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montgomery photographic
Posts: 162
Sunnyvale, California, US


Can some one tell me what to use when bodypainting I've got the airbrush and brushes etc...  But is there a special media or watercolor?  I used greasepaint before [which was fantastic putting it on] but was basically permanant until it wore off...  Made some dancers quire happy.
Any suggestions?
Sep 11 05 06:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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John Korb
Posts: 64
Fairfax, Virginia, US


I haven't used an airbrush, although I'd like to. 

So far I've used Aquacolors which I've purchased from a local theatrical supply outlet.  The Aquacolors are basically cosmetics.  I applied them with cosmetic sponges and cosmetic brushes.  After applying the cosmetics I applied a fixative that I think was Ben Nye.  The fixative prevents (or at least greatly reduces) smudging, but makes the makeup harder for the model to remove.

The results were pretty good, especially since I had NO experience when I started, but using cosmetic sponges and brushes has its limits, and I think I will probably go the airbrush route the next time I bodypaint.

I'm not positive, but I believe the young woman at the theatrical supply outlet said that for airbrushing they recommend a line of Ben Nye cosmetics that are formulated for airbrush use.

My recommendation would be to visit your local theatrical supply store to see what they say.
Sep 11 05 10:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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montgomery photographic
Posts: 162
Sunnyvale, California, US


Thanks dude, will do.
Sep 11 05 11:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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William Kious
Posts: 8,841
Delphos, Ohio, US


Pretty much anything you can thin down to the consistency of milk can be applied with an airbrush.  If you're thinking about trying something on the cheap, tempera can give some really neat effects.  I've heard of some people using acrylics with some success, but I think it would be the devil to wash off.  I wouldn't advise using artist's water colors, though (they can stain skin like crazy.)
Sep 11 05 11:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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The Body Painter Rich
Posts: 141
Sacramento, California, US


William Kious wrote:
Pretty much anything you can thin down to the consistency of milk can be applied with an airbrush.  If you're thinking about trying something on the cheap, tempera can give some really neat effects.  I've heard of some people using acrylics with some success, but I think it would be the devil to wash off.  I wouldn't advise using artist's water colors, though (they can stain skin like crazy.)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHH!

No paint!

Makeup makeup makeup. William is right in that airbrushing is possible with anything properly thinned but please do not use paint. Remember, these ladies and men make a living with their skin and it should be treated with appropriate concern. You wouldn't want someone cleaning your lenses with their Levi's would you?

Cosmetics should be used on skin. In the U.S. anything sold as a cosmetic must use only ingredients approved by the FDA for use on skin. It protects the model from stains and poisons, it protects you from lawsuits and really pissed off models.

The bodypaint post on the other forum will help...but here...I'll help too

IF you want to paint on skin look up...Mehron, Ben Nye, Snazaroo, Kryolon, Fardel, Temptu, Dinair, Graftobian, or Fantasy Faces.

If you want to use latex, look up Deviant.

Greasepaint is relatively safe, but generally messy and difficult to clean without the proper skinsafe solvent. Waterbased makeup is generally much easier to deal with and durable enough for the average shoot.

Of course...another alternative is to hire a professional who knows all this stuff already. wink

Sep 12 05 01:59 am  Link  Quote 
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montgomery photographic
Posts: 162
Sunnyvale, California, US


Very good advise, thanks
Sep 12 05 09:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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montgomery photographic
Posts: 162
Sunnyvale, California, US


Thanks to all for input!
Sep 12 05 09:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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