3 – Improper use of product or incorrect method
Even the best wig tape or liquid adhesive won’t work if you’re not using the right technique.
Suggestion – make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions if using a liquid adhesive. Some need to be applied in two parts (one to the piece, one to your skin). Others might have a specific set-up time before the piece is applied. Check that the glue or tape is rated for fine lace pieces. Make sure you’re using any pre-application product the manufacturer recommends.
4 – Not leaving yourself plenty of time to practice putting your mustache on
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of using your new mustache. Or maybe you’ve got an event coming up and you’re out of time to experiment. But your first attempt at putting your mustache and set on might not go as planned.
Suggestion – To avoid disastrous results when it matters, give yourself time to try your pieces on and practice. Plan to test a method of application at least two or three times, on different days, before your first event. If one thing doesn’t work, leave yourself plenty of time to clean your skin and the lace and then try something else.
It can take time to learn how to apply your pieces properly and to find the best product and methods for your skin.
Leave yourself plenty of time to prepare your skin and the piece and to do the application. If you try a product or method and find it doesn’t work, note what seemed to be the issues, and then consider if there are any ways to adjust the process for next time.
For example, you could try letting product cure for another few minutes before applying, cleaning your skin with a different product, or changing where you start to put the piece on. For that final one, it might mean you start putting your mustache on from the middle of the upper lip, not the side (or vice versa)
5 – Not giving yourself enough time to get used to the process and the feel of having pieces attached
Wearing glue-on facial hair can feel odd at first. Even if you’ve found the perfect process of applying the piece, you need to give yourself plenty of time wearing your new pieces. If you spend a few hours wearing your pieces, you’ll be accustomed to have they feel. That will give you confidence in both your application and wearing them.
Learn what ‘normal’ feels like
Stand in front of a mirror and talk, laugh, sing or eat a cookie – if you usually do a thing in character, do it in front of the mirror. As you do, watch your mustache. Do you see it moving or shifting? Is it popping up in the middle? Watching how your mustache (and beard!) do or do not move when you’re performing will help you know what feels normal and what it feels like when something isn’t sticking.
It can also be easy to let one or two unsuccessful attempts put you off the whole process, but give it a few more tries and see how it feels.