Body Paint Take One | Theatrical Make Up | Hello I'm Clo

Last week at college we kick started the 'Body Paint' and 'Body Art' section of the Media Make-Up unit!

We were given a quick demo of how to apply the paint, which is actually simpler than you may think!

A simple how to guide to applying body paint.
  • Cover clothing and area  to stop staining.
  • Get a small bowl of water to wet the sponge and lubricate the face paint. The sponge needs to be wet, not wringing wet.
  • Take a small sponge that is clean and has not been used. 
  • Lubricate your chosen face paint and add the sponge and create a coloured lather. 
  • Apply swiftly to your chosen body area being careful not to invade cuts or sensitive skin areas or create bruise movement. 
  • Keep applying before it dries to create a streak free area.
  • Wait for the base colour to dry before adding any additional colours or designs.
  • Clean brushes and sponges after use and only ever use one sponge or brush for one colour to stop cross colour contamination or colour crossing and clean area thoroughly after use. 
  • You remove the paint from the skin with warm water and soap, if it has dried thoroughly use a mild soap or shampoo to help lift it from the skin. 
You can get face paints from most large supermarkets, pound shops and childrens toy stores. 

Here are some pictures of our practice runs, using normal face paint and experimenting with brushes to see what created the correct textures for our individual project ideas and produced the best effects.

This is my splatter arm. Described by out tutor as a mini Picasso, which I'm taking as a compliment!
I experimented with blending colours, colour combinations and creating tone going up the arm. This image is of the arm and elbow crook/ crease. 

I made the violet purple by combining colours, one layer blue, then pink painted over the top and blended whilst on the skin. The splatter blotches on the skin were created by mixing a loose, wet black paint and splattering it from a distance from a paint brush.
BEWARE. This can get messy and I managed to get it all over the industrial Make-Up mirror :/
Although it comes off wipe clean surfaces easily. It doesn't come out of clothing or upholstery.

Abbey and Georgia came up with the idea of multiple blended colours on the hand, in the style of Italian body paint artist Guido Daniele.

Abbey was the hand model and Georgia painted and blended.


Jess also decided to also go down the hand route, however painted it on herself, inspired by snake print and skin. Jess used greens and black and used sponges and a round brush for the blending and then a small art brush for the smaller black detail and crevice highlighting.

Here are some works of art by Guido Daniele which inspired the hand art. For more of his work see here






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