Introducing my latest cosplay: Rouge the Bat! It’s no secret, I love the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. I’ve been a fan since the 90s as a SEGA Genesis kid. I even now stream Sonic games on Twitch! Rouge the Bat is one of the most beloved characters in the Sonic universe. She’s fierce, fearless, and sassy. And her edgy style is iconic. All of which makes for an amazing Halloween costume. And one that will certainly turn heads!
Whether you’re a skilled cosplayer or a beginner, get ready to unleash your inner baddie bat girl. Let’s break down the Rouge the Bat Halloween costume piece by piece, just in time for October 31st!
Since Rouge the Bat’s look evolves throughout the different Sonic games, comics, and TV shows, it’s important to figure out which Rouge era you want to emulate and study her look closely. For this cosplay, I went with the classic Rouge 2D look from illustrations and from her look in Sonic Adventure 2.
Here are all the pieces I wore for the outfit, ready to shop. Then we will get into the DIY customization part after, where the creativity really comes to life.
Rouge the Bat Costume
Faux Leather Leggings: SPANX
Black Corset: Amazon
White Wig: Spirit Halloween
Bat Wings: Spirit Halloween
Bat Ears: Amazon
White Gloves: Spirit Halloween
Overall, you might already have some of the core items of this costume already in your closet. I wear my SPANX faux leather leggings a ton, so those were ready to go from the start. Everything else can easily be found on Amazon year-round. You might also want to find a chaos emerald prop!
Now for the custom parts of the costume: the heart top and trim on the boots and gloves. This is an entirely no-sew DIY job. I took a few trips to JOANN to grab supplies for this costume. My crafting skills and equipment are limited, so this is a fairly easy DIY. You’ll need basic tools like a hot glue gun, nail glue, pair of scissors, adhesive velcro strips, and magnets.
Rouge the Bat Costume DIY
Pink Faux Leather Fabric: Yaya Han Cosplay
1 1/2″ White Elastic Band: Dritz
The heart piece is based on a cardboard heart I duct taped together. It’s completely covered in white duct tape to reinforce the shape. I then covered the front of the heart with the pink pleather fabric, and hot glued the edges on the back. Then, I used the white elastic band and hot glued it to the back of the heart, reinforcing the bottom of the heart and the dip in top edge to get a good seal. The band width is 1.5 inches, so there’s enough to trim both the inner and outer side of the heart. After that, I hot glued a magnet to the back of the heart and placed the opposite side of the magnet inside the corset top. This way the heart could float in place with no visible fixtures.
However, during the first wear I learned the magnet was not strong enough and the hot glue was not strong enough. At the bar, I busted out the nail glue to get a better adhesion and fix the wardrobe malfunction in realtime. It worked for a while, but eventually fell off again. Moving forward I’ll be using multiple magnets secured with super glue.
To create a cohesive look, you’ll need to save some leftover pink fabric to create the trim for the gloves and boots. I hot glued these together and used velcro strips to secure them on my arms and legs. Lastly, there are two heart shaped toe caps you’ll need to attach to the boots. I used packaging tape to fasten these, but I will try another method next time I dress up as Rouge. I need to find a better way to secure these without ruining a pair of shoes.
Rouge the Bat Makeup
Blush: Too Faced
Highlighter: Shades By Shan
Lips: Shades By Shan
Finally, the last piece of completing the Rouge look is her makeup. Rouge has a distinct makeup style with her signature blue eyeshadow and fanned out lashes. I wore full and wispy strip lashes to give that full voluminous lash look. To emphasize the cartoonish look, I used an icy white highlighter on my cheekbones, nose, and inner corners of my eyes. In terms of eyeshadow, I used the bright blue shimmer shade Hummingbird from the Pacifica Animal Magic Palette. I kept the lips neutral, with a touch of mauve pink. Lastly, I feel like a pop of pink blush finishes the look since it compliments all the pink in the outfit and really stands out against the white hair.