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Unread 08-28-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Safe adhesive for facial appendages?

Hi All,
I apologize in advance if this is answered elsewhere on the forum, but I couldn't find it. I'm looking for recommendations on safe, temporary adhesive/glue brands (and where to find) to use on the face to attach small items to the skin. Doing a cosplay that will require attachment of 3-4 small lightweight rectangular pieces which will probably be made from foam board. See Handsome Jack from Borderlands if you're wondering what I'm talking about. Any recommendations you have would be much appreciated. thanks!
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Unread 08-28-2013, 04:35 PM   #2
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There's Spirit Gum, which can be bought at a Halloween store. Easy to remove, easy to use if you follow the directions to a T. They use SG for attaching masks and prosthetics.

Alternatively, there's eyelash adhesive but if you have a latex allergy it won't work out so well. I don't think it can hold very big/heavy pieces (anything bigger than a light, small bead or cabochon). It's just a thought though.
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Unread 09-03-2013, 02:37 AM   #3
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Pros-Aide, Pros-Aide, and Pros-Aide.
I've worked as a makeup artist for almost 8 years, and Pros-Aide is what is used to attach pretty much everything except silicone.
It's extremely sturdy, safe and easy on your skin, and won't get all crusty and gross like Spirit Gum.
Just make sure it's completely dry (it goes clear when it's dry) before sticking anything on. And make sure you buy the proper remover.
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Unread 09-03-2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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I second pros-aide.

I was initially pretty terrified of doing so because the reason I have it is for mixing latex body paint, but I didn't have any spirit gum handy and I needed to stick on my Robin mask, so I figured, whatever, no pain, no game, so I used it.

I didn't use the remover to take it off, because I've found that it just doesn't work for me, but even just peeling it off slowly was almost painless and didn't take my skin with it like spirit gum would even with remover. (And as Placebo said, it doesn't get crusty!)
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Unread 09-04-2013, 10:58 AM   #5
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I hate spirit gum so I usually use eyelash adhesive for small bits.
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Unread 09-04-2013, 11:02 AM   #6
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I was actually just going to ask a similar question. Thank you for posting this thread!
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Unread 09-04-2013, 01:41 PM   #7
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Pros-Aide is also costly :/ What keeps people from getting it is the high cost.
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Thanks to all for the great suggestions! It will all come down to what I can find in a time crunch now. Will let you know how it turns out!
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Unread 09-09-2013, 07:43 PM   #9
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Small applications and light masks........Ditto ProAide.
I hate Spirit Gum too but it will hold more weight that ProAide.

And as a note - there are latex free eyelash glues.
Do Not Use ProsAide or Spirit Gum to adhere Eyelashes.
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