Cosplayer’s Dilemma

For this year’s A-kon cosplay contest, I plan on cosplaying the Capricious Reaper enemy character from Dissidia: Final Fantasy. For a quick image, think of what a Kuja ice sculpture might look like, with some weird colors going on. It allows for a lot of interesting construction choices, which I really like. I’m progressing on everything and I’ve made a lot of decisions already, except for one: what theatrical contacts to use.

The Capricious Reaper is one of those creepy monster enemies that doesn’t have pupils, and instead just has a pale gold (although it’s actually very distinctively not pale at all if you look up close) color over the entire eye.  I don’t want to have the budget for sclera contacts, and they don’t come in that color anyways.

Option 1: Go for the next best thing, and purchase 100% Blind White contacts, which would give a more-or-less single color appearance. This wouldn’t be too bad, since I thought the Capricious Reaper’s eyes were white for the longest time and people who don’t stare for long and awkward periods of time at the subtleties of Kuja’s costumes convention goers would still see the proper makeup impression. It would also take all of two seconds to give my eyes a narrow pale gold eyeshadow all the way around.

Unfortunately, that would be $100 less I could spend on the rest of the costume, and I would be blind. I would need someone to lead me around everywhere. Everywhere. That someone would also have to be responsible for things that are my job, like making sure the train of my costume isn’t on the other side of the elevator doors or the underside of someone’s foot (and A-kon is VERY crowded; people stepped on me last year when I was practically cosplaying a stop sign). Not only is that an imposition on someone else’s time at the convention, considering that cosplay contest green rooms usually take up a good two hours, but I would also sacrifice performance and showmanship because I won’t be able to move onstage without having someone hold my hand. And how in character is that?

Option 2: Use my Grell contacts. They happen to be the perfect shade of gold, will allow me to see, and will save me $100. They freak people out when we make eye contact. Unfortunately, the reason I like them so much is because they let me see stuff, which goes against the design choice to eliminate the pupils.

It’s easy to see two different options (even though one doesn’t involve seeing very much at all), but are there others?

Much love,



About greyrondo

My name is greyrondo. I've been a cosplayer since Fall 2006, and I've noticed that the best conversations I have with cosplayers usually involve the question, 'so how DID you do that?' So after studying costuming and making a closet's worth of costumes, that's what I'd like to help answer. Drop in and stay awhile whether you're a cosplayer or just a curious spectator; one of my musings is bound to be what you're looking for. If you have a question or something to say, leave a comment or contact me! I don't bite, I promise. View all posts by greyrondo

3 responses to “Cosplayer’s Dilemma

  • DugFinn

    Go with Grell’s. Trust me. Been there. Done that.

    No amount of character accuracy can account for being practically blind at a con.

    You WILL get bashed into. You will NOT be able to check out the dealers room. Or see OTHER cosplayers. Or enjoy ANY panel. Plus it will mess with any chance of a cool stage performance.

    Sometimes, it just isn’t worth it – and this is one of them.

    Like I said. I know from experience. I couldn’t even go more than an hour like that, before I said “Screw it!” and went and took the contacts out. It was honestly ruining any type of enjoyment factor at the con. And it made me even MORE upset because I felt like I had just wasted lots of money on crap.

    Also, not to sound bad but…. No one will know that that characters’ eyes are supposed to be a sclera gold. You are a rare breed that pays attention to stuff like that for obscure characters that many are like “Wait, who?” Sooooo, yeah. don’t worry too much about things like that.

    Enjoy the con in person with lovely visibility. And photoshop the eyes white later, heh.

    • greyrondo

      It definitely would have been a cosplay I would have worn only to the contest and bee-lined back to the hotel room afterwards, which I don’t like doing.

      You’re entirely right in terms of safety and I think I might possibly be the kind of person who would ever so slightly flip out if I were in a crowded situation and blind.

      I’m currently exploring something like a mask, possibly in combination with the contacts that you linked to if the mask design wouldn’t obscure them beyond recognition (mamaesme’s in the market for red contacts, so I sent the link her way. Thank you so much!!)

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