1. Some specifics for dolls are to avoid liquid eyeliner, as it’s quite a mess to work with and might get absorbed into TPE. Apply lipstick with a small brush instead of smearing the whole thing against the lips, and you might want to add a second layer after the first has dried. Remember to wipe off powder from lips first. If your doll is TPE then you can use mineral oil/baby oil to wipe off old or unwanted makeup, which is both better and healthier for the material compared to regular makeup-removers. The skin of the doll is already perfect, so you don’t have to waste money and time on the basic layers of foundation and all that skin-smoothing stuff that some tutorials might begin with.
As a noob, you should start off with something basic. Just get used to applying powder with different brushes and making good use of the palette.
You may need:
1) Big eyeshadow palette
2) Small additional eyeshadow palette
3) Brush kit
4) Lipstick
5) Eyeliner
6) Eyebrow pencil
7) Eyelashes
8) Nail polish

Here’s a quick list of steps on how I did it the first time with most of the kit above, with good results.

1) Wipe the surface where eyelashes are to be applied clean, and pick off any previous glue that might be present
2) Test without glue first to see that the eyelash is of correct length. If it’s not then you can simply cut it at the end. Also, decide where you want it to begin and end.
3) Depending on the design of the face, you may want to add some protective paper between the eyelids and eyes, so you don’t risk gluing them all together.
4) Again, depending on the design of the face, figure out exactly where on the eyelid you want to apply the eyelash. Sometimes it’s on the upper side, sometimes at the front.
5) For lower eyelashes you usually want a thinner natural style of eyelash than the upper, or else it can look very weird.
6) Use some form of tweezers to hold the eyelash if you got clumsy fingers.
7)  Add a very thin layer of glue along the back of the eyelash, and then carefully apply it from one end to the other, as previously planned.
8)  If you’re slow, add glue to only the first half of the eyelid first, apply it, then add to the second half and apply the last part.
9) Keep some pressure along the whole eyelid with the tweezers and make sure it has a correct angle as it dries into place within a minute.

1) Find one or several good images of the style you want to achieve, and also preferably a matching video tutorial. This is very important.
2) If adding new eyelashes, do this first for best contact to material and to avoid messing up the makeup in the process.
3) Make some small tests at the top of your doll’s head to figure out what shades of eyeshadow are closest to your doll’s skin color. Very important in order to achieve a soft and natural fade.
4) Also do some tests with different brushes. Naturally, the bigger/puffier ones are for fading background, while the sharper/stiffer ones are for details and tighter spaces. Also, make sure they are clean!
5) Start off with the lightest colors of eyeshadow around the eyes, then go darker with each layer for the more defining areas. This is because you can not easily apply lighter color on top of darker, as it will get mixed.
6) Achieve depth by adding a subtle highlight on eyelids, and some defining shadow to wrinkles if present.
7) You can achieve “smokey” effects below the eyes by carefully smudging with a cotton swab.
8)Last step is to add eyeliner. Start off with thin lines with single full strokes to make it as even as possible. Expand thickness with additional strokes where necessary. For a cat-eye you want the pen to be fairly sharp, but be careful to not crack it, or you’ll have a mess.

1) Again, find a good reference of style that you want to achieve. There are a lot more styles than one might think. Mind the shapes of your doll’s lips, as some styles may become tricky.
2) Make sure to wipe off powder from lips first, or else it will get smudgy.
3) Using a small stiff brush, apply the outline first. Don’t necessarily follow the shapes of the lips, keep it tight so that there is space to expand the outline later if wanted.
4) Fill the rest of the lips. Don’t use too much, but instead focus on making it look as even as possible.
5) Check the outline again and adjust where necessary to make it even and match the style you’re aiming for.
6) Add a second layer the next day or so to make it look more full and even.
7) Don’t forget to wash the brush when you’re done.

As for nails, it’s pretty straightforward unless you’re super picky about it. I used regular nail polish on top of the original nails that came with the doll. I can’t stand long nails though, so I cut them down first, and then carefully added the polish. The bottle usually comes with a built-in brush, so it’s good to go. An easier alternative is to simply buy new fake nails that already have a more professional look and whatever color you prefer but may become a problem for smaller dolls with small fingers.

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