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04 Sep 2011 - 20:4868620
Any Snazaroo tips?

Okay, right to the point. My friend and I are cosplaying Marshall Lee and Marceline from Adventure Time at Expo, and....they are grey-ish. I did some internet surfing and found Snazaroo and I think it'll work for us, but the thing is neither of us have used it or anything similar before.
Sooo...we was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to apply it? Our main concern is keeping it on, we don't want to smudge off on things or look in a mirror to find that we're missing half our face color. Also, how to make it look natural and as 'vibrant' as possible (like how all the amazing Scanty and Kneesocks cosplayers on here work that red) and....any tips really. We'd really appreciate it! =D

Thanks! =)

05 Sep 2011 - 11:4068645
I'm currently messing with Snazaroo myself for a Draenei and have found, thanks to watching Alyx's video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueoN70YKS44) for her Darth Talon, that patting your second layer of paint onto your face will make it very bold and will cover your face really well. You could also try a sealant when you are done, to help keep the paint on your face. I'm currently using Ben Nye Final Seal, Mehron also do one called Barrier Spray, which I've used before on other costumes and it's pretty good. Just be careful when spraying any sealers onto your face, as they usually contain alcohol and it hurts if it gets into your eyes, so keep your eyes shut, or cover them with your hand.

Edit: Oh, and obviously, use sponges to apply. Don't do what I did and think using brushes helps, it just turns streaky. I ruined a Mac brush doing this as the white tips are now a weird blue. xD

Oh no an elevator? I'm not gonna die in a box! you should always avoid elevators during a fire

Last edited by ArmyofTwo (05 Sep 2011 - 11:41)
05 Sep 2011 - 11:5568647
USE A SPONGE! xD it stops it going all streaky and also put plenty of time aside to do it, it took HOURS to apply all the Snazzo for my Amarant and that was just chest, arms and face!

Also use a sealent otherwise you won't be able to touch a damn thing! everything i touched turned blue! =/

05 Sep 2011 - 12:3768651
If you can't find any sealants, cheap hairspray works too. It doesn't last as long and leaves your skin tacky for a few minutes but it does help stop transfer.

05 Sep 2011 - 15:1068662
I've used this sort of stuff for LARP events before. Definitely use a fixing spray/ sealant. Hairspray can work as a cheap alternative but isn't great for you. Use a really good moisturiser underneath so as not to totally dry out your skin. Apply it with a damp sponge, with sort of a dabbing motion. Water based paints can start to flake after a long time wearing them. Grease based paint won't do this but it will stay in your pores for days afterwards!

05 Sep 2011 - 15:1668664
I've been using Snazaroo! (There's some photos on here if you want to see: http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/47152)

My tips for putting it on is to use a sponge and dab it on. If you try to apply with it strokes, it will smudge.

05 Sep 2011 - 15:5568669
Snazaroo is excellent, and like someone else mentioned, a cheap hairspray is good as a sealant, as long as you can reapply it throughout the day. It depends on how long you are wearing it I suppose. Final seal is excellent but very expensive!

Apply with a sponge and build up 2 or so layers to get a solid colouration.

05 Sep 2011 - 16:2568672
I used Snazaroo for my Kneesocks cosplay and I really recommend it. Pretty much everything which has been said here I agree with; using Snazaroo you should apply about 2-3 coats with a sponge (dabbing it on) and allowing for it to dry in between each coat. Then you can use a sealant (a nice selection can be found here: http://www.dauphines.co.uk/c-antishine-fixier-spray.htm) or you can use hairspray as well.
One issue I had with using Snazaroo was that I needed my hands to be coloured red as well but it would still rub off my palms, even after using fixing spray. What I did was got thin, tight latex gloves (like a doctor/dentist uses) and spray painted them the same colour I needed just an additional tip if anyone needs to colour their hands, I would recommend this!

Last edited by Plasticsharkattack (05 Sep 2011 - 16:27)
05 Sep 2011 - 16:5068677
Whoa, thanks so much everyone, I didn't expect so much advice! Looks like we'll have to ride the train covered in paint, it sounds like a more lengthy process than I thought it'd be, but that's all good~

Many, many thanks =D I welcome any more advice/experience anyone has, everything helps!

@plastic_anime: We are going to have to paint our hands...blast, it'll come off then? Ahwell. Thanks for the heads up!

05 Sep 2011 - 17:0068679
I'm not sure about anyone else's experience but I had it on my hands including the palms and when I held my scythes it rubbed off onto them :\ so I thought I would just recommend the latex glove idea ^_^

05 Sep 2011 - 17:0568681
Sadly we both have to have our arms painted aswell so the glove thing won't work for us >< Thanks for the tip though, I'm sure it'll come in handy next time when I cosplay a different version of the character! =3

06 Sep 2011 - 16:3268817
Yeah as Karkat my sickle got COVERED in grey snazaroo and I had to keep wiping it off |D

And what about the gloves that go up to the upperarms?


Last edited by wingedwolf (06 Sep 2011 - 16:32)
06 Sep 2011 - 21:0368834
I'm guessing you could get longer gloves that go up your arms? I was lucky that my blazer went to my wrist, so i got away with normal latex gloves, sorry to be of no further help !!

07 Sep 2011 - 10:5968865
The palms are tricky but if you wanna seal it- a good old stage trick for you.

Paint- Talcum powder (light dusting) to absorb the sweat and the. Hairspray or sealant. Dry yourself and cool down for 5 minutes (recommend staying outside) and then come back when you're cool and you'll find it's solid.

21 Oct 2011 - 19:2972845
-super delayed response-
Thanks guys! 8D I think I have it figured out, you guys were a lot of help!^^

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