There are basically three ways to give a doll eyelashes: paint them, glue them or root them.
In all honesty, I cannot give you instructions on rooting lashes as I have never done it. In my personal opinion, it is hard to do correctly. There are a lot of artists out there who do it beautifully - so very natural looking. I will leave the lash rooting instructions to them.
Painted eyelashes are my personal preference for the smaller dolls such as the Barbie® doll. Regardless of how defined the face sculpt is the eyelid's crease painted eyelashes have a more natural look.
On the larger fashion dolls, such as Tyler®, Alex®, etc…, that same crease is quite visible because of the 15 1/2" scale and deeper sculpt. The later pertains to all but Gene®. On these dolls, painted eyelashes often have a "broken" look. Here rooted or glued lashes (article currently not available) appear much more natural. Gene® is probably the only exception, as her sculpt is so very shallow. Painted eyelashes flow quite naturally over her lids.
There are a few repaint artists who both paint and apply lashes on the 15 1.2" dolls. They, however, have a superb command of the brush. Their paint strokes are long and feathered looking, with very graceful, flowing curves.
With a lot of practice anyone can refine his or her technical skill. It does, however, take a lot of patience and it happens overtime. If you are like me, without any former training just keep working on it. An actual doll isn't necessary for every try you make. Paper does just as well at getting your hand acquainted with the use of a tiny brush.
I suppose just about now you are looking at the few repaints I have on my site wondering where are these wondrous lashes I am talking about. Well, you won't find them on the larger dolls. I do not practice nearly enough to master them. I have, however, felt the improvement that comes with regular practice. So please take me on faith here and give the sheet of paper a try.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
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