Before You Start: Your make-up should be applied in a clean, well lit area. Give yourself plenty of room, and arrange your materials neatly in front of you. If you are doing the make-up on yourself, make sure you have an amply sized, well lit mirror. Wear old clothes– making up can get messy! Make-up should always be applied to clean skin, so wash your hands and face and you are ready to begin.
Please Note: If you have any known allergies to any of the listed ingredients of any of the components of this kit, do not use that component. Select a shade or item from your dealer’s stock that will give you a similar effect or serve a similar purpose but does not contain the ingredient to which you react.
As you are laying out your make-up as suggested above, be sure you have all of the items listed on the front label panel under “This Kit Contains.” Use of optional suggested items will be discussed below, as will costuming tips.
Household tools Required & Optional:
1 Sharp Pair of Scissors-Required
1 Steam Iron & Ironing Board-Optional
Preparing the Crepe Wool: Do this in advance of applying any make-up. The bundles of hair included in your kit are referred to as strips of braided crepe wool. Grasp the ends of the braids and pull gently so as to unravel the thin twine holding the braid together. Remove all twine so that only the kinked wool remains. In order to straighten this hair as straight as you see it in Figures 4-12, you have three options:
1) Gently tease the fibers by pulling them, picking them separated, pulling them some more and repeating this process, section by section until the braid is straight. Within this option you should try to deal with fibers no longer than 9″, so gently pulling the fibers loose lengthwise and laying them on top of one another and pulling gently again is the way to achieve the best results.
2) Submerge the entire length of twine free wool in water for 30 seconds, lay out on a towel and blot away excess moisture. Allow to dry, or assist drying with a warm surface or a hair dryer.
3) Using a steam iron on “serious steam” setting, weight down one end of the braid and pull the braid reasonably taught while you press the steam iron along the fibers until straightened, take note that you may have to do a certain amount of untwisting of the crepe wool bundle as you iron it due to its often twisted nature. This option is by far the fastest and arguably the best way to fully straighten crepe wool.
|Figure 1: Using a Latex Sponge Wedge, wipe across the surface of the Olive Brown Foundation to load the sponge. Once the sponge is properly loaded, apply the foundation to the areas of the face as shown.
Coat the skin evenly but with as thin a coat as possible to get your desired opacity. This is your foundation, your bottom coat, upon which you will build the character lines, highlights and shadowing needed to create a realistic looking face.
Note: If you are putting make-up on someone else, always approach the eye area gently and with warning. Never just stab away with your sponge, brush, or other implement. Have your subject close his eyes when coloring the upper lid and below the brows. Have him open his eyes and look up when you are coloring the areas just below the eye, including the lower eyelid.
|Figure 2: Using your Brush, paint in your three shadowing, highlighting and contouring shades in that order. The Dark Ebony is the deepest shadowing color. Brush this color into the eye socket area closest to the eye, and apply it to the hollow of the cheeks, the nasal fold (wrinkle from nose flare swooping around edge of mouth) and a few quick strokes on the upper lip.
Apply Warm Bronze to all raised areas or bony protrusions, and next to the shadowing to create contrast. Apply the Dark Ebony as an intermediate, contour shade, which yields depth. Apply the Dark Ebony around the outer circle of the eye, below the lower lip, on the sides of the nose and at the top of the nose up toward the forehead. Blend the colors carefully to yield the results shown. This blending can be done with a latex sponge or with the fingertip. If a detail is too weak after blending, simply reapply the make-up and reblend in that area.
|Figure 3: Powder
Apply the Black to the nose and use the Black Eyeliner Pencil to deepen the color around the eyes. Next, it’s time to powder. Load Powder onto Powder Puff by sprinkling a small pile of powder onto the middle of the puff, folding the puff and rubbing the puff’s sides together until the powder is substantially loaded into the velour of the puff. Use a gentle but rapid patting motion to work the powder deliberately across the face, one section at a time. Reload the puff frequently to avoid excessive “offsetting” of the make- up onto your puff. When the face is fully “set” you will be able to touch the make-up without it coming off.
|Figure 4: Begin the application of the Crepe Wool by starting with the neck. You will be building this facial hair as you would shingle a roof–layering it one after the other, moving toward the center of the face.
Select your hair from your pre-straightened bundle. Pull off just enough hair to create a 1.5 inch wide light band of hair about 4 inches long. Trim the end of the hair straight across for easy application. Apply Spirit Gum to the neck just behind the jawbone from ear to ear. Press the cleanly trimmed end of the hair into the spirit gum on one side using the handle end of your Brush. Repeat these steps across that band under the neck.
|Figure 5: Continue the shingling process under the chin. End this step with the application of three bundles of hair on the front of the chin.|
|Figure 6: Apply hair up the jaw line toward the ears. Apply your first strip of hair onto the forehead pulling the hair back into your subject’s own hair.|
|Figure 7: Apply additional hair across the forehead. Be sure not to drip Spirit Gum in the eyes!|
|Figure 8: Continue filling in the edges of the face as your time and hair supply permits.|
|Figure 9: Create eyebrows out of the crepe hair and spirit gum them onto your subject’s own eyebrows. Add final crepe hair touches with small bits of hair attached around the inner perimeter of the face giving the realistic growing hair appearance.|
|Figure 10: Using your scissors, carefully trim your creation as desired.|
|Figure 11: Optional addition of prescription eye wear.|
|Figure 12: Add a bit of blood for effect.
Costume & Accessory Tips: Werewolves can howl about town in virtually any attire. However, the classic look is usually a tattered flannel shirt, exposing much skin and certainly ruling out that shirt as formal wear for the future. Remember, if you do go the exposed skin route, you’ll want to make-up the exposed skin and add a fair amount of hair to those exposed areas as well. The hands are usually made up too unless you acquire a good pair of werewolf hands/gloves. If you do make up the hands, remember to paint the nails black or buy some black claws to stick on.
Removal: Your crepe wool should be removed with spirit gum remover (SGR). Pull off as much of the hair as you can, then moisten a cotton ball or a paint brush with the SGR. Soak the gummed areas with the SGR and once dissolved, the gum will simply wipe away. Our makeup can be easily removed with make-up remover or Cold Cream Makeup Remover. Once all make-up is carefully removed, gently wash with soap and water.