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Need a practice paint like DFX.

Post by Firebird FX on Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:16 am

I'm having an awful time practicing with dfx. It makes my face go numb and it's too pricey to be using all the time for practice. Anyone know any cheaper alternatives that go on similar to dfx. I'm thinking of getting a practice head to take the blows for me so even watercolors would be acceptable.
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Re: Need a practice paint like DFX.

Post by Michelle Heffner on Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:43 am

Snaz is pretty much the cheapest paint around but it does not behave like DFX or Wolfe.

I wonder why DFX makes your face go numb, though. Have you contacted the manufacturer?

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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:49 pm

dfx tightens up on my face(it feels almost like a facial). No numbness though.
You can get a paradise pallet for practice. Again, it doesn't go on like dfx, but is less expensive. Are you re-washing & painting your face often? I found that it's not the painting but the excessive washing that messes w/ my skin. I've been cleansing w/ Cetaphil for gentle skin & it's helped.
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Re: Need a practice paint like DFX.

Post by Firebird FX on Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:39 am

I'm only painting my face once a month and it's definitely the paint. It's happened all times I paint my full face; especially the lips...it's a pretty yucky feeling...maybe my skins just sensitive. It happens before I wash. I'd love something that feels better on the face, but goes on as beautifully as dfx. Hmm, guess I'll keep dreaming.

I'll look into the ingredients..
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Post by Firebird FX on Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:44 am

Oh and the numbness and wierd feeling stays even after I wash it off, anyone else notice this, or is it just me? :/

Gah, I wish there were such thing as a natural face paint that actually looks good...
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Post by Psalmbook on Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:58 am

No, no problems w/ any paint but Starblend red & only when I used it on my eyes. I also can't be a full face clown. My eyes swelled shut the next day from either the grease paint or the powder I use to set it.
You might like Paradise. It has great coverage & feels pretty good. You could try powders. They don't even feel like you're wearing face paint but it takes a little more work to get good coverage. You might be able to still use dfx/wolfe for your lines w/o trouble.
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Re: Need a practice paint like DFX.

Post by Metina on Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:35 am

Snaz is good to practice with, but I wouldn't consider it cheap either. DFX is at $7.49 and Paradise is at $8 and Snaz is at $8, but I would agree it is probably the best to use up in practice.

I am sure lots of folks have Snaz sitting around after upgrading to Paradise, Wolfe and DFX.

Put a message on the Swap Shop and see if anyone has any they would be willing to trade or sell.

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Re: Need a practice paint like DFX.

Post by Guest on Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:20 pm

DFX doesn't agree with me either - as a base it gets tight and while I wouldn't say I get numb, it isn't comfortable. I am using it BUT not as a base paint - for bases I stick with Snaz, Kryolan and Grimas.

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Re: Need a practice paint like DFX.

Post by Sweet Loretta on Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:39 pm

Practice Heads will in no way allow you to learn to get a feel for the way the makeup works on skin. They are good learning the lines of a face and laying out designs but not for learning to work the makeup.

I always teach use the paint you plan on working with. This is the only way you will learn what it does, as every face painting makeup is affected by your personal painting style and environment.

Too many painters spend time on designs and spend far too little time on learning what to do with the products to make them work best for them.

If you don't like the way DFX feels - my first thought is it is being applied too thick - my second is dump it - if it causes you a numbness stop using it immediately. I understand the beeswax in brands like Diamond and Wolfe cause some folks to feel the skin tightening as the makeup dries, but a numbness is cause for concern.

As for line work - look at what most of the top pros use. You can achieve great
line work and overall masterful results with Paradise and Kryolan.
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Re: Need a practice paint like DFX.

Post by chicneek on Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:50 pm

I've found no matter what, no paint works the same day to day or face to face, there are always variations caused by temperature, humidity, skin oiliness, age, hair on the face and more, just keep practicing and you'll find what you like best. I almost always use snaz for bases and wolfe or dfx or paradise for line work and details. I also use paradise for some bases depending on the colours. I also use the snaz black for linework with the kiddies. You'll find each brand works differently with different amount of water and sponges or brushes and it is just a matter of practice.
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Re: Need a practice paint like DFX.

Post by Tash on Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:11 pm

Tag is the same as DFX in consistency etc - don't know if it's exactly the same ingredients - it comes from here in Australia so if you want the link to buy some let me know.
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Re: Need a practice paint like DFX.

Post by LoneWolf on Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:55 pm

It is not bee wax, but paraffin wax that is in DFX, for what I know. Just a side note. Don't know about TAG.
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