Panam Palmer cosplay photos (Cyberpunk 2077) - Part 1

Because why wouldn't I want to be Night City's sassiest nomadic heartthrob?

Panam Palmer Cyberpunk 2077 cosplay with moto jacket

This Panam Palmer cos­play is prob­a­bly my first some­what seri­ous attempt at cos­tum­ing. I've dressed up for Halloween par­ties before, that was often last-minute, and I didn't go all-out.

This time, I felt the pres­sure to look amazing.

Here are the reference pictures:

Panam Palmer 3/4 face view screenshot Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk Panam screenshot front facing

There's no end to how deep some­one could fall into the rab­bit hole of cos­play per­fec­tion­ism — both in terms of char­ac­ter accu­ra­cy and beau­ty stan­dards. There's always going to be some prick nit­pick­ing at every lit­tle (per­ceived) imperfection.

I try not to lose my sleep over what peo­ple might think of my Panam Palmer cos­play pho­tos, though. For one, the haters would hard­ly be above reproach them­selves. But also, they're not the ones invest­ing time and mon­ey into hair­styling, make­up, por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy, and (not least) the actu­al outfit.

(There are so many "hid­den" costs to being a mod­el. I'd know because I've worked as one in a vari­ety of settings.)

Let's be hon­est, though: plen­ty of my friends and fol­low­ers were excit­ed just to see Panam's high­ly detailed jack­et come to life.

Panam Palmer cosplay with red Aldecaldos jacket, hip harness, and fingerless gloves

Would a cos­play of Cyberpunk 2077's Panam be com­plete with­out a peachy portrait?

Panam Palmer cosplay but make it 1997 in color aesthetic

The first time you meet Panam Palmer isn't when she's bent over, tin­ker­ing with a car engine. (Though that was mem­o­rable for many Cyberpunk 2077 players!)

You can see her talk­ing to Nash in the Afterlife around the time you meet up with Dexter DeShawn. Also, when you go back to vis­it Rogue, Panam storms off and rants on the phone out­side — pre­sum­ably about Rogue Amendiares and Nash Bane.

As such, I made sure to get sil­ly pic­tures in my Panam Palmer cos­tume, gri­mac­ing at my phone, too. What's the point of cos­play if not to have fun with it?

Cosplaying as Cyberpunk Panam but yelling into her phone

Cosplaying as Panam but yelling into her phone

Panam Palmer cosplay with Aldecaldos embroidered jacket

That being said, I still def­i­nite­ly do have per­fec­tion­is­tic ten­den­cies — and there's room for improve­ment. (In one of the pho­tos above, I didn't notice until after shoot­ing that my leo­tard was crooked!)

Next Panam Palmer cosplay attempt: what I would do differently

I'm learn­ing as I go, so here's what I learned "the hard way" about cos­play­ing Panam from Cyberpunk 2077.

Panam Palmer cosplay jacket and makeup

IMO this day's make­up was a bet­ter fit for the character!

1. Use a finer-toothed comb for neater hair sectioning

Frankly, I didn't do well at sec­tion­ing hair. But combs with fin­er teeth and small­er spac­ing in between are spe­cial­ized for that pur­pose and can make the process go a lot more smoothly.

I also have a bet­ter idea of how to sec­tion hair after watch­ing a time-lapse of some­one installing wool faux locs. If I'm try­ing a hair­style that's not opti­mal for my nat­ur­al hair tex­ture, I at least want to make it look decent!

2. Use a styling pomade for more control of stray hairs

Flyaways and frizz are a pain to pho­to­shop out. Enough said.

3. Skip the white eyeliner on the waterline, or maybe use a more natural color

It does look like Panam's eye­lid rims are quite light, but using white eye­lin­er on my water­line didn't quite suit me here.

It makes my eyes look rounder and more doe-like when I'm cos­play­ing a fox-eyed char­ac­ter. (My eyes are nat­u­ral­ly quite squin­ty anyway.)

4. Not cut the leotard neckline as low

That's my bad. I mean, hey, I doubt many peo­ple will com­plain about a nude bra peek­ing through, but it'd be nice at least to have the option of more mod­esty with­out the jacket.

5. Other Panam Palmer cosplay makeup adjustments

These details are pret­ty sub­tle com­pared to the pre­vi­ous points, but they're eas­i­ly incorporated:

  • Blend the fake freck­les a bit bet­ter; use a lighter shade and give it a more con­sis­tent spread.
  • Higher arched eye­brows + eye­brow slit
  • Lighter, soft­er con­tour — espe­cial­ly if I'm in out­door nat­ur­al lighting

What's next?

These pho­tos were just a test run!

Panam Palmer cosplay photos (Cyberpunk 2077) - Part 1 1

I intend to wear this Panam Palmer cos­play again in an envi­ron­men­tal shoot — maybe out­side among city build­ings, maybe inside an aban­doned indus­tri­al cen­ter with a friend.

(Yes, I total­ly could do it myself with a tri­pod, but I'm wary of the off chance that some­one will steal my equip­ment while I'm stand­ing a ways away!)

In the mean­time, though, the jack­et is beau­ti­ful enough to wear just as myself — picture-perfect make­up and light­ing or not.

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3 Responses

  1. Molly says:

    This is AMAZING. I think you have done a fan­tas­tic job, you look so like the orig­i­nal. Also you have the most beau­ti­ful eyes


  2. D. Dyer says:

    you’ve done such a fab­u­lous job with this, real­ly appre­ci­ate the freck­les and the atten­tion to even small detail.

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