Beard Stubble - crepe wool method
This rather under-appreciated theatre trick. In my experience, this
usually looks more convincing from closer distances, opposed to
'sponge-paint' stubble. I apologize in advance if this is hard to follow,
itís hard to explain without visuals. (Pics always welcome if you try
- crepe wool
- Several shades, one at least darker than your own hair color
- Only need 8" to 12" of each
- spirit gum
- a pair of scissors
- Unbraid the small lengths of wool
- Gently comb out and mix mix lengths of crepe wool into the desired
- Take a pair of sharp scissors and cut the wool into roughly
- This is best achieved by cutting the wool over a margarine tub or
paper plate. (You won't need much, but the extra wool can be kept in a
plastic film case until needed later.)
- Pour the wool bits into the palm of your hand and roll them into a
ball. (If anyone asks what you're doing-- say the cat hacked it up.
They're sure to leave you alone.)
- Put the 'hairball' down for a moment, but keep an eye on it, lest
someone try to throw it away.
- Paint spirit gum (or desired adhesive) onto victim's face where you
want their stubble to be.
- Clean off any adhesive on your fingers (unless you want stubble there)
and pick up your 'hairball'.
- Holding the 'hairball' pinched on both sides, pull it apart into two
- Taking one of the halves, blot the fuzzy side onto the adhesive much
like you would if sponging on stubble with makeup.
- If the stubble is too long, it can be trimmed with a pair of sharp
scissors when dry. Have fun with your instant masculinity!
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