Hello! My name is Amber Brite! I’ve been cosplaying Star Wars original characters such as Twi’leks, Togruta, and Nautolans for many years now, and it still hasn’t lost its charm for me! There’s something so rewarding about getting into such an in depth costume, pouring your heart and soul into every detail, from the bodypaint to the lekku, and watching people forget, for just a moment, that Star Wars isn’t real. I love it, and I want to help show you how to get into cosplaying Twi’leks, etc. as well!
This page is going to serve as the main hub to learn about everything you’ll need to know, such as:
- How to apply bodypaint
- Which bodypaint brands to consider
- How to get your own set of lekku
- How to add those little Star Wars details that make your costume really feel alive!
So strap in, because we’re about to start!
All about Bodypaint
Bodypaint is a very daunting topic, and with good reason! There’s so many types of bodypaint, and each is just a little different. Then there’s all the ways you can apply bodypaint. And those airbrushes make NO sense at all… where are you supposed to begin?!
Well, the help sort out these questions, I am actually working on an e-book! It will cover everything you’ll ever need to know about bodypainting, from top to bottom! If you’d like to get an update when it’s available, sign up for my newsletter!
In the meantime, we’ll cover some of the basics here with an FAQ:
The #1 most asked question about cosplaying a Twi’lek, Togruta, or Nautolan! There are so many kinds of bodypaints, which should I buy?
The answer is complicated – everyone’s skin is different! Depending on whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive, darker, lighter, or even if you have certain allergies. Also how the paint feels to you matters a lot – sometimes a paint can feel great on one person, while their friend finds it almost claustrophobic to wear.
Your best bet is to try out a number of brands and see which works best for you. Thankfully most brands sell small, 1oz tester sizes so you can get a feel for them before you commit to a larger purchase.
Now that’s a fantastic question! Again, your milage may vary – everyone is different and how your skin reacts won’t be the same as mine. Here are a few types of paint you can consider:
How much of your body you are painting helps determine which you should consider. If you’re just painting your face, any of the four will work. If you’re painting your body (chest, arms, legs, or anything else not the face) you should stick with alcohol or hybrid as they are much more durable and look a lot more realistic.
If you’d like to read more about the specific brands I use and what my thoughts are on each brand, please check out my guide to my Top 5 Best Bodypaint Brands!
Airbrushes do take some getting used to, but thankfully they aren’t as hard to use as you might think! I wrote a guide on Starter Airbrush Equipment that will let you get going for less than $125 USD. It’s the setup I first started on, and it lasted me for years before I eventually upgraded to something fancier.
Airbrushes aren’t required (although they strongly recommended for most alcohol paints) but they have a lot of benefits over trying to apply by hand. Such as:
- They paint much faster than a brush or sponge
- They use less paint, applying a thinner, more comfortable layer
- It’s much easier to get a smooth, consistent color that looks like real skin
Making Your Own
The most common way to make your own lekku is to sew it together out of fabric, then stuffing them with pillow stuffing. Personally I’ve never made a set this way, so I won’t be writing a guide on how to do it. But there are plenty of great guides out there to look at! Soon, I plan to offer some sewing patterns you can download to sew your own lekku together. If you’re interested in going that route, please subscribe to my newsletter so you can be notified when the pattern is available!
How to Purchase a Set of Lekku
If you’re not interested in making your own, you can buy your very own set from my shop! All of the lekku I make are designed to be as lifelike & realistic as possible. They’re super flexible, they wiggle and sway when you walk, and I can make them in a variety of styles and colors!
Buy them unfinished and assemble them yourself, or buy them fully painted and ready to go out of the box! I also take payment plans if you need time to work out a budget for them. Don’t hesitate to message me and we can work something out that suits your needs!
The Extra Details
Now that you have your lekku and bodypaint figured out, you just need to finish it off with some additional costume pieces! Whether you are making an original concept, or cosplaying a specific character, there are plenty of resources out there to help you make the costume of your dreams.
Check out these additional items that might help you complete the look you are going for with your new lekku! Most of these were designed for Twi’leks, but they can be adapted easily to work for Togruta or Nautolans, too!