Hm. You’re a bit limited (especially considering good quality longer wigs are actually more in the $40+ range). On the plus side, as long as you’re not doing heavy styling, you really don’t need a super thick wig. I’ve used plenty of cheap wigs to fine results. My Gakupo wig was off some random seller and it photographed nicely:
If you’re not opposed, you can also look for gently used better quality wigs at the cosplay.com marketplace, but that is very much buyer beware. In fact, on the front page there is at least one ebay wig selling for more than the average ebay price, so be wary of those. If you go for secondhand, look for decent brands.
…That one is actually some godawful ebay wig that chessy used for Dave Strider or something… The brown bits are actually my hair.
I may have… Just left my (smudged to hell) Levi makeup on…
In my defense, that entire con was crack. chessy-tan and I ran around as 5’0 Mike and 5’2 Erwin respectively. All of the Levis were taller than us; it was great.
Spirit gum works as an initial adhesive to get your eyebrows to lay flat, but it won’t cover the texture. I hate HATE getting spirit gum out of my brows, even with the included remover or Bond Off so I don’t use it. If you’re fine with it, though, it can speed up the process a bit.
Mate, if drag queens with their natural brows can do it, you can do it. It’s practice and patience.
Now here’s the bit you probably don’t want to hear: it can take me upwards of an hour to get my eyebrows set. Layers and layers and layers. There isn’t much getting around that.
I don’t think it would dry quickly enough to be of any use to you. The glue stick is instantly sticky, so it flattens your brows immediately and dries to the touch within a minute. Liquid glue, not so much.
Also in general, glue sticks are a washable glue.
Unfortunately I’m just a grad applicant at the moment and am in no way a licensed practitioner at this point in time. I’d be happy to chat with you off anon, but my primary suggestion would be to look into university medical programs with a psychiatric or clinical psych component. Not only do they often offer free or subsidized therapeutic services, but they’re also generally a bit more experimental than established practitioners since they often serve a double function as research facilities. If you’ve already tried several regular doctors, this may be a route worth pursuing.
Severe depression is often biologically based to some degree, so it’s usually helpful to seek a combination of medical and psycho-therapeutic intervention. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help at the moment.
Remember, your counselor is not a god, your counselor is someone who happened to go to school for a while to hopefully become good at something. You’re ultimately the one calling the shots and if something isn’t working for you, move on. Our job is to be the Sherlock Holmes of your mental state but, as you might imagine, not everyone is quite at that level.
That said, I hope it goes really well for you right off the bat!