Top 5 Tools, Must Haves & Faves

It’s interesting to find out what other body painters are using, especially when you’re starting out in the industry and still getting to know products.

So we asked Samantha from The Magic Brush Shop to help us out and send us her list.

We hope that this blog entry inspires you to try a new technique, tool or product at this years NZ Body Art Showcase.

I love the paint consistency of the Wolfe White & Black. It allows for controlled line work and beautiful flowing lines. The Wolfe White can be used either as a base by using a small amount of product on the sponge but it can also be used for opaque line-work that sits well and does not become transparent when used on darker bases. I used these techniques for the fine white detail work on the body painting pictured below.

Buy Wolfe Hydrocolours here.

I love Kabuki Brushes, they allow for quick body paint coverage with no hassle and no mess unlike an airbrush. I also find the Kabuki Brushes can cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time than a regular airbrush. I especially love the ones stocked in our web shop as they are thick, dense brushes with soft bristles that can hold and load a lot of paint. The brushes have longer handles than your average Kabuki brush and I find them easier to hold than the short stubby ones. I used these on the base work for the body painted suits for the guys; image below.

I find the trick to using Kabuki brushes is loading up your brush with a lot of paint and a decent amount of water. If it glides on the paint, it will glide on the body. Use the Kabuki brush in firm circular motions to achieve the best, streak-free coverage.

Kabuki Brushes available here.

A new favorite of mine and a new product on our online store. I love the two-toned effect of these brushes. I really like the strong, firm bristles on these brushes, allowing for greater control of your line work.

I always say “It doesn’t matter about the size of your brush, a large good quality brush should allow you to achieve the finest line-work. You should be able to swap from bold thick lines, to the finest of swirls using a great brush.

A great example of controlled, fine line work on the image below – still one of my absolute faves!

Mark Reid Brushes available here.

I love BAM (Bad Ass Mini Stencils). Firstly, how cool is the name? They are made from a thin, durable Mylar material and last for years! Water-based body paint wipes off with a baby wipe or towel. For the harder to clean paints like the MAC Airbrush body paints (another fave!), I use either the Mac cleaning solution or for a cheaper alternative, Isopropyl Alcohol (soak for 10 seconds for easier removal). Works a treat and doesn’t damage the stencils.

I generally use stencils to aid with texture or ‘fill in the gaps.’ Stencils create the illusion of layers and I love that they are so easy to use. I like using mine with dense sponges and a small amount of water or with an airbrush. Make sure your stencils and bases are dry to avoid the transfer or upset of any paint. BAM stencils are a great time-saver for those stressful moments, when time isn’t on your side.

Buy BAM Stencils here.

Mehron Metallic Powders are amazing, they come in 6 different shades: Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze, Lavender & Rose. The Gold and Silver are must-haves in any makeup artist’s or body painter’s kit!

I love the ‘staying power’ of this product when combined with the Mehron Mixing liquid. It makes the powder into a liquid, metallic paint and it’s fascinating just to watch, let alone paint with. I love the consistency of this product and you can control how transparent or opaque your work will be with how much mixing liquid you use.

The powders can also be used as dramatic eyeshadows on their own.

The Metallic powders & mixing liquid are great to paint with over black bases and don’t dilute down or dull when placed on top. Images of them used for line work (with pointed brushes) as well as base work (with Kabuki brushes) are above & below.

Buy Mehron Metallic Powders & Mixing Liquids here.

All products featured in this blog can be found at The Magic Brush Store.

Downloadable Face & Body Charts

Have you started your concept designs for the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase?

The task of taking a design in your head and putting it to paper can be daunting, maybe you’ve never created a body art chart before or drawing the human figure isn’t your forte.

To make entering the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase even easier and hopefully less daunting, we’ve put together a few body charts that you can download & use.

Good luck and remember entries for the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase close on Friday 28th July 2017. Application forms can be found here.

To download: click on image for downloadable PDF version.


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The NZ Body Art Trust Workshops

The NZ Body Art Trust would like to put together some workshops before the 2017 Body Art Showcase, but first we need your feedback.

We would love to hear your thoughts, just simply answer this poll.

Feedback closes March 31st at 10am.

Thank you for your participation.

Body Painting Tips For Models

Modeling for body painting and the NZ Body Art Showcase is an amazing experience that can build confidence and open up areas of a person’s character they haven’t explored before.

Any person can try body art modeling so use the opportunity to enjoy and explore.


  • Remove body hair where necessary.
  • Moisture the evening before but not in the morning unless the artist specifies.
  • Check if there is something particular your artist would like you to do?


  • A G-string (without lace or decoration. White or skin tone is best, however black is better for a UV painting)
  • Hairbrush
  • Soap
  • Baby oil or shaving cream (for hard to remove paint)
  • Shampoo
  • Scrubber
  • Camera
  • iPod/MP3 Player
  • Towel
  • Clothes that can get dirty
  • Paper towels/Chux cloths/Babywipes (for those unexpected spills)
  • Healthy snacks


  • Stretch well before painting starts & throughout the day so your body stays warm.
    Stretching throughout the painting process helps you stay focused and helps avoid cramping. It also makes it easier to pose after the painting is finished.


  • Stretch and rest when possible to help keep the body relaxed & muscle warm. Try mini stretches, tensing and relaxing muscles so you don’t disturb the artist too much. But remember if you do need a break or a minute to sit down, let your artist know.
  • Drink small amounts of water throughout the day rather than a whole bottle all at once makes going to the toilet more constant.
  • Eat food that will give energy but not be too heavy or messy.
    Fruit, muesli, light grainy bread can make good energy snacks.
    Sugar gives a fast boost but no lasting energy so don’t rely on it all day. Energy drinks or energy lozenges are good just before going on stage or into the photography area but don’t use them all day.
  • Be aware of artist needs. Where are they painting? Is it small detail? Can you move to help?
  • Do you already know your artist?
    If not speak with them about their idea so that you can prepare yourself for your performance and posing.
  • Do they have music for you to perform to? Listen to it when possible.


  • A performance should have a beginning, middle and end.
  • Move in an appropriate way to reflect the body art. Be dramatic.
  • Make eye contact and interact with the audience, photographers, and video crew.
  • Make every performance something to remember.
  • Most of all enjoy yourself.


  • Photographing the artwork is very important, as it is the only way to preserve body art.
  • Do a variety of poses that compliment the artwork.
  • Don’t move too quickly as the photographers need time to frame their pictures. Listen and look for the camera flashes!
     If the photographers are clicking furiously then it is a good pose. Hold it a little longer and try to make eye contact with all photographers. Do small variation on that pose.
    When the flashes go quiet they try something new.
  • Make eye contact!
  • Change your facial expression!
  • Try poses that use a variety of levels to make it interesting. Use the ground and the air, jumping, fly, be alive.
  • Talk with your artist and see how they envision the character moving.


  • Showering – paint should come off with a bit of a scrub, soap & water, however if the paint is difficult to remove, try baby oil.
  • If the artist has used glues to attach pieces then they may have a specific solution to remove the glue.
  • Stretch again before sleeping to avoid waking up with a cramp.


If you would like to be a model in the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase, download a registration form here.