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How To Learn Body Painting Techniques

Whether you're a sports fan or heading down to Mardi Gras, this guide will have you perfecting your body painting techniques just in time.


  • Step 1: Take a class on body painting or air brushing at a local art school or college. This will also help you find willing volunteers.
  • Step 2: Apply for an internship at a special effects company if you are really serious about learning to apply full body makeup and paint.
  • FACT: Lead was added to paints to enhance colors and speed up drying times but was outlawed in 1977 in the United States because of its toxicity.
  • Step 3: Put your friend or model at ease by also being partially nude, or volunteer to be someone else's canvass if they will be yours.
  • Step 4: Find a canvas by asking friends to help or scope out local art school hangouts for models.
  • TIP: Body paint markers are best for kids or beginners and for small designs because of their small tips.
  • Step 5: Advance to acrylic paint and soft bristle brushes once you've gotten enough practice or are looking to do full body designs.
  • TIP: Avoid using body paint on body hair, or shave the area to make for easier and less painful removal.
  • Step 6: Practice with body paint markers -- there is very little cleanup and designs can last until you shower.

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