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Amethyst



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PostSubject: Face Painting Tips   Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:20 pm

I've been facepainting at kids events for a couple of years now, I paint wiggly little kids so doing grown ups is a lot easier. I can also design things and send them out to people in the style of those books you get or as a video.

Tips for facepainting;


Good Quality Water Based Paint!; Snazaroo are a brilliant brand. Do not use cheap oil stuff; not only is it tacky and hard to use, it clogs up pores and doesn't breathe well. Plus it tends to smell acrylicy.
If its a one off cosplay buy the smaller kits/palletes with the colours you need ( remember you can mix to get the shade you need) http://www.snazaroo.com/products/face-painting-kits/

When applying the paint, make sure its not too wet or dry. Too wet; it'll run and look patchy, Too dry and it'll clump. Wet the brush/sponge squeeze it out then dip into the paint.

Try to paint somewhere where theres natural or good lighting. In a darkened room your colours will look, no suprise, darker and if painting details its very hard.

Get a variety of good brushes. Snazaroo kits usually come with a horrid little plastic fibered brush. Its no good for smooth lines, its ok for dappling though. I have a selection of about 20 brushes of different sizes and shapes. And don't get ones from the Pound Shop; they molt and you'll end up with a tickly, hairy face.

If your mixing paint and you need a large amount e.g. for a face. scrape the colours you need off with a spoon/knife and mix them on a pallete or non-soluble material. That way you don't have to keep mixing from the pots and getting the colours wrong.

Don't forget to paint your neck/hands/skin on show to; You've got a fantastic accurately painted face, but your necks been left pink!

Test for allergies, on you or whoevers getting painted up. You don't want to end up getting a rash/flaring up. Do a test paint on your arm, check the ingredients.

Face Paint can be used in hair; however the darker the natural colour the harder it is to see. It'll also make your hair, dry/tacky so I'd only use it as a last resort. Its great for witches though, with that untamed, scraggy look!

I think I've covered everything. As I said before I can help design and make tutorials for certain characters.

Would people be interested if I put video tutorials for characters on youtube?
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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:19 pm

Great tips! Have learnt a lot already Smile I would love you forever if you put up a video tutorial! Thank you so much!

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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:29 pm

What characters would people like?
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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:30 pm

Personally for myself I noticed you said you did a CATS cosplay, their make-up is quite similar to one of my future cosplays Smile plus, I love cats!

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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:45 pm

shadowbeam wrote:
Personally for myself I noticed you said you did a CATS cosplay, their make-up is quite similar to one of my future cosplays Smile plus, I love cats!

Theres quite a few already for CATS style cats. Is there a particular colouration or cat type you wanted to see?
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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:30 pm

There might actually be a problem with uploading video; Youtube. It won't let me upload any of my videos ( WMV, Avi etc).

Heres a cat anyway;



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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:48 pm

Sorry for the late reply, i'll check this piccy out once i'm at home Smile

I'll have to post a piccy of the character i'm gonna do, that will probably help.

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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:29 am

Oh goddamn. Its gone and invisibled itself. I'll have to photobucket it.
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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:57 am

More shenanigans;
A Gabumon!


I wish kids would ask for interesting things and not bloody tigers and butterflies

And something silly with Khaazbaar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5CFzU-y49Q
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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:21 pm

oh wow! your facepinting skills are awesome!
How do you get the colours to merge together so well?

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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:48 pm

Dry brushing. And smudging.

I realise that taking video whilst trying to look in a mirror isn't working to well ( I'm short sighted) so I'll probably do a non-video tutorial.
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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:40 am

I signed up for some facepainting tips but it looks like you can get them anyway ( I think lol). If the links don't work tell me.

Its the tips at the bottom rather than the designs, as they are very basic, except the tiger.

http://www.facepaintingtips.com/fplesson1.html
http://www.facepaintingtips.com/fplesson2.html
http://www.facepaintingtips.com/fplesson3.html
http://www.facepaintingtips.com/fplesson4.html
http://www.facepaintingtips.com/fplesson5.html
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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:17 pm

I'll be face-painting at Abbey Pumping Station on September 12th for their Seaside Special event if anyones interested in some Live Demos! hahahaha. Plus if you've got younger brothers and sisters they'll be tons of other stuff to do; a real beach with sand and 'sea', fairground attractions, donkeys and train rides, etc.

My dad works there...I'm advertising!
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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:00 pm

I'm gonna go through all this properly over the next week in preparation for the Gathering.

I know a few things, but there's always room for improvement. I'll probably start coming by with stuff about small prosthetics and the like. Who knows, I may just bin the Illustration thing and go into working more on this whole make-up thing ><
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PostSubject: Re: Face Painting Tips   Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:47 pm

Jesterface wrote:
small prosthetics and the like.

I'd be interested in that; you mean things like horns and fake wounds?
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