and after all was said and done, the skirt ended up being too big in the waistline. Whoops. So, now I get to wear it with a safety pin to take in the waistline a little. Good lord.

The belt pattern wasn’t quite what I wanted for my costume since it definitely had more of a fantasy character look to it, so I just decided to make up my own pattern. Again, I apparently hate myself. I started with doing little panels with the orange silk and made knife pleats (first time doing that and it looks alright, considering I had no idea what I was doing) and then used some pleather fabric and some of the black lining fabric to create a belt. The intention with the knife pleats was to kind of give a nod to the sleeves on some Rebellion and Resistance jackets. Despite  not using a pattern and totally coming up with everything as I went along, I think the belt turned out pretty cool.

The robe was really easy to make, which was a relief after having so many issues with the tabard and skirt. The only issue was dealing with the panic I had because the pattern called for 7 7/8 yards of fabric and I was only able to get a little over 7 yards (I bought whatever was available on the bolt). Luckily, there was enough fabric and even some to spare. The only modification I made to the robe was rounding off the sort of “tail” of the hood, since that didn’t really look right for a Jedi robe.

The last two pieces I made were a pouch for my belt and a necklace. The pouch was another completely free-handed project, and the intention was to have it hang from the belt I made. Unfortunately, because the belt I made is just fabric, it couldn’t hold the weight of the pouch even with nothing in it. So, I decided to just hang it from a leather belt I had already (the same one I use for my Catwoman cosplay) and just decided to opt for a double belt.


The necklace is made from a large lava stone (basalt) that I acquired several years ago. I loved it, but never found a good use for it until I started working on this costume. I just thought Kaiya needed jewelry of some kind, and lava stone seemed extremely fitting for her. If you believe in healing properties of stones, lava stone is a grounding stone used for calming emotions. In folk remedies, it was given to soldiers to help calm them during battle. I paired it with a few silver beads and kept it very simple.


My lightsaber was already amazing, but since I knew I’d be going to cons and other events (and potentially some outdoor events), I decided to buy an orange day blade for my lightsaber, and then program the blade color orange (oooooh, double orange!) and the blast and clash color pink. That way, my lightsaber would always look orange.


For my makeup, I used three different shades of orange eyeshadow: Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in “Doce” and Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow eyeshadows in Tangerine and Copper Red. My grey lipstick is Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in “Sinful Stone.” I absolutely love the grey lipstick, but the coverage isn’t very good and it comes off too easily, so I might need to find a different brand.


I debuted my costume at MarsCon 2017, and while the costume fits oddly in certain areas, I think it looks pretty good and it’s actually really comfortable. The robe is incredibly warm, so I probably won’t wear it for very long when I’m in warmer conditions (like crowded cons or summer events).

One issue I had was with the pouch: once I put items into it, it just started looking kind of lumpy and odd (which makes sense, because it’s just made out of fabric) so I actually found a great vendor at MarsCon called DaVinci Scientifica that sells leather steampunk accessories, and they had a perfect hip belt/pouch. I bought it and I’m so glad I did, because it looks amazing and is incredibly comfortable. The best part is that I can swap out the pouch for a different one (in my case, I’ll probably need a slightly bigger one). I can’t recommend them enough – they had such cool stuff! Anyway, that’s what’s nice about creating your own character – you can change things however you want.

I’m happy with how this turned out, especially since this was the first time I made a costume based on an original character. I’m sure I’ll continue to tweak this costume as time goes on, but for my first version, I’m happy with it.



For my birthday last year, my boyfriend gave me my very own lightsaber. I was like a giddy little kid when he gave it to me. He programmed it with the brightest colors he could configure, and put a bunch of awesome sound fonts on it so I could switch between different saber sounds. He put a lot of thought into what I’d like (and he nailed it) and it was the sweetest gesture…and now I have the most amazing lightsaber!

Mine is the Hero tier Fury saber from Saber Forge. What that means is that I can switch between nine different blade colors (which I can configure) and five different sound fonts (which I can also configure) and adjust what colors appear when the blast and clash functions are used. I can also edit how sensitive my saber is to different motions. Basically, I can make this lightsaber do whatever I want, and it’s awesome.

The plus side to being able to configure it is that if I want to use it for different characters, I can change the blade/clash/blast colors however I want, so it’s really versatile. For my Kaiya Liin costume (my original Jedi character), I wanted the blade color to be orange, and the clash and blast colors to be pink. I was able to do that (as you can see in the above photo), but with just a twist of my wrist, I can change to a completely different color set.

I also bought an orange day blade which looks really cool when the saber is off, but looks even cooler when it’s on. The pink clash and blast colors look really awesome through the orange blade.

Basically, I can’t rave enough about this lightsaber, and I highly recommend Saber Forge if you ever want a really fantastic quality saber that looks amazing.

I’m really excited to debut my Jedi costume on Friday at MarsCon!