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17 Apr 2010 - 14:5430017
Unblemished Face Painting
Hello all,

I'm bringing the Heian era monk back to the expo this May and I'd like some tips on how to keep my face paint in good condition throughout the day please!

I'm using snazzaroo white and it'll be used over my ENTIRE face (inc. lips and eyebrows).

Is there anything I need to know to stop it from flaking?

17 Apr 2010 - 15:2930018
Hey! I donno if this is good for you personally or anything but when I try and all day with paint on I use acrylic paints. I know people moan but if you test it out first somewhere for a while you will know ^^ I did all my arm when I did Allen and it felt odd but I was fine and I use purple acrylic around my eyes as Orochimaru and I've never gotten anything bad for it.... But this is personal opinion and if you trust it really.

17 Apr 2010 - 15:4330019
I'm no expert but when I used snazaroo for body painting I used hairspray to seal it (and it didnt budge all day.) You'd have to be careful if you were putting it on your face though obviously!

Also i'm pretty sure you can buy actual make-up fixer/sealer sprays. (Just had a check and 'Ben Nye's Final Seal fixer spray' seems to be reccommened if you can find it!) Good luck!

17 Apr 2010 - 16:0630020
I had to use snazzaroo paint for my vaati costume, and just made it thicker than average

me after four or so hours

Its hard to get off though XD

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17 Apr 2010 - 16:4930023
what you need is pax paint for the bulk, and ben nye grease paint around the eyes/mouth. (or snaz, ben nye is better though)

you make pax by mixing pros-aide with standard acrylic 50-50. it's basicly what hollywood makeup artists use.

you'll also need remover for the pax. it is VERY permanent without it, enduring sweat, rubbing, washing for several days.

17 Apr 2010 - 20:5830030
Hello again,

Due to my tight budget I'll be using hairspray!

Now the question is: Cheap hairspray or a branded one? xD

17 Apr 2010 - 21:1230031
Cheap hairspray works best, in my opinion. It doesn't have anything added to make your hair shine or anything that your face obviously doesn't need, and if you get an unperfumed one, it's a bit less toxic (probably the wrong word XO) for your face. I use superdrug's own brand in a big blue can, personally, but it's all the same sorta stuff in the end no matter which shop you get it from.

18 Apr 2010 - 09:3030039
I thought so!


20 Apr 2010 - 09:3830201
I used black and white snazaroo for my Mayuri cosplay, - http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/22184

And I have used it for 2 years now, and the only time I ever had to reapply during the day was after I'd been eating because I gave up on keeping my lips apart (black & white! >< )

I find that the black paint tending to show blemishes and problems more than the white, so if you are all over white then you shouldn't have too much trouble if you do it without any help.

(Ooh, last thought) if you can pick up some lipstick sealant, like Lipcote, then that should protect the paint round your mouth.

Last edited by Arios_Schiffer (20 Apr 2010 - 09:38)
20 Apr 2010 - 12:2430208
You could try using Mehron barrier spray to seal your make-up? I've used it before and combined with Proface 'no sweat' under the make-up, I found it kept a full face on all day, as the Proface is like a barrier to help with sweating under make-up and wigs. I think its about £5.00 for each (Possibly £6.00 for the proface, but its a decent sized bottle). If you do buy the barrier spray then for the love of god shut your eyes when applying it! XD I've had way too many people open their eyes mid application and get it into their eyes and roll around in pain afterwards. >.<

http://www.dauphines.co.uk/ <-- Got my proface and Mehron from there, as they sell LOADS of theatre make-up.


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Last edited by Member-XI (20 Apr 2010 - 12:29)
20 Apr 2010 - 13:1530211
The key with snazz is to layer. Don't have your sponge too wet as it thins the paint. I used white and blue snazz for my emily cosplay (http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/21215) and white and black/red for Little Sister and it stayed on all day. If you're going to use hairspray as a sealant cheap or own brands have more glue in them but be VERY careful around your eyes. You don't want to stick your eyelashes awkwardly!

If you have a bag with you do take the snazz with you, a little wear and tear can't be helped from eating and drinking or carelessly licking your lips like I do!

20 Apr 2010 - 14:5930218
For my Nuada cosplay I used Snazz white.


I started by giving my face a good moisturise first. Its good to have a good base to work with. I then layered up the white just as Kii mentioned. I then did all the other make-up. I then finished by sparying cheap hair spray all over the mak-up (keeping mouth and eyes tightly shut). The make-up stayed on all day.

20 Apr 2010 - 20:0830250
An alternative to hairspray is talc powder, which I've always used to set my make-up. (Freya and Lugia have required whole white faces lol)

After splodging on the white snazaroo you then stroke the talc into it, a bit at a time, so it's all silky smooth this prevents it from coming off too easily, and also makes it nice and whiter. It's lasted whole days with me.

Anyway that's just my suggestion ^^

23 Apr 2010 - 11:2030424
I always used snazaroo and it sticks pretty well on my skin. I apply it with a sponge and use very little water, and if I need it to stay on for a while I set it with hairspray and/or some cheap powder.

I've had prof. grease paint on fairly large areas of my skin for non-cosplay related performances, and while it sticks like glue even if you sweat like a pig, it also has me break out like a teenager with PMS for like a week after use. :/ I usually have fairly clean skin, but grease paint is just poison for it. I dunno, maybe it's just me, I've been told I have sensitive skin.

Xae's alternatives are probably very good ones, though I normallly don't have the budget for such. If I was doing a cosplay which required a LOT of body-paint, like a Na'Vi, I would probably invest in an airbrush or some such (but then a Na'Vi doesn't have any significant expenses other than the blue skin).

23 Apr 2010 - 13:4230428
I just read all this and got some ideas and stuff for my Ulquiorra outfit and was just wondering would hairspray work on my body or would it be uncomfortable?

Thanks, Xauriga

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23 Apr 2010 - 16:5130434
Quote Xauriga:
I just read all this and got some ideas and stuff for my Ulquiorra outfit and was just wondering would hairspray work on my body or would it be uncomfortable?

Thanks, Xauriga

No hairspray would be fine on the body. My brother did use it on a friend when him and the friend did Victor and Emily from the Corspe Bride. He used it when they had to make up her arms and legs. It pretty much stayed on all night.

23 Apr 2010 - 18:2530437
Snazaroo do a slightly different makeup from their standard water-based called Clown White - it comes in a big tub and applies much thicker than the standard, and it really doesn't budge! I swear by that and don't need to use sealant with it - I find a bit of white powder patted over the top (Stargazer do a nice inexpensive one) keeps it in place as long as you need. And it comes off with normal makeup remover!

24 Apr 2010 - 12:2830470
You know you could just use a white powder, so it goes matt on your skin. Its what most people do when they have put foundation on.

24 Apr 2010 - 14:2930473
I'll have a look into the clown white facepaint, and I've already bought some hairspray for sealant (mainly now as my hat has a chin strap).


02 May 2010 - 08:2131072
Yeah clown white is what I have I got the huge tub thinking it wouldn't last and I've barely broken into it even after using it like more than 10 times XD so it was obviously last me a verrry long time.

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