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Makeup Artist
ganeshkarma
Posts: 684
New York, New York, US


I never worked with it so I am clueless. They were only selling white and I got some pigments (in powder form) they recomended in Alcone.
I found it dificult to mix, then latex seemed very thin to me. When it dried out, it was very thin and blah...What am I doing wrong?
Aug 22 06 07:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Far West Imaging
Posts: 436
Laguna Hills, California, US


You can buy it on the web.  Try www.liquidlatexonline.com.


Prices are reasonable.
Aug 22 06 08:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kaos Beauty Klinik
Posts: 156
San Francisco, California, US


ganeshkarma wrote:
I never worked with it so I am clueless. They were only selling white and I got some pigments (in powder form) they recomended in Alcone.
I found it dificult to mix, then latex seemed very thin to me. When it dried out, it was very thin and blah...What am I doing wrong?

Depending on how you want to use it, you can do multiple coats. When we wanted a model to peel it of in interesting ways, we painted her with  3 or 4 coats. Try to do it somewhere warm, since it can go on cold.

Important: make sure the model shaves wherever it goes on the his/her body, otherwise that stuff is agony coming off.

Good luck. Have fun.

Aug 22 06 08:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ganeshkarma
Posts: 684
New York, New York, US


Thank you guys, I also found few posts about it...multiple coats is the key (I thought you put little and voila....dumb).
Thanks for the info guys!
Aug 22 06 08:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Rayrayrose
Posts: 3,510
Los Angeles, California, US


Vik, did you get liquid latex... like special effects liquid latex or the thick stuff that they use for the bodypainting stuff? because my fx latex is SUPER thin.
Aug 22 06 08:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Jess Schmidt
Posts: 2
Shoreline, Washington, US


have model apply lotion where ever the latex goes....it comes off extremly easily....where you  don't have lotion...it really does suck getting it off!! i used it for the first time the other day...i was made into  a mermaid!  and i think we applied 3-4 coats of it and then painted it...
Aug 22 06 08:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
4C 41 42
Posts: 11,093
Nashville, Tennessee, US


I've only tried it once, and I bought it from the site above.  You need at least 3 coats to cover (with time to dry each coat), and get the finishing spray.  Makes it all shiny and not tacky.

Have the model moisturize her skin real well before you paint her.  You'll have to work kinda quick, because it starts to itch after a while and as she moves it'll pull away from the skin and start to wrinkle.

I ended up with horrid brush marks.  If you can get it smooth, you're a better painter than I.
Aug 22 06 08:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ganeshkarma
Posts: 684
New York, New York, US


Yep, they sold me thin special FX latex. I decided not to use it, it is to messy and we have 10 shots to do. It would just ad extra complications. I will play when I have more time, I hate trying out new stuff on important shoots.
Thanks guys for plethora of good info, I am glad I asked.....saved me headache.
smile
Aug 22 06 08:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Conceptually Black
Posts: 8,320
Columbus, Ohio, US


those sponge brushes sold in craft stores work wonders for the liquid latex, to remove any brush marks.
Also if you are covering a large area, finish the whole area, before putting on your second coat, work from a cup(never the bottle), and make sure to mix well before.
Use an aloe based lotion, not just regular, the aloe really creates a good layer between the model and the latex.
And the best advice I can offer is SHAVE, if possible shave anywhere it is going to be, it pulls all the hairs, even the slight peach fuzz stuff. So hand that model a razor and tell her to go shave her a**! sorry, needed some humor here.
Aug 22 06 08:45 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Craiger
Posts: 548
Lake Mary, Florida, US


I've used it a couple times in shoots.  I used anywhere from 5 to 7 layers.  The more layers, the thicker the latex is.  When I used it, I was able to peel it off in one piece.  It almost looks re-useable!
Anyway, avoid air bubbles.  When/if you paint a person, make sure they don't bend what you're painting.  That stuff will stick to itself QUICK!!  And make sure the person shaves anyplace where they want the latex.  Cause it's almost comical to watch someone peel it off of someplace that has (had!) hair on it...
AND do not spill it on a rug or carpet.  It's very unforgiving!
But it is a lot of fun to shoot with.  You can get all kinds of colors, and stuff to add into it (glitter, etc).  And get some of that shine stuff to make it look nice after it's dried.
Anyway, this has been my experience with liquid latex....
Try it, you'll have a blast with it...
Aug 22 06 08:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Sommer Mbonu Pro Makeup
Posts: 499
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Hey!! i have 3 pics posted that were all done in liquid latex ( avatar included) .

I got mine ( dont laugh : D ) from your local sex shop. They come in every colour of the rainbow...neon too. It is easy to apply..for the best results i did 3 coats...esp. for black. The colour looks much lighter when you put it on, then it darkens up to the true colour. To speed up the process use a hairdryer between laters. MAKE SURE that you put ample moisturizer before hand this will make removal easy and fun: D....You should seal it afterwards with a water based lub. ...and to make it really shine for camera. I used a sponge applicator ..you can get them at anny hardware store under $1. It is extremely messy and if you get it on fabric then you should just throw it out...cause it is impossible to remove.

Hope this was helpful to you : D

Sommer
Aug 22 06 10:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ChristyR
Posts: 182
Los Angeles, California, US


Vik,

For bald caps it takes about to 5 coats of latex, corn starch powder and a blow dryer.

