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03 Aug 2011 - 02:3365200
Cosplay without colour contact lenses?
Hey everyone!

I am going to cosplay Izaya from DRRR in a few weeks. However, because I require prescription toric lenses, colour lenses would be very very expensive for me. Izaya has dark eyes, and I am worried my naturally olive-green eyes will ruin the cosplay.

How important do you think eye colour is in cosplaying?

Does anyone know any way of creating an illusion with make-up to make your eyes seem darker?


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03 Aug 2011 - 04:1765203
That stuff isnt very important. Those are just small details. Its important to have fun in your cosplay. Dont worry about every little thing. :3


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03 Aug 2011 - 08:5865210
I wore my coloured contacts over prescription lenses 3 tions at Ame 08. I learnt why opticians don't recommend it. I had an eye that looked like it could look over Mordor.

It matters as much as you want it to matter. Unless its a character with very distinctive eyes then most folk don't notice.


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03 Aug 2011 - 09:3065214
I have the same problem, very high astigmatism.


You can edit it out in photoshop. But it's a minor detail, eyes aren't so noticable with irl humans and the overall "look" of the character is more important.



Last edited by JaeXD (03 Aug 2011 - 09:30)
03 Aug 2011 - 09:4165217
I tried wearing contacts and failed miserably,
Its entirely up to you whether you think you need them or not, however I recommend reading up on them first before making any decision. I've never got on with coloured contacts nor with toric contact lenses. No one really notices unless its something specific to the character like the geass in Lelouch's eye or Nia's flower eyes.

Limegreenjelly x


03 Aug 2011 - 11:1965228
I think it really depends on what character you're doing.
For example I didn't wear contacts for Hermione, as her eyes are meant to be brown and mine are a greeny-grey. But for my Howl cosplay, as his eyes are a 'glassy blue' and mine, well, aren't, I thought it best to invest in some contacts.


03 Aug 2011 - 11:5365235
To be honest... unless it's a really striking colour, I don't think it's going to make much of a difference. If someone is taking a full length picture of you, chances are that they're not even going to notice your eye colour. They have to stand a bit of a distance to get a full length photo and at that point, I'd think the last thing that someone is going to notice is the eye colour.

I think the only thing that would bother me at least, say someone had red eyes or something. As it's such an unusual colour for eyes, I'd imagine a fan of said character would pick up on the fact that the red eyes are missing. But for something like a cosplayer with brown eyes cosplaying a blue eyed character? I really doubt that you're going to get picked on for something like that.


03 Aug 2011 - 11:5765238
I did Izaya without contacts. I have blue eyes. Photoshop is your friend if you want the pictures to look right.


03 Aug 2011 - 12:4365249
Thanks for all your advice! I'm glad people think it's not a huge massive thing! And yeah I feel they are more needed for characters like the geass eye, sharingans etc, rather than eye colour. I'll have to learn how to photoshop eye colour though, haha!

Thanks guys!


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03 Aug 2011 - 13:1365257
I'd imagine editing your eyes in Photoshop would be much easier if you have no experience with contracts. I tend to change mine when editing close ups if needed. The easiest way is to use a basic brush and decrease the opacity of the brush and colour the iris (I use Jasc PSP9 so there could be a better explanation but the programmes are very similar).

No worries, I dont like the thought of getting anything in my eyes so contacts tend to be the last thing on my mind and im sure there are others that are the same.

Like everyone else said, this is a minor detail, if you wanna go for it then do it but if you are unable to use them no worries ^^


03 Aug 2011 - 15:0965286
I don't think that eye colour really matters unless, like said above, it is a key feature for a character so i don't wear contacts, that and my mum does not like me wearing them.

So i use photoshop to edit close ups like the sailor saturn ones in my gallery as her eyes are purple
I do mine by creating a new layer over the picture and with the paint tool colour over the iris with the colour you want it to be, i then blur is so the outline doesn't look rough. Then put the layer onto overlay as it make all details from the iris from the picture stand out, then use the layer opasity (can't spell) and play around untill it looks natural


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03 Aug 2011 - 15:1765287
If you can't figure out the photoshop eye editing whatsit (saying that, alot of people have different ways of doing it) I'd be happy to give it a go for you.

But yeah, don;t pay it too much thought. From what you say, it'd be far too expensive and likley uncomfertable.

I can't wear the generic coloured lenses that you can buy for cheap anyway, my eyes are too small for them, even though my eyes look like they are massive, they are actually very small. They are just almost black which makes the illusion of huge eyes.

It's the worst thing you can do, force yourself to wear contact lenses that are uncomfertable. I did it for Dizzy, and it was horrid, never again.

