Water-based face and body paint or face painting is the most popular type of paint for body art and face art. It is a mixture of coloring pigments with water and special anti-spreading components. In stores, you can find several types of paints that differ in consistency.
Pressed paints. Usually sold in sets of several basic colors, or in individual packages. These paints need to be diluted with water just before painting. You need to work with them in the same way as with ordinary watercolors – wet the brush in water and collect the required amount of paint with it.
If you are just trying to do body art or face art, we recommend buying immediately a set of water-based face and body paints. So you get all the colors you need right away in one box and in a small amount. You will be able to mix base colors and get many new shades. The set is also beneficial to buy if you need paints for a single use, for example, for a children’s party.
Creamy paints. These water-based body paints are sold in packs – tubes. Professionals like to buy them, since the tubes are quite voluminous, and when diluted with water, the paint becomes even larger. Another advantage of these paints is that sometimes the master may need a few strokes of thick paint to give texture to the picture, and this is difficult to achieve with pressed or liquid paint.
Liquid paints. Sold in bottles and ready to use, you just need to shake them well.
Liquid paints for an airbrush. Some artists prefer to work with an airbrush – a special apparatus that sprays liquid paint. It allows you to adjust the spray thickness and apply water-based body paint in thin lines, or paint over a large area immediately in one stroke. Working with an airbrush requires certain skills.
Some manufacturers do not have a separate line of airbrush paints, but artists sometimes buy creamy or liquid paints and dilute them to the consistency needed for the apparatus.
Paint – spray in aerosol cans. Easy to use, can color not only the body, but also the hair, convenient for drawing with a stencil.
The best water-based face paints are produced by countries such as France, Belgium, and the USA.
In addition to a set of water-based face and body paints, you will need some additional tools:
– palette for paints. On the palette, it is very convenient to dilute paints with water to the desired consistency and color, and to mix colors.
– brushes. You will need several brushes of different thicknesses and one wide, flat brush to apply the tone or foundation.
– sponges. Makeup sponges will be convenient for shading paints and painting over large areas.
– stencils. You can purchase several stencils for body art, they will simplify the work of a novice master. By the way, instead of a stencil, you can use a piece of lace fabric. Place the cloth firmly on your body and spray with spray paint. You will get an original and clear pattern.
Model skin preparation
Before applying the pattern, simply wipe the face skin with an alcohol-free lotion or micellar water, and then blot it with a napkin.
And it is better to pre-shave or epilate the skin of the body.
First of all, the main tone is applied to the skin, in good and expensive sets of water-based face paint there may be several shades of them, and you can choose the right one. After that, they begin to apply colored paints. The finished design can be sprinkled with a special make-up fixer for durability.
Separately, I would like to talk about such a special type of body art as mehendi.
Mehendi is the oriental art of decorating the body with natural henna. This ancient Indian technology has hardly changed over the centuries. And now this painting has many fans around the world. And if for many it is just a fantastically beautiful pattern and an opportunity to stand out, then some consider these delicate ornaments to be a talisman.
Mehendi is divided into 4 styles:
– Arabic style is a delicate pattern of small flowers, united by one theme.
– Moroccan style is characterized by geometric patterns and clear straight lines.
– Indian and Asian styles are very similar – this is an openwork painting, which almost completely covers the hands and feet.
Like any other type of body art, mehendi has its pros and cons.
The pluses include:
– durability. Unlike conventional, even the best water-based face paints, henna stays on the skin for 2-3 weeks.
– hypoallergenic. Henna is a completely natural product, it is made from crushed leaves of the lawsonia shrub. Does not contain any chemicals that could cause allergies. Only an individual intolerance to this paint is possible, so an allergy test before staining is still worth conducting.
– camouflage. An openwork pattern can easily hide such skin defects as burns, scars, age spots.
Cons of mehendi
– care. In order for the pattern to remain saturated and bright for a long time, it must be wiped daily with natural vegetable oil. Mehendi does not like direct sunlight, sea water, peeling, scrub, whitening creams and any mechanical stress. For this reason, it is advisable to apply the pattern to the areas of the body that are least of all in contact with clothing.
– limited color range. Natural henna is available only in black, dark brown and brown.
There is also henna on sale with the addition of acrylic paint of various colors, but the pattern made from such paint lasts much less, from three days to a week.
How to draw mehendi
It is better to use a ready-made mixture, which is sold in special bags with a narrow spout.
Perform depilation on the selected area of the body, otherwise the hairs will be stained with henna and spoil the pattern. Then wipe with any deep cleanser.
If you are unsure of your artistic talents, sticky stencils will come to your aid. They fit snugly to the skin and allow you to easily apply a pattern of any complexity.
The finished pattern must be wrapped in a film and left for 6-8 hours so that the henna penetrates deeper into the skin and is better fixed. After the henna dries, it is better not to rinse it off with water, but to gently shake it off and apply the fixative oil.