Beginner Tips for SFX/Face/Body Painting

There is a sea of talented artists when it comes to body art. As a beginner, scrolling through Instagram and other social media platforms looking at body art can be intimidating. However, with the right tools plus your creative mind, you will fit right in. If you are an SFX makeup artist, it might be tempting to walk into a store and buy ready-made fake blood and white paint. While these can work, it’s best to leave it for the kids during Halloween. Here’s what you need to know as a beginner in the special effects, face, and body painting industry.

  1. Paints

If you are doing body art, you will need body paints. As a beginner, it is easy to get carried away with the variety of colors available. While this is allowed, it is best to start with the primary colors and grow from there. The choice of paint depends on the type of body art you want to do. Types of body paint include makeup, henna, and paint. In most cases, they are temporary. That said, the paint, makeup, or henna you choose must be non-toxic, easy to remove, and comfortable for the wearer. 

  1. Brushes and Sponges

Brushes are among the main tools of the trade-in body art. There are several types of brushes, such as angled brushes, flat brushes, and round brushes. Each brush has its use. If you want to be among the professionals, you must learn about paint and makeup brushes. Some brushes are excellent for line work and others for strokes.

 You can choose to add sponges to your toolbox to complement the brushes. Similar to brushes, there are a variety of sponges, each with a specific use. There are petal sponges to help achieve specific shapes, medium-density sponges, and small pore sponges. Many companies sell brushes and sponges. Be mindful of the brand you go for as they differ in quality. 

  1. Always prep the skin

Before you apply makeup, you put on some primer, moisturizer before you start. Before you paint a piece of furniture, you sand it first, then out on a base coat before painting the final color. You get the idea. Prepping the skin is a must before doing any body art on a client. It helps to ask the customer what works for their skin, but most prepping products are made to be neutral.

Other than that, you should explain to a customer why you need to prep their skin before applying the body paint. For example, moisturizer helps smooth out the skin, so the paint doesn’t stick to certain parts of the skin. Additionally, you should know that the face has the most sensitive skin, so always use gentle products when working on the face.

Finally, if you have taken all the above into account, go ahead and start painting. You can decide to start with kids, adults, or both. Either way, trust yourself as a creative artist and start your body art Journey.

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