Makeup – Lip Painting

Get smooth, even lips with a few inexpensive matrials and a little practice.

  1. Blythe Lip PaintingTools needed:
    liner brush
    – 18/10 golden taklon

    Acrylic Extender (craft-store variety, any brand – also called float or blending medium)
    Craft acrylic paint in your choice of colors to be mixed (flat, not gloss)
    Interior/exterior craft varnish (gloss, satin, or matte depending on desired result)
    pallete or jars for mixing paint
    round toothpick
  2. Blythe Lip PaintMix your acrylic paints to achieve the desired color, then add a few drops of extender (approx. 4 parts paint to 1 part extender). paint should be the consistency of buttermilk and pool smoothly after stirring.
  3. Blythe Lips with PaintLips are easiest to paint when you remove the body, but it can be done with the body still in place.We recommend painting over factory lips to maintain the shape. If the original lips are damaged or scratched, use your finest grit matting sponge to smooth the affected area, avoiding the “skin.”Begin painting by outlining the lips carefully. take care to maintain sharp points around the bottom lip and mouth corners. if you go outside the outline, do not wipe the wet paint. finish painting the lips and let it dry – you can correct small imperfections later.Create a pool of wet paint in the crease of the lips with a loaded brush, pushing the paint out to meet the edge. The extender keeps the paint “open” so everything blends together smoothly.if the paint is too thin and the original color shows through, wipe it off with a wet tissue. Add more paint to your mixture and start again.
  4. Wet Blythe Lip PaintYou can gently tap the back of her head on a pad of paper on your work surface to level any brush strokes. If any bubbles remain, lift them out on the tip of your brush and tap again.look at the corner in this example – the slight thickness and texture of the lip paint will slowly flatten as the paint dries.
  5. cleaning up Blythe LipsLet the paint dry. Ignore the dry times on the bottle – the amount of extender you added can require drying times of up to 12 hours. Once they’re dry, examine the edges and check for symmetry (hint: look at her lips in the bathroom mirror). Carefully refine the edges and sharpen the corners with a clean, dry toothpick.if you take away too much, paint a complete second coat on top of the first and let them dry again. If you decide you don’t like the color and want to start over, use warm, soapy water on a Q-tip to remove the paint. If the paint is stubborn, you can quickly wipe her mouth with Rubbing alcohol.
  6. finished blythe lipsOnce you’re satisfied with your paint job, you need to seal them to protect them from scratches and moisture. carefully paint over them with undiluted varnish using the same outlinging + pooling method that we used for the paint. (pooling prevents brushstrokes) Pop any bubbles and allow her to dry on her back at least overnight.
  7. comparing stock blythe lipsHere are a few samples of stock Blythe lips. Early BL and EBL Blythe lips varied from model to model – the example here is a Love Mission. Even Kenner lip shapes varied slightly from doll to doll. The effects of age give Kenner lips a satiny finish.

37 responses to “Makeup – Lip Painting”

  1. Jltohru

    think i’m going to take the plunge… yikes! my first new lips

    Thanks for the tutorial, as always πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

  2. Jltohru

    alrighty! i’ve tried about 8 – 10 times with varying results.

    a few questions if you don’t mind? *blush*

    first of all, how easily does excess paint come off the edges of the lips when i finally get a basic shape i’m happy with? (i.e. should i really stop worrying about getting the shape super close to correct during the painting stage)

    secondly, i’ve tried a few different acrylics (from high quality which i already had, to wal-mart stuffs) but am still having problems getting it to look smooth without having too much paint. am i merely going too slow? (i’m sure this is a distinct possibility!)

    i’m getting better at painting the shape on, but still feel far from my goal.

    any advice the Puchicollective gods can impart is much appreciated! πŸ˜€

  3. Jackie

    great advice, thanks πŸ˜‰

    i think i’m on my way to wanne-be greatness πŸ˜€

  4. Christa

    WOW! damn i already painted … this tutorial would of helped a lot… well my customed lips are like sbl and kb mixed!

  5. katsola

    I just got my Aston Drake Blythe, do I follow the same method for freckles? I am already ready to take the plunge and customize her. I thinks she’d look cute with some freckles.

  6. julia

    After the lips are dry, if you want to repaint a different color later, what’s the best way to remove the paint? Specifically, is there a way to do it w/o removing the original (factory) paint?

  7. Melissa K.

    I have a question about freckles. Do I need to varnish them after I paint them on?
    And if so, just a dot on each freckle? I’ve never done this before! Thanks!

  8. Melissa

    I would say that it depends on how much you plan on handling her. I don’t seal my freckles because I like them to look as flat to the skin as possible, but you could put a dot of matte varnish (if she’s matted) on each one. you could thin it with extender or thinner if you are worried about it leaving a raised dot.

  9. Melissa

    julia – if you haven’t sealed them, very hot water and soap will melt the acrylic paint off. becareful not to get her stock eyelashes wet of course.

    if you did already seal it, you can try a quick swipe or two with rubbing alcohol on a q-tip. be warned though that the factory paint may be affected if you wipe too many times or take too long to do it.

  10. rty

    Thanks a bunch!

