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Post by fairyfox on Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:20 pm

Just got involved in a troop, they love me! but the paint sweats off pretty bad. Looking at Circe, they don't have that problem. What am I missing? Do I need special paint, sealer????? Has anyone done this sort of thing. They are mostly kids, but the sweat Drips off of them? What can I do to compensate? Help would be GREATLY appreciated!
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Post by fesspenter on Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:48 pm

Dear fairyfox:
I did face and body painting for a gala event in early October 2011. The performers were from Circo de Bakuza.

First: SAFETY! No painted hands or feet. If they are going to be gripped anywhere during the act...that area cannot be painted. SAFETY is FIRST, LAST, and ALWAYS in consideration for performers.

Second: I wrote out a few lines of Russian in phonetic: Please, Thank you, what is your name, sit here please, stand up please, don't touch that, etc.

Third: PREPARATION. I sprayed them with a Kryolan fixer spray first. Painted over top. The artists around me used either a setting powder, or the fixer spray at the end of the painting. It does dull your colors slightly. You will notice more than anyone else how the colors seems to fade a little.

I have not used the StarBlend powder on performers, only on hot, sweaty children, and, um, on a hot, sweaty, menopausal face painter. Ask others their opinions on Starblends.

The people who worked the silks were airbrushed with alcohol based body paint. The silk ribbons would have rubbed all the paint off their body and colored the next performer, if they had used only our paint.

My wild blue swan only lost a few Swarovski crystals around her décolletage. The paint stayed through the sweating and the performance. That performer was primed with Kryolan spray, painted, and sealed by another MUA with Ben Nye Sealer.

Happy Painting!
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Re: Painting Acrobats

Post by Guest on Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:53 pm

Cirque used theatrical cream make-up. Not face paint.

When they are working and sweating you need to use something that sets up.

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Post by rthling on Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:17 pm

When I read your title, I envisioned face painters hurtling through the air on a trapeze.
Sorry. I laughed. Laughing
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Post by amylady222 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:58 pm

Shannon Fennell wrote:Cirque used theatrical cream make-up. Not face paint.

When they are working and sweating you need to use something that sets up.

I couldn't figure out why what I was working with is so different then what I learned on over 10 years ago---it is because I was using theatrical cream make-up. it is diffrenent than DFX and Wolfe and Snaz and the rest, plus the technique is really different!
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Post by amylady222 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:58 pm

rthling wrote:When I read your title, I envisioned face painters hurtling through the air on a trapeze.
Sorry. I laughed. Laughing

Me too!!! I had to see what she was talking about!! I was thinking to many painters in a small tent-- ha ha ha
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Re: Painting Acrobats

Post by fairyfox on Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:35 am

thanks for the ideas, fesspenter- I would love to see pictures, that all sounds amazing!
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Post by fesspenter on Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:40 am

I would like to see the pictures, too. I did not take any, as I was backstage, painting. I kept hunting on the Internet for pictures. This was at the Metro Convention Centre for a Bell Gala "One Night Under A Blue Sky". Our art director spoke only French, very little English. We were all given photos and drawings as to how each of our performers were going to appear. I felt I would forget how to face and body paint, as I was so nervous when he was walking around, inspecting. It was just fine. I did remember how to paint.
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Re: Painting Acrobats

Post by Perry Noia on Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:41 am

Yes, Cirque uses cream makeup (sometimes called grease paint)... it is oil based and sets with baby powder or setting powder.
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