with Oil Paints
or Lip Colors
Everyone has their favorite
tools. Lipcolor pencils are my favorite tools for blushing
dolls, old or new.
I have several jars filled with
all sorts of reds and pink pencils. True red is my
favorite: it seems to be the most versatile color in my
box. It works very well for vintage dolls as well as new
dolls and reborns.
DURABLE. Lipliner wipes off of vinyl easily when
it's fresh but it is durable color if allowed to
"set." Because they are oil based pigments, it
is necessary to allow them more time to dry. Oil
paintings also take more time to dry, for example.
WORKABLE. Makeup colors are very workable because
you can rub them into the vinyl and blend and shade them.
On cheeks for example, I build up the color in the center
and blend it out at the edges. I can actually work the
color into the vinyl to some degree. Makeup is oil based
and so is vinyl, so the two are very compatible.
CLEANING. I use
our Plastic Cleaner when working with makeup colors on
dolls. If I don't like what I see, then I wipe it off
with plastic cleaner on a cotton pad, and start over. A
little bit of plastic cleaner on my finger or cotton pad
can help me to blend or spread the color on a doll if the
color is being stubborn.
I do not use Acetone on my
vinyl dolls because acetone does damage many plastic
materials. I use plastic cleaner because it won't harm the doll eyes or
the vinyl. (Plastic cleaner is
available in the doll shop also.)
If you don't have plastic
cleaner, you can use mineral oil on your fingertip to
blend the makeup color or apply a little mineral oil to a
cotton pad to wipe the color off and start over. Skin So
Soft by Avon also works well because it is mostly mineral
oil anyway. And it smells nice too.
Traditionally, SPIT has
been the most popular way of blending makeup but
since we live in an age that is concerned about
diseases, I use plastic cleaner or oil now rather than ol'
reliable spit. :)
am able to touch up the original cheek color without
removing it. One of our Baby Face collectors discovered
that you can smooth damaged cheek color by dipping your
finger in non-acetone polish remover and rubbing the
affected area. You can even smooth out chips in the face
Or, I have also tried coloring
in the center of a cheek rub and then rub it a bit with
my finger. Sometimes this makes the cheek rub disappear,
you can't see it. Doesn't work every time but when it
does it's almost miraculous. So it's worth a try rather
than removing the original color on a vintage doll.
COLOR. It may be
necessary at times to remove the old cheek color
if it is chipped or has gouges in the paint. I
use non-acetone nail polish polish remover to remove
damaged cheek color. Avoid using acetone on vinyl or
plastics. Then replace the color using the lipliner
BLUSH THE BODY
OF THE DOLL. I use
lip crayons for blushing on the body. Crayons are softer
and spread easier. Oil paints are also a good choice. Be
sure to use gloves if you are working with the oil
I rub the color on my fingers
and then rub it into the doll. I use makeup sponge pads
also, and plastic cleaner to blend and spread. It's fun
to rub the color on the doll. She really does come to
life as I apply color to the tops of the ears, across the
fatty folds, the backs of the hands, the soles of the
feet. It's amazing to see the vinyl spring to life under
my hands. If I don't like what I've done, I use Plastic
Cleaner to clean it off and then try again.
Less is more!! You don't want
to blush the entire surface of the doll. Just go over the
tops of folds and wrinkles. Stay in the center of the
cheeks and toward the front of the face rather than the
sides. Hit the high points. ...Makeup colors will soak in
and spread out a bit, so you need to keep this in mind
pencils, I also use pink stencil cream on dolls, but it is more
opaque and doesn't work into the vinyl as much. I use
stencil cream when I want to cover over a blemish or
a cheek rub on a doll that was played with.
I like to use several colors on Reborns. The doll's
skintone looks better if you mix colors, rather than
using the same color all over. For example, Cabernet
makes a good undertone. You can brighten some areas with
Fuschia highlights. Use your favorite colors to make your
own unique look.
The results are
not garish, in fact these colors are very subtle unless
they are applied heavily (which I don't recommend.)
Sometimes the best results are accomplished with
An artist does
not use one color alone on his paintings. In the same
way, the skin tone of the Berenguers does benefit from
to have a dark red such as burgundy or cabernet. Brick
red is terrific for AA blushing. Fuschia is lovely when
used carefully for highlights. True Red is the all time
favorite staple color... you definitely need a true red.
I also like rose and mauve for mixing and blending.
Blue oil paint is very popular for blue undertones at the
with all paints on vinyl, the lipcolors will soak in and
take some time to dry and cure. Within two or three weeks
you will notice that the colors brighten up a lot. After
that they settle down and tone down as they dry and
stabilize. Although the curing time may take many weeks,
the doll can be handled during this time. The lipcolors
do dry within a day or two.
Keep in mind
that the colors will intensify somewhat after they are
applied, so you may want to be cautious now, and touch up
a bit later if you think more color is needed in some