Stuck on fingertips


Anybody have any advice for getting paint to stick to the fingertips of kits? I’ve been working on Frankie for over a year, he’s AMOST DONE but the underside of the tips of his fingers won’t take paint at all. I’ve tried varnishing them a few times and it’s still not working, and even colori them with prismacolors but it doesn’t look right.

I just want to finish him so I can finally sell him and fix my car :weary:


He’s darling! :blue_heart:

I have the same problem with fingertips.

I always use a mix of matte and satin varnish on the finger tips and toes, bake, apply color, bake.
I’m careful not to get it on the nails.


I do similar to @kareninflorida but varnish the entire hand and foot, blush, and I put the hand with palm up & foot big toe up.


Just a thought…have you tried some powder (color) ?


Thank you! Lol it figures I just put in an order and I don’t have any satin varnish at the house.


What kind of powder…? Is it like a specific type? I only have GHSP right now but I have like artists chalk pastels, would that work?


You can use thinning medium or matte varnish


When I’ve had a problem with paint sticking to fingers and toes, I use my panpastels. There’s never an issue with them sticking, and they also go on more smoothly. I also use the panpastels when I have one of those kits with the little pinpricks in the fingers and toes that collect paint. They work well in those cases as well.


I JUST HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY FRANKIE KIT!!! This kit was my problem child - a custom order, and a kit I can’t stand - and the fingertips were the last straw. I ended up varnishing them twice, paint still wasn’t sticking super well - in the end, I left the fingertips paler than I wanted them, and blended the paleness into the hands.

Your Frankie is actually quite beautiful - it makes me rethink my position on this kit!


I agree that Panpastels will do the trick. You can also try using an air dry primer on them first. let dry 24 hours, then paint over it with your Genesis or powders and seal with your Genesis. Both the RebornFX primer and the Golden Fluid Matte Medium which can be used as a primer will work. I have also heat set both products with no ill effects.


Bumping this up as I need to have better blushed finger tips and toes. What colors for Pan Pastels would work and also does the powder come off a bit when you varnish before baking…ty for any help!


You can get some slight lift up of powder reside when you pounce varnish over them. I like to seal my powders with either RebornFX Sealer or Fluid Matte Medium (Golden is what I use but can use Liquitex) thinned with some distilled water first. This will “lock” the powders so that you can then varnish with whatever varnish you choose with no lift up. I use Genesis varnish all the time to seal and it heat sets fine over these products I just mentioned.

I list my favorite colors here;

For blush coloring-

Permanent Red Shade 340.3 is a warm red that is very much like Naphthol Red Light. It is similar to Genesis Red but a little brighter.

Permanent Red Ex Dark 340.1 is a warm brownish red that is somewhat like the color of Bountiful Baby Genesis Warm Blush Color

Magenta Extra Dark 430.1 has a strong purple undertone similar to the Bountiful Baby Genesis Eyelid purple color. (I prefer to use this color for my purple tones instead of violet)

I have included 2 photos below I took with my phone with and without flash of smears of each color on paper.

I use these colors in combinations with each other to mix my own blush coloring for each baby I use them on. I prefer to add 3 parts colorless blender to your mix and apply your coloring lightly until you get the hang of how it stains. I suggest testing your color mixes on paper first and then a vinyl test part before applying to your baby. Also, on the Permanent Red Shade, this color can go “hot” on you really fast making a very red baby so a little goes a very long ways and do not over use it.


Thank you so kindly, Angie!!! :kissing_heart: