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Old July 11 2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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What color is Data's skin?

I've heard it called white, yellow, even greenish white, & Spiner himself referenced the makeup as gold, which I always took as referring more to the pearlescence than the color itself, like there was gold colored dust in the makeup or something

If the makeup was indeed a consistent color, which it seems like it was, we ought to be able to pin point it, at least in some outdoor scenes under proper light, versus under the ship's lighting

To me, in real light or sunlight his color appears to be Cornsilk. Whereas under the Enterprise lights, or general studio lighting, he looks to be either Eggshell or Bone


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Old July 12 2013, 12:04 AM   #2
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Re: What color is Data's skin?

Apparently the book "Star Trek: Aliens and Artifacts" explains what makeup they used. Here's what a poster on another forum said the book says:

The page on Data says that his actual skin color is a beige base called "Shibui", with two kinds of powders - pale gold and bright gold - are mixed.
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So basically the makeup was a shade of beige with gold powder mixed in.
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Old July 12 2013, 05:48 AM   #3
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Re: What color is Data's skin?

A lot of it depends on the lighting he's in too.
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Old July 12 2013, 06:31 AM   #4
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Re: What color is Data's skin?

Along with the effect that lighting has, the makeup likely also has some shading variations to accent or de-emphasize facial contours and age lines.
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Old July 12 2013, 06:38 AM   #5
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Re: What color is Data's skin?

People were surprised he looked so yellow in "Generations", but that's the main difference with lighting for TV (which made him look extremely pale) and the lighting needed for motion pictures.

When I used to perform Data at conventions, I invested in two pots of a creme makeup: blending quantities of white and canary yellow to make a pale yellow. Then I dusted with a transparent setting powder, and then a covering of fine yellow/gold body glitter.
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Old July 13 2013, 11:25 PM   #6
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Re: What color is Data's skin?

I would say pure white or yellowish/goldish-white. I've also noticed a slight green tint in some places, and in others a bluish tint.
The bridge of the Enterprise-D has a yellow tint to its lighting, as a result we think of his skin as more yellow, whereas in engineering, it is mostly yellow as well, with the exception of the light coming from the warp core, which darkens his skin tone a little bit.
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Old July 17 2013, 10:22 PM   #7
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Re: What color is Data's skin?

The make up on the series was 10 times better than the one on the movies. Yech!
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