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Post by sammie star creation on Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:33 am

hi everyone

i hope everyone had a awesome xmas and are all looking forward to the new year Smile

Anyway here's my question! maybe someone else has posted up something about star blends i dont know Exclamation

Maybe stupid question but i have been reading about star blends i was thinking about adding to my face painting kit.

I read that you can use them wet or dry but they dont tell me why they use star blend could anyone please help me thank you confused
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Re: What are star blends and how to use them?

Post by lorrinwagner on Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:44 am

They are a pressed powder makeup. Mainly designed to use dry, once wet you can't go back. They are really nice for bases, especially girl ones with a nice shimmer and transparent feel. I got some and didn't really like them too much to start with. I am starting to really enjoy them. They work best wtih the applicator you can buy (lollipop or something). I know some people use disposable eye shadow applicators, brushes don't really work very well though. I have seen some artists add the starblends on top of other bases and they blend really nicely, I think they could really speed you up if you got the hang of it. Also, they are supposed to be better in the heat and humidity, they don't melt and sweat isn't supposed to bother them as much, I haven't tried myself though. I would recommend a few colors to have in your kit.
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Post by Mika's Creations2 on Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:03 am

Once I make back some money from my 1st few gigs *crosses fingers* I will definitely want at the very least the white. I hear it works great for spider man eyes since some kids don't like the wet feeling around their eyes. Very Happy
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Post by helena on Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:03 pm

I found starblends to be opaque - I use them for smaller children (especially boys) who don't like the feeling of wet or sitting still long...(used dry)

this tiger base was done with all starblends (the lines weren't - something to note, I should have made the paint wetter as it tended to 'stick' rather than glide if too dry- you can see where it didn't apply properly) - very very quick (about 1 - 2 min's each design) and simple to use and fantastic for eyes. The spiderman base was starblends too. Applied with smoothy blenders.







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Post by Psalmbook on Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:44 am

Think of giant eyeshadow containers & you have Starblends. They apply best w/ a smoothie brush(sold wherever you get your Starblends). Pressed powders work great in hot humid climates(I live in FL & use pressed powders a lot in the summer). If you get them wet, they never quite work the same in my opinion. I prefer Ben Nye Lumiere Palette because the pressed powders are shimmery & bolder in color. These kittys were done w/ Ben Nye & Satrblend White. The bases are completely powders.



This skull's black eyes, shadowing & white base are all Starblend. Just the linework is Wolfe.
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Post by MasterpieceFacePainting on Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:58 am

I love starblends, I have the black and the white and they speed up puppies and kitties so well! The only problem is finding something to use them with... As far as I know they work best with the Silly Farm smoothie blenders but shipping from Silly Farm to the UK is $45 so I've settled for powder puffs that you use for compact powders. They work great for me...

Also, apparently whey don't work well on some kids in comparison to others but I don't really know.

This puppy was done with Starblend white, Snaz red and DFX Black:

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Post by skjfunny on Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:09 am

Bekahcat, I was just in to Michael's a craft store in US and the brush dept. had smoothie blenders. Check out your art stores, they even come in a small tip the size for commercial eye shadows. I love the small one to make shadows with black starblend. Usually coverage is much faster and looks better when done with the smoothie blender compared to the lollipop. Move a finger down to the base and put pressure when loading, sometimes using the handle to slightly scratch the surface when doing a long line speeds up your work and coverage is better.
Starblend white, black, red, and orange I always suggest for a basic kit for working in heat or small children. They are fast to work with, hold up well in heat, and very inexpensive considering how long they last.
IF the child's face is wet, wipe it dry before applying to avoid streaking. sunny
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Re: What are star blends and how to use them?

Post by sammie star creation on Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:58 am

hi everyone

thank you so much for informing on how starblends works i cant wait, do you think these colours would be good for my kit

white
black
purple
red

thank you again Very Happy
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Re: What are star blends and how to use them?

Post by Who B What E on Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:03 am

Green would be a good one for doing monsters and witches. I just got the white and black but have'nt tried them yet.
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Post by pinkundies on Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:04 pm

The purple has no pigment... It is very transparent. I woulduse pink instead. That one works great
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Re: What are star blends and how to use them?

