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Idiot's guide needed: White (ash) and black (charcoal) for Nuba make-up

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Hugh is off-lineGold Member
22 November 2010 11:01
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Hi,

I would really appreciate some suggestions for an idea I'm thinking of - and there's nobody very close to me.

Without wanting to give too much away while I'm experimenting, I'd like to produce a (face or body-paint) look similar to the Nuba tribe - who use wood ash for white and charcoal for black colour. Needs to be powderish rather than smooth like Japanese Kabuki theatre make-up.








I suppose flour and water or poster paint would be too simple?
It's not Fine Art just because it's in Black and White.


22 November 2010 18:31
MMM_WOW
Make-up Artist


Fullers earth and then airbrushed to correct the colour,

Wood ash and charcoal

Snazaroo facepaint if applied quite dry will dry out to a powdery consistancy

John


Hugh is off-lineGold Member
26 November 2010 19:29
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Thankyou for the help here and by PM.

It's a bit quiet in here - which is a pity.

I'll let you know how I get on.
It's not Fine Art just because it's in Black and White.


Hugh is off-lineGold Member
06 December 2010 13:25
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Thankyou for the help again (here and by PM).

Snazzaroo paints and Fuller's earth.

Hard work, and fortunate I was trying for a primitive looking result!
Couldn't believe how the flash just cuts through the white paint.




It's not Fine Art just because it's in Black and White.



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