Monster High Customization Tutorial
Okie doke, so this is just how *I* do things, and is in no way the end-all be-all approach to this. I apologize, i know this isn't the most "normal" make-up job for a tutorial, but unfortunately for you, "normal" isn't really my thing. Anyway, this is a custom Ghoulia i did for my friend. I'll try my best to give details on what i'm doing i each stage, and i hope the pictures are at least a little helpful.
Here we have my victim, my friend's Ghoulia, and a sketch of what i'm doing to her for reference.
So first i get all my materials together. A pencil sharpener, colored pencils, gloss, paint brushes, an eraser, chalk pastels, a plate and some sand paper. Also, i have a bottle of Winsor & Newton brush cleaner, some cotton balls, and a clear matte spray sealant. I use Mr. Super Clear for the sealant, which must be bought online unless you live in Japan, but you can also use Testor's Dullcote or Model Master's clear matte, both of which can be found in the model car paint section of your local art supply/craft store.
The first thing i need to do is take off the stock face-up. This is the bottle of Winsor & Newton, and i've found that this is the best stuff for getting off MH faces. I'm assuming that any brush cleaner will do, as long as it isn't colored. You can find this in the "artist-grade" paint section of your local art supply/craft store. Tie the doll's hair back away from her face. Get some of this stuff on a cotton ball and start wiping the doll's face. The paint should start to come off immediately. Use a new cotton ball frequently so that you're not putting smudges of removed paint back onto the face. You can squish the doll's chin in to get to the paint that's in the center of the lips. Do your best not to get any brush cleaner on the doll's body, as it has a weird reaction to the hard plastic. If you do get some on it, you'll just need to do a lot of scrubbing with soap and make sure it's not sticky.
Once you've gotten all the paint off, wash the doll's face thoroughly with soap & water to get off any remaining brush cleaner. Once the face is dry, cover the hair with something [a paper towel is good], go outside and spray a light coating of your sealant on her face. Hold the doll's body in your hand so that the sealant doesn't get on it.
You should have something like this. Now i'm ready to start applying my own make-up.
I'm starting with the blush. I like to use pastel for this because it goes on smoother and blends better. Take whatever colors you want to use and rub the pastel on the sandpaper until you get a powder. It's a good idea to keep the paper on a plate so that the powder doesn't get everywhere. Now take your paintbrush and dip it in the powder. You can also blend colors if you need to.
Brush the color on your doll's cheek, putting it where you want the color the heaviest first, and blending the color out from there.
I've got blush! Also, on this first layer i've started adding white to the eyes with a white colored pencil. You'll see on the mold a rounded shape where the eyes are, use this as a guide for where to color. Now go spray the doll with another light layer of sealant.
It may take doing this several times to get the blush as dark as you want it.
Now that i've got the blush, i want to start on the lips. For softer, more natural lips i would use the pastel again, making the color darker towards the center of the lips, however for this doll i'm doing solid vertical stripes of pink on her lips. Always starting with lighter colors and going darker when working with colored pencils, i put some light pink lines on her lips. I've also added another layer of white to the eyes. Spray with sealant.
I've added another layer of pink to the lips, and another layer of white to the eyes.
Spray. I'm going to keep saying this because i want you to KEEP DOING IT. I really can't stress to you enough how important it is to keep sealing your work as you go.
Now i'm going to start on the eyebrows. Usually you want the eyebrows to match the doll's hair or be a little bit darker. For this doll i'm matching her eyebrows to the darker streaks of blue in her hair.
First i draw on a thin, faint line to show myself where the eyebrows will be. This will help you make sure they're even and the right shape.
Now that i've got them the way i want them, i start filling out and shaping the eyebrows. I usually like to make them arched, with the middle thicker and the outside thin. For this doll, my friend wanted one brow slightly raised. Also in this layer i added some darker pink to the inside of the lips stripes for some depth, and yet another layer of white on the eyes.
Once again, you'll normally want to use pastels for the eyeshadow, with it darker above the inner corner of the eye, and around the outside corner. You could also use a little bit of colored pencil to darken some areas up as well. But for this doll i'm doing solid diagonal stripes from black to pink to blue, with some of the blue trailing from her hairline down to her cheek. I just draw these on with colored pencils. I've also added another layer of blue to the eyebrows to darken them and more white to the eyes.
Now i start on the eyes. First i add a flat circle of color to each eye for the iris. This should be the lightest color in the iris. Make sure the irises are the same size and that the doll doesn't look funny or cross-eyed. I also added darker colors to the bottom of the stripes near the eye and the top of the two outside most stripes near the hairline.
Now i add some depth to the eyes. Take a darker shade and apply it to the top half of the iris, outline both sides with it, and i like to add a darker circle in the middle where the pupil will go. I've also outlined the eyes in black very thinly.
Now i add black circles to the center of the irises for pupils, again making sure they're even and the doll doesn't look funny. I also add another layer of eyeliner, leaving the inside corners thinner and making the outside corners thicker, and add eyelashes. I don't like to do upper eyelashes much, so i just bring the outside corners of the eyes to a point and add small, thin parallel lines on the lower eye line to about half way. You want the eyelashes near the outer corner to be a little longer, and have the lashes get shorter as you go in. Make sure your pencil is AS SHARP AS POSSIBLE for this. Eyelashes are very hard to do, but don't get discouraged, it just takes practice.
Add another layer of black to the pupils, and draw a thin black line around the irises to really make them pop. I also like to add a little bit of black shading to the top of the iris. I went over the lashes again with black.
I add about 2 layers of brush-on acrylic gloss to th eyes and lips.
And ta-da! You've got your very own bitchin' one-of-a-kind custom Monster High doll! :D
I hope this was helpful to you guys that want to get into customizing. I know that once i started i fell in love and haven't been able to stop since. And now i'm making money off of it! :D Enjoy!