Many people find painting skin to be one of the most diffecult aspects of mini-painting.
I believe this is because the layers of paint need to be very smooth when painting skin. When painting cloth, hair, or metal, getting the paint a little rough isn't a disaster, but when painting skin, an unsmooth layer looks WIERD! Therefore when painting skin it's extremely important to thin your paints.
I've included recipies for Caucasian, Indian, Egyptian, Pale, and Zombie skin in this tutorial.
If you are looking for a skintone recipe for Drow skin, I suggest you check out my Drow painting tutorial.
I use the following colours for painting caucasian skin:
Almost all the other skintones are easier than caucasian skin. My Indian skintone is no exception. I only use two colours: Dark Flesh (DF) and Vermin Brown (VB) (both GW).
1. Basecoat in DF.
I use three colours for painting Egyptian Skin: Snakebite Leather (SL), Scorched Brown (SB), and Bleached Bone (BB) (all GW).
1. Basecoat in SL.
A good colour for vampire skin. Especially female vampires since the colour is a little pinkish.
Colours used: Elf Flesh (EF) and Skull White (SW) (both GW).
1. Basecoat in EF.
For a nice sickly green skintone I use Camo Green (CG) and Rotting Flesh (RF) (both GW).
1. Basecoat in CG.