Becoming Data Pt. 2

Well friends, we are officially a week away from C2E2! There are lots of exciting things going on in the meantime, and next week’s posts will be spectacular. Some of my blog buddies agreed to help me out, and are writing guest posts for C2E2 Week! I am beyond thrilled to work with some amazing, female geek bloggers, and I can’t wait to share their posts with you.

In between planning guest posts, working, and other general human functions, I have been hard at work preparing my own cosplay for the con. If you recall from Becoming Data Pt. 1, or you keep up-to-date with the blog’s Instagram, you’ll know that I have been trying to create a proper representation of my favorite android.

I’ve been having the hardest time trying to find the right combination of eyeshadow and a white base to apply to my face. I have been trying two base foundations for this particular cosplay: a water-based paint by Snazaroo, and a classic Ben Nye base. They are both perfectly good products, but I have some concerns. The Snazaroo base provides a nice, clean white for the makeup, but because it is water-based, there is a chance that it will peel and flake due to extended wear. The Ben Nye one is just as good, but when I apply any powder, some of the base comes off. Earlier this week, I discovered the best combination of eyeshadows, now I just have to figure out which base will be best. After all, you can easily put in a full eight hours on a convention show floor.

I also tried an alternative for body paint to apply to my hands. About a month ago, I had a thought: “If I have makeup on my hands, then how will I go to the bathroom? How will I shop?” Not wanting to apply makeup over and over to my hands simply because I have to use el baño, I looked into body paint alternatives. Luckily, I had one stashed on a Pinterest board. This solution involved hairspray, baby powder, and fabric paint. In this short tutorial, the author details how a layer of fabric paint–sealed with hairspray and powder–will last for 12+ hours. Great! So, I unleashed my collection of fabric paints, and whipped up a light, pastel yellow to apply to my hands.

Like my hand, yet? 

When I tested it out, I swapped the baby powder for the eyeshadows I will be using on my face to seal it, and was incredibly impressed. Normally, Pinterest tutorials never pan out for those who attempt them (I am one of those people), but this one worked exceptionally. Now, my potty problems are solve. And, uh, shopping. That one, too. Well this is awkward now.

Now that my skin’s golden, the focus has turned to the costume itself. I mentioned in the first installment that I bought my Star Trek uniform off Amazon, so there are some minor adjustments that need to be made so that I am Starfleet ready. The first thing to fix was the communicator badge.


On the Amazon reviews, pretty much everyone said that the comm badge looked terrible, which it did. I bought the BEST metallic paint to fix it (Folkart brand), and finished off the Delta shield with a coat of silver leaf Rub ‘n Buff. The paint was then sealed with a layer of clear nail polish, and it was ready for duty. All that’s left to do to the uniform is to hem the sleeves, pants, and add elastic stirrups to the bottom of the pants.

Originally, I wanted to make an Away Team case to use as a purse for the convention, but as Data does not usually carry a case on Away Team case, I scrapped the idea.

All that’s left is to receive my character contacts, and I’m ready  for the convention!

Don’t forget to check out the amazing guest posts that will be on Nerd•ily for C2E2 Week! I guarantee you will not be disappointed. And for fun, daily updates on my cosplay and other adventures, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for? 

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