DAY 3: Skin Illustrator
Today let’s talk about Skin Illustrator made by Premiere
Products Inc (PPI). PPI makes a wide range of products for special fx makeup professionals, but their Skin Illustrator line is one of my favorites.
What Is Skin Illustrator?
Skin Illustrator is an alcohol activated, highly pigmented makeup coloring system. Created for professional makeup artist to cover tattoos, create effects, color hair, and it can be used on foam latex, gelatin, plastic, and silicone appliances.
It comes in dry palette form (like a set of watercolors…. a set of very expensive watercolors) or in a liquid. The liquid formula is great for airburshing (but we will talk about that another time). You can find palettes with a wide range of color themes. Flesh Tone, Dark Flesh Tone, Alchemy , Mardi Gras, and several Custom palette, to name a few.
Each palette cost around $75 depending on the set you purchase. This ain’t no kiddy makeup! It’s an investment, but if you are serious about getting the most realistic look possible, Skin Illustrator is definitely worth the money. Anyone can throw on a little grease paint and look scary in the dark, but when the lights come on it looks comical. With Skin Illustrator, it looks REAL.
Benefits of Skin Illustrator:
- Translucent and realistic looking effects
- One palette will last you a long time.
Painting with Skin Illustrator Palettes:
First you have to use 99% alcohol to activate the colors. It must be 99%. Trust me, I have tried 70% alcohol and it was disastrous (I have use 91% before in a pinch). However, you can paint with whatever you want. I have used sponges, brushes, Q-tips, stipple sponges, toothpicks, my fingers, a feather… whatever gives the desired effect. I try not to use sponges because they suck up too much of the product, unless you are covering a larger area, then it works.
The FX palette is great for blood, bruises,burns, cuts & scrapes.
Excerpt from website about FX palette:
Designed for just about any injury or illness imaginable, the Skin Illustrator FX palette can simulate 1st, 2nd & 3rd. degree burns, cuts, scrapes, scabs, and bruises. The FX Palette seamlessly integrates with the FLESH TONE Palette to create varying degrees of injuries and illnesses. The pigment content is much higher than any other palette available so the colors go farther and last longer.
Because it is alcohol activated, great care should be taken to keep it out of your eyes.
Check out the video from PPI’s YouTube channel
pictures from http://www.skinillustrator.com
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