Tape. Who would have thought that one day I’d be writing about tape!?
But honestly, it’s surprising how much tape has come up in conversation throughout my burlesque experience.
- Which tapes should I use for pasties?
- Which tapes will resist sweating?
- How do I keep my panties from riding up?
- What about tassels? How do I keep those on?
Tape, tape, tape, tape, tape!
After my last post on glues, I thought I would tackle another important adhesive in the burlesque world—tape. So here goes:
But nonetheless, I love this tape and use it in just about every show!
If for some reason you can’t find this tape, look for “flash tape.”
Be warned, just like any adhesive, it can cause contact dermatitis (red, itchy, ouchy skin), especially if worn too long.
On another note, liquid latex also works well if you have to change pasties multiple times in one night (but don’t need crazy hold).
Be advised, you might also need to buy Spirit Gum Remover (they usually come as a set, but in case they don’t) as the bond can be really hard to remove. I haven’t found this to be the case with me (I pretty much just rip shit off of myself, hair and all), but some people have more sensitive skin than others.
Bottom line, there is no such thing as the “perfect tape” and in the end you will need to rely on good old trial and error. Everyone is different and that goes double for your skin and its reactions, so watch for how your body reacts to each adhesive. I’m pretty sure manufacturers weren’t thinking about pasties and assels when they came up with their formulas, so cut them some slack and keep trying! And don’t forget to be gentle with yourself during any and all removals—that’s your SKIN!
Have an adhesive you love? We want to try it! Let us know in the comments!!
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