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BJD face-up materials

Updated on November 28, 2012

Helpful for Newbies

When I first planned on buying a ball-jointed doll (BJD), I did a lot of research. I guess I'm also lucky that I already have friends who own BJDs as well that I can ask on how to take care and maintain them. But the first thing I looked up and inquired about is on face=up materials. not all doll owners purchase dolls with a face-up and I'm one of them. I'm the type of person who wants to personally do my dolls' face-up. Since I have no idea of it back when I'm first waiting for my very first doll, I watched face-up tutorial videos and researched about the things used in order for me to be prepared on my doll's arrival.

What is a FACE-UP?

Now that I'm a not-so-newbie into this hobby anymore, I want to share my knowledge on what material I use in beautifying my doll's face. Before that though, let me explain first what is a face-up in my own words.

Face-up is a combination of the words face (obviously) and make-up. Thus, face-up is your doll's make-up. It defines/emphasizes your doll's features whether you want it to be the eyes, lips, cheekbones, brows or all of them. As a doll owner, you're free to use any colors you want based on how you want your doll to look. You can pattern it based on your own style or according to your doll's character or personality. Example, your doll's character is more on a Goth-style, then you might select dark colors. other styles can be Lolita, fairy, elf, or even just a noraml person, a rockstar, a painter etc. It's up to you.

The Materials

Alright, so time to show you what materials I use in doing my dolls' face-up.

Disclaimer: I am not saying that these materials mentioned below are the only things or brand ypu can use. you are free to explore and do more research about it.

brushes (use soft brushes) in different sizes
brushes (use soft brushes) in different sizes
fake eyelashes and PVC glue
fake eyelashes and PVC glue
soft pastels
soft pastels
black acrylic paint, tamiya gloss and magic eraser/sponge
black acrylic paint, tamiya gloss and magic eraser/sponge
MSC (Mr. Super Clear) UV-Cut and Mr. Color Thinner
MSC (Mr. Super Clear) UV-Cut and Mr. Color Thinner
watercolor pencils
watercolor pencils

Do you buy a ball-jointed doll with or without company face-up?

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      2 years ago

      I just want to say that this is such a helpful list! I've recently discovered BJD's and the art of Face-up and I've grown to want to really want to do this as a hobby :) I know this is only a few things on the list that could be used (because I think you may also use Airbushing too) and i'm really looking into it and reasearching every technique and tips and everything just to get myself started. I know this won't be a cheap hobby, but it's something that I really want to do. so thank you for posting this!

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      5 years ago from Manila

      No problem :) Goodluck on doing your bjd head's face-up :)

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      5 years ago

      I just wanted to say thank you. I'm going to be receiving a head without a face-up as part of a summer event. I've been looking for a simple material list and I finally found one, yours.


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