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Painting Elf Ears Tutorial

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We all have different skintones, and sometimes it's hard to find prosthetic ears that match. I typically buy unpainted elf ears and these range in colour from generic beige to grey.

This tutorial can also be used for painting your ears crazy colours like blue, grey, pink etc. Just follow the tips for midtones, highlights and shadows.

The reason why you can't start right off the bat with your regular make-up is because it can degrade the latex.** What I'm showing you is a way to protect your ears from being destroyed! That is mainly what the Castor Oil is for. Fancy theatrical make-up sites will tell you that Rubber Mask Grease (RMG) is like THE BEST THING TO USE for painting latex but I had one hell of a time trying to find it. Plus it's pricey.

The Castor Oil method + regular theatrical make-up is a good win-win way to go. Since you can use the make-up on your regular skin as well (hence guaranteeing a match! woot!). RMG is not recommended for skin.

**having said that I have successfully used straight Krylon Aquacolour and experienced zero latex degradation, and I suspect most waterbased make-ups can be painted on naked latex as well. I have not used regular make-up like covergirl/mac/etc on latex ears

AM I A MAKE-UP PRO? NO
This has proven to work for me which is why I'm sharing it. You have something different that works for you? that's fabulous.
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I predict I will get questions on how to apply elf ears, so until I make my own tutorial on that topic, I will direct you to a nifty instructable!

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deviantwin15's avatar
Wonderful tutorial, I have one question, can I buy castor oil from a apothecary and use it and ordinary make up to paint my ears? :)