  11. rinch

    Thanks so very much for taking your time to create this very useful and informative site.M

  12. Birdie

    I was wondering, is nail polish effective? I used it on another doll of mine last week and it seemed to work fine, however I’m too afraid that something harmful might happen if i use it on my blythe doll :

  13. Birdie

    Message got cut off :(. Has anyone tried using nail polish to paint a blythe’s lips? Was it effective? A friend of mine told me that it probably would not be a good idea to do it because it would most likely flake off, though she hasn’t tried it. My other non-blythe doll hasn’t had this problem.

  14. Kat

    Hey there! another little tip is that if youre not quite confident yet with painting blythe lips, you can practice with liquid brush eyeliner! just make sure you dont get the waterproof! it comes right off with the toothpick as shown above and dries in about 20 seconds. it comes right off with water too! the brush is abouth the same size, and is the same material too! Thanx!~

  15. Novelty12

    Thanks for this! My new custom will have nice new lips! πŸ™‚

  16. Bebe

    Hello, sorry if this is a dumb noob question… what do you mean by pooling the paint?

  17. Melissa

    bebe – you sort of let it “pool” or flood together in the middle of her mouth. It prevents brush strokes.

  18. Bebe

    Thanks Melissa! Awaiting my first girl CCC to come in the mail.. and from the pics of her online I def want to change her lip color… a little too pink for me. Hope it turns out well!! I’m scared πŸ˜‰

  19. Alex

    Hi Melissa,
    I love your page! It’s very useful. I’ve been looking for a website on a guide to clean Kenners, and that’s how I found this. I’m glad I did! I have a couple of questions…

    1. My second Blythe Doll is coming soon, and I really want to customize her. Do you have any tips on airbrushing?

    2. Is it possible to customize a Petite Blythe? (To be specific, change her hair, do her makeup, change her eyechips, etc etc..)

    3. I would love to see some tutorials about airbrushing, dying Blythe hair, changing eyechips, giving Blythe dolls haircuts (excluding the fringe tutorials, they’re perfect by themselves!), etc…


    P.S. Your site rocks!!!

  20. Karen

    Awesome tutorial!
    By the way, I have a question.
    After the paint is dried, can I use Acrylic Paint X-22 Clear to make it looks glossy?

  21. Melissa

    I am not familiar with X-22, but if it is just acrylic gloss, then sure! Just stay away from enamels, they are hard to remove.

  22. Cammyrinoa

    Hello Melissa, can i ask the glossy things is to be apply after i seal the make up or it’s not necessary to seal the make up? Can i apply roght after i paint the lips?
    Another question is i wanna know do you hv any tutorial to carve the lips? And wat tools can u recommend to carve the lips? TQ!!

  23. kl_lenglui this website still active? Melissa, ur tutorial is really important to us!! =(

  24. Melissa

    I still read and reply to most comments πŸ™‚

    I just don’t have many new tutorials. We’re working on an airbrush guide to post soon.

    Cammy – I only apply gloss/satin sealer to the lips. If you planned to spray-matte or use another flat clear sealer over pastel makeup, you should paint and seal the lips last so they don’t get too textured from the spray (that is, if you want them glossy/smooth)

  25. Cammyrinoa

    TQ so much Melissa! I’ll be waiting for the air brush tutorial. Ur really my teacher !! ^^, *wink*

  26. PaviPavi

    Thank you for the tutorial, it easy to understand. Can you please make a lip carving tutorial and what do i use to make the lips shine?

  27. cynthia


    I Love this tutorials!! πŸ™‚ I have 2 questions:

    1. I want to change my blyhte’s stock eyelashes. I have already ordered the new ones but I dont know which glue to use and how to remove the old ones? any suggestions?

    2. My blythe arrived with already customized eyelids but I dont like the color and I want to change it. How can I remove the old paint of the eyelids and if I should use acrylic to paint them? Thanks!!!!


  28. Melissa

    Cynthia, In reply to your two questions:

    1. soak her eyelids in water to remove stock lashes. the glue is water soluble. use a needle or toothpick to remove any glue residue from the slot in the lids.
    Use a very small amount of white glue to install new lashes. Use a toothpick and try not to get it on the visible part of the lashes.

    2. Take her head apart, remove the eyelids from her head. Remove existing paint with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. If alcohol does not remove the paint you will have to sand it off with a sanding sponge (follow the matting instructions). The eyelids need to be matted anyway to paint them. The best way to paint eyelids is to airbrush acrylic paint. paintbrush strokes always show on eyelids and thick paint almost always scratches over time and gunks up the mechanism. If you had no way to get them airbrushed I would recommend a very thinned acrylic paint with a matte or satin acrylic sealer. you can also buy Tamiya hobby paint in spray bottles.

  29. Cynthia

    Excellent!!! thank you!! I’m going to put myself to work and see what happens.
    Thanks again!! πŸ™‚

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  32. Efrat K

    Thank a *lot*!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  33. Thea

    I painted my Blythe’s lips with acrylic paint, let them dry for a few days and then used an undiluted varnish and it ruined the paint job. The varnish started melting the paint so just be careful..

  34. xoxo
  35. dee

    my blythes skin got dyed by her clothes πŸ™ how to remove it?

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