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BJD Faceup Tutorial - Part 1 by RoosterBlue BJD Faceup Tutorial - Part 1 by RoosterBlue
Part 2 can be found here: [link]

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Here is Part 1 of my BJD Faceup tutorial! The second part will not be shown until after Christmas, since this particular head is for *trowicia as her Christmas gift. XD So until she sees it completed, no one else can. ;D But I suppose in this state, it's okay, right?

A very large file! Just a warning to anyone still doesn't have high speed internet. (Come on, if Hopewell can at least have DSL, there is no excuse!)

If you have any questions in regards to the tutorial, please feel free to ask!
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:iconphantomcarnival:
This tutorial is very helpful!

When I first started blushing dolls, I didn't realize how much of a difference washing them before hand made so much of a difference! A very important step a lot of other tutorials leave out.

I've never heard of soft pastels, they seem to be so much more useful then having to shave some off.

When I find myself blushing my dolls, I have a wide variety of brushes. But which one to choose?? Hard bristled, soft, big, small, flat, fanned?? I really love how you mentioned the sizes and shapes! It really helps, especially those who are new to faceups.

ALSO, your technique used for blushing is so soft, and it helps show where you should blush (When I first started I did it ALL over! Bad idea)

I can't wait for the next installment!!
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Girl-and-Wonderland Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Hello ! Thank you very much for the tutorial, it's very helpful ! Can I ask you if the spray you use (Zoukeimura finishing powder) would work on paperclay, or is it only for resine ? 
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WandaRocket Featured By Owner Edited Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the best tutorial I've ever seen!! could I translate into Chinese and put in my blog and credit you back? Hope more people can benefit from your great tutorial!
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:iconroosterblue:
RoosterBlue Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! :)  Thank you for asking -- I'd be honored to have this translated into Chinese. :)
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:iconwandarocket:
WandaRocket Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your generosity! :D
I'll let you know when I finish!
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scezii Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Thank you! This is so very helpful!
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ArtNote Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks very useful :3 hopefully I can ever use it (when I finally can buy a BJD-doll|)  
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Tiriaq Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
How long does this hold, if you grab a cheek the faceup (cheekblush) is probably ruined because it comes off? I'm looking for ways and artists but here in Holland it is impossible to find someone and Etsy US often do not go outside U.S. and I need a seemingly very difficult faceup from a picture.
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WingedAngel777 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
This is really helpful... I'm going to tackle my first face up in the next week or so! 
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WOLFENSPLEEN Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally, I know what a face up is. I've been trying to get into this community, but it's so difficult.
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:iconpiku-chan21:
Piku-chan21 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
yeah me too. I'm glad im not the only one xD
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:iconnerinserene:
NerinSerene Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So chalk for the blush areas . 3. Now I know how you guys do it~
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RoosterBlue Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHA yes!  Although some people use airbrush for that.  I don't have an airbrush, so I just use chalk pastel like one would use blush and eyeshadow!
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NerinSerene Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What do you go over it with for the gloss effect? . 3.
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:iconroosterblue:
RoosterBlue Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can use various things!  For high shine, I use Tamiya X-22 gloss.  For medium shine, I have a Liquitex Varnish and for low gloss, I use Liquitex gloss medium.  For a matte look (like on Xander, my SWITCH Taeheo), I use nothing at all! XD
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NecrochildK Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
What brand are your pastels? I can never find any that are soft enough or hold well to the resin, especially when working on Luts. I wound up instead defaulting to oil free eyeshadows, but even they don't hold too well to Luts resin.
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RoosterBlue Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use the brand "Schminke" -- they're the softest pastels I've ever experienced!  As for holding up on resin, any pastel should work as long as you spray the resin first.  Unprimed resin (that hasn't been sprayed yet) will not hold pastel hardly at all.
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Orochimara96 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Coool
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xShinku Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How long exactly are you suppose to let the head soak in that remover?
Great tutorial btw~
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Aelith-Earfalas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hmmm do soft pastels work, and does it matter how old they are?
Also, can I add on top of a default face up or do I have to redo all of it?

//found a set of Grumbatcher soft pastels at a thrift store//
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XxnagatofanxX Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This tutorial is really good. I've seen part two, and well.. The doll looks amazing!

