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Recommend some body paint for the fun times?
August 12, 2014 2:53 AM   Subscribe

Partner and I are interested in painting each other's bodies as a prelude to Other Stuff. Getting non-crappy body paint has turned out to be a surprisingly hard thing, though. Everything we've ordered from Amazon has been really unsexily crappy, and often nasty-smelling. Does anyone have a specific recommendation? Should we just go to an art store and buy some acrylic, and then take a shower afterwards?
posted by anonymous to Shopping (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Should we just go to an art store and buy some acrylic, and then take a shower afterwards?

You don't really want to paint heavy metals on your skin. Or get them on whichever mucus membranes that present themselves.

Everything we've ordered from Amazon has been really unsexily crappy, and often nasty-smelling.

You might try the Ben Nye stuff, which is made for theater professionals.
posted by sebastienbailard at 3:17 AM on August 12


You could try the DIY approach (non-edible options here, or try making edible body paint by using food coloring and vanilla pudding).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:42 AM on August 12


Google "children's bath paint".
posted by JJ86 at 5:27 AM on August 12


Fluid gels may be your friend. Essentially you make a gel out of whatever juiced item takes your fancy (usually a small amount of xanthan to thicken, then agar to gel), and then blend the hell out of it. You'll get something that is paintable (you may need to fiddle with precise gelling agents and quantities), completely edible, and tasty!
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:18 AM on August 12 [1 favorite]


Seconding theatrical-quality body makeup. I've worn it onstage, and never noticed a bad smell or excessive smearing.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:22 AM on August 12


Kryolan is another good theatrical brand, but seems to run a little pricier than Ben Nye.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:28 AM on August 12 [1 favorite]


Checked with a professional face and body artist and she also highly recommends Kryolan.
posted by misha at 8:46 AM on August 12 [1 favorite]


Nthing theatre-quality body paint. Do not cover yourselves in acrylics. Repeat, do not use acrylics.
posted by futureisunwritten at 9:28 AM on August 12


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