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Hello again, and welcome to my second tutorial for this site! I’m Iza, of Iza’s Face Ups, and this time I’m going to cover how I apply eyelashes to a doll once the face up is complete!

Things You Will Need:

  1. The doll’s head. In this case we have my Fairyland LTF Dark Elf Soo faceplate in tan skin.
  2. An eyelash strip. I used Onyx eyelashes I got off of Taobao in black. Any appropriate length eyelash strip will do, as we’ll cut the it to the right width!
  3. White glue. In my case I use straight up PVA glue.
  4. A pin. Anyone with a sewing kit should have one. Doesn’t need to be fancy or anything, just any old pin will do!
  5. Small scissors.
  6. (Optional) Tweezers. I use these to place the eyelashes as I have unsteady hands.

Now that we got our supplies all assembled, let’s start with the preparations and get to applying some eyelashes!

Step 1:

Measure the eyelash strip against the eye, that way you’ll know how to cut it.

Step 2:

Cut the eyelash to the appropriate width. If it still ends up being too wide, don’t fret. We can always trim it later too.

Step 3:

Put a dollop of glue onto a piece of paper, the eyelash holder, etc… and then grab your pin and dip it in the glue. You won’t need much really at a time. Also don’t fret about the glue being white, it’ll dry clear.

Step 4:

Use the pin to apply the glue from the outer corner of the eye to the middle point along the inner edge of the eyelid. Do to same to the eyelash piece and let the glue get a little tacky. This is important and will save you a lot of grief in trying to get the eyelashes to stay where you want them to. I like to put the long lashes on to outer edge and the shorter ones towards the inner corner.

Step 5:

Place the eyelash strip against the inner eyelid edge and use the pin to push it in place. The tackiness of the glue will keep it from falling out. If it tries to fall off regardless, hold the eyelash strip in place with the pin for a minute.

Step 6:

While the glue is drying on the first eye, repeat the process on the second eye. That gives the glue time to set on the first eye so that you can then glue in the other half of the eyelashes. Here you can also see that the eyelash strip on the right is a little too long. Trim it very carefully with the scissors so that it’ll fit better.

Step 7:

Grab a bit of glue with the pin again and apply it to the remaining section of the inner eyelid edge on the first eye. Let it get a little tacky.

Step 8:

Push the second half of the eyelash strip in place and let the glue dry. Repeat the process for the second eye so that both have the eyelashes in place.

Step 9:

Once the eyelashes are in place, I like to add another light layer of glue along the bottom of the eyelash strip as shown in the image ago. It creates a nice sealed bond so the eyelash is less likely to separate from the eye by accident.

Step 10:

Let the glue fully dry, and then wait a little more, just to make sure. I tend to leave heads alone for at least an hour after gluing in eyelashes to make sure that when I put the eyes in they don’t push the eyelashes out. As you can see the glue dried clear.

Congratulations, you successfully applied eyelashes to a doll head! I wish you much success on your face up journey; until next time!

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I’m Iza of Iza’s Face Ups and I’ve been a face up artist for 6 years. I’ve worked on many sculpts in all sizes and themes! This face up tutorial covers my method of working and is not the only method. This is just meant as a starting point to discovering your own style and way of working!

Before we begin, I wanted to cover the materials I use for painting dolls in no particular order:

  • Chalk pastels (Schminke, Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton, and Rembrandt)
  • Shimmer powders (Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigments)
  • Watercolor tube paints (Koi)
  • Synthetic soft bristle brushes (Various brands including make up brushes, sizes range from 30/0 to 12)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Spray sealant (Mr. Super Clear UV-Cut Flat or Citadel Purity Seal)
  • Acrylic gloss (Liquitex Gloss Medium or Model Color Varnish)
  • Eyelashes
  • White glue (PVA or Elmers, just needs to be water soluble)
  • Cotton glove
  • Respirator (Needs to be have at least an N95 vapor filter on it!)

Now let’s begin!

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When you fall in love with ball jointed dolls, you enter a hobby that is a bit like uncharted territory. Wherever your journey begins  – might it be a sculpt you fall in love with, an artist you admire, that doll outfit that drew your attention, there are so many possibilities ahead and so many ways you can express your creativity and crafts that help to make your own little doll come alive. But behind all that is the idea and work of the original bjd artist who spends hours, days, months to create not just a doll but something that is full of possibilities. In the beginning there is the blank canvas. Sometimes we might not know where we are heading – but one thing is sure: There be dolls!

This blog is dedicated to all artists whose passion and talent fuel the hobby – the sculptors, designers, seamstresses, wigmakers, face-up artists, photographers,..
So what are you going to find here?

Our goal is to promote bjd creators, to get to know them better – so you will find interviews and announcements concerning preorders or new releases of artists’ dolls, but we are also planning to introduce artisans and seamstresses.

You are invited to take part in this voyage – let us know if there is an artist you like to be featured. If you are an artist yourself let us know about your current projects.

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Elisa

Featured head sculpts: Smiling Vampire Head (left) by SheCow and Amparita 02 (right) by Ken no Kokoro Dolls,  both with artist’s face-up.