Hello ~ I have some dolls who, while not broken per se, would be even more interesting with a different head, body, haircolor or makeup. I've tried to alter dolls' appearance before, but they never turn out the way I picture them because I'm a complete beginner with more imagination than skill. What's the best way to apply eyeshadow in an airbrush-like subtly blended way, and repaint lipcolor? Do you have to strip the original colors off first; if so, with what chemical? Can you dye existing hair or does it need to be rerooted or covered with a wig? I've got some extra Barbies ready to practice on, but don't know the right techniques. Thank you for your help ~ your suggestions will save innocent dolls from overdone eyeliner and strange-looking hair!
I have tons of tips! But I am ready to pass out.lol I will pop back on here tomorrow and try to help out! :D
When doing a re-paint your best friend will be "Extender". Acrylic paints have a tendency to dry too fast. So, using an extender is always a good idea so that you don't get lumpy paint. I also cannot stress enough how important it is to have SMALL brushes. I recommend 20/0 liner and spotter brushes. They are harder to find reasonably priced, but worth it. Also, in regards to getting a thinner or more subtle blend while painting eye shadow and lip color, the "Extender" is still your friend. The more "Extender" you use the more transparent your paint. It may take many coats, but again, it really depends on exactly the look you're going for. You must allow proper drying time and it generally takes multiple coats. LOTS of patience is required. :) You can strip off all the paint or you can just paint over the existing paint until you get the hang of it. To remove the face paint I use Pure Acetone. Handle Pure Acetone with care. To remove the acetone you'll need to create a baking soda water mix and rub it where ever the acetone has touched. And I should note that when using pure acetone it will take the face paint right off. So don't get the stuff where you aren't wanting to remove the paint. Not just your doll....anything painted. lol Just to be safe. :)
Hair can be dyed, but I don't like the risk it entails. (Sounds funny from the girl who just told you to cover your doll's face in Pure Acetone right?) ;) It can stain the face, and if you need to wash the hair later it could bleed everywhere. Think of teens who have died their hair using kool-aide. I am a re-rooting fanatic. I will attach some pictures at the end of this crash course in doll customization. lol I use the knot method for re-rooting and a tutorial can be found here. And I order my hair from dollyhair.com. If you decide to re-root and run into a problem or have a question you can always contact me here or at email@example.com. And if you don't want to re-root you can always find wigs on eBay and other doll related sites. I even thing Dollyhair.com might offer them. I think the proper wig size for a Barbie sized head is a 4.
I hope that provided some assistance. Sorry it took me 19 hours to get back to you! lol
Here are some re-roots I've done...
Okay, so those are some of the re-roots I've completed. Ethan is a partial re-paint. Thank you for sifting through all this. lol
-Cat of A Doll Affinity
Catherine, thank you so so much for your gorgeous pictures and invaluable advice!!!! They are simply amazing and I really appreciate it! I'd been using conventional human makeup techniques (liquid eyeliner, primer & shadow) for lack of any real guidance.Those brushes are ok for big human eyes but didn't do so well in 1:6 scale. Am used to acetone for nailpolish removal, wondered if it'd work for dolls because it was in the paint stripper section of Ace Hardware when looking for ways to get spray paint off my hands (painted a white Mattel piano gloss black.) Not even going to admit what I did to get my golden Bratz hair to look brownish black, using human recoloring options. Your reroots are so pretty! I'm definitely going to check out the links you mentioned.