There are a great many ways in which fans express their devotion to their favorite films, comic books, and television shows. Cosplay is a good example of this, but not always appropriate in every given situation. Probably not the best idea to don a full-body spandex costume with a face mask and cape if you are, say, going to work, or out to dinner to celebrate your parents’ wedding anniversary.
Make-up artist Jangsara has some ideas for ways geeks of all stripes can show their geekiness when dressing up like a favorite Firefly character or painting yourself blue like a Na’vi warrior is out of the question. Decorate your eyes. It’s less intrusive than foam rubber, and less distracting than a Wonder Woman costume.
If you had your heart set on replicating Ripley’s look from Aliens, maybe you could paint one of H.R. Giger’s aliens around your eyeball, complete with acidy green saliva.
Are you a fan of classic arcade games? You could go with this vintage Pac-Man theme.
More modern gamers might want to think about this adopting this Mass Effect look. Out of all of these designs, this is by far the least outlandish.
No discussion of nerdy costuming would be complete without at least a tip of the cap to the caped crusader, for which Jangsara offers two options. There’s the black and gold logo around the eye that brings to mind the 1989 Tim Burton/Michael Keaton version…
…or the more modern, Dark Knight Rises interpretation. This one looks like exploding fireworks.
So when you can’t go out in full regalia (maybe you have a job interview), but still want to display your fandom, don’t worry, you definitely have options.