View Full Version : First Faceup of RED

October 20th, 2015, 12:29 AM
Hello all,

I thought I would share my woes, and hopeful in the end triumph, of trying to do my own RED Faceup.

So here is my little set-up:


The stick worked great. there's a soft dobber on the tip, so I wasn't worried about hurting the head.

The Before:


The After, boo:


I don't like the eyes, at all. They are way to heavy. The shadow in the corner was an experiment. I used to draw and paint faces and the dark corner is very common so I thought I would mimic that "painterly" effect. But once I got the eyebrows on, I was like wow, that is way to heavy. No wonder I didn't see that on any of the faceups I used as good examples.

Now in the positive side, I did these blood veins in blue and I loved the way they looked.


So tonight I'm going to take all the "makeup" off and start again. I knew I wouldn't be happy with my first try, but you have to start somewhere, right?

October 20th, 2015, 04:33 AM
There is a first try for everything! Do you have pastels or only pencil? I would use pastels for the eyeshadow and pencil only for the eyelashes, although some people do those with a brush too.

October 20th, 2015, 06:49 AM
You are so very brave! I can't wait to see her finished. Kind of exciting!!

October 20th, 2015, 07:06 AM
I have pastels, pencils and paints. I'm still experimenting with each. I think my blushing could have been a little bolder also.

Next time I'm going to try painting the eyebrows on, I feel like the pencil isn't a solid enough line. But I do want a fuller eyebrow, so maybe a combo of both will work better.

Question for those that have done this more. The videos all show blushing first, but I think I want to see the details first, and then decide on how much blushing to do. Can you do the blushing last?

Any and all insight is greatly appreciated.

October 20th, 2015, 08:01 AM
You can do any part first if you like. I like to do a little a little blush, a little line work, switch back and forth. It is necessary to do many layers of course. What sealant are you using?

October 20th, 2015, 10:07 AM
I'm using Mr super clear UV flat. I've read to not do more than 6 layers, is that true?

October 20th, 2015, 04:40 PM
You can do more as long as they aren't thick, but 6 ought be enough.

October 20th, 2015, 07:30 PM
I think you are really courageous!
Keep going!
There are some really good tips here: http://jointedlove.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/basic-eyebrow-painting-guide.html for eyebrows in particular... I think you might want to angle the direction of the hairs more, to make them look natural.
Looking forward to seeing her emerge!
P.S. I just remembered the kitchen diorama you made previously... So lovely!

October 20th, 2015, 09:24 PM
Keep trying PaigeViloet, you will do fine. I admire you for painting your RED. Eyebrows are difficult to do.

October 20th, 2015, 10:19 PM
PaigeViolet, thank you for sharing your experience. Its what i like about blank resin dolls, you can do as many face ups as you like or until you are satisfied with one.
I find that its easier for me to paint eyebrows/eyelashes with a very fine brush and the watercolour powder mixed with water.

October 21st, 2015, 07:27 AM
Thanks for all the tips and the encouragement. I was very disappointed with my first attempt, I really hoped it would be better than that. But I'm definitely going to have a second go at it. If at first you don't succeed...........

October 21st, 2015, 10:42 AM
Go for it! Practise makes perfect as the old saying goes!

October 21st, 2015, 06:20 PM
Yes, it's just like anything else really, it takes practice! Everyone's first few faceups look a bit off, no worries!

October 25th, 2015, 12:58 AM
I was lucky enough to paint another RED. A friend of mine who also received her RED a while ago, asked me to paint hers close to Ruby ( eBay action ). That particular doll was my absolute favourite, so i agreed to try. Of course my face up was influenced by Marina's perfectly painted Ruby. I loved that sweet freckled face.

