Monday, January 23, 2012

How Do You Like Me Now?

I toned down Nikki's makeup in an effort to eliminate the former street "walkerish" look as a result of the initial facial makeover I gave her.

Where I went wrong:  I did not remove all existing manufactured coloring because  I wanted to use theirs as a guide.  Big mistake.  Because of their blue eye shadow on her upper eyelids and around the corners of her eyes, I was forced to heavily shade these areas with a darker color. Instead of removing her original lip color, I covered it with acrylic paint, which was too bright, and accentuated the former doll of the evening look.

What I did to minimize my errors:  The added shading on the lower lids is now masked with concealer (yes, some of my concealer).  I probably could have removed it with alcohol, but I didn't want to chance a smeared mess.  Black and brown Sharpie pens were used to recolor her irises and pupils.  A dot of white acrylic paint adds an illusion of reflected light.  I did not disturb the upper eye shading or her new eyebrows.  Finally I repainted her molded teeth with white acrylic paint and used shimmery topaz  fingernail polish for her lip color.  Her teeth and lip color were sealed with clear fingernail polish.

The following collage illustrates the stages of her transformation.


She's not perfect, but I think she looks much better now.  What do you think?


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14 comments:

  1. Great job Debbie! She looks much better with the lighter color. It seems to have made her look softer. It makes me want to give repainting another try.

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  2. Fashion magazines often show "day to evening" transformations but you have done a successful"evening to day" makeover. Looking forward to your next repaint.

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  3. Thanks, Georgia Girl and Limbe Dolls!

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  4. The first one wasn't so bad. I think the dramatic eyebrows and the dramatic lipstick together may have been too much.
    I covered the eyebrows of the first try and she looked really stunning with the red lipstick.

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  5. Anonymous -- I can see where both would be a bit too much: The dramatic eyes and lips made her all face or all in your face. Thank you for your comment.

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  6. She looks great! The first attempt was interesting, but lightening the lips was definitely a good decision since now her eyes are more visible, earlier the intense red lipstick eclipsed them. Those prominent eyebrows add so much personality. :)

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  7. Thanks, Alrunia. I'm glad I corrected my errors as opposed to throwing in the towel after my first attempt.

    You never know if you can do something unless you try; and if you fail, try again.

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  8. She looks great! So glad you gave it another try.

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  9. I like the more natural lip color, too. Applause on your artistic efforts.

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  10. She does look a lot better. My hat goes off to you and your trustie Sharpie pen!

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  11. Vanessa -- never give up is my motto.

    D7ana, Bego, and Brini -- thank you for your comments. I think the lips look so much better, too.

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