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Hi! There’s actually a couple of methods available to you.
There are a variety of pre-made facial hair (both beards and sideburns) appliances out in the world that can be applied with spirit gum pretty much straight out of the package. They’re often sold at higher end costuming shops and wig retailers. I’ve never had need to shop for them myself, so I cannot recommend a particular shop, but a quick Google search turned up this catalog just to give you an idea of some of the variety that’s out there: [link] (Please shop around to find the best deal.)
On a more DIY (and potentially cheaper) route, we’ve previously reblogged this tutorial [link] on using crepe hair to make a beard or stubble.
Additionally, there are a few purely make-up routes for getting the stubble effect. I like these tutorials:
Just read cosplay instructions that involved more steps of sanding, filling, sanding, and painting than a museum quality body off, frame auto restoration. O_o
True story: I was recommended tools and taught the proper use of said tools by a cosplayer.
That shit is hardcore, man.
#Always respect cosplayers #They’re not doing it for you #They’re doing it for them #It’s too expensive and painful and labor-intensive to be doing it for some dude’s approval #Unless that approval is holy crap it’s so amazing that you love these characters that I made #And even then that’s secondary
You can do many things to cover it up. Unsure what your budget is but here are some cheaper alternatives:
Regardless if you use method 1 or 2, you will still need to sand. I recommend starting off at a low grit # like 80 and then working up (120, 150). Sanding will make the difference so keep sanding away!
EDIT: Correction, you work your way up to finer sandpaper, not down. Sorry OP, my morning caffeine had not kicked in yet. Thanks derisamich for the catch!
Anyhow, good luck!