On the face, use corn starch powder, and the latex and a blow dryer to dry it quickly, and or I suggest oil-based paints or airbrushing. You can smooth it out with ky jelly or vaseline.
Another trick for stabbings/slashes or big regions  or if your on a budget use Knox gelatin packkets and mix with hot water and make sure you keep mixing beofre it drys out. It helps to have a special effects artist friend.
Make sure you powder before puting this stuff on, You need something dry in order for it to stick.
email me if you need more info, I can get it for  you.

Christy
Aug 22 06 10:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ganeshkarma
Posts: 684
New York, New York, US


You guys are awesome, thanks for all the help! As mostly beauty artist, stuff like this is real new to me and if I did not ask, I would have made reall mess.
You guys saved me time! Forever grateful!
Aug 22 06 11:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
liz yu
Posts: 1,902
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


promakeupondemand wrote:
Hey!! i have 3 pics posted that were all done in liquid latex ( avatar included) .

I got mine ( dont laugh : D ) from your local sex shop. They come in every colour of the rainbow...neon too. It is easy to apply..for the best results i did 3 coats...esp. for black. The colour looks much lighter when you put it on, then it darkens up to the true colour. To speed up the process use a hairdryer between laters. MAKE SURE that you put ample moisturizer before hand this will make removal easy and fun: D....You should seal it afterwards with a water based lub. ...and to make it really shine for camera. I used a sponge applicator ..you can get them at anny hardware store under $1. It is extremely messy and if you get it on fabric then you should just throw it out...cause it is impossible to remove.

Hope this was helpful to you : D

Sommer

wooo .. this is some super fun stuff~  do you mind sharing which sex shop u purchased the liquid latex.. i really would like to go check it out *^_^*  was the water based lub also from the same shop as well?  btw love your liquid latex series!!

Aug 23 06 12:23 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Sommer Mbonu Pro Makeup
Posts: 499
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


liz yu wrote:

wooo .. this is some super fun stuff~  do you mind sharing which sex shop u purchased the liquid latex.. i really would like to go check it out *^_^*  was the water based lub also from the same shop as well?  btw love your liquid latex series!!

LOL...at your local CLASICXXXX ...LOL....hey people sometimes things don't have to be SO complicated : D.... oh and THANKS there are 2 more images to come!!

Aug 23 06 06:10 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Glamourpuss Make-UpHair
Posts: 475
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


Definitely check out local sex shops...that's where I have purchased mine.  After you apply multiple layers, you can use acrylic paint over it to add color.  I found the pigments messy and difficult to use.  I once had to do liquid latex tank tops and I painted flames on them with acrylic paint.  When the models took them off, the latex stayed in tact and was a tank top that looked like it could be used again and again!  Really neat stuff!
Aug 23 06 07:54 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Kevin-James Bennett
Posts: 782


I've noticed some mis-information here.

I completely agree about the shaving advise.

I'm a little confused about the moisturizing underneath suggestions.
Latex has to have a dry surface to stick to.  If you apply it over heavily moisturized skin, it will pull right back up as soon as there is any body movement in that area.  Prep the body with a good oil-free moisturizer (aloe vera is brilliant and leaves no residue) and then dust the area to be covered with the latex with either corn starch or or talcum powder.  Massage it in until there is no visible powder on the surface.  This will act as a moisture absorbing layer.  Latex is VERY occlusive and will cause the skin to perspire.  The talc or corn starch will absorb this and keep the latex from pulling up during the shoot. 

Only use water based lubricants on the surface to add shine. Certain oil based products might dissolve the latex.  If the product is deemed safe for use with latex condoms, then you're set.

Removal is quite easy with gel baby oil or some 244 Remover.  You can also try Detachol if the model has very sensitive skin.

BTW - There is a large portion of the population who are allergic to latex products.  Make sure to test a small patch in the crook of the model's arm or right behind their ear and wait 15 minutes to see if there's a reaction.
Aug 23 06 08:06 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
artemis
Posts: 31
Los Angeles, California, US


good point kevin.... any suggestions of non latex eye lash adhesive for models allergic to latex?
Aug 23 06 10:15 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
artemis
Posts: 31
Los Angeles, California, US


vincent longo's lashes come w the non latex adhesive... so basically, does anyone know any company that sells one without the lashes i mean smile
Aug 23 06 10:17 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
liz yu
Posts: 1,902
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


promakeupondemand wrote:

LOL...at your local CLASICXXXX ...LOL....hey people sometimes things don't have to be SO complicated : D.... oh and THANKS there are 2 more images to come!!

awesome!  i'm so dragging my husband to go with me hahaha.. let's see what he thinks we're going for..  maybe also check out the sex expo coming up next month too! *^_________________^*

Aug 24 06 12:17 am  Link  Quote 
Body Painter
BodyPainter Rich
Posts: 17,883
Sacramento, California, US


Kevin-James Bennett wrote:
BTW - There is a large portion of the population who are allergic to latex products.  Make sure to test a small patch in the crook of the model's arm or right behind their ear and wait 15 minutes to see if there's a reaction.

To add to Kevin's information...some latex allergies are SERIOUS and potentially deadly. Testing first is an ABSOLUTE necessity and this cannot be stressed enough.

Aug 24 06 12:51 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
JM Dean
Posts: 8,930
Cary, North Carolina, US


Liquid latex ROFLMAO! Thats some nasty shit lol.
Aug 24 06 01:17 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ChristyR
Posts: 182
Los Angeles, California, US


You don't have to buy lube at sex shops, you can buy them at your local drug store, pharmacy, market and makeup store. I buy mine at Frends and the Longs drugstore. If you want an excuse to go to the Sex shops more power to you.
Aug 24 06 01:27 am  Link  Quote 
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