Make a model pale/white from head to toe

Make a model pale/white from head to toe

22 posts
15 Aug 2009
RussFreeman
Photographer
RussFreeman
I have a shot idea in mind but I need my models to be very pale, maybe even white. Some are really only head, shoulders but some are from head to toe. It would need to be quite evenly spready. Also, as it will be me and my models applying it it needs to be idiot proof

Any advice on what I should use ? (I have no plans to mix emulsion paint with PVA hehe)

If you know of a specific product a link would be really handy.

Thanks!

russ
Posted 15 Aug 2009
kt101
Photographer
kt101
I would say speak to stryjek but i believe he has been suspended.

Posted 15 Aug 2009
RussFreeman
Photographer
RussFreeman
He uses an MUA and that's no answer for me unless an MUA wants to zoom down to sunny devon for a TF* shoot or two?

Posted 15 Aug 2009
cziiki
Photographer
cziiki
RussFreeman

I have a shot idea in mind but I need my models to be very pale, maybe even white. Some are really only head, shoulders but some are from head to toe. It would need to be quite evenly spready. Also, as it will be me and my models applying it it needs to be idiot proof

Any advice on what I should use ? (I have no plans to mix emulsion paint with PVA hehe)

If you know of a specific product a link would be really handy.

Thanks!

russ

there are loads of products as this is just makeup.  The problem will be your technique in applying it which is what MUAs learn and practice over years!

Fo actual white, the standard is called Clown White and the manufacturers are Ben Nye, Mehron, Leichner, Kryolan (Supracolor Clown White is bright white), Fardel etc etc...   - apply with sponge, consider a foundation layer first for ease of blending, and practice on yourself or a convenient bystander for a few times before doing the all-over!  And allow loads more time than you thought.  It's remarkable how much skin even a slim person has.

Watch out for changes in skin over the body (minimised by foundation) - for instance calves are smooth and makeup can streak .

Consider spraying also if you can get the equipment, even coats are easier!

Charles Fox in Covent Garden (and online) and Screen Face are the major suppliers in London - I don't know about away from theatre-land, probably party shops.

Posted 15 Aug 2009
ChrisConway
Photographer
ChrisConway
You'd need someone that can apply makeup with an airbrush ideally Russ.

Try giving Naughalty a shout on here, she has the airbrush and compressor with the body paint foundation things...

Posted 15 Aug 2009
RussFreeman
Photographer
RussFreeman
I did think about Amy and she has indicated she'd like to do collaborate BUT she's "up there" in bristol and I doubt I'd be able to take all of my shots in one day (multiple models, different shots, different styles - same theme)...that's why I was thinking I need to reproduce the effect myself. Thanks Malc, some great information there. I might just get some and try it on a willing victim - hey, I always do with all of my, um, um, odd shot ideas When you say "foundation" do you mean normal makeup foundation or something a bit more industrial? If I can't get it to work then I'll just have to beg and grovel and plead with Amy to come down a couple of times I'd also need to think about making hair white too without it being permanent although could possibly use a wig, maybe. russ.
Posted 15 Aug 2009
deetvstudio
Photographer
deetvstudio
A liberal dose of talcum powder could work on the hair. Does tend to dry it out a bit though! Dave.
Posted 15 Aug 2009
ChrisConway
Photographer
ChrisConway
RussFreeman

When you say "foundation" do you mean normal makeup foundation or something a bit more industrial?


Well foundation just being a base layer... Its actually like powdered body paint that would be used...

Posted 15 Aug 2009
cziiki
Photographer
cziiki
nuflo

Well foundation just being a base layer... Its actually like powdered body paint that would be used...



I didn't mean powdered body paint!   Though several coats of paint work, the 'pale white' look may get a bit 'solid white' with multiple layers.  I'd suggest simply straightforward foundation, pale as you can find, the idea is to improve blending and cover greasy shiny skin.
Posted 15 Aug 2009
Secondskin
Make Up Artist
Secondskin
If you dont have the means to airbrush (which in my opinion is the only way to get even pale white coverage without it looking patchy) then gothic white foundation which can be found on ebay is an option, but it isnt idiot proof, you still need to apply it evenly. To be honest this type of work isnt really fool proof, youre better off paying for a pro if you want the job done properly Worth it in the long run.
Posted 15 Aug 2009
Secondskin
Make Up Artist
Secondskin
You may find something here..... http://www.facepaint-uk.com/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=59&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=127

Or STARGAZER do a white gothic face powder that goes on quite white...that maybe easier for a beginner to powder on to the body

http://www.kinkyangel.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1232       emoticon
Posted 15 Aug 2009
Edited by Secondskin 15 Aug 2009
my friend just used bog standars face paint all over her body for halloween last year this is after about 5 applications so it's really opaque white but if you just use one layer you get a nice white sheen you can also get white latex body paint but i imagine that sticking to body hair quite badly and being quite painful to remove
Posted 15 Aug 2009
Edited by Chloe_Alexandra 15 Aug 2009
Or you could just opt for a pale model who's as white as the moon - like me! Ha ha. Only joking.
Posted 15 Aug 2009
Secondskin
Make Up Artist
Secondskin
White latex is tricky to apply and will pull every single hair completely out of the body...eeek!! not sure thats what he wants emoticon
Posted 16 Aug 2009
Edited by Secondskin 16 Aug 2009
Secondskin

 not sure thats what he wants emoticon

i wouldn't be too sure if i were you!  ;-D

Posted 16 Aug 2009
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