Mixing Silicone Skin Tones

Mixing Silicone Skin Tones

The blog post on this and more is here: http://www.learnmakeupeffects.com/colour-theory-in-practice/

This podcast accompanies the article we wrote for Neill Gorton’s ‘Prosthetics’ magazine, jam packed with tutorials and great behind the scenes goodies for all things prosthetic!

Check it out here:

…and here:

Colour theory is a crucial part of makeup, especially if you are in the business of trying make a portion of the face out of rubber and make it look like it belongs there and is the same as the real skin which surrounds it.

This is especially true when mixing your skin tone into your appliance material in the case of silicone or gelatine appliances.

The materials are different, but the principles of colour theory and how to create skin tones remain the same. This colour is IN the pieces rather than ON them.

We have gone on a fair bit in the past about the importance of colour and colour theory in posts about using photoshop to match skin tones, and 7 tips for painting skin tones. The reason…? Because it really matters and it’s actually rather simple.

It’s important to get the base tone of your appliances right, as you don’t want to make things harder for yourself later by creating an appliance which fights you all the way because of poor base tinting.

It’s very frustrating to have to use the makeup to ‘correct’ a badly or inappropriately coloured appliance when you can get the base tone to do most of the work for you.
Check out the blog post which has video and a podcast download for this episode right here…

….and email your questions and feedback to us at stuartandtodd@gmail.com.


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  • TheRedGameboy Reply

    What cheap products and brands of paint can I use to paint a latex prosthetic to African skin tones?

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Mannem msr Reply

    What is the hardness for silicon prosthetics?

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Jay Najih Reply

    sub back thanks

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Shar [ ] Reply

    I notice that you reference the actual skin tone for creating the colour match in the deadener however once you mix in the A and B parts afterwards the colour and translucency will change dramatically – what do you do to manage that? ย As usual – excellent information and engaging presentation. ย So appreciate that you back-up your choices with the logic behind them thus truly teaching the viewer. ย Thanks very much for all that you do to share with us!

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Wafaa Ezzat Reply

    can we replace it by our burned skin ??

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Walk Again Reply

    My question may be something you can't help me with on the topic of silicone based cosmetics. Okay so… I have had success with making this water-based mixiing medium, and I have also even had some success using this mixing medium with dimethicone / cyclomethicone and silicone based makeup. But my question is there a better way, because the water-based mixing medium never quite mixes with the silicone based makeup, even though it causes it to flow through the air brush and doesnโ€™t really seem to adversely affect the makeup on the face. Should I be using some other mixing medium for my silicone-based airbrushing? Do they make a pre-made product to thin out silicone makeup for the airbrush? Iโ€™m just always trying to find the best ways.

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Behzad Khan Reply

    How to make skin soft silicone, may be more softer than skin, I need the solvent name and the color pigments as well

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • AmbieWolfie Reply

    Bearing in mind working times etc, would you suggest pigmenting both parts A and B separately (assuming it's an additive platinum silicone system) before mixing A and B, or would you suggest pigmenting once A and B are mixed? I suppose it's dependant on working time, but as a general rule of thumb which would you consider a better option?

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • January bloomberg Reply

    Where can I buy the colored skin to hide wrinkles, can I have the link.

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • There's a 99% chance you wont like this Reply

    Where do I buy clear or white silicone?

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Mrs rosemarie Young Reply

    Hi can you tell me where i csn bjy just pink flesh color silicone…… I only need a small amount tia xx

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • The Irresistable Me Reply

    Hi Stuart I love your work. Is it possible to mix pigments and flocking in home made gelatin appliances for mixing natural skin tones? Also it is possible to reuse a silicone appliance over and over and still have thin edges?

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Michelle's Crazy Custom Dolls Reply

    This was great! What type of silicone do you use? I plan to paint silicone baby dolls and mermaids. I have Smooth On Ecoflex 30 and Psychopaint.

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Mike Love Reply

    What do you think of smooth-on silk-pig pigments? I don't like that they're in a jar instead of these squeeze bottles which seem easier to use and less chance of contaminating a pot of color with another color

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Zullala Reply

    does the flocking make the silicon less sticky? I feel like every hair and dust particle is attracted to my silicone pieces.

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Ellie M Reply

    nice detail ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Lexine Bate Reply

    So how does this stuff set after applied to skin?

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Adeum Rivera Reply

    what kind of silicone did you use? and where can I get all these products?

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Freakmo Reply

    This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, I'm going to add my pigments to the deadener from now on ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Alevam-Inc. Reply

    Is it true that you can use oil-based paints for this as well?

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • willusionist Reply

    Great tips on the addition of blue, green and yellow as an adjuster. This is something Ive recently been struggling with. Can I request a skin tone color matching tutorial for prosthetics? Especially regarding the use of Skin Illustrator. : )

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Studavio50 Reply

    Thanks for taking the timeย ย  the vid is greatย  welcome back missed you both

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Carlo Rufio Reply

    I've also heard that adding green instead of blue helps because under spectography, green tones can be found in all skin types, but it's very subtle.

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Joe's Model Kits Reply

    Great video, many thanks for the information and demonstrations.

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Hobby FX Reply

    thanks Stu, great video and really helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm

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