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.