Unless the characters eyes are a stupid colour like, BRIGHT PINK or white, then I doubt anyone would really care


03 Aug 2011 - 15:3265292
Oh c'mon, those Dizzy lenses weren't so bad


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04 Aug 2011 - 01:5165411
Quote Aerblade:
I'd imagine editing your eyes in Photoshop would be much easier if you have no experience with contracts. I tend to change mine when editing close ups if needed. The easiest way is to use a basic brush and decrease the opacity of the brush and colour the iris (I use Jasc PSP9 so there could be a better explanation but the programmes are very similar).

No worries, I dont like the thought of getting anything in my eyes so contacts tend to be the last thing on my mind and im sure there are others that are the same.

Like everyone else said, this is a minor detail, if you wanna go for it then do it but if you are unable to use them no worries ^^


Oh, I have no issue with contacts, I wear prescription ones daily. It's just that I have bad eyes so coloured toric lenses cost several hundred pounds D8


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04 Aug 2011 - 01:5665413
But yes, I won't worry too much! Here are some WIP shots of my cosplay anyway, the first was a webcam picture and my eyes look dark anyway, haha!:

http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/3606/45752/failizaya%20of%20many%20probably.jpg

http://i52.tinypic.com/v4ueit.jpg Green eyes :c


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04 Aug 2011 - 16:3265459
Have you looked into Colorblends Torics? They seem to be about £50 for 6 lenses. I have no idea if they are monthly or what though.

http://www.lensway.co.uk/contact-lenses/freshlook-colourblends-toric/prod92101.html

If you are interested I was able to go into Specsavers the other day to try on coloured ones (I don't need toric, just normal ones, so I don't know if that'll make it more of an issue) for free. I could try on 5 out of the full set but seeing as you only get 4 in the toric type then that shouldn't be a problem. The lenses you try on are 0 strength so I had the mirror right up to my face but I don't know much about toric lenses so I don't know if this would be suitable or not.

In the end though, as everyone says, if it's just changing from a natural colour to another natural colour I don't think it would be that big a deal.



Last edited by Kata-san (04 Aug 2011 - 16:33)
04 Aug 2011 - 16:4465462
I don't wear coloured contacts for cosplays because I'm allergic to contact lens fluid and can only wear daily disposibles as a result. It's simply not viable for me to fork out the £60-ish (usually more than I paid for the entire costume) to get a pair of perscription theatrical lenses that I can wear comfortably once and bin them afterwards or very uncomfortably and have bright red, sore eyes and an allergic reaction to wear them more than once.

You can now get cheaper daily disposibles in natural colours (plus I think things like purple, aqua or gold), so I might start using those, but I still can't wear Scelera lenses or have a red-eyed character for example.

I've never thought it essential though. Sure it's a nice detail, but either you can shoop it later or just go with your own eye colour. It's not important really.


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04 Aug 2011 - 16:5865463
I have been wondering the same thing. Generally, I am not bothered about contacts for cosplays. Like my Haruhi Fujioka; even though her eyes are brown and mine are blue, I never bother.
Like everyone else has said, Photoshop is your best friend.

Is it true you need to get an eye test or something before you can wear them? I need contacts for my BB cosplay and its becoming a problem. All the local shops are no help.



Last edited by Teal Sky (04 Aug 2011 - 16:59)
04 Aug 2011 - 18:1365470
If you go to an opticians they will make you put in a pair of lenses, then take them out again. That's to show you the correct technique. They will also make you come back in 2 weeks to judge any ill effects.

Most cotume shops and such will just make you sign a liability waiver. T.T don't even do that! It can be hard to get them in and out, and some people just freak out. I'd reommend at least getting a friend to show you how its done.

Coloured lenses are a little thicker than dailies, which makes them slightly more uncomfortable. When you start wearing them give it 5 hours max wear. You can get away with more when you're used to them.


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04 Aug 2011 - 18:2565474
Hmmm! I think I will actually go ask in specsavers tomorrow or something, as that's who I am with :0 I know they do them! Toric lenses are stupid :c My diabetes made my eyes bad so I have high strength glasses and lenses.


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04 Aug 2011 - 19:5965487
Quote Rinukki:
Is it true you need to get an eye test or something before you can wear them? I need contacts for my BB cosplay and its becoming a problem. All the local shops are no help.


You don't need an eye test before wearing just fancy lenses that have no prescription but you're better to go to the opticians for them to tell you the shape of your eyes etc as you could have small eyes that the lenses are too big for and they are really uncomfortable. Have a read of this thread and it'll tell you most of what you'll want to know.


09 Aug 2011 - 23:1866053
I was going to use contacts for costumes in the past, until a friend who wears them regularly warned me against it, saying that unless you're used to them, they can be quite irritating, so I've always gone without - and don't think my cosplays have ever suffered for it.

If you're going for 100% accuracy go for it, otherwise odds are people wont even notice if you did, and its an expensive unnecessary extra really.


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