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Just a note to let you know Amy is scouting out downtown hotels as an alternative to the Parc.  But we don't know anything yet.

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Death Eaters have a basic costume, and it is the EASIEST costume to wear and cobble together.

Death Eaters are required to have the following:

A wand
A black cloak, hooded is better
A mask
A dark mark (left forarm!!!)
dark shoes

Death Eater add ons to the costume are:

dark wizard or witch costume under the cloak
shoes are boots or goth
props if you go as a specific character Death Eater like Bellatrix, or Macnair
contact lenses
azkaban prison uniform ;)

The point of this is many of these items are going to be plentiful due to Halloween.   Sales are starting now, and it is a great time to get props and cloaks and masks.  Don't procrastinate until two weeks before con.  You would be suprised at the prisoner/vampire/evil overlord costumes that can double for Death Eater garb.  Props available at Halloween are cauldrons, snakes, spiders, bones, body parts, rats, weaponry, witchy brooms.

Word of warning.  Most pre packaged Halloween makeup is waxy JUNK.  You can spend the same amount of money and buy the good stuff (Mehron, Bill Nye), it's not any more expensive and cheaper than drugstore makeup cost wise.  Halowwen time is also a great time to get "colored hair spray" and wigs.   But wigs at Halloween can be cheap and cheezy looking, know your product before you buy.

Addendum: See Sabrebabe's warnings on shoes and masks.


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Sep. 20th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
To add a note to the list: Comfort, comfort, comfort! If the shoes fabulous, but kill your feet, it's no good for the effect. His Lordship has no patience for Death Eaters who whine about their shoes.

Fix your hoods, masks and check your kinky boots for fit.

This also applies to your mask and costume. If it doesn't fit right, falls off, you can't breate, etc, His Lordship will be only to happy to hand out the Crucios.

Now is a very good time to find out if you have a make-up and/or latex allergy. Test everything you buy. Latex allergies can PUT YOU IN THE HOSPITAL! So check now and avoid a trip in the ambulance at Azkatraz.

Play with your makeup so that you know how to put it on properly yourself. droxy will not have the time (though she'll try) to put your face on for you. She has her own to put on.

Make sure you have an ample supply of whatever you're going to need. You may *think* you have too much until you actually start looking for it at the con. Invest in a dedicated ditty bag (or two) for all your theatrical gear. Make a list.

::Voice of Experience::
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Excellent suggestions. I'd also add cheap craft brushes and cosmetic spounges for makeup application, and those tools can be used for other things outside of costuming.

Although any masked death eater really doesn't need makeup. But that's where eat, breath, see, smoke, and wear of the mask come into serious play.
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Should also add to the list: repair kits. Should your mask/shoes/cloak, etc break/tear/unravel, etc. glue, rubber bands, safety pins, needle and thread, etc.

Right. Pack sewing kit with additional hair ties.

(inside joke)
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Curious: regular cheap plastic masks best, or go the route of plaster and gauze and cast a perfect fit? Inquiring minds want to know...

Glasses!? effing hell.
Sep. 21st, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
I use cheap plastic and decorate, but they don't last. I really like Dixiebell's masks. She got new orlean style mardi gra ones at an after halloween sale for super cheap and then she painted those.

Since you are so arty, I would be (impressed) curious to see what you would come up with.

I was thingking of trying to do one in celluclay and model it around Snapes fake nse so he can have a wearable mask.
Sep. 21st, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
If you had an old nose that you were planning to pitch, anyway, the plaster/gauze technique would work (the nose would be coated in petroleum jelly so the plaster doesn't adhere, and I can't imagine that's good for the foam). I've not used celluclay, so I couldn't comment on how well it might hold up.

I'll have to play with this...hmmmm. (not to mention the problem with being so pathetically nearsighted - I'd need contacts, or have a Keeper leading my silly blind arse around!)

And then there is the decoration...how elaborate are you hoping (or not, as the case may be) for?
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Look here at this old Revel_Portus post. I have seen DE masks in teh whole gamut from plain to decorated.

In this pic, Dixieb bell has the loved silver and black, yet annika's full unadorned silver mask is also striking.


Sep. 21st, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
I'm an idiot- here is thge post we made on masks..


Sep. 21st, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Gotcha! Thank you!

I've searched for images for the different (movie) designs - I'm on it!
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Seconded, good fit and comfort is essential. We tailor our costumes to fit us perfectly, it makes such a difference in up close presentation and overall experience, looking tortured should be voluntary ;-)

Most hallowe'en makeup and wiggery is cheap, but hallpwe'en is great for props, while good old theatre supply shops are the best for makeup that will last and look decent.

Edited at 2008-09-20 06:06 pm (UTC)
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, and this is why the Malfoys look so fabulous!
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Awww tanks :-D If we did prosthetics, there would be so much more, we get off quite easy. However, I am already way too excited about this winter's project with leather.

Ugh, cold fingers up there, king of typos strikes again, I mean hallowe'en *snort*
Sep. 20th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to be the nerdy part-time Death Eater, and wear glasses. Contacts don't work for me anymore :(

It's that or stumble around legally blind.
Sep. 21st, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Hey I wear glasses as Snape, and if you haven't seen tehhe pics, I wear my glasses on top of my Death Eater mask! LOL

So nerdy Death Eaters is perfectly fine in my book.

The comment on contact lenses would refer to someone playing a particular character, such as Snape who requires black eyes, etc.

Sep. 21st, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Here's the link to the tutorial on making your own mask by jkg_vader. This is what I used to make my masks. She has lots of close up photo's of the Malfoy's masks too. They are really simple to make, if I can do anyone can. Just don't forget to seal them, I had silver fingerprints all over everything.


One other thing you shouldn't forget is makeup remover! That makeup ends up everywhere and it's hard to get off.

Edited at 2008-09-21 02:55 am (UTC)
Sep. 21st, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
You said you got your base mask at Wallymart for like 2.50?
Sep. 21st, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Hobby Lobby for $4.99. You can also get them at Michaels Craft store for about the same.
Sep. 21st, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
I've never seen those that cheap. But I will look.
Sep. 21st, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
Yes, and Michael's has the 40% off one item coupons in the newspaper, or sign up for coupons in their stores. Leaving more money for cookies for the Dark Revels.
Sep. 21st, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Ok so I think I am going to try and get together a Death Eater costume. I had one before when I lived in the UK but had to leave it behind when I moved to Canada as I couldn't fit everything in my bags :(

Thanks for all the info so far it has been very useful :)
Sep. 21st, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Ah - but Halloween is no big thing here...
Sep. 21st, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
damn pity, Halloween is a blast. XD
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