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Unread 09-08-2017, 01:52 PM   #1
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Talking Grinch build -> matching latex paint and makeup colors to the fur??

Greetings All !

So, I have started a Jim-Carrey's-Grinch build for Halloween for this year. My 5 yards of Olive Green Mongolian Fur was just delivered. I've started sculpting clay upon a foam head, in preparation for making a latex mask. (I made such a mask only one time before, about 5 years ago, when I did Davey Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean.)

My concerns I wanted to ask you all about surrounds color-matching.

It seems to me, from the reference photos I've seen, that his skin color pretty much matches his fur color (or perhaps is just a hair darker). And, of course, since my prosthetic won't cover ALL of my face and neck, I'm going to need some sort of makeup.

Now, I have some latex paint around (though, granted, it's a few years old)... green, black, white, and yellow, I think.

But I'm worried about HOW I'm going to whip up paint color to specifically match this mask.. both with the first painting and with any subsequent "repairs" I need to make. ( I need to wear this for three particular events on three different days.)

And I'm also wondering just what KIND of makeup I need to get for my skin and how on earth am I going to match up its color with the prosthetic color ??

HELP !!!

Thanks!

-= Dave =-
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Unread 09-09-2017, 08:32 AM   #2
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You are correct in that you need to mix paints and makeup to match the fur.

For both, it's a matter of understanding color mixing as it applies to paint (make up behaves similarly). You will need to practice before getting to the actual project. Try working in something similar to the paints you intend to use on the mask so you are familiar with the textures and color bases when you get to the actual project.

This is a whole board someone put together, I'm guessing there is at least one video tutorial in all those pins: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/217932...81055/?lp=true
and a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeyYXMl934g although he's working in oil, acrylics behave similarly and will adhere to your latex better
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Thanks much for the info. I once had a summer job where I occasionally had to mix different inks according to a recipe, in order to create certain specific shades (for cheese labels, mostly, as I recall). I kind of figured it would be some methodical trial and error to find an exact ratio like that.

Is there any kind of makeup that I should look for which would not hurt latex if it touched it?
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Brand wise I can't help. Make up in general isn't going to be a problem to apply to latex, it's getting the right kind so it stays on is the issue.
Acrylic paints are fine on latex, but better quality paints have more flexibility. [literally, cheap paints dry rigid and can crack]

Between the two, I suspect paint is cheaper, so go with as much paint as you can, focus on makeup on skin.
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