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rowdymagi5
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Can anyone recommend a source and particular color of paint that somewhat appears like flesh colored?

Im going to paint a small magnet and the last time I picked out a color it ended up looking like pink!
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Asking what color "fleshtone" is is like asking what color "blue" the sky is.. maybe harder. The answer will change with the time of day, season, cloud density, geolocation, humidity, temperature and more.

With fleshtones you have Olive, Ruddy, Beige, Yellow, and Blue undertones.... out of those.. you have a hundred variations.

The best thing to do is buy several small bottles of acrylic paint.. and mix them till you get one that's close.. remember that the palm of your hand is a VERY different color than the back of your hand, which is a very different color than your neck.. which is a different color than your wrist.

I deal with matching skin tones as my "regular" job as a makeup artist for film and TV every day.. it's an art that not everyone picks up on.. even makeup artists.
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Michael said it well, but I'll add that skin in any shade is anything except monochromatic. If you look closely, you see a variety of colors ranging from red to pink, to yellow, to tan, to blue, all blended in tiny little patches.

You were not specific with the application, except that it is to go on a magnet. Does this just need to mimic flesh tone in the event of a flash, or are you hoping to make this magnet disappear on your skin? If you just need a reasonable color, check Wal Mart in the craft section. They have an acrylic paint called skin, or flesh. It is a reasonable starting point, but will of course vary in how effective it is next to your own skin. One other option would be to cover the magnet with a piece cut from a Band-Aid. Quick and simple and does the trick in a pinch.

However, if you need to get a real good match, you may need to stipple a few colors until you get a good match. I've done this with a couple gimmicks that I use, that just happen to be quite out in the open at certain points. They blend in well. You will of course have to experiment, understand how colors combine, and have a real good eye for detecting and matching color. Not everyone can do that.
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Echoing what is said here is no two skin tones are the same. I used to get a very good middle of the road skin tone paint from Design Masters but they stopped making it. Manniequin paint used to be availble but most are not flesh colored any more.

The old timers would mix facial power into the paint to make a proper skin tone. You would get a close base color. Then while it was wet you would dust with the powder. When it was dry you would seal it with a matte clear finish.

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On 2012-01-03 19:16, Michael Baker wrote:
Michael said it well, but I'll add that skin in any shade is anything except monochromatic. If you look closely, you see a variety of colors ranging from red to pink, to yellow, to tan, to blue, all blended in tiny little patches.

You were not specific with the application, except that it is to go on a magnet. Does this just need to mimic flesh tone in the event of a flash, or are you hoping to make this magnet disappear on your skin? If you just need a reasonable color, check Wal Mart in the craft section. They have an acrylic paint called skin, or flesh. It is a reasonable starting point, but will of course vary in how effective it is next to your own skin. One other option would be to cover the magnet with a piece cut from a Band-Aid. Quick and simple and does the trick in a pinch.

However, if you need to get a real good match, you may need to stipple a few colors until you get a good match. I've done this with a couple gimmicks that I use, that just happen to be quite out in the open at certain points. They blend in well. You will of course have to experiment, understand how colors combine, and have a real good eye for detecting and matching color. Not everyone can do that.


Just close in the event of a flash is all I need. I didn't know Walmart had acrylic paint called skin, or flesh. That sounds perfect! Thanks for the tip!
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Flesh color is tricky. There is a huge range - it makes sense to now your own color tone and hue. Have a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_von_Luschan The color scale by Felix von Luschan is not exact but gives an idea of the possible shades.

Art painters use mixtures and layers of several colours for skin tones. Skin is translucent, therefore you normally need layers. Through the skin you see flesh, the blood vessels give a blue tone, the skin itself is yellowish or brownish, but can be nearly white or nearly black too.

Hobby shops do have flesh paint for miniature figures. They are perfect for plastics and metal parts if they fit your skin tone. The ultimate solution is to bring your prop, thumbtip, sanada gimmick or whatever to a specialist for prosthetics. They are used to paint so perfect that it is not possible to detect false body parts under normal everyday conditions. The absolute best fingertips are made for former Japanese yakuza who want to blend into normal society. They have to hide their amputated fingers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew......uza.html
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I have used the "Flesh" color acrylic paint. I forget the brand, but I got it at Walmart. As it has been pointed out a perfect match to flesh tone is difficult if not impossible to achieve, but the type I got did an adequate job. It is very similar to the color of my Palmo and Simplex gimmicks.

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it's not the shade of the skin.. it's the character inside that counts...

Unrelated.. but somehow relavent.
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Very on point! I'm sure if my son wanted to draw his daddy, he wouldn't use the same crayon that he would use to draw Flavor Flav. The sixth color from the bottom... I doubt that could be flesh, at least living..... or Regan!
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