Skin tone Chart and Shading

If you would like to create a uniform and create a skin tone from scratch that will look good on your figure or have it a tone that you would like rather than buying the jar that actually says “skin tone” it will always look very tanned or strong and you have to delude it with white to get it to an proximate color that you wanted, well, thanks to someone in one of the forums I normally visit, he created a skin tone chart that will give you 6 types of skin tones that will appeal to everyone’s likings:

PURE and BASIC colors, to use: white, red, yellow and brown.

Yan Kleber is the author of these mix recipes.


Dried colors DO NOT like the same as when they are within the paint jars, and it is surely a problem, specially when you are trying new colors. So, the point is not just mix the colors, but make an useful tool to help you to decide what skin tone you will use in your new model.


Warm Pink skin – 100W – 2Y – 1R
Cold Pink skin – 100W – 1R – 4B
Salmon skin – 100W – 4B – 8Y – 2R
Beige skin – 100W – 2Y – 8B
Tan skin – 100W – 12B – 1R – 2Y
Orange skin – 100W – 2R – 16Y – 16B


6 ml of white
15 drops of red
5 drops of brown
15 drops of yellow


2 ml of white
8 drops of red
1 drop of brown
6 drops of yellow


Now you have a chart with 6 (six) different basic skin tones that can be used alone or combined to each other. As you may noticed, all tones are a bit ‘strong’, so you can enlight any one of them by just adding white. Advice when enlighting a certain tone, be sure to:

a) Do NOT pour white into the mix – drop it instead.
b) Don’t forget to COUNT the white drops that you are adding.
c) When get the desired color, write down anywhere what basic tone you used and how many white drops you added to that.
d) If you liked a lot of this new tone, airbrush it somewhere and add it to your chart collection together with the formula.

The biggest advantage on using charts is that now you will have good real life samples, and the mix formula to get any one of the colors every time you need them. You never will be trapped again on a nightshift trying to get ‘that’ skin tone and wasting a lot of paints in frustrated mixes. Also, you never will need to prepare a lot of paint with the fear of run out of it right in the middle of your paint job. The paint is over? Just prepare a bit more using the formula of your chart!

One of the interesting points is that because we use a lot of white and just a small drops of other paints, the mix will not be too severe with you; using 90 or 110 drops in a 100-drops of white mix, will not change the final effect too much. So no worry about prepare a new mix to finish a job, as it won’t have a visible impact on your work!


Another great way to paint your skin is the clear skin tone method, for that you will need the following

Make a dilution of the Mr.color clear orange (5-7 drops),
add fluorescent pink (1-2 drop)
And 10ml of super clear gloss.

Painted shade on the skin. (repeated it several times over painted)

then, add in a separate mix:

10ml super clear gloss+7-10 drops clear red. (painted over shade on the skin and repeated it several times over painted)

To get a better understanding of this technique, check out the video below!

And you can also find these shading guides very helpful!
Special thanks to Senyac for letting me share them 😀



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