Posts Tagged ‘faceup’

Its taken forever but I finally finished another commission.  The weather has been awful here, raining every afternoon, so since I’ve gone back to work my time to work on commissions has been cut short and the rain doesn’t help.  I just finished two more Fairyland heads, a pukifee hamster and a multihead cupid.

pukifee hamster 1
multihead cupid 1


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I’ve been busy this summer.  It seems that as soon as I finish the work on one doll another one arrives.

Here is the Soom Beyla with fantasy parts I did.  This was the first time I have been commissioned to do the fantasy parts.  They take a lot of time and use up a lot of my MSC.

beyla 1

And I just finished this minifee chloe.  I’m so happy with how she turned out.

chloe 2

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Doing a faceup on a BJD.

In this post I’m going to share the process I use when doing a doll’s faceup.  Just a warning its a little long with lots of pictures.  I’m using my new minifee rhiea for this example.  I took pictures along the way while doing her faceup last night and I’ve combined a couple of steps into one picture or this post would have gone on forever.

To start with these are my materials:

Rembrandt Pastels and assorted brushes and Golden liquid acrylics.

pastels paints

I also use Golden Retarder, Liquitex High Gloss Varnish, and Liquitex Flow Aid.


Here we have the blank head that has been coated with MSC (Mister Super Clear – for those non-doll people who may have found your way here):

rheia face step 1

At this next point I’ve done several coats of light pink to warm up the face and lightly put in her eyebrows with pastel.  I’ve also put a warm yellow at the inside corners of her eyes and done the sides of the nose and in the ears.  You can see that I have begun to add color to her lips as well:

rheia face step 2

In the next picture I have added eye color, a bit of blush, and more lip color.  These things were built up slowly with light sprays of MSC in between to keep the pastels from looking dirty.

rheia face step 3

After a good coat of MSC I start on the acrylic.  I mix the color I want then add in retarder, and flow aid to get the right consistency.  Here I have done the eyebrows, eyelashes, dark liner at the top of the eye and light lines in the crease.  What you don’t see in this condensed version is how many times I tried to get the eyebrows right 🙂

rheia face step 4

I’ve done the lips lines here.  I don’t like real strong lines so after painting them on I go over them with another damp brush.  I like the depth that the lines give to the doll’s lips.  I also put a bit of watered down red in the corners of the eye.

rheia face step 5

My picture of the gloss didn’t come out so we skip ahead a bit.  I do at least three layers of gloss on the lips.  Gloss on the top inside of the eye and the bottom inside, as well as, the corners.  I also gloss a few eyelashes and eyebrow hairs.  As a last step I usually put in a few white eyelashes to brighten the eyes.

I added this picture in to show how I put in the eye lashes.  This is the method that works the best for me.  I soak the eyelashes for a just a bit in some Windsor and Newton brush cleaner, this gets off that gummy residue.  I then glue on the outside half first, holding the lash with a pin until it sticks before doing the other half.

rheia face step 6

Here’s the finished picture with some temporary eyes stuck in.  I’m happy with the outcome.  I was on a roll and completed this one in one night.  Typically it takes me several nights to finish a faceup especially when I have my day job to worry about as well.

rheia 3

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keiki 5

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First faceup commission

I opened a faceup shop on DOA and I just finished my first commission!


I’m really happy with how it turned out.  She’ll be sent back to her owner Tuesday.

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a new faceup

I gave my first doll a new faceup last night, I’m getting better at it but those eyebrows still give me trouble.  The lips bug me, she has such thin little lips, they are so hard to paint.

doc leya new face 1

I also got in the new close up filters for my camera so I was able to get a good detail picture.  They are a decent option for when you just can’t afford a macro lense.

eye detail

doc leya

This girl should get a bit more attention since I had to sell my minifee.  I hate to have to sell a doll I like but I can always get her again in the future when money isn’t so tight.

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The wigs arrived!

I love mohair wigs, so much that that’s what all my dolls have.  I like the ones by tinybear (on DOA) but I have to remember to be prepared to wait a really long time.  Well here are my two new dolls, Luna and Terra.
syens 4

I’m really happy with how the colors turned out.  These are the first dolls that I kinda set a certain look for and actually completed it.  The horns are the perfect size now that she has her wig.

terra 3

luna 1

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