Where to buy good body paint?

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#1 CarolBear on 2 years ago

Hey all,

I'm wanting to cosplay Akame from Akame ga Kill when shes in her demon form and so I am looking for where to buy red body paint to look like the tattoos/markings she has on her skin when shes like that.

Whether it be in stores or online, all your suggestions will help!
This is my first time buying/using body paint so I'm kinda clueless.

Thank youuuuuu!

#2 fabrickind on 2 years ago

Is it just tattoos in a single color? Do you have a reference?

I personally like water-activated body paints, and think that they would be a good choice for tattoos. Kryolan Aquacolor is my go-to paint. It can be applied with a paintbrush to get the fine lines (if the designs are complex, maybe stencil them on, or apply lightly with lipliner first and fill in?), and is then set with setting spray.

Alcohol-activated paint would probably be the best option here in terms of longevity, but is also more expensive. You can find it in cake form (rather than liquid meant for airbrushing), and it can be applied with a paintbrush as well. This removes with alcohol-based remover, and is mostly water resistant, so it's good for a long con day.

If the tattoos are somewhere that can be covered in fabric (like on the legs), painting them onto a garment tends to be much easier in the long run, especially if they are very complex.

#3 CarolBear on 2 years ago

Yes it is just in a red color, Kryolan seems to be a dependable choice from what I've researched. How well does it hold/last? Do you find you need to reapply often? And speaking of setting sprays, which brand do you find works best?

Thank you so much for a detailed reply back! It helped clear up some things for me!

Here are a couple photos (it's hard to find a full body shot so this was the best I could find online)

[IMG]https://bravenewmoe.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/untitled7.png[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/f6Kra6I.png[/IMG]

[IMG]https://myanimelist.cdn-dena.com/s/common/uploaded_files/1448464899-18993ec2b1c4adbe9dd1c278f4d3d22f.png[/IMG]

#4 fabrickind on 2 years ago

For the legs, for sure do dance tights with the tattoos painted on. That's how I did my Ultimecia tattoos, and while these are far less complicated and Ulti's, it makes it SO much easier to not have to worry about it smudging or about having to redraw them every time. If you can do something akin to armsocks for the arms, that would be good too, but I can understand if you don't want to have fabric on your arms. Regardless, I'd make stencils out of some thin but stiff plastic that you can reuse to make sure the tattoos are the same each time.

I've used Kryolan Aquacolor as full body paint and have had it last pretty much all day, minus a bit of creasing and rubbing off in areas with a love of movement, but even then, not terribly much. I usually don't recommend people do full body paint for a con like that, but I've tested the limits of the paint and it does mostly stay. Bring your supplies for touchups as needed, but as long as you aren't rubbing at it or touching it often, you likely will find touchups to be minimal.

I've used both Mehron Barrier Spray and Ben Nye Final Seal. I haven't noticed much difference. The Ben Nye product smells like mint while the Mehron product smells like hairspray, though, so it wins out based on smell alone. You can also use powder over it, but I've found that powder tends to dry out the paint more (making it more likely to crack or flake off), and it doesn't really seal it like a spray does because it doesn't add any waterproofing. It's not like a creme paint where you need to saturate it in powder to make it not tacky.

#5 CarolBear on 2 years ago

I never would have thought of that idea so thank you! I will definitely be doing that for my legs then, do you find that if you draw it on the tights a little while before the con (like weeks or so) then it isn't as efficient/doesn't look as good than if you would on the day of the con? Or do you find the color and everything lasts/holds up on it pretty well?

I'm glad to hear that, I think I will be going with that brand then since it seems to be very popular for cosplayers. As long as the rubbing off and creasing isn't too bad then I won't mind and like you said I could do touch ups as needed.

And okay great! I'll go with one of the two sprays then!

#6 CarolBear on 2 years ago

And also, do you find you can use a lot with a 30ml bottle? Because I would want to be able to practice a bit with it so I can get an idea of how to apply it and all but I don't want to end up using it all before the actual con. How much do you normally get?