Post by fairyfox on Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:15 pm

I have used starblends a lot, and they speed up your work a lot. The end picture isn't as good (duller, harder to blend) but they work great on little kids, and when it makes you paint 15 full faces instead of 10, sometimes that is worth it. The black linework can go directly on, because there is no dry time, but it needs to be a little wetter than usual, or it won't paint smooth over the powder.
The white is a life saver on Men (who sweat a lot!) I enjoy having it in my Kit, but have decided to quit using it as much (I feel like it is a little like a crutch) I really want some of the shimmer pressed powder though!
One other consideration, they are easier to "wipe off" watch out for white couches, but over all, they are much harder to wash off.
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Re: What are star blends and how to use them?

Post by Psalmbook on Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:04 pm

Go with any colors but Purple. For some reason it's very shear & doesn't go on easily. I thought maybe I'd gotten mine wet, bought another & had the same problem as soon as I opened it. If you can afford it just get white, red & black & then go w/ Ben Nye Lumiere Pallet. The pigments are much better & they shimmer. I know they're smaller, but usually you break your Starblends long before your Ben Nye runs out. If you drop them, they do shatter.
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Re: What are star blends and how to use them?

Post by sammie star creation on Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:32 am

thank you everyone on your feedback it has been greatly appreciated Smile
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Post by skjfunny on Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:56 am

Starblends will shatter on occasions, but then just mush them down into a powder and put in deeper container...this way you can still use it as a powder...just not as a pressed powder. Ben Nye Luminer set is wonderful, especially for girls and easy eye designs, just a little expense for full face coverage. Luckily you can reorder just one color to refill your pallet...that is very helpful, I find they last a long time even as small as they are. I use quite a bit of the gold to go over other colors and it adds a wonderful sheen. sunny
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Post by Psalmbook on Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:26 pm

Agreed, for girl designs. You can also get a few boy designs out of them. the yellow w/ the orange makes great tigers. The silver & gold does well for robots & the blue makes a good Batman mask. I also use the green for Green Lantern.
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Post by MasterpieceFacePainting on Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:41 am

Do you find that the black starblend comes out as a washed out greyish colour? Is there anyway to make it brighter?
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Re: What are star blends and how to use them?

Post by Psalmbook on Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:26 pm

My black is always very bold. You need to load enough on your smoothie blender or makeup.
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Post by Affordable Face Magic on Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:11 pm

On vacation, I just met a face painter (new) w/a great idea @ a Festval of Lights , Lake Lanier, GA. We were exchanging ideas end of nite...& I asked her if she used her Star Blends much. She demonstrated how easily you can use those cheap little makeup sponges from the pharmacy that come in a bag & separate into tiny triangles. Wow...I thought they were too dense for FP, but never thought to use 'em for Star Blends. They're so inexpensive, she tosses them after each use. The smoothies have been a hygiene issue for me! Trust me, she's been there all month painting hundreds of people & only uses 1/person! I told her about the forum, which she hadn't discovered yet.
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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:55 pm

Can you cut your star blends to make a split?
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:04 pm

Good question; my guess would be "no" because I think they will crumble. I have dropped one and it crumbled.
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Post by acarreon on Wed May 02, 2012 11:57 pm

Ha! I'm in love with the star blends! I only bought one in red for spiderman! I'm mosy deff buying the other colors! And I used the Concealer sponges, they worked perfect! Here's my new off the top of my head spiderman I did, and instead of white I used silver!!



You can't even tell my lighting sucks! But that star blend is bold and beautiful!! flower
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Post by aussiemarie on Thu May 03, 2012 11:02 am

I am enjoying this thread....but want to make sure: both the star blends and ben nye luminares are used DRY - with smoothie or concealer sponge, no water, right?
And essentially the star blends and luminar are the same in that they are pressed powders. Right?
Why would someone not just get ben nye in a pallet?
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Post by martha on Thu May 03, 2012 11:06 am

Economy maybe.
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Post by acarreon on Thu May 03, 2012 11:32 am

I have no clue! Im still new on all the diff products!! I just heard bout the sstarblends first! Plus they are 10 bucks a pop! Cant beat that! When I get home I'll check out the others you're talkin bout!
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Post by SmileyBee Faces on Sat May 05, 2012 1:15 am

I purchased the black white and red. Lets hope I know how to use them. =)
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