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Post by tessieholic on Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:40 pm

So, I've been getting as much practice as I can in, on pretty much whoever will let me practice on them. I really think it's looking quite good for a beginner, but I've just got to say:

I cannot paint my own face well. Embarassed

Does anyone else have trouble with this? Is this just an it-takes-practice situation? Does anyone have any tips on painting oneself? I been trying some of Lisajoyyoung's designs, and they look great ... on my thighs. On my own face, not so much. My lines are wonky, and I have a really hard time completing onestroke moves (pivoting my brush and such).

So, please tell. Did you have a hard time painting your own face at first? Thanks for any input!

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Re: Painting myself

Post by Noella on Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:47 pm

I can't paint my own face..... can paint my left hand, can paint my right hand.... can paint on anyone else's face/hand/arm/leg, but not my own face (and I don't even have glasses as a good reason.....)
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Re: Painting myself

Post by Guest on Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:48 pm

It takes a bit of practise to train your brain to work in the mirror to do the strokes you do on others on yourself in reverse. I work on automatic and don't even realize I switch to working in reverse anymore.

I used to clown so got really used to doing my own face.

It is the same as putting on make-up so it honestly surprizes me that it is mostly women who ask "did you do your own face?"

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Post by rthling on Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:00 am

I know! I have to paint myself these days, since my kids are SO over it. And I've become quite adept at it! Although my hubby is always amazed.
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Post by Manabanana on Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:27 am

I have glasses and cant see 3 inches in front of my face. I make myself by practicing on my own face. I found that moving your face instead of the brush is much easier, and using a magnified mirror helps too. Start painting your left side (vise versa if you are left handed) since it is harder to paint that side by painting over my nose then work the right side.

I practice on myself by playing a game on facebook. I wrote another thread about it.
http://www.facepaintforum.com/t7502-facebook-fun?highlight=facebook


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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:53 am

Ja, Ja, I can paint myself since I started doing face painting, but I can't blow my own hair, I can't coordinate the brush, the hair dryer and mirror.
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Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:05 pm

It's gotten to the point where I think I paint my own face better than I paint other people's faces.
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Re: Painting myself

Post by Psalmbook on Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:18 am

I used to have the same complaint & I even think I started a thread just like your when I 1st got on the forum. I finally just gave in & started practicing on myself & I've gotten better w/ time.
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Post by DancingBabyRose on Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:04 am

when you paint yourself - and like the face- how do you take the picture? I have tried in the mirror but the background is always horrible. Any suggestions??
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Post by Manabanana on Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:11 am

I drape a nice blanket over a door and stand in front of it. Then hold my camera in front of my face and take about 20 pictures. with flash on and off, and difuse the flash by placing a piece of paper over the flash so it isnt so intense. 1 of them is bound to look good. I dont know what I would have done before digital cameras.
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Post by DancingBabyRose on Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:15 am

thanks i will try this tonight.
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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:23 am

I most of the times paint myself and i am as Shannnon said very used to it. I take pictures of myself..look into the camera and try to aim well..Wink
sometimes I find it's easier to paint myself then others..although it's slower...

I wear contactlensen..and I'm nearsighted..so no problems there so far!
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Post by lorrinwagner on Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:23 pm

I love to paint myself, I have way more patience than anyone else and I always hold still! For photos, I use a tripod and remote trigger, I do all sorts of crazy stuff and try to make myself laugh and such - pretty funny to watch! I don't have glasses or anything so that helps, I also try to paint the angle I plan to photograph which helps the end product. Once you start working on it, it will be hard to quit!
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Post by makin faces by synni on Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:54 pm

try holding a mirror behind your camera to get the angle right, thats what i do. i also mostly paint my self. way to hard to bribe my girls these day's. plus i sit still better lol
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Re: Painting myself

Post by eva on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:35 pm

I also prefer to paint my own face on practicing. I really can't remember if I ever found it hard, since no one else will let me paint them, I didn't really have a choice.

Good idea on the paper to difuse the flash Mana, I have hard time with lighting. I usually try to go out in the sunlight and take it without the flash. But that is great for when I paint at night.
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Re: Painting myself

Post by Rae on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:47 pm

I'm my own favourite face! hahaha I sit still (for how ever long it takes - and don't really care how long it takes), and since discoverying FP'g, for the first time ever, I love my long face and high never ending forehead. LMAO My line work is always way better on me than on others. Although wrinkly soft skin is my enemy. haha might have to find another hoby in a few years. Problem is I don't make any money painting me!! But I do find it very relaxing, I totally zone out.

Synni, I hold out the camera with a mirror behind it too!
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Re: Painting myself

Post by tessieholic on Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:58 am

Thanks for the replies! I'm continuing to practice and it does seem to be getting better (at least marginally!) ... but perhaps painting my face well will develop out of necessity like some of you. My toddler's often bored with the idea of being painted already, and I can only paint her arm or hand anyway. :-)

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Re: Painting myself

Post by Pilareta on Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:55 am

I can't. Impossible. I tried and tried but first,I'm half blind and I can't see anything without my glasses so I have to be really CLOSE to the mirror and then I hit it with my brush Laughing and second, my line work when I paint myself is like a .... eeejjjjjgh!! Such a pity because I'm always ready and happy to be painted (my kids aren't and sometimes bribes don't work )


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Post by Miss Ronnie on Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:29 am

I feel your pain, sister! I can't see close-up anymore. I used to be able to but a little thing called age ruined that for me. Just putting regular make-up on is like an Olympic event for me.
And my only child is a 15 year boy who won't let me anywhere near him with a paintbrush. Thank goodness I have fat thighs to practice on!!!! geek
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Re: Painting myself

Post by Pilareta on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:39 am

Same here. As I said somewhere over here, my thighs are the most posted canvas on the forum Laughing
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Re: Painting myself

Post by Peachymango on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:24 am

Ladies the auto timer on your camera. Have where you want the photo taken, put camera at hight you need. Set timer and get in position , camera will take photo. Have flash on or off.You will need to play a bit to get it how you want. Then next time you want to do a picture all you need to do is replicate the original setting.
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Re: Painting myself

Post by earthorange on Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:31 am

I guess maybe I'm an exception, but I've always found it easier to paint myself. I always hold still, and I can take as much time as I need!
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