David Gilmore Shares Body Painting Faves

David Gilmore has a “paint on everything” approach to art making, which includes walls, canvas, custom wooden shapes, surfboards, handbags, and bodies. He’s created residential, commercial, and public murals for clients such as: Mariah Carey in her LA and NYC Homes, Zappos, The McGarryBowen Ad Agency in NYC, The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, CA, LPA Inc, Pout Beauty Bar, and the Arts Council of Long Beach. David’s artwork and body paint clients include: MAC Cosmetics, NYX Cosmetics, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey, Andy Cohen, Adam Lambert, Beyonce, Bill Nye The Science Guy, AT&T, Showtime, Royal & Langnickel, GSN, Numero Magazine, Bravo TV, and many more.

What are your body painting must-haves?


OMNIA® Professional - BOM-141

“This ultra-soft, kabuki-esque brush is fantastic for seamlessly blending large areas of color as well as applying pigments and shadows over body paint. I especially love this for creating stippling effects.”


OMNIA® Professional - BOM-200

“This is the kind of multipurpose brush body painters love using. Its size, shape, and softness make it perfect for filling in areas, blending colors, creating a variety of line widths, and leaving painterly marks.”

What brushes do you use for detail work?


OMNIA® Professional - BOM-481

“I do a lot of very detailed work and this soft brush is a go-to staple item. This brush holds wet body paint products really nicely and can deliver clean lines with smooth results. It is also effective for creating small dots.”


OMNIA® Professional - BOM-498

“If I'm interested in a crisp cat eye look or painting razor-sharp lines, this angled brush is what I use. It is great for filling in areas that have a squared-off corner or for creating a precise edge. You can also use it in a calligraphy-type manner by slightly rotating the angle while making a line to alternately give a thinner then wider mark.”


OMNIA® Professional - BOM-447

“I'm not a traditional beauty makeup artist, however, I do use a lot of eyeshadow in my body paint work. I'll punctuate certain areas or highlight details around the body with powders, as well as using pigments on the face. This densely packed, yet very soft brush is fantastic for precise application and blending.”

Anything else a budding artist needs in his or her kit?


Revolution® Professional Makeup Brushes - BX-00

“Every body painter has kabuki brushes in his or her kit and this one is hands down the best I've ever used. Traditionally, kabukis have a short handle, but this longer one feels far better in the hand and there's more of a sense of control when using it. And I've never had a single bristle come out, which often happens with kabuki brushes from other brands. This is an essential, must-have, ultra high quality brush. I can't say enough good things about this product.”


Aqualon Wisp - R2735-3/4 INCH

“I've mutilated countless brushes trying to create something like this by using either an exacto knife or scissors on a flat brush. This is incredible for creating fur-like texture or making cross hatched illustrational details. I love this brush and also love that no more of my own brushes will needlessly be harmed again.”

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