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Unread 06-04-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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Best body paint?

I'm going to be cosplaying as Scanty from PSG in October and I'd like to know of a really good red body paint some people may have had some good experiences with.
I will be painting my face, hands, and legs.

I've heard Ben Nye was good, and spray a sealer over it, but does anyone have any other ideas?

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Unread 06-04-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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I use Kryolan Aquacolor for my Red XIII costume. Its nice and lightweight, though you do have to be careful to not wet the sponge too much when applying (or else it'll get runny). I also use Kryolan's setting spray over it - haven't had a problem with it sweating/rubbing off (unless I kneel on carpet lol)
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Unread 06-06-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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ive been using WOLFE fx n its great, nice thing is its a little easier to apply since it takes less water to use (this is the hydrocolor set) colors are also really opaque with only one or two coats!
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Unread 06-06-2012, 10:52 PM   #4
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I second Kryolan Aquacolor! I used it for Sally the Ragdoll and I loved it. I wore it for 18 hours and it was quite comfortable for most of that time! It is very forgiving and doesn't run with sweat, nor does it get shiny. It looks just like skin, but in a weird color! I get mine from sillyfarm.com.
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Unread 06-07-2012, 11:13 PM   #5
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Make sure you test whatever you get before you wear it on the big day as at a local con I saw a Scanty and Kneesocks running around with the inside of their clothing becoming quite red.
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Unread 06-08-2012, 07:27 AM   #6
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Airbrush paint is the best in my opinion but expensive. You can get compressors with airguns on ebay for cheaper. the best airbrush makeup I've come across if Temptu for this.

Though body paint will be significant cheaper though I have never had good outcomes with those.
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Unread 06-08-2012, 07:36 PM   #7
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So kryolan aquacolor so far is the best?

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Unread 06-16-2012, 02:43 AM   #8
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I'm going as Meenah to a convention in August and I was so uncertain as to what to type of body paint to go for. I've heard really good things about kryolan aquacolor, so this is reassuring. I was worried it'd rub off on my clothes or something, so this is really helpful. Word of caution though, from what I read, when applying, be sure to do so in a circular motion. Less streaks that way. (Again I've not used it, but I've been looking into this for the past hour so... Thought I'd mention that? Not sure if it's a problem or not, but. Better safe than sorry!)

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Unread 06-16-2012, 03:06 PM   #9
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Wolfe Brothers Hyrdrocolor is what I used and I loved it! Just make sure to not usee alot of water but I do say it stayed on longer than when I used Kryolan for my Kneesocks cosplay. The only con about Wolfe Brothers is that there's a limited array of colors to choose from.
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Unread 06-17-2012, 04:54 AM   #10
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If you use a top brand like Ben Nye - or Wolfe FX, Kryolan or Mehron you can't go wrong. Nothing is the best, they are all top quality and just need some learning (practice) to learn to apply them well. All have a learning curve and some are can be more durable than others in extreme use/needs situations. All can be sealed with fixing sprays to help set them and make them more durable. All can be applied with good foundation brushes open cell makeup sponges (not white wedges).

For great coverage and durable Wolfe FX is great. Its parafin wax makes this makeup very opaque but haa bit tricker to apply - but easy with simple practice. Sets better with areosol fixing spray like Kryolan. For an easy to apply, sets well with fixing spray Mehron's Paradise is great, Ben Nye is likewise. And for a wide range of colors and easy application Kryolan is great - more glycerin makes this make up a good choice for fixing spray.

All will cost $8 to $15 a cake depending where you buy and what size. Plus application tools of brushes and or sponges. October should not be too hot so you may not need to set the makeup, however for any costume play wear I suggest using a sealor to set the makeup and make it more durable. Mehron's sweat barrier or Kryolan's fixing sprays are good under and over face and body paint makeup.
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Unread 06-17-2012, 06:35 PM   #11
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I've been reading about all these body paints, and it all sounds wonderful. I want to cosplay Davesprite from Homestuck for San Japan, and I was wondering what size (1 ounce, 1.5 ounce, etc.) would be enough to cover my face, neck and arms? Nothing other than those would need to be painted, because I'll be wearing and orange shirt and orange pants, too. I just need enough for the face, neck and arms. Thanks in advance!
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Unread 06-19-2012, 05:19 PM   #12
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Another Homestuck cosplayer here- I was Karkat at SakuraCon.

I would reccomend use of PAX on non-face areas. I used it on my neck and hands and had no problems with it smudging on my 24 little props, my costume, or other people.

PAX is literally just prosthetic adhesive (ProsAide is usually reccomended but it isn't what I had on hand) and any brand of acrylic paint.

Anything else will smudge off of your hands. I repeat: Ben Nye will smudge off of your hands! It isn't meant for application to high-impact areas like your palms. It's great on your face and it's what I'll be using for Calliope.

Yeah. Ben Nye or some other nice theatrical makeup on your face, and PAX on your hands.
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Unread 06-19-2012, 07:38 PM   #13
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I know this thread is a bit old, I just wanted to ask if anyone knows where to buy Kryolan Aquacolor? (Does Joanns or Micheals have it?)
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Unread 06-29-2012, 11:17 PM   #14
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I had to buy mine on eBay, over than that I have no idea, I haven't been able to find it anywhere.
And this was a listing from a random member, not a store. lol
fxsupply.com might have some.

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Unread 06-30-2012, 10:15 AM   #15
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Used Kryolan Aquacolor for a Kanaya cosplay last year along with the fixing spray, and it only barely rubbed off on the inside seams of my shirt collar and cuffs. A little caked off my hands onto my camera, too, but no gray dust everywhere! We got it in those little cakes at a local costume supply store, although I think they were more theatrically inclined there - we got liquid collodion for scars there, too. For Kanaya I only had to do my hands and face/neck, so I didn't use a lot, but I could probably use one of these cakes at least ten times, maybe more. The guy at the store also told us you can use the fixing spray as a mixing medium instead of water, which might be a good idea for touch-ups at the con, or for areas you don't want to spray at willy-nilly like around your eyes, lips, or nostrils.

A lot of cosplayers use colored stockings or tights for their legs and arms - if you're good at color matching, its really hard to tell the difference.

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