As someone who loves nothing more than helping out the younger cosplayers and being a cosplay mentor and watching people get better at their costumes….
….That is 1000000% report-worthy.
At that point it isn’t about her being a “beginner cosplayer” which she may have been but literally every body paint tutorial that I have ever seen (and god knows I’ve seen tons of them!) includes information on how to seal your paint so it doesn’t casually rub off. If you’re using a tutorial on painting yourself there is absolutely zero reason to not know about sealing your makeup or how to do it so you don’t damage other people’s costumes.
Not to mention glomping without permission. I really, really hate that. Touching others without permission is not okay. Like if it’s a good friend who gives you a surprise hug and you have that sort of relationship it’s fine but if someone has unsealed paint and you don’t know them and they’re glomping you that is SOOOOO not okay. To be fair, I have some extra loathing specifically for glomping without permission…. I was seriously injured at a con ten years ago by someone who glomped me with a running start and knocked me over onto the ground and then ran off leaving my friends to help me up. I had multiple pulled muscles, several ordinary bruises, and a bone bruise on my elbow, and it took me over a month before the pain went away and I was mostly healed. There is no reason to do that to someone else.
I get that wearing your first costume is exciting. I get how excited you can be when you see a favorite character. (I have to stop myself from squealing like a little kid when I see certain characters let me tell you all this because it’s TRUE, and I’m older than most people reading this blog.) But ruining someone else’s costume because you can’t control yourself from touching them AND you are wearing entirely unsealed makeup? No. No no no no no no no. Just grab some fucking baby powder and the cheapest kabuki brush for buffing and seal your fucking makeup or so help me. And then learn how to say “OMG [character name]! Can I have a hug? Don’t worry, I’m sealed.”
I just can’t fathom not sealing. I can’t. Every time I wear bodypaint, the first thing I tell people before even my NAME is “don’t worry, I’m sealed” and usually rub my hand on part of my costume to prove it.
And… SHAMING her for being a beginning cosplayer?
That’s like… Wrecking someone’s car and then saying you were shaming them for being a new driver.
This is sorta one of the reasons that, should I ever opt to cosplay a Homestuck character…I’d probably go with a Humanstuck Nepeta. My green Nepeta coat is 100% wool, and I’m paranoid as SHIT about body paint.
This is also why I’d probably only ever cosplay Meulin if I were to cosplay a troll now, unless I can improve my Nepeta costume. Make armsleeves to go under the gloves and sleeves of the normal shirt, and then all you’d have to paint for either character is the hands (fingers for Nepeta), the neck, and the face. Meulin’s legs would be covered by a pair of grey tights.
Seal your bloody make-up I fucking swear
actually ya you should always cry over spilt milk because some poor creature squirted that out of their titties for you and that took more effort than you think and you just spilt it all over the god damn counter you ungrateful little fuck#couchfortponderings