Performing “Boy You’re Such a Pretty Lady”, by Ke$ha and Detox Icunt for Miss Bojangles Pageant 2013.
“If you were a real girl, I’d be all over you in an instant.”
“I want to crossplay, but I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup or crazy wigs.”
Babies, listen to me. I’ve been doing drag and gender illusion for a bit now. It is SO tremendously important that you take proportions into account. Unless you’re naturally a 5’5 boy with a tiny frame and extremely soft facial features, you’re going to have to take the extra effort to hide a few things if you want to be believable. And since I know I’ll be bumping into a few crossplayers at Fanime this year, I’ll break a few helpful hints down for you.
- Contour, highlight, and false eyelashes are your friends. True, natural girls don’t have to wear this stuff to look glamorous. But it definitely helps if you’re trying to look like a fictional character. Here is a link to a thread I made a while ago detailing what you will need and how to apply it. As always, experiment with it, make it your own!
- Big hair makes for smaller proportions. There’s a reason why drag queens choose to wear wigs with so much volume. When you see them in public, it may look ridiculous. But in photographs, it makes the rest of your frame look more petite. And let’s face it: after Fanime’s over, the only tangible thing most people will have to remember you by is the photographs.
- Flash bulbs reveal your true colors. Speaking of cameras, this is why I so heavily emphasize highlighting and contouring. When you look in a mirror in a room with low lighting, you see shadows and light on your face that flatter your features. When a camera takes your picture, however, the flash bulb gets rid of both of those and mattes your appearance. By adding highlights and contour, it replaces the shadow that you would’ve otherwise lost because of that damn flash.
- You’re a woman for the day: work it! I see this at a lot of cons. Crossplayers walking around with their shoulders hunched forward, tripping over themselves in heels. Body language is 80% of the costume, at least in my opinion. I could look gorgeous from head to toe, but if I’m not selling it with a killer walk, no one’s looking at me. Practice your walk and work the room; you’re charming as hell, and people need to see that!
Best of luck, fellow crossplayers! I can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!