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    There are three types of body paints that are commonly used for Twi'lek costuming: water based makeup, alcohol based makeup, and colored liquid latex. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, and it's up to the costumer to decide what will work best for them. I use both water and alcohol based makeup. For events that will only last a few hours, I use water based body paints. For longer events, such as conventions when I plan to be in costume all day long, I use the alcohol based paint. More and more often I find myself reaching for alcohol based paints these days, simply because if I’m going to take the time to paint myself, I want that paint to really stay put!  I do NOT recommend liquid latex.

 

    The easiest thing to do is to paint your headpiece just once... and then paint yourself to match it every time you wear your Twi'lek costume. Doing so will save you a lot of time and paint in the long run. If you plan to mix up a custom color of paint, I highly recommend recording the mix you used so that you can make more of the same color later on if you need to. I keep two different lekku headpieces on hand: one that is painted with Ben Nye paint, and one that is painted with Reel Creations. Yes, the paint stays on the headpieces all the time.  It lasts through dozens of troops with only the occasional need to repaint over dirty or scratched areas.

 

 

 

 

 

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WATER BASED BODY PAINT

 

 

Brands I have used: Ben Nye, Kryolan, Mehron, Snazaroo

 

Brand I prefer: Ben Nye Magicolor Liquid

 

PROS:

Water based paint is inexpensive, it is found in a wide variety of costume supply shops, and it is very easy to apply and remove. It is available in cake or liquid form. (I highly recommend the liquid.) It can be applied with or without an airbrush.

 

CONS:

Water based paint is thicker and rubs off over time, especially in areas like the crook of the elbow and where clothing rubs the skin. You need to carry a small container of paint with you so that you can duck away for an occasional touchup. (I carry a small ziplock bag containing a contact lense holder filled with paint and a few q-tips. It tucks into a pocket on my costume very well.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Learning how to use body paint was hard at first. It was so hard, in fact, that I nearly gave up on my very first attempt. I had a very cheap airbrush attached to a sputtering can of propellant, and I tried mixing cake type paint into a liquid form. Bad ideas all around! The paint took hours to apply, it made a mess, and it kept smudging off my skin because it was too thick and tacky. And then to make matters even worse... that night was the Celebration Party at Celebration 3, and when I began the ten minute walk to the convention center with my skimpy Twi'lek outfit and poorly-done paint job, it started to SNOW! I ended up half frozen and covered with spots everywhere the snowflakes melted on me. Fortunately, I didn't give up that night. Since then I've worn my Twi'lek costumes dozens more times, and I've gotten the entire makeup process down to about forty minutes. I've found the right paints to use, I've purchased a good airbrush and a travel-sized air compressor, and cleanup afterwards is a breeze. And, most importantly, I've been very happy with the results! The moral of this story: Twi'lek costumes are challenging, and it does take some practice to get them right... just don't give up before you find out what you really can do!

 

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LIQUID LATEX BODY PAINT

 

 

Brands I have used: Liquid Latex Fashions, Latex Fantasy

 

Brand I prefer: NONE!

 

 

PROS:

Liquid latex is fairly inexpensive, is readily found in costume and adult themed shops, has a very deep and solid color when painted on thick enough, and does not rub off easily.

 

CONS:

Liquid latex smells like ammonia and can cause an allergic reaction in some people. You must coat your skin with a heavy layer of lotion before you apply the latex, or it will stick painfully to your skin (and every little hair) as it pulls away. Instead of washing off, it literally peels away like a coat of paint.... and while you're wearing it, it will LOOK like you're wearing a shiny plastic coating of paint. It does not look like natural skin at all. Latex must be powdered, or it will stick to itself if two painted areas touch, pulling the latex off the skin. If the latex sticks to the skin or hair, it must be scrubbed with vegetable oil. If the latex spills, it is very difficult to clean up the stain.

 

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ALCOHOL BASED BODY PAINT

 

(Often called Body Ink)

 

 

Brands I have used: Reel Creations, Graftobian, OCC Ink

 

Brand I prefer: Reel Creations

 

 

PROS:

Alcohol based body ink stays on the skin VERY well, and can even be worn two days in a row with only touchups needed to repair damaged areas.  It can be rubbed off by clothing, but not nearly as easily as water based paints.  Alcohol based inks are also much more tolerant of getting wet.

 

CONS:

Body ink is horribly expensive, it is available in fewer locations, the alcohol fumes tend to burn the eyes and nose while the ink is being applied, and it takes a lot of work (and remover) to wash it off. It also has a tendency to dry out the skin. To get an even coating, you must have an airbrush.

 

 

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