Well, i tried to create soft, gentle face up. I love freckled dolls, so i was happy to put as many freckles as i could.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/725/22431911162_a9a8c60852_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/AbepF1)IMG_9323 (https://flic.kr/p/AbepF1) by ivdolls (https://www.flickr.com/photos/58082650@N07/), on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/694/22257454750_df8e164868_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/zUPgRQ)IMG_9334 (https://flic.kr/p/zUPgRQ) by ivdolls (https://www.flickr.com/photos/58082650@N07/), on Flickr

October 25th, 2015, 01:09 AM
Lovely! Did you mean she bought it on Ebay? Bit confused!! Anyway- you have done a brilliant job-your friend will be very pleased!!

October 25th, 2015, 02:53 AM
Lovely! Did you mean she bought it on Ebay? Bit confused!! Anyway- you have done a brilliant job-your friend will be very pleased!!

Not from ebay, from Marina. She put her name on the list before me, and received her doll a while ago. She was first who introduced Marina's dolls to me. She has a low profile and not on this forum.

October 25th, 2015, 08:11 AM
Suok, Thank you for the inspiration, she is lovely. I did some work today and hope to post pictures soon, so far so good.

October 25th, 2015, 01:01 PM
Not from ebay, from Marina. She put her name on the list before me, and received her doll a while ago. She was first who introduced Marina's dolls to me. She has a low profile and not on this forum.

Aah yes, I see! My friend is the same- the one who got the resin doll at the same time as the Birthday Competition winner!

October 25th, 2015, 06:52 PM
i love those freckles x

October 25th, 2015, 08:41 PM
Suok, another lovely face-up! Nice job on the freckles!

October 26th, 2015, 04:13 PM
Thank you everyone. I am not quite satisfied with her, might repaint her.

PaigeViolet, i just realized that i posted this in the wrong thread. So sorry about that.

I am very excited to see your finished doll.

October 31st, 2015, 11:07 AM
Suok, no worries. All pictures of dolls are welcome every where, right? I have a finished look and I'll post pictures tomorrow. I'm mostly happy. I took a different approach to painting this time. instead of having all my inspiration pictures in front of me I didn't have any pictures and I just kept asking her to show herself. This seemed to work much better for me and I now have a lovely new creature in my house. And I really enjoyed the painting this time. Way less stress.

October 31st, 2015, 11:25 AM
Can't wait to see her PaigeViolet! Glad you relaxed and enjoyed the process this time around- it makes it so much better and more enjoyable!

October 31st, 2015, 09:20 PM
I decided to do the freckles with the toothbrush method and I really love them.


I did some cleanup with a small brush.

The eyebrows are still not up to scratch, but luckily for me she is so beautiful she overcomes my shortcomings.

So here is my beautiful Chameleon.


I'm going to keep practicing the painting but I really do like her little face and I'm excited to start creating for her. I'll post any re-paints here, but I'm going to create a gallery for her and all the things I have made and will make for her.

October 31st, 2015, 11:24 PM
PaigeViolet, she is amazing. You did very well for your first face up. It is extremely hard to paint on such small surface ( especially if you have poor eyesight like me ). I am thinking to get a special lamp/magnifying glass thing to see better.

I hope you accepting some commissions for your beautiful jewellery.

October 31st, 2015, 11:48 PM
She is lovely PaigeViolet. I really like her freckles too, well done!

November 1st, 2015, 12:00 AM
You are doing a nice job on your Chameleon. And the freckles turned out well.

November 1st, 2015, 05:03 PM
Thank you so much for the kind words. I know she will need a "bolder" face in the future and I love the painted eyes some people have. I got the blue eyes thinking they would be the lightest, but they are so dark. But for now she is really sweet and the sculpt is so beautiful it does overcome my inexperience. So I'm happy enough.

Besides I'm itching to start making fun things for her to wear!!!!!!

November 1st, 2015, 06:18 PM
I love this faceup! And maybe you were hoping for more definition of eyebrow hairs, but the shape and placement of the eyebrows is very good indeed. It's so easy to get that wrong.

Her freckles are just perfect, wow!