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How to Make Flesh-Colored Paint

There are thousands of different skin tones.
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Artists often find the making of flesh-colored paint difficult at first. There are thousands of different shades of skin color that exist ethnically, but there are also tanned or non-tanned skin tones.The secret is not to be scared of making a mistake. The first time you try, use a very large palette and have fun mixing the colors with each other by bringing them into the center of the palette. From this you will discover the different shades you can create not just for matching the right skin tone to a person, but also in coming up with colors that can be used as shading skin tone.

Things You'll Need:

  • Paint Brush
  • Palette

Take cadmium red on your brush and dab it onto your palette for painting in watercolor. To this, add a permanent rose shade with the brush. Mix to create a pinkish skin tone. Add a lot of water with the brush -- important in creating watercolor skin tones -- to soften the color.

Create an even darker color to use to add shading to the rose and red mixture by adding some of the yellow ochre shade.

Use the color Indian red mixed with the rose and cadmium red for an even darker skin tone. Adding more Indian red will darken the shade and a little raw umber will give a more golden skin tone.

Squeeze out white, an earth yellow like yellow ochre and a magenta red like quinacridone crimson onto the palette when using oil or acrylic paints.

Add a little red to the white. This creates a peach or rosy color. Then add a little yellow for a realistic undertone. Use a very tiny amount of green for pale skin tones. More red and green equals a darker skin tone. You can even use brown for a very dark skin tone.


Paints appear lighter when wet; color will darken when dry.

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