Experimenting with Fake Beards – Crepe Hair

Hi everybody,

Before I get started, I just wanted to mention: Happy Memorial Day! To those who have served their country in the armed forces, to those who have died to protect the freedoms that we enjoy in the USA, you have my deepest gratitude and thanks.

Well, Monday snuck up on us again this week. We all had a late night last night going to see the new Star Trek Into Darkness (which was supercalifragilistiAWESOME!) and talking about it over pizza afterwards.Β Nothing super exciting has happened with Evasion this week, but I did do something fun that has to do with movie-making, so I figured now is a good time to share it!

One of the other films we are involved in this summer is a short film celebrating the 100th birthday of a little town nearby named Enumclaw (where the Swets live) funded by the city arts council. Several of us have official positions in the film (very exciting), mine being the Hair and Makeup Lead. Part of the plot of the movie involves going into the past, and a few of the characters need to have very full beards and some super moustaches. Meaning, I need to learn how to do fake hair, stat! This week, the director gave me some supplies, and Max volunteered to be my first victim *evil scheming face here*. I learned a lot, there are several things I didn’t do quite right, and I’ll be practicing some more before we shoot, especially in the moustache area.

I’m not going to give an in-depth tutorial this time. I think I will let the pictures speak for themselves. I’ll just give a little background about the supplies I was using:

1. Crepe hair: a wool, which is usually used for beard and moustache prosthetics. Comes in lots of different colors. Usually, two or more colors are used because it makes the beard look more realistic.

2. Spirit Gum: an adhesive. Kinda smelly. Very sticky. It is advisable to use a spirit gum remover solution, rather than just ripping the beard or moustache off.

3. Silver gray: a liquid for putting silver in the hair to make the model look older.

4. Random other: Fingers. Moist towellettes for constant cleaning of said fingers. Toothbrush or disposable mascara wand for applying the silver gray. Scissors for cutting and trimming the hair.

Let the pictures begin!

Presenting, Maxwell Swet, as we all know and love him, to grandpa and weird-hobo-guy-with-gun!

silver hair makeup

How to apply a crepe beard

applying fake hair

Crepe beard with Maxwell Swet

Well, that’s it folks! As always, please leave your thoughts below; we LOVE to hear them and eagerly await the email saying we got a new comment. πŸ˜‰

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.


About Rachel Poling

Rachel Poling is a serial hobbyist and one of those sopranos who can sing really high notes and likes sparkly jewelry. She enjoys researching, mulling, doodling, and implementing costume, makeup, and hair ideas. She also enjoys working on film scores, doing color correction, and generally having a toe dipped in anything pre-production. She has yet to act in any films, but she hopes to play an evil queen someday. View all posts by Rachel Poling

7 responses to “Experimenting with Fake Beards – Crepe Hair

  • Alina

    Wow, in the end I hardly recognized him! Especially with the glasses, he could play two characters and I don’t think people would notice. I was not expecting a post about beards, so that was a bit of a surprise. πŸ™‚
    Oh, those cookies look really good! πŸ˜‰

  • MattM

    Way cool! How did y’all get positions in the Enumclaw movie? It’s awesome that you did! Max looks fully legit :). Is he playing in the film too?

    • Rachel Ann Poling

      Thanks Matt!

      Max saw an ad calling for volunteers and we volunteered! Since this is a low-budget non-profit style film, they need all the good help they can get. The director was impressed with our work, asked us what we liked doing or what we wanted to learn, and gave us jobs that really fit us. It’s a really great situation and we are all learning a ton about movie making with bigger projects that actually have a semblance of a budget. πŸ˜‰ Max is the Special Effects Lead and the Stunt Coordinator. He may be playing a bank robber in the film.. we don’t know yet.

  • MattM

    That’s so awesome πŸ™‚ I’m somehow not surprised that you and Max got Lead positions in your respective departments πŸ˜‰ Who knows? someone important out there might be impressed by your finished work and get you hired on even bigger projects! Oh, and if you ever need another test victim, you know where I am–I would have the time of my life with a big furry beard like that! πŸ™‚ (Especially if there are cookies involved ;))

  • Morg

    Wow this is great! Good job! I reaaaallly liked the cookie part LOL! πŸ˜‰

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