I thought this was too much fun to not share. I need a beard for my Hallowe'en costume, and couldn't find one that I liked. I found a couple online that would have been ok, but they were pricey, and I couldn't have gotten them shipped to me in time for dressing up. After lots of searching online, I stumbled onto a tutorial
explaining how to make facial hair with liquid latex and crepe hair. I couldn't find crepe hair either, but I did have some llama in my fiber stash, and the guard hairs look and feel a lot like human hair. It was worth a shot, right?
I cleaned and combed a large handful of fiber, and separated out some of the fine, fleecy fibers.
Built up a base of liquid latex and waited for it to dry. (4-5 layers, I think.)
Brushed on another layer of latex and applied thin pieces of hair while it was still wet.
It took forever to dry, but I was finally able to peel it off.
I did a trial run of my hair and makeup this morning. It was hard to style. I had to work it a bit with a felting needle. I was going to cut it, but then I saw a picture of Debra Christofferson as Lila on Carnivale (HBO show) and I decided to curl it instead. Gratuitous beard closeup:
Then I got a bit silly.
The shadow on half of my face is from my camera (and hand).