postheadericon How to Apply Crepe Hair

It is a well known fact that actors sometimes have to take certain measures to change their appearance for a performance. Sometimes this is as simple as wearing a distinctive costume, but other times it involves more complicated makeup effects. One effect that can seem intimidating is crepe hair, which has many uses ranging from something as simple as a moustache to a complicated look like a werewolf. It may appear to be difficult to apply, but it is much simpler than many people expect.

How to Apply Crepe Hair

1 Apply stage makeup first

How to Apply Crepe Hair

2 Before doing anything else, use a makeup chart to plan where you are going to put the hair; this is especially important if you are using it alongside other makeup effects. One important thing to keep in mind (which many beginners forget) is the bone structure beneath the skin. This is important if the hair is going on the face; it’s not as vital in other areas, but it’s still good to keep in mind.

How to Apply Crepe Hair

3 Once you have figured out where the hair goes, you have two options for sticking the hair to the skin: liquid latex or spirit gum. Whichever you choose, apply a thin layer to the area.

How to Apply Crepe Hair

4 Cut a straight bundled edge of crepe hair, hold between forefinger and thumb. Squeeze and roll fingers against each other to “fan” out creped hair. Then apply in small 1/2 sections or smaller starting with under the chin facing forward(towards the mirror). Place only the tip of the spread cut edges.

How to Apply Crepe Hair

5 Continue under chin until desired effect.

How to Apply Crepe Hair

6 Start with upper chin and continue to lay hair down towards floor.

How to Apply Crepe Hair

7 Work up into sideburns if needed

How to Apply Crepe Hair

8 Continue onto the mustache . outer sides of mustache need to face a a 45 degree angle facing down, then proceed to the nasolabial cleft (the divot underneath nose cartilage) place hair to go directly down.

How to Apply Crepe Hair

9 I would recommend only using spirit gum…which can be removed with 91% alcohol (CVS-carries this)liquid latex takes a long time to dry and not as effective.

How to Apply Crepe Hair

10 Allow Spirit gum to get tacky, use finger and tap till it feels like molasses.

How to Apply Crepe Hair

11 Cut into desired shape, style.

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