If you've ever stalked the Instagram or YouTube accounts of body painting pros, you've probably literally gasped at some of the amazing designs they've created. We'll admit, even though we're not the world's best body painters, we're kind of obsessed with the unreal results that these artists create.
If you want to take a stab at creating an amazing piece of wearable art yourself, then follow these tips on how to apply paint to the face and body.
Prep Your Skin
Okay, so we'll admit it, none of us at the Frends Beauty office are particularly handy. But we do know that when you're painting a furniture item or a wall, it's important to prep and prime the surface before applying the actual paint.
The skin really isn't that different. Face and body paint are applied best to skin that's been well-prepped, AKA exfoliated and moisturized. For the face, start with a scrub that's gentle and designed for facial skin, which is more delicate than the rest of the skin on your body. Then follow up with a light moisturizer. The same basic rules apply to the body.
There's a reason that we're using light lotions instead of thick creams to moisturize. We want to smooth out any dry patches that paint might cling to, but we don't want the skin to be so slick and greasy that the paint moves around and doesn't stay put. If the skin on either your face or body is feeling pretty oily, use a foundation primer to even it out.
Get to Painting!
When it comes to body painting, once you've prepped the skin, there's not much left to do beyond getting to work. When we're painting at home, we like to work in our bedrooms, as moisture can hang in the air in the bathroom.
When working with body art makeup, follow the instructions on the package. Using a body art FX makeup, such as European Body Art (EBA), will provide a professional finish. Some paints are used as-is, while others need to be mixed with water.
Using brushes with synthetic bristles, work slowly and in smooth motions to ensure an even distribution of color. If you're trying to duplicate something from a tutorial or photograph, don't get frustrated if it's your first time. The body painters you see online and at industry events have been honing their craft for a very long time.
Body painting is an exciting extension of the makeup world. The more we play around with it, the more we fall in love with it. Have you ever given body and face painting a try? Let us know in the comments below.