Vynil Fashion Doll Repainting Series
By artist Svetla Vavova-Clifford
At the most minimum, you need to apply eyeliner on the upper lid with one eyelash at the outer edge of the eye. I generally use black, but if you want a more natural look you may choose very dark brown or even the darkest of grays. Just make sure that the eyeliner is in harmony with the rest of the doll's face. For example, a brown toned make up will probably clash with gray, while dark brown or black will suit it just fine.
Whatever color paint you decide on, you will need to dilute it just a bit more. As the lines I really fine, it is quite helpful when the paint flows freely. The first coat should define the shape of the eyeliner and must fully cover the line where the eyeshadow and the eye paint meet.
If the first coat is too light, then apply a second one once the former is fully dry. Thick paint, on the other hand, is very hard to correct. Bare in mind that at this point you have a fully finished eye below the eyeliner and non-acetone nail polish is not an option - unless you want to start over.
A trick I learned the hard way, is to let the eye paint dry completely. As I used acrylics, I can dip a q-tip in water, squeeze the excess out and gently wipe the errant paint away. You have to do this right away though before it dries. The repainted eye below is fine as long as you do not apply pressure as you are going over it.
Once the upper lid eyeliner is applied, the eye of the doll appears finished. Should you wish, you may also outline the bottom of the eye as well. That eyeliner should be a very thin line in the same color of the upper one or lighter.
With the eyeshadow and eyeliner in place, your repaint has a finished look. In part five of the repainting series you will learn how to seal your work and how to apply new eyelashes.
As usual, should you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to e-mail me.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
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