October 15, 2013
Hello Readers, Ana Davidson here! Now that I’ve given you an idea of how to build a comprehensive styling kit, let’s talk about how to use what’s in it. Some of the items in your kit are very straight forward. Scissors, shout wipes, pasties, double sided tape – these have very obvious uses. Other items may seem bizarre but you’ll eventually rely on them as much as, if not more than, any of the other things in your kit:
Towels // While you’ll have plenty of opportunities to use your towels for cleaning (although they really don’t compare to the magic cleaning power of a cloth diaper) you’ll want them for covering your wardrobe rack if it should ever be left outside. They’ll weigh your garments down in heavy wind, prevent sun damage, and provide a barrier during a rain storm while you find a dry space.
Fanny Pack //You’ve already got your things organized into a case that can be just as easily transported as it can be tucked away, so why the fanny pack? The goal of a stylist is to be ready for anything while remaining inconspicuous. If you are able to consolidate your most-used items into your fanny pack, you’ll end up thanking yourself during hectic moments for keeping your carrying case out of the way. Fanny packs not your thing? Find yourself a stylish tool belt or attach two carabiners to a small leather purse and clip it to your belt loops.
The next two on this list are some of those bizarre items I mentioned that you won’t be able to live without once you’ve experienced the glory or their alternative uses:
Chalk or Chalk Paints // Are you working with a white ensemble or doing any last-minute distressing? Chalk will cover any stains acquired between shots as well as provide convincing wear to any garment when mixed with a little water and light rubbing. Possession of chalk on set will also make you appear super impressive! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at work and answered the prayers of some poor crew member calling out in dire need of chalk (what for, I still don’t know)!
Maxi Pads/Panty Liners // Are you working in a hot environment? Don’t go anywhere without these (or your hand fans)! Strip the adhesive covering and attach them to the underarms of a light base layer underneath whatever garment your actors or models are wearing. Is the garment sleeveless? Attach them to the skin beneath the garment where the sweat will fall. Use your half water/half rubbing alcohol spray solution for painless removal.
Got any questions about these four items or any of the other things on last week’s list? Shoot me an email at email@example.com and I’ll be happy to answer them! See you next month!! — Ana
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