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13 May 2009 - 21:0514347
Body Painting help
I was wondering if there's anything you can apply ontop of body paints so it doesn't rub off onto anything else?


It's photoshopped on but as you can see on that there's quite a bit I'd need to cover ^^;
I already have the body paints, just something to go ontop to stop it coming off if possible.

Thanks in advance ^^

13 May 2009 - 21:3514358
Sorry if its not too helpful, but they have 'Final Seal' spray here; http://www.makeupeffects.co.uk/acatalog/Snazaroo.html

the bottle's only small though ^^ so I think you'd need a few if you do get it xD

Hope that helped!


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13 May 2009 - 22:0314367
Oooh thats awesome! Thanks!!

I just hope I can find a shop in town with it xD

14 May 2009 - 00:2114368
Some cheap Hairspray will also work just fine in keep it on lol Not gonna taste very nice and be sure to close eyes and stop breathing XD


14 May 2009 - 07:4114373
Quote Demented Kid:
Some cheap Hairspray will also work just fine in keep it on lol Not gonna taste very nice and be sure to close eyes and stop breathing XD

This. It's cheaper, easier and you get LOADS in a can LOL

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14 May 2009 - 13:0214387
Thanks guys!
Hairspray it is XD

14 May 2009 - 13:0314388

a more costly, but leagues more effective method is by using pax paint.

pax paint is acrylic paint mixed 50-50 with a surgical prosthetic adhesive called pros-aide. the adhesive comes in 500ml bottles generally, and costs about £50. bear in mind, 500ml will make 1L of paint, which could probably paint yourself head to toe about 50 times! you'll want to buy the no-tack version, or remember some talc because the normal version stays a little tacky after drying.

depending on what you're trying to achieve changes the paint you will want to use. for normal "earthly" colours, use vajello. for slightly to very unnatural, use games workshop.

finally, pax doesn't wash off! (this is the beauty, and the curse) you HAVE to buy the removal agent.

when you're applying it, you will want to wash your skin with a good cleanser, then wipe with surgical spirits to remove any grease. use a sponge for large areas, brush for tattoos/detals/scars/etc. you will need to practice a lot before you'll get it right, it's pretty tricky to get the method down because of the "stickyness".

the beauty of pax is when dry, it won't rub off, it is waterproof, you can't feel it on your skin, it's totally blendable, thinnable with water, and it's VERY stretchy, so it won't crack on your skin.

finally, if you're still not sure, pax is what the film industry uses. any big title films you've seen complex makeup in (eg. hellboy, batman, etc), it's almost certainly pax they are using.

best place in the UK to buy it is here:


and this is the apropriate remover:


note: there is a pretty hefty carrage charge from those guys, but it still makes them the cheapest around selling proper pros-aide when you buy it with the removal agent.

14 May 2009 - 14:1114390
Pax sounds amazing but it's a bit beyond my price range at the moment ^^;

I'll keep it in mind for next time though

20 May 2009 - 13:5414683
Just a quick addition to this. What would you guys recommend as something to use for body paint?
I need to draw a symbol onto my arm, and was wondering if those pencil things that are used for eyebrows would work well enough?

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20 May 2009 - 14:2814685
Eyebrow pencils will work, but will probably look faint. It's hard to get a bold, precise vivid line that isn't smudgy with any kind of makeup pencil. I tried doing this at first for my Gaara 'love' tattoo, but it's really not vivid enough IMO!

Liquid eyeliner or theatrical body paint works far better. I'd set it with hairspray or Final Seal as others have mentioned above, to stop it washing off in water.
Of course you could go for the Pax if you have the budget!

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