Wednesday, August 6, 2014
I borrowed this fake mustache and beard for the Shakespeare character in "Nine Sisters." The actor wore it twice, for 3 hours each time. As I was returning it to my Costume Fairy Godmother, I wondered if I should have bought a replacement set. It seemed somewhat disgusting to wear facial hair worn by someone else.
I had bought a package of double-sided tape, cut into strips, specifically made for attaching this faux-cial hair, erm, faux facial hair, and I did give that to the Costume Fairy Godmother. She said she would clean it, but I got distracted and forgot to ask how and with what. Rubbing alcohol?
Most of the actors I know are women and have never had to deal with mustaches, so they didn't know.
I should also mention that I asked how to affix the hair. That and my research gave me two answers:
1) eyelash glue. Apparently that isn't good for such a large surface
2) spirit gum. I'd read online that spirit gum was EVIL. Hard to remove. Smelly.
So I was glad the store I went to, Olympia Beauty Supply in Seaside, California, had the double-sided tape!
The actor said the facial hair was very uncomfortable, but I think he really liked it. Hahaha!
One last thing. The facial hair cost $30, as I recall. Oh, rats! Was it $40? I don't remember because, again, I borrowed it. The package of tape was $8.