Steps are as follows:
- Buy some crepe wool. It comes in a braid and most places let you buy it by the inch. I usually buy 2 feet at a time, but you’re probably only gonna need around 4 inches for one beard (get extra! you don’t want to run out mid application!) I buy mine from a local costume shop, but lots of places sell it online.
- Unravel about 6-7 inches of the braid. You’ll notice that the hair is super wavy. You need to iron it first! Don’t skip this step or you’re going to end up with one crazy beard. I sandwich the braid in between two pieces of broadcloth so the iron isn’t actually touching the hair, spritz the cloth with water. Put the iron on the end of the hair and pulling the rest of the braid to straighten it, then move the iron up the length of the hair. In the end it will still have a little bit of a wave to it, but nothing like before.
- Clean your face really well! Any residue or oil is going to cause the adhesive to have trouble sticking.
- Adhesive: I use Prosaide. You can use other adhesives like spirit gum, but I’ve found that it doesn’t hold as well and tends to need to be touched up throughout the day. Prosaide is a medical grade adhesive and sticks like nobody’s business. Be sure to buy some adhesive remover for later too!
- Start applying the adhesive to your sparkling clear face. I usually only apply about a square inch or two at a time. Paint it on using a cheap paint brush (you will probably throw this away afterwards) in the shape of your beard. Do not touch the glue. It is super sticky and will stick to everything. I start with my chin (underchin).
- You want to work your way from the bottom to the top. This is important because you will be layering the beard and it’s easier to lay the hair on top than to try to get it underneath the previous layer.
- Allow the glue to dry. If you apply the hair while the glue is still wet, it will just fall off. You want the glue to be tacky. Do not touch the glue. You’ll get a feel for how long this takes.
- While the glue is tacking up, Use a comb to comb through the last inch or so of you ironed crepe hair. You will lose hair in the comb. That’s okay.
- Spread the hair out between your fingers so it is more sparse (and natural looking). And cut off at least an inch of hair (more if you want your beard to be longer). Do not make it shorter, you will trim your beard later!
- Apply the hair to your face using the tip of the handle of your paintbrush to lightly tap the hair into the tacky glue. Ta-da! There’s your first bit of beard.
- Repeat Steps 5-10 until you have all the facial hair you want!
- If you did everything right, you probably look like a mountain man at this point. Using your comb, lift the beard hairs so they are about a 45 degree angle to your face and start trimming with a scissors. You may find at this point that you missed some patches, don’t worry! Just repeat steps 5-10 on the patchy part, being very careful not to get glue on the parts you’ve already glued down.
- Using your hands, brush the hair downward into a natural beard growth. I like to lightly spray my face with hairspray at this point.
- For an extra bit of realism, Use a stipple sponge to tap some make up around the edges of the beard so it looks like stubble.
- All done! If you did your beard well, people can even tug on it and it won’t come off (trust me, this happens to me nearly every time someone realizes I’m actually female).
- To remove your beard, soak a cotton ball with adhesive remover and soak your beard with remover. Let it sit for a minute so it has a chance to soften the glue. Start scraping that hair off. It will probably take a few rounds of soaking the glue and scrubbing.
- Practice. Don’t do this for the first time at the convention. I’ve applied more beards than I can count, and it gets better every time I do it.
Reblogging my old tutorial for the asks I got about my beard application. I’ve been changing up my technique a little, so I need to write a new one, but the same steps pretty much apply. Just a few additional notes:
- Apply your beard sparsely. If you observe beards in the wild, you can usually see a bit of skin in between the hairs.
- Observe lots of beards. If you have friends that have beards, look at them closely. You will see that there are lots of different colors mixed in and that the hair is sparser in certain areas. Try to replicate this when you’re applying your beard.
- Use a photo reference of the character you are trying to recreate while you are applying your beard. Make notes of where the beard is in relationship to landmarks on your face (nose, corners of the mouth, etc)
- You can use a beard to change the contours of your face. For example I laid my hair in with hard edges when I did my Oberyn makeup test in order to make it look like I have a squarer chin.
- Practice, practice, practice. I’ve been applying beards on myself since 2007, and some of the early ones were pretty terrible.
- Beard application can take a couple of hours (or more if it’s your first time) so leave yourself plenty of time so you aren’t rushed.
Reblogging because this is hella great.
As a dude who has trouble growing a beard and has several costumes that call for one, this is something I want to try.
THIS WILL BE SUCH A LONG MARATHON AND I AM SO READY
That’s prob about 12 hours
extended lotr alone is 11 hours and 22 minutes.
to watch the extended versions of both the hobbit and lord of the rings it would take roughly 20 hours i can’t wait
I know at least two people who’ll undoubtedly try to marathon the extended editions of these films.
MY BODY IS READY
There is no try.
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I dressed up my dress form to get a better look at my sif progress.
Today’s Style: Jaime Lannister
- Armor: Robert Chrisco
- Cloak: Custom
- Shirt: Costume Shop
- Sword: Costume Shop
- Pants: Express
- Boots: eBay
Last year, I commissioned my friend, Robert, to make me Jaime Lannister’s kingsguard armor. He documented the entire process here. And it’s amazing. I absolutely love it. I made the cloak and bought the other pieces and I love the whole outfit. I can’t wait to wear it again.