Thursday, 24-11-2011 at 10:45 | 1 Comment | by manikamanila Under Guides

by Nix


  • Thinner (Mr. Color)
  • Chalk/soft pastels (Mungyo)
  • Acrylic paint (Tamiya)
  • Watercolour pencils (Faber Castell)
  • Brushes (Tamiya)
  • Mr. Super Clear Flat
  • Acrylic gloss (Tamiya X-22)
  • Tweezers & PVA glue (for eyelash attachment)

Note: These are materials that I personally use. You may use alternatives.

1. Detach your doll head from the body. Thread a strong string through the doll’s s-hook or ring-hook, hold your doll’s head down, then with your free hand pull the string up and twist.

2. Make sure your doll head is clean. You may use thinner to remove previous faceups.

3. Spray a generous, even coat of Mr. Super Clear Flat. This will protect your doll’s resin from getting stains. Wait for the MSC to dry COMPLETELY before proceeding.


  • Make sure to wear a protective mask as to not inhale the fumes.
  • Spray in a dust-free area. Avoid spraying indoors.
  • Also avoid spraying in humid and damp weather, as this will cause the MSC to flake and whiten.
  • Spray from a distance of around 10-15 inches.
  • Wear gloves while spraying, or secure the head on a bottle (be cautious, make sure the head will not fall off). Avoid getting MSC on your skin.

4. Pastel work usually comes first after spraying. Take a big brush for primary blushing. Mix your desired color for it. (either get directly from the pastel blocks or shave the pastels with an x-acto knife/scissors) Blush at the cheeks, eyes, lips, etc.

5. Use a smaller brush for more detailed blushing. Define the lips, eyes, eyebrows. The eyebrows are usually the defining point of faceups, so make sure you have the shape you want.

6. When you are happy with the result, spray another coat of MSC.

7. Prepare your paint for using. If your paint is in a bottle, shake it.

8. Use a very thin brush (the thinnest you can find) to paint in details like eyelashes, eyeliner, eyebrow hairs, lip lines. Use retarder or thinner to keep the brush tip sharp. Do test strokes on paper first, to check the paint consistency. If you are uncomfortable using paint, you may also use newly sharpened watercolour pencils. Keep the pencils as sharp as possible. Do some extra blushing to soften hard edges.

9. Once you are done, spray another coat of MSC. Be generous, this final coat will preserve your faceup.

10. Apply gloss to the lips, tearducts, eyelids, or wherever you see fit. Use acrylic gloss for this.

11. Once the gloss is dry, you may choose to attach eyelashes. Spread a thin coat of glue under the eyelids, and while it’s wet, carefully attach the lashes with tweezers.

12. Wait for the glue to dry.

13. Put the eyes back in, re-attach your doll head and you are done!

14. Take pictures and show off your work at ManikaManila! ;)

Thank you to Anj for proofreading, and to Kyra for lending me her Luts Summer 09 Event Head to use for this tutorial.

1 Comment for “Face-up”

Jam-Di @ 25-10-2012 - 17:13

are there alternatives for the thinner and gloss?