You go to class. (for years)
You get your costume. (fitting for years)
You learn your make-up and hair.
And the day comes and it is your very first show and you find yourself face to face with
THE PASTIE PROBLEM!!!!!
I bet nobody told you how it won´t be that easy!
There are a lot of blogs on gimmicks and dressing room etiquette, but
WHERE CAN I LEARN TO PUT A PASTIE ON or better say STAY A PASTIE ON?????
Fear not, young unicorn!
You are at the right place.
For the Spanish speaker I put my goofy face and useful info in a video blog, attached at the end.
Sticky back pasties
It is a lie!
So if you don’t want to end up with one pastie flying in one direction and the other flying in another 5 different directions, you better use another method.
MASTIX a.k.a. SPIRIT GUM
My first and best recommendation, but you need to learn how to use it effectively.
If it gives you allergies, do not use it!
First advice: BUY THE REMOVER AT THE SAME TIME.
It comes in a nail polish like bottle with a brush. The nail polish size is quite long lasting, I bought a bigger bottle like 5 years ago, still would be using it, if I had not lost it during my last show…
This is a pro glue for theater, for wigs, beards and mustaches. It is strong. (As strong as I would never put a beard on with it)
I paint the outer perimeter of the inside of my pastie with a common sense as for amount. I try to avoid having mastix on my nipple, because it can burn and is not easy to take off.
It needs to dry to be effective.
I would say 10-15 min.
So to be able to go on with your life get a bra or sport top, (one which you would not mind getting the glue on, just in case it happens).
Use a mirror for symmetry when you put the pasties on. I generally put on the bra, pull it up or down, get the pasties in place, and while still holding it in place pull the bra over without moving it away. This way I can keep on preparing.
DO NOT FORGET TO LET IT DRY!!! It will fail if it cannot dry properly.
GETTING IT OFF
Pull the pastie off slowly.
This is the tricky part with mastix, it is insane hard to get it off. So get the remover and have patience.
If you FORGOT it, get the pasties off and get a hot shower and slowly without insane rubbing feel off the remaining pieces.
In a worst case scenario pure alcohol also works as remover.
But if you want to use this on a regular basis don’t rub like crazy and do not leave the glue on overnight.
So with the remover and the warm shower after all should be fine.
With the need of time to dry, it makes 3 pasties changes in a 40 min show very difficult.
What if I CANNOT USE MASTIX???
You get very bad skin reactions?
I was pretty icky with mastic when I was still breastfeeding my son, I was terrified by the thought of him getting even a bit of that shit in his little body.
Two sided tape
First, it is not made to be put on human skin, you have no idea what it may contain. Also each roll is different as for stickiness, so you might buy one that works wonders and the next time your pasties go on outer space mission with first move.
Second, I don´t like it, as it is not really good with intense movement of any rubbing effect. (Ya´know, I do aerials and pole in pasties)
If it works for you, then great, use it.
And now comes the surprise guest
Medical Adhesive Tape
It is by no way my idea. I learned it in the El Molino theater from the dancers. It is fast, skin friendly, easy to remove.
So make little tubes with the tape and use it as it was a two sided tape.
The downside is that it might look a bit elevated from the boob. Yet, with practice it can look quite flat.
I would use 3 or more pieces, you can pretty much make the perimeter of the pasties with it.
This worked very well with aerial hoop and little time to change for me. AND BRESTFEEDING!!!
Here is the spanish video.
With the queen of goofy talk and funny voice herself. Myself.