This weekend I tried out the recipe for white face paint that I discussed here.
Oil of Ben: 15 ml
Bees wax: 4 gram
Titanium dioxide with mica: 1, 1 ml
Everything melted together very quickly, but the amount of white pigment was far too little. The skin got a slightly pearlescent sheen to it, but it didn’t whiten the skin. Either the bismuth of the original recipe is more concentrated pigment, or I converted the amount wrongly. I added twice the amount of pigment and then got a shiny white substance.
The paint took some patience to get even, but it wasn’t difficult. The result was semi-sheer and very pearlescent. The paint is fat, so your face ends up somewhat sticky, even if the skin absorbs some of it. It’s not a very flattering look in my eyes, the shininess highlights every pore and wrinkle and you look like you have perspired a bit. I also think that the paint will start to run is you dance or stay in warm room. You also need to be careful not to get any of your clothes. When I removed the makeup my skin felt very soft and supple, though.
The original recipe seemed to indicate that the paint should be mixed with flower-de-luce water, but therry at Livejournal suggested that this may refeer just to the pigment. I think she is right. Mixing didn't work out well, but I have flower-de-luce water in the making and will try just pigment and water when it is done.
The red paint is the one I tried to make earlier; the eyebrows are darkened with a piece of burnt clove. The makeup actually looked a great deal whiter in reality than it does on the photo.
What I would do different
Not much, apart from adding more pigment from the start.
Would I do it again?
Well, possibly… I don’t much like the look, but then I don’t think stark daylight is the right for it. I would love to see how it turns out in candlelight. I have some pearlescent face powder and I would cheat a little and top it off with that to make it a bit les sticky. If you have very dry skin, then it may work better for you. It was also very easy to make and I think you could do it with another kind of oil without any ill effects.