However, it looks for a more bigger doll.. Do you have any suggestions for small dolls?

My mother is going to faceup my first bjd because she understands paints, pastels and brushes more than I, but it'll be her first time doing a faceup in general. The doll is a blank apricot Hujoo Suve.. Do you have any advice on face ups for 12cm dolls with their face shape?
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NemuKK Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial breaks the process down so I can understand it!
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stormwolf2010 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Thankyou for this! I'm about to try my first face-up today and your tutorial has been really helpful ^_^
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:iconmymusa313:
mymusa313 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Artist
where do you buy bjd? And how much head and body cost? ;A:/ sorry i am helpless. .____.
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:iconhomo-biologist:
homo-biologist Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you google bjd then many websites show up where you can buy them. And the prices are different depending on the type of doll. ^^ hope I could help!
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hachiikko Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was very helful, thanks for doing it.
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Siegfried40000 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is very helpful! May I ask how much a basic set of your tools would cost, approximately ?
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:iconiambluey:
iamBluey Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Where can you get the heads from? I've been looking everywhere for them ;(
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GriffinHuntress Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! I'm not confident enough yet to re-do my doll's whole face yet, but I was wondering... It's a factory faceup. Do you think I could use some acrylics and/or watercolor pencils to just ADD to the faceup without extra sealing? Not the whole face, just like a tattoo/facial marking type thing.
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Lillehanna Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Same question.
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Lady-Fayble Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was really helpful, thank you. I was wondering; do you use the same finishing powder as a primer and to fix when you've finished painting? x
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:iconroosterblue:
RoosterBlue Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! You got it -- I use the same can of spray for priming and fixing. :)
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:iconlady-fayble:
Lady-Fayble Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :)
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HoboPixi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Thank you! This was very helpful!
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izumaki Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you much for posting this! This was the first thing that caught my eye when I did a google search lol. Looks comprehensible enough so now I'm even more eager to get my new doll :3 I've never painted a figure so this will be interesting.
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Coyla283 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Thankk youu! This tutorial is awesome! :hug:
If anything I just don't have any of the supplies for it. *falls over*
EXCUSES TO GO SHOPPING~ YAAAAAAAY ;W;

However... how do I get the eyelashes off? o.o ?
I don't wanna just rip them off. x'D

Thank you!
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:iconroosterblue:
RoosterBlue Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, you are so welcome! Any excuse to spend money! XD You sound like a person right after my own heart! HAHA!

And if you want to reuse your eyelashes, all you have to do is use a bit of acetone on a q-tip and dab at the glue on the inside of the eyewells. If you don't want to use the eyelashes again -- RIP AWAY! lol
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smcosplay98 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ghj
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:iconpixies-poke:
Pixies-poke Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello I am looking for the Zoukeimura finishing powder but can't seem to get it in Australia, is there an alternative for priming my BJD?
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:iconroosterblue:
RoosterBlue Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! You could see if any local hobby stores around you sell "Mr Super Clear".

It appears you can purchase a can of it online for 20 AUD: [link]. It works in the same manner as ZM Finishing Powder, but is a different formula. I've used MSC quite a bit and have never had problems with it! I just prefer ZM Finishing Powder because of the tooth the primed surface has. :)
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Pixies-poke Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! I bought some MSC a while ago, It's good to know I'm not missing something, thanks for the help!
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ToriPhoenix Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you sooooo much for this!
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CarnivorousPlant Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
question...what sealing spray do you use? oh and btw.... ur awesome...just sayin'
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YukiOokami Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a very helpful tutorial. >w< I've always been curious on how exactly to do eyebrows. I use watercolor pencils to do mine, but that's probably why they don't turn out the best. My roommate and I need to get some really thin brushes like what you're using in the next part of the tutorial. Though I also can't get the eyebrow shape right. :/ lol
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your tut :love: May I ask what the name of the Pastels you use?
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Pixies-poke Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your tool box!
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magicalnarwhalgroup Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so very useful so glad I found this!!! x3
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RoosterBlue Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy you like my faceup tutorial! I would love to see any results!
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:iconmagicalnarwhalgroup:
magicalnarwhalgroup Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad I found it too =3
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Gigglycat Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
This was super helpful! Thanks alot!
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:iconroosterblue:
RoosterBlue Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome! :) I'm glad it could help!
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