Day 3 FX Lessons

DAY 3: PAINTING & DEPTH (alcohol activated, water activated, grease and cream paints)

Like just about everything with FX Makeup, the materials you use are not a one size fits all situation. Different materials work better for different purposes.

Alcohol vs Cream Paints:

Alcohol activated paints have the benefit of staying put and looking more under the skin for veins and bruises. However, since you activate the paints with alcohol, it's not safe to use around the eyes and can be irritating to some's skin.

This is a good example of how alcohol activated paints have a different effect:

From Fx.Wikia (which is an awesome resource for learning-use it!)
"Alcohol activated makeup (or AA makeup for short) is a newer category of makeup that uses a special polymer base which readily dissolves in alcohol, but not in water. AA makeup is an extremely valuable tool in effects cosmetics. Its staying power is nearly unparallelled on skin. If needed, makeup can remain intact for days. It is completely waterproof making it ideal for aquatic makeup or scenes shot in the rain. It is highly opaque to the level that it is beginning to see regular use as a concealer, replacing thicker heavier oil-based makeups. It applies very thin. It is flexible, allowing the makeup to resist cracking. It blends simply by redissolving already applied makeup with additional alcohol. A few grams of makeup base can last for years of application.Alcohol activated makeup is most commonly supplied as a dry cake in a pallet or makeup pan. 99% alcohol must be purchased to activate the product. Lower concentrations of alcohol (such as 93%) are ineffective at dissolving the makeup. Though rarely kept in stock, 99% alcohol may be special ordered from a local retail pharmacyTelesisIso-gel is a gel alcohol also suitable for use in applying AA makeup. Its higher viscosity helps to prevent it from dripping, and it has a significantly reduced odor.
AA makeup may be applied by a brush dipped in alcohol, or the product may be entirely dissolved into alcohol and loaded into an airbrush. Urethane foam wedge sponges are not recommended as a large amount of makeup can go to waste in the center of the sponge. AA Makeup can be removed with additional alcohol, soap and water, or any of a wide array of makeup removers. Overuse of alcohol as a makeup remover is not particularly recommended, as it can cause excessive drying of the skin."  

Learning How to Body Paint and Facepaint is a process and to get the depth shown by these amazing tutorials takes practice and a lot of the same techniques as basic makeup contouring (figuring out where to place shadows and highlights to create depth and dimension):

Made Yew Look (or Madeulook) on some sites is probably the end all be all best Guru to follow to learn about different painting products and techniques. You can even look back at some of her older videos and see how she has progressed. She says frequently that all it takes is practice. So if you aren't following her, fix that and do so now:
Cake makeup refers to makeup which must first be dissolved in water before applying. It is occasionally referred to as "Water activated makeup" but usually only when contrasted to Alcohol activated makeup.
There are many different brands of cake makeup or water activated paints, we have a palette called Occultisms. Here are examples of makeup of that type in use:
Greasepaint is a thick, oil-based makeup. It is usually applied to the skin with the fingers or a sponge. It blends well before it is set. When using greasepaint to drastically change skincolor, a thicker coating must be applied. It is difficult to get a consistant lifelike texture when used in this manner. For this reason, greasepaint is more appropriate to theatrical makeup as opposed to film makeup or video makeup. However, the look attained with greasepaint is classic for clowns and mimes.
Greaspaint has a glossy sheen that is moderately dulled by setting with face powder. If not set proprerly, greasepaint can melt under the hot lights of the stage. If you want the glossy appearance granted by greasepaint, it may be achieved by brushing a light coat of glycerin as the last step in the makeup. This type of grease paint is different than the type you find at Walmart around Halloween. It usually comes in larger amounts and has more coverage and staying power than those, but that's true for a lot of professional effects makeups compared to what's sold in the Halloween stores. That's not to say that all of it's bad, you can get some amazing supplies around Halloween from those shops, but for latex and grease paints-stay away. The rest varies.  

Dirty Filthy is part of our line of Body Paints. They come in either a grapeseed oil base (for skin) or castor oil base (for prosthetics) like Rubber Masked Grease Paints. Specifically with Dirty Filthy depending on how heavy handed you are with it, it can go on like oil or just create a dirty skin effect as seen in the image of the male model below.