Beauty & the Geek: Stealth Cosplay – Cassie Sandsmark as Wonder Girl!

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So last Beauty and the Geek feature I went simple and clean with a Stealth Cosplay inspired by Anya Corazon, aka Spider-girl. This week I wanted to switch things up, try something a little more ambitious, and switch sides.

This week’s Beauty and the Geek is all about stealth cosplaying the one and only Cassie Sandsmark AKA Wonder Girl!

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Cassie Sandsmark is the third character to identify under the Wonder Girl moniker, the second being Donna Troy. She is one of the powerhouse members of Young Justice and Teen Titans.

What I’ve loved about Cassie Sandsmark since reading her first appearance in the original Young Justice was her fierce honesty and sometimes self-consciousness. She was also one of the first female characters I read about who was inspired by other female characters. Cassie’s original costume from Young Justice featured her wearing a black wig, both as a way to hide her identity and to show her inspiration: Donna Troy, whom she idolized. Young Justice also featured some of the best female friendships I had read when I was younger. Cassie’s friendship with Arrowette and Secret were standouts in particular.

Arrowette and Cassie Sandsmark in Young Justice by Todd Dezago, Todd Nauck, & Lary Stucker

I wanted to try my hand at Cassie because I adore the original Young Justice comic by Todd DeZago (writer) and Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker (artists). Young Justice was basically the ragtag younger teenage group of Teen Titans (who were more young adults than teens). Cassie was always a standout during the series, and I loved the dynamic of a younger Trinity that was Wonder Girl, Robin (Tim Drake), and Superboy (Kon-El). In terms of style, Cassie has a very strong color palette of reds, golds, and blues. It’s all very reminiscent of Wonder Woman and early Donna Troy, yet very modern at the same time.

I wanted to explore more possibilities with makeup this time around and felt Cassie would be a good bridge to a more stylistically complex character. You can do a lot with her color palette, so I wanted to focus on highlighting Cassie’s two main looks as Wonder Girl. Her early Young Justice look from the 90s and her later Teen Titans look, pre-New 52.

Cassie’s original Wonder Girl look features black hair (which was a wig), big clunky glasses, a black top, leather jacket (oh the 90s), and red spandex shorts. During her time with the Teen Titans, Cassie changed up her look,  switching back and forth between a red tank top, a red crop top, and a red long sleeved shirt. She also went back to her naturally blonde hair and often wore either red pants or blue jeans.

I opted to go with the first look since it matched my own dark hair, and I already have glasses. I created a base outfit on Polyvore using Cassie’s color palette and tried to find clothes in my own closet to base it off of.

I went with a gold color palette for my eye makeup to match the gold tones of Cassie’s color palette. To match the style of Nauck and Stucker’s artwork, I wanted to line my eyes more as well. I used Maybelline’s gel liner and a mix of Wet n Wild’s eyeshadow palette and NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils.

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I colored my lids with NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in White first, as white helps bring out the colors of other shadows more. Then I covered my lid in NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sparkle Nude. The crease I did in NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil Iced Mocha, and finally underneath the eyebrow I used the same brand of pencil in Yogurt. I also went over my crease with Wet N Wild’s Sweet As Candy eyeshadow palette. Next came the eyeliner, and I stuck with the Maybelline gel liner I mentioned in the last Beauty and the Geek article. With ELF’s blush in Coral across the cheeks, I used Maybelline’s Colossal in black for my mascara. After everything was applied, I went over my face with the same Rimmel Translucent powder.

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For my lips, I spread a little vaseline – chapstick works too – to soften them up. Next, I dabbled Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme in Cherries in the Snow on the inner part of my mouth. On the outer part, I used NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul and used a lip brush blended them together. I then pressed a tissue softly to my mouth to remove the excess, and using Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder, I took a clean blush brush and covered my lips. Translucent powder will help your lipstick last longer.

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Finally, I straightened my hair to match Cassie’s original look. Before straightening, I always spray Tresemme’s Heat Tamer spray to reduce damage. Always use protection, kids!

Last, but not least, came the clothes. A black tank top, a black jacket, some yoga shorts, a gold necklace, and a silver bracelet. It doesn’t match perfectly to what I created on Polyvore, but it’s still close.

For part two of Cassie’s look, I asked my friend and roommate for help:

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Again using a base outfit created on Polyvore, we dressed her up, hair, makeup, the works!

She also straightened her hair for this stealth cosplay look. Her base makeup is all from Bare Minerals, their foundation and primer. For her eyeshadow, she used my NYX’s Jumbo Pencils in Iced Mocha for her crease and Baby Blue for lid. She also used the same mascara as I did, and her lips were done in Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow.

She wore a red, long-sleeved shirt with washed out cut-off jeans, a gold necklace, and star earrings.

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She looks great!

The most important thing about Stealth Cosplay is embodying the character and spreading the joy of geekery with others. My friend had a blast (we’re thinking Powergirl for her next time!) being a part of this and now wants to learn more about Cassie Sandsmark. How awesome is that? We can’t all be cosplay experts, and we can’t wear costume makeup wherever we go, but that shouldn’t stop us from waving our geek flags!

So if you have a Stealth Cosplay idea in mind, go for it! Need some makeup tips? Drop them in the comments, and I’ll try to answer what I can. Have an idea for what character you’d like to see next? Give some suggestions! I’m open to anything. If you’ve done your own Stealth Cosplay, send us the pictures! We’re on Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram, and we love see what to our readers are up to!

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Desiree Rodriguez is currently majoring in Converged Communications. She's a writer, geek girl, and proud queer mestiza woman. Desiree is an entertainment writer for The Tempest, and contributor for Nerds of Color. Desiree has written for The Young Folks, The Feminist Wire, and Geeked Out Nation.

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