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Stephanie Cosplays: Elizabeth Wig Tutorial – Bioshock Infinite

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Elizabeth’s hair is pretty normal, but sometimes the simplest hairstyle can prove challenging.

You will need:

  • Longish brown wig. I used the Eowyn wig in Mahogany from Arda Wigs
  • Comb
  • got2b hairspray or something equally strong, such as Aussie’s Super Hold
  • Hairdryer
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair tie
  • Blue ribbon

I chose this wig because it has a large skin top in the front. This is important for any kind of restyling for bangs or when you’re altering the part. Skin tops let you change it from middle to side to zig-zag and everything in between. My new favorite place to buy wigs is Epic Cosplay because many of their wigs feature a FULL skin top, which is amazing (especially for my future wig styling plans, bwahaha!). The wig I used for Elizabeth had only a front skin top since it did not require extensive restyling.

To begin for any styling projects, I brushed my wig out. Seems pretty obvious, but yeah. To get tangles out of wigs, I generally use a teasing comb holding it vertically and brushing downward all the way through the wig. I found this method works best for longer wigs. Shorter wigs, I can generally just use my regular brush and brush it like my own hair.

Once the wig was generally tangle-free, I figured out where I wanted to part the wig. And again, this seems obvious, but make sure you are parting it on the correct side. When I have a reference photo like the above, I just spin myself around and try to see it from the picture’s perspective, so I don’t accidentally part it on the wrong side. So, I’m like, okay her hair it parted off to the right. Right? Yes, okay. And then I check 500 more times to make sure. To clarify, the part itself is on the left, so the majority of her hair falls towards the right.

Using my comb, I made as straight as a part I could, then I sectioned off the parts with bobby pins.

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Then, I took my hairspray and hairdryer (on a low setting, so as not to burn the wig fibers or my fingers!) and set the part. You can see the skin top above there. It looks more like a human hair part, which is why they’re so awesome. I set the part by spraying the area in general and also spraying my fingertips and smoothing the part down over and over again. And over again. It took a while for it to set smoothly so that it didn’t bump up or try to flip back to its original part. These wigs are designed to be altered, so you just have to be persistent and it eventually will set.

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With the part set, I went about styling the bangs. I’m not sure what the technical term would be, but I will call it “floofing.”

I just pieced out sections and tried to match the easy, natural curl in which her bangs seem to fall. All I did was manipulate pieces around my finger to get the upper bump, hair-sprayed the pieces, and used the hair dyer to set them. Honestly, I could have used at least three more hands.

I just did that over and over again, until the pieces seemed to lay with ease. And that they didn’t look super styled. That’s one of the dangers when working with heavy duty hairspray. It can leave your wig looking hard and unnatural or leave little hairspray bubbles throughout. Just smooth it as you go and it should be okay.

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Once the meticulous part was done, I just had to do the pony tail! Thankfully, her hair is in a very low pony tail, so I didn’t need to worry about the wefts underneath showing through when you attempt to do high pony tails. I just put the wig on me at this point and figured out where I wanted the pony tail to fall. Secured the hair with a hair tie, then tied a blue ribbon around the tie. Voila!

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And for the finished product:

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For more photos of my Elizabeth costume, check out my costume write-up!

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