Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

B.A.B.E. had the first of two comedy workshops last night. There’s still time to register for the second one —Developing Comedy Acts  — on the 28th.

And here’s your tip!

Watch that you don’t block your face during your removes.

It’s usually a glove remove that’s causes the problem, but I’ve seen it happen with stockings too. 

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Published in: on 22 January 2021 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Just a quick note — B.A.B.E.’s workshop series on burlesque comedy starts on Thursday. Enrollment is limited and there are only a few spaces left! Go to studyburlesque.com/workshops to sign up.

Here’s your lip, I mean, tip!

Use two colors of lipstick to change the appearance of your lips.

After you apply your usual lipstick, use a second color to change the emphasis.

For a fuller-looking lip, use a paler color in the center of your lip. Be sure to blend it well around the edges so there’s a natural looking gradation of color.

To create a flapper-stype pout, use a darker color lipstick to fill in the cupid’s bow area of your lips. Don’t blend this one; you want it well-defined.

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Published in: on 15 January 2021 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s Friday again! Here’s your tip! Lighting has become so important as we spend so much time in front of cameras.

Soften harsh lights with a diffuser.

The theatrical solution would be to use a diffusing gel, but if you don’t happen to have one of those lying around, you can improvise. If you’re using an LED bulb, it doesn’t get hot and there’s lot of things you can use to put in front of the bulb to get a softer light– sheer fabric, a stocking, wax paper, &c. In a pinch we once used a white trash bag over a LED worklight.

If you are using a bulb that gets hot, be very careful with what you put in front of it. You don’t want anything to melt or burn. Baking parchment paper is a safe solution (thanks to Foxy Lexxi for the suggestion!).

Experiment with lights and materials to find an effect you like. 

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Published in: on 8 January 2021 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy New Year! May 2021 be better and brighter for all of us! (but no pressure…)

Often I suggest setting goals for the new year, but 2020 was a *really* rough year. Instead:

Look back on all your accomplishments, no matter how small. I bet you accomplished more than you think!

Stay well everyone! I hope we can be together again this year.

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Published in: on 1 January 2021 at 11:34 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Wishing a very merry Christmas to those who celebrate! For those who don’t, enjoy your take-out Chinese food and movie at home! (I’ll be watching Wonder Woman 1984 over my egg rolls tonight)

It’s still Friday, so here’s your tip, which is really more of a wish:

May next year be better and brighter! And may we all do all we can to make it so.

Thank you all for being here this year.

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Published in: on 25 December 2020 at 2:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s Friday again! How does that keep happening? Before I get to your tip, a few notes and advertisements.

We’ve got the first classes of 2021 scheduled at B.A.B.E. Head on over there to check out the current offerings.

Tomorrow night I’ll be appearing in Velvet Revue’s Premiere Show: US Edition at 9pm EST! You can also still see The BeauTease Holiday Special whenever you want or H.A.U.N.T., if you prefer your holiday season spooky.

And now for your tip!

Allow rhinestone glue to dry for 24 hours before wearing and a week before washing.

I know we’re always rhinestoning things at the last minute (guilty!), but try to plan ahead to give your glue time to set up and really secure your stones. To make sure all the stones are on there well, wait even longer before you get anything wet.

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Published in: on 18 December 2020 at 2:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s Friday! We’ve got a couple of exciting things happening tomorrow!

At 2PM, Betty Blaize will be teaching Hot for the Holidays: A Pinup Makeup Workshop at B.A.B.E.

At 8PM we’re hosting a watch party for The BeauTease Holiday Special! If you can’t make it, you can still see the show

Consistency is pleasing; change is exciting.

Consider this when planning your choreography, costumes, music &c. A mix of both elements is going to make your act more interesting to watch.

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Published in: on 11 December 2020 at 1:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

You know I’m all about education and you have a bunch of opportunities to learn in December!

The Nice and Naughty exhibit opens at The American Burlesque Collection today! I helped set up the costumes  yesterday and I’m so excited for you to see everything. There are holiday-themed videos, the aforementioned costumes, vintage Christmas cards from burlesque dancers, and more!

On December 12, Betty Blaize will be teaching a pinup makeup workshop. Learn how to get the perfect crimson pout and crisp cat eye!

Last month I taught at BurlyCon and you can take the classes too! The recordings of Caring for Your Costumes and Who’s Who in Classic Burlesque are available until the end of the month. Just $20 each (and most of that ends up in my pocket).

And now for your tip! I can’t believe I’ve never given this one before.

Prewash your fabric before beginning your costuming project.

You want to preshink your fabric as much as possible so you don’t have any nasty surprises later. This is especially important with 100% cotton fabrics. You also want to get out any sizing. That’s a treatment that keeps the fabric looking good on the bolt, like starch. It can mess with the fabric hand and sometimes it’s made with some unpleasant chemicals.

Obviously, this only applies if you can wash your fabric.

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Published in: on 4 December 2020 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

This week’s tip is a suggestion from Scratch.

Photograph your wardrobe.

Go through your closet or where ever you store your costumes and take a picture of each item. Keep them on your phone or some other easily accessible place for easy reference. Not only does it give you a visual record of all your costume pieces, you might find some items you forgot about or some pieces that have served their purpose and should be to a new home. It’s a multi-purpose good idea!

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Published in: on 13 November 2020 at 3:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s been a heck of a week. Here’s your tip.

Do something nice for yourself that’s also good for you.

Exercise. Go for a walk or a bike ride (it’s beautiful out in Boston). Take a bath. Drink lots of water. Eat something delicious and healthy. If you choose to indulge in a treat, make it worth it (no cheap chocolate!). Take a nap. Snuggle a cuddly animal. Listen to your favorite music. Dance.

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Published in: on 6 November 2020 at 2:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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