#7 WingsofAngels48 on 2 years ago

On s similar topic, can anyone describe the difference between kryolan aquacolor, aquacolor soft cream, and aquacolor plus? One thing that confuses me is that the regular is $7.75 for 8ml vs. the soft cream which is $6.95 for 25ml :/

#8 fabrickind on 2 years ago

[QUOTE=CarolBear;5052496]I never would have thought of that idea so thank you! I will definitely be doing that for my legs then, do you find that if you draw it on the tights a little while before the con (like weeks or so) then it isn't as efficient/doesn't look as good than if you would on the day of the con? Or do you find the color and everything lasts/holds up on it pretty well?

I'm glad to hear that, I think I will be going with that brand then since it seems to be very popular for cosplayers. As long as the rubbing off and creasing isn't too bad then I won't mind and like you said I could do touch ups as needed.

And okay great! I'll go with one of the two sprays then![/QUOTE]

Whooops must not have finished my thought about the tights.

You don't use the body paint on the tights. You use fabric paint.

Wrap your legs in a layer of saran wrap and then put on the tights. It may be easier with someone helping you. Draw on the design, and fill in with fabric paint. Let dry, remove the tights and saran wrap, and you're good to go. It remains flexible, and with the tights stretched to your leg size when it's painted, you don't have to worry about the paint stretching.

I had two friends do most of the work on my Ultimecia tights, but I also had one draw the outlines when it was getting close to con and I knew I wouldn't see her again before I needed them done, and I filled in the lines with paint at home. They look fairly realistic.

I've done my face, arms, and stomach a solid color with about 1/3 of an 8ml cake before. 30ml would be plenty for what you need.

[QUOTE=WingsofAngels48;5052499]On s similar topic, can anyone describe the difference between kryolan aquacolor, aquacolor soft cream, and aquacolor plus? One thing that confuses me is that the regular is $7.75 for 8ml vs. the soft cream which is $6.95 for 25ml :/[/QUOTE]

I don't know much about AQ+ (it looks like you need a special activator for it, and it's probably better for doing designs with multiple colors so they don't muddy), so I can't really answer too much about that one.

AQ Soft Cream is basically pre-mixed paint in lotion-like form. I haven't used it aside from the tester in store, but I'd imagine that you'd use more product per application because it has a larger volume and isn't a concentrate like the cakes of AQ are (where you add water to make the paint). It's probably softer and more flexible than the cakes of AQ are, though. Again, I haven't really used it extensively, but I've at least encountered the product irl.

#9 CarolBear on 2 years ago

Oh haha I'm glad you cleared that up for me otherwise I would have screwed up. Thanks for explaining that, I think I understand how to do it now. And okay that's good to know that I won't be using it all up in one go.

Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom!

#10 acosmicgiggle on 2 years ago

I love body paints. I use to buy from cheap party stores but now I stick with the professional brands. The cost is pretty much the same but quality is 10X better.

Like [URL="https://camerareadycosmetics.com/products/ben-nye-magicake-aqua-paint?variant=22341050055"]Ben Nye Magicake[/URL]

Or

[URL="https://camerareadycosmetics.com/products/mehron-paradise-makeup-aq?variant=22328826375"]Mehron Paradise[/URL]


You really can't go wrong with either. Never go cheap on Body paint as it will rub off and look really bad at the end of the day. Good luck!

#11 ebanks90 on 2 years ago

Hey! I work for a face and body art company so I can definitely answer any product questions you might have. If you are worried about longevity, vibrancy, and not creasing, then you should use water- based paint with some sealer. What I would do is use [URL="http://fxcosplay.com/products/ben-nye-final-seal"]Final Seal[/URL] on your skin BEFORE applying the paint. That is going to create a barrier between the paint and the natural oils on your skin. Then apply the paint, which is activated by water. I love [URL="http://fxcosplay.com/collections/face-body-paint/fab-paint"]FAB paint[/URL]- they have over 60 colors and they go on very vibrant and don't crack. Also feels very light on your skin and dries instantly so you wont have smudging or running. Check out Kay Pike (@kaypikefashion on instagram) if you haven't already- she uses FAB for her body paints and it looks amazing! Please let me know if you have any other questions :D

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