Proper Flesh Color

It seems that every color of “flesh” I see is some unrealistic nectarine color. Isn’t there any source of a proper color for light flesh, in any manufacture?

You could use some light tan, then modulate it with oil colors, depending on what kind of look you want (fair skin, lightly tanned, sun burned, etc…)

I don’t know of any color out of box that works, most people mix colors to get what works for them.

An option from a kitmaker modeler.


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Vallejo colors

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Nightshift’s how to

You can see from the finished bust, that the sailor represented is from a WW2 US Navy Beach Battalion sailor with a “Ruptured Duck” patch on his uniform.

i don’t use pre-made flesh paint but instead mix my own using burnt sienna, raw sienna and titanium white oil paints.

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Andrea Paints do a fantastic flesh paint set. But Reaper Minis are my favourites- they have several ‘trio’ sets which consist of three paints- a base, a shadow and a highlight- and they do them for ‘pale skin’, ‘bronzed skin’ etc. Their paint quality and ease of use are second to none.


I have a few of the Resper flesh colors and they are excellent. I just recently tried the flesh set from Life color and will probably stick with that. Previously, I used Vallejo Brown Sand as a base color which is very good also.


Is there a vegan option?

Properly weathered, the original color does not matter.


My probably lol.
Interestingly, some of my hard core figure painting friends have used green and violet for their figures faces. I have not tried those colors and won’t; I have a hard enough time using regular flesh tones.


Most basic flesh tones (eg; Citadel, Vallejo, etc) are way too pale. I add a drop (or less) of orange to “liven” up the flesh tone. I then use orange-brown for shading; more plain flesh tone for highlighting.
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Yes I agree. The basic flesh tones I actually use as one of my highlight colors.
However, one can use them as a starting point and use washes or glazes of shadow colors to darken I guess right ? I’ve seen it done on YouTube but I have not tried since I was a kid !

I actually want a paler color, especially for people in winter climates or civilians.

That’s a good point Thomas. All kinds of skin tones out there in real life.

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Decide which skin tone you are aiming for.
Find inspiration photos on the internet.
Start choosing and/or mixing colours to get close to one of the photos.

When it gets cold the skin takes on a red tint with a very faint blue tinge to it.
Heavy smokers get an almost grey skin colour …

Flesh tones as well as other aspects of figure painting is a lot of trial and error. At least in my experience. It takes practice to find out what works for you.

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Play with oils until you build your skill up. Due to the veerrryyyy looooong drying times, you are able to blend like magic.