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How to Use Kryolan’s TV Paint Stick and Full Review!

Kryolan TV Paint Stick
  • Texture 8 out of 10
  • Finish 8 out of 10
  • Application 10 out of 10
  • Longevity 10 out of 10
  • Value 10 out of 10

Kryolan’s Tv Paint Sticks have been used in the East for quite sometime – brides, party makeup, photo shoots, sets and  even everyday. It’s very popular and loved by many.  What is it about Kryolan’s TV Paint stick that makes it so popular?  Well firstly, it’s the coverage.  It provides a medium to full coverage that is long lasting.  It’s also not expensive and 1 tube will last you at least 1 year.

I find Kryolan colors difficult to match, you have to be lucky if you can match your skin to 1 color. In most cases, you need two colors mixed to create the perfect shade.  Kryolan on-line has over 250 colors! But I’ve checked in London, Pakistan, Toronto and in Saudi at the Kryolan Store and at most they would carry 20 colors which sucks!


These are the colors I use most and would recommend for desis (If you’re deeper in tone mix in Suntone or Chinese with a lighter tone to create your shade)



I use these two for mixing if I have a darker brown/tanned skin tone client


TV Paint Stick is a very versatile product it can be used in so many different ways. Since it’s a heavy cream stick foundation you need to prep your skin well.  Apply a moisturizer suitable for your skin type and then apply a primer before you use the foundation.  Use a very little of the product for a gentle make-up application that still gives effective coverage or layer it on generously for a full coverage.



Kryolan also has some popular color correcting shades.  Here is #508 which is an orange used on top of dark areas but under foundation.  The orange cancels out the blue/brown of the dark under eye or spot so when you apply the foundation on top it doesn’t look grey and naturally makes them appear less obvious if not totally gone! I use the white (which I got recently) to mix when I want the foundation to be a bit lighter around the eye areas especially when I’m doing a full face contour and highlight.

The TV Paint Stick has a kind of wet consistency so it does need a powder on top to set it, as it is not matte (this is also to avoid it creasing)  By setting it with a light powder, it will seal in the foundation and allow it to last literally all day, even in hot climates.  I like that the foundation does not oxidize, so the color you apply is the color you get.  If you have acne prone skin then be careful with this product as it may cause breakouts.  Since its such a full coverage foundation, it doesn’t let the skin breathe unless you use very little of it. I love using MAC’s Mineralized Skin-finish Powder on top of the TV Paint Stick.



  • Affordable
  • Long Lasting
  • Excellent Coverage
  • Multipurpose
  • No Need for a concealer since it provides full coverage
  • A little goes a long way
  • Doesn’t oxidize



  • It may cause breakouts
  • Need to mix colors (in most cases) to find the perfect match
  • Can get cakey

How To Use

  1. Prep your skin with a moisturizer suitable for your skin type and then a primer.
  2. TV Paint Stick can be applied with a damp sponge (beauty blender), foundation brush or your fingers.  I like it best with fingers as the warmth of the fingers helps to melt the product so it glides on easier and sits closer to the skin.
  3. Start at the center of the face and blend the product outwards
  4. Set with a Light Powder (since the foundation is already full coverage, the powder should be lightweight)


Pro Tricks

From my experience the best way to apply the TV Paint Stick is to dilute it.  I use two products to do this – Kryolan’s Makeup Blend or MAC Face & Body Foundation.  First use your finger/sponge/brush and apply the Makeup Blend then take some of the TV paint stick – it will immediately become a liquid.  The liquid is still full coverage but blends better, sits on the skin well and looks way more natural.  You will use way less product as well!



Application with the Kryolan Makeup Blend


Here’s the product blended in.  As you can see you need very little of the product with the Makeup Blend and it blends in like a full coverage foundation.  It’s less cakey and sits well on the skin. Try it, you’ll love it!


If you use TV Paint Sticks, share the color you use, how you apply it and any comments/questions below! I would love to hear from you.


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    February 18, 2015 at 12:07 am

    hi, what shade would u recommend for contouring (im nc 20 in mac) in these sticks? Could i contour and highlight with these and set with the anastasia contouring kit in the light to medium shades built in kit?

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      May 10, 2015 at 1:17 am

      Fs27 is good for contouring.

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    February 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Can u guide me about correct no which I can use . I have fair color with
    Pinkish tone on cheeks.i m alalready using kryolan paint stick 3w n tried also ivory but not satisfied .which no is for me n I use 2 colors mix together or separately on cheeks n remain face.kindly tell me DA no which suits me.

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    February 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Love this blog of yours..I sometimes mix my tv stick with moisturizer..it blends really well and gives a medium to heavy coverage..I even sometimes use my tv sticks as concealor with any liquid foundation and then powder my T zone as I tend to get oily there..but other than that I love to read all your blogs they’re amazinly informative

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    February 18, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Love your blogs

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    February 19, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Love the way you describe all about this. Just want to know that i have a fair color i m using ivory color
    Can u guide me how can i make the better base more…
    Can i use chinese base as contouring or whats the badic purpose of chinese base and where and when we apply
    Or also tell that by mixing which 2 colors make my base perfect

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    February 24, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I use my TV paint stick of karyolan and it is FS 38 and it matches my skin tone as i have got wheatish desi skin tone.I apply my Maybelline BB cream first by mixing it with any moisturizer.I use olay cream for doing it.and then apply my TV paint stick with slightly wet sponge..after that I apply my Mac BB compact powder…and the results are amazing..

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    April 13, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Nilo- can the paint sticks be depotted for easier use????

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      May 9, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Yes they can, I’ve done that. Easier to carry and easy to use

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    May 10, 2015 at 1:27 am

    I use most fs 26 fs 27 fs 28 fs 29 also w3 a lot too. G165 to use a comcelaor/highlight (was taught) but very rarely do. 303 to cover dark cirlces n redb to cover red areas. Supercolour palette is amazing i got mine from india. I have the double derma colour palette i got from a beauty show here but its a bit harder to blend and not as creamy. Still same outcomd just difficult to apply.
    I prep skin cream and primer and match shade then dot it arount the face. Leave for a minute or two so it starts to melt than use a flat/rounded foundation brush to blend. I was taught to use sponges but prefer brush and just buff into skin.
    On top i love mac skinfinish too. I have the tranalucent powder in tl2 but sometimes doesnt look great on top as its loose can end up puttin too much in one area at times .
    Otherwise its fab. Best coverage and affordable. Spray with the kryolan fix spray. Xx great article may have to check some of the colours u use out. Xx

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    Nielam khan

    October 7, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Hi I currently use Mac nc30 which is a perfect colour for me. I have recently bought Kryolan because of its excellent reviews. I have purchased f1 which is a little to light and fs42 which is too orange I’m medium in complexion will a yellow undertone. What colour would suit me best in the Kryolan range.

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    iram mehdi

    October 11, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I really like the method you explain every thing perfectly.thanks.

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    February 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Hey can we first use kryolan stick and then any other liquid foundation or we have to use only stick ?

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