Friday, May 28, 2010

Employee Spotlight - Megumi S.


Like many staff members, Megumi wears many hats at The Costumer. Her specialties though are wigs and makeup. Having 5 years at The Costumer under her belt, Megumi is styling rental wigs, doing mascot repair, making craft accessories and providing individual rentals on a daily basis. She has previously worked in theater and film as actor, producer, stage manager, prop artisan and of course makeup artist. A fun fact about Megumi: Her favorite costume in stock is "Mu Shu", a red soft sculpture dragon from the musical MULAN.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Elvis Festival in Lake George next week

Did you know that next weekend The King will live on right in our backyard? The Great Elvis Festival is June 2-6 in Lake George, NY, just minutes from the Capital Region. Want to participate in the Elvis Tribute Artist Competition? We have just what you need to look the part! Rentals or Sales, Young Elvis to Jeweled Jumpsuit, head to toe, we have the right look for you. Wigs, glasses, jumpsuits, capes and belts. Shop online or come into to our two locations for extra personal attention. The Costumer...for all your Elvis needs! Check out the official website for more details:

Friday, May 21, 2010

Buy a Musical Instrument Day

Our sources tell us tomorrow is "Buy a Musical Instrument Day". While we may be a costume store, some characters aren't complete without an instrument such as Maracas, Tambourines and Kazoos. Stop in either of our retail stores tomorrow, mention this blog, and receive 25% off any instrument in stock. Heck, we'll include ANY noise maker in the discount! Whistles, megaphones, clown horns....a great way to cheer for a new Grad! It's time to make some noise.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Employee Spotlight - Debbie M.


Debbie is our newest catch here at The Costumer. Originally from the capital region, Debbie recently moved back from Los Angeles where she was store manager of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as a coordinator at a Special FX Makeup Company. As store manager she provides the utmost in customer service, supervises staff and is an all around costume specialist. Stop in the store to meet her at 1995 Central Avenue in Colonie. A fun fact about Debbie: She has been sewing since she was 5 years old.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Barrier Spray & Setting Powder

We recently had a post on Facebook about the use of barrier spray and setting powder and when to use which, here is the answer:

In our experience with using both products we have found that a combination of both the Barrier Spray and the Setting Powders work best by following these steps:

-Wash the skin with soap and warm water, dry completely.

-Apply a few spritz of Barrier Spray. This acts as an anti-perspirant and reduces the effects that sweating has on makeup, which is great for hot stage lights and summer out door theatre. Let Dry.

-Apply your make-up setting each layer with powder to reduce smudging between layers and remembering to set the final layer. We find the Neutral Set works for most of our customers, but we do carry it in different tones to prevent muting of your makeup application or we have Super White to brighten your Clown White.

-Finally apply a few more spritzes of Barrier Spray to act as a final sealer to prevent the running, smudging, and smearing of makeup.

Barrier Spray is also recommended with our rentals as it reduces the amount of makeup transfer onto the costumes.