Check out this great Liara Mass Effect cosplay

There's one particular photo of Jennifer Pryer as Liara T'Soni from Mass Effect that gets reposted on Reddit pretty regularly. It's appeared repeatedly on r/gaming and r/masseffect with titles like "Liara cosplay! Her eyes make the whole thing" or "Jaw-dropping Mass Effect Cosplay" over the last four years. It is an impressive shot, but it's a photo taken from a makeup test depicting her first attempt at the scalp-crests, while wearing an N7 t-shirt rather than one of the full costumes for the character she'd finish making later, and without the darker lips the Asari have in the games—as commenters are always eager to point out.

Though it's earned thousands of upvotes for the people who post it without crediting her, Pryer seems a little embarrassed by the photo. She recently posted a more accurate version herself "to save my nerd cred". It features Liara's armor, a newer version of the headpiece, which is made from foam latex rather than regular latex and painted inside a plaster cast to make a wearable slip mold (you can watch a video of it here—yes, the hair tentacles move), and of course, lipstick that will prevent people in the comments from saying "well, actually" at her. 

Professional photographer Lark Visuals also took some recent pictures of Pryer in the latest version of her Asari makeup, which apparently takes her three or fours to put on before a convention appearance or photo shoot. It paid off when BioWare tweeted it, quoting Liara's line from Mass Effect 3, "Well, I suppose I did just write your name in the stars." Which is nice.

Pryer's also cosplayed as Ciri from The Witcher 3, a Qunari Inquisitor from Dragon Age: Inquisition, and both the vampire Serana and a thief in the Nightingale armor from Skyrim. You can check those out on her Instagram.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.