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Photographer

Marc Hathaway

Posts: 417

Denver, Colorado, US

I'm trying to find a safe product to paint on people with.  Basically I'd like to paint with a brush the same way I do with oils on canvas.  Obviously I don't want to use anything that could be harmful. 

I'd like something that blends/ mixes well.  It can be thick, I like impasto, but it's not necessary.  Additionally I'd appreciate recommendations on brushes and anything else that might be useful like something to remove it with.

Sep 19 12 09:46 pm Link

Body Painter

Lisa Berczel

Posts: 3998

Corona, California, US

Thanks for asking about safe products - it shows Respect for your Models - and they will thank you for it!

There are a LOT of cosmetic body paint choices - from liquids to water or alcohol activated pans. The application and blending range is as diverse as paints for canvas. Each kind and brand will have it's own sweet spot.

For brush applied and blendability - look to a product like Mehron Paradise.
Ben Nye Magicolor is a nice, thicker liquid body paint that can be sponge or brush applied.
For super thick, super inexpensive colors, try Palmer's face paint.
Crisp line work - you can't go wrong with a sampler like WolfeFX Appetizer Palette.

You can use mid-quality paint brushes - my favorite are Simmons or Royal Langnickel. I would advise using NEW, dedicated brushes for bodypaint.

You don't want to use non-cosmetic products - there's a real reason the pigment range is restricted for cosmetic grade colors.

Look to a site like www.sillyfarm.com for what's popular with Facepainters and Bodypainters.

Bodypaint FAQ: http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=243647
Non-Toxic is NOT Makeup: http://battledress.deviantart.com/journ … -214185627

Sep 19 12 10:15 pm Link

Photographer

Marc Hathaway

Posts: 417

Denver, Colorado, US

Thanks, that helps a lot.

Sep 20 12 04:20 pm Link

Body Painter

Tim Gratton

Posts: 1054

Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

My brand works just like acrylic!

Sep 26 12 06:03 am Link

Body Painter

Lisa Berczel

Posts: 3998

Corona, California, US

Tim Gratton wrote:
My brand works just like acrylic!

Based on the performance of the acrylic used as body paint I've seen, you're doing your product a disservice by the comparison wink

Sep 26 12 10:06 am Link

Body Painter

Tim Gratton

Posts: 1054

Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

It isn't Acrylic but it is liquid so you can mix the colour! smile

Sep 29 12 11:16 pm Link

Photographer

SeaSaltStudios

Posts: 125

Stanwell Park, New South Wales, Australia

Tim Gratton wrote:
My brand works just like acrylic! [/quote

Tim,

I have been waiting for ages for your online store to open, anyways whats the best way to get your products?

Sep 29 12 11:29 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Victoria Howard

Posts: 421

London, England, United Kingdom

+1 

www.sillyfarm.com are good.

You could also try...
http://www.wolfefx.com/

Sep 30 12 01:13 am Link

Body Painter

Sweet Loretta

Posts: 235

Sacramento, California, US

Most folks start with some water activated cake makeups, yes to Mehron's Paradise and Wolfe Face Art & FX.  Kryolan too makes makeup in rich colors. All are very different in as much as they are the same. Overall they are easy to learn, especially for experienced artists.

Most body and face painters prefer golden talkon or sable brushes. Lowe Cornell La Corneille Golden 7000C series is very popular.

You might consider adding a liquid like Kryolan or Mehron ontop of cake makeups like Kryolan Aquacolor or Mehron's Paradise to create tick textures.

Tim does Gratton create thick Impasto like textures?

Overall, shop around. There is a big group that meets in your area for get together painting jams. I highly suggest making connection they can help and you could see products at work first hand.

They are on Facebook under The Denver Face Paint and Body Art Jam
http://www.facebook.com/groups/BodyArtJam/

Sweet Loretta
The Painted Navel
Extreme Makeup FX (face & body art makeup and supplies, FX makeup & supplies)
www.extrememakeupfx.com

Oct 01 12 07:42 pm Link

Body Painter

Tim Gratton

Posts: 1054

Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

SeaSaltStudios wrote:

Tim Gratton wrote:
My brand works just like acrylic! [/quote

Tim,

I have been waiting for ages for your online store to open, anyways whats the best way to get your products?

info@timgratton.com

Oct 02 12 05:19 am Link

Makeup Artist

Make Up By Marisa

Posts: 1

Farmingville, New York, US

MAC makes a great product too called chroma cakes which work amazing

Oct 05 12 01:01 pm Link

Body Painter

Tim Gratton

Posts: 1054

Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

Sweet Loretta wrote:
Most folks start with some water activated cake makeups, yes to Mehron's Paradise and Wolfe Face Art & FX.  Kryolan too makes makeup in rich colors. All are very different in as much as they are the same. Overall they are easy to learn, especially for experienced artists.

Most body and face painters prefer golden talkon or sable brushes. Lowe Cornell La Corneille Golden 7000C series is very popular.

You might consider adding a liquid like Kryolan or Mehron ontop of cake makeups like Kryolan Aquacolor or Mehron's Paradise to create tick textures.

Tim does Gratton create thick Impasto like textures?

Overall, shop around. There is a big group that meets in your area for get together painting jams. I highly suggest making connection they can help and you could see products at work first hand.

They are on Facebook under The Denver Face Paint and Body Art Jam
http://www.facebook.com/groups/BodyArtJam/

Sweet Loretta
The Painted Navel
Extreme Makeup FX (face & body art makeup and supplies, FX makeup & supplies)
www.extrememakeupfx.com

I mix mine with cake... double the pigment... also use gelatine makes it thicker... Microwave also helps, I've been invited to NZ again... to stay with a legend who has won four oscars... for my brain to be picked LoL smile

Oct 06 12 07:10 am Link