The display dolls should be very dressy and over the top with their fashions. I am okay with side-glancers and whatever lipstick they are wearing since they are more like a portrait to me.
However, my play dolls are a different story. If I am ever going to use them for fashion shows, stories, photos, or scenes, they must look like every day people, eyes facing forward (no side-glancers). I also have an issue with bright lipsticks (too much pink, too much red) and prefer toned down colors. This normally makes me pass up a doll whose face sculpt I like or (as I am going to start doing until I can do it on my own) get them repainted.
Thanks to reading up on lip color changes and getting some advice from others, in a doll group to which I belong, I am now able to change lip colors. I was scared at first and used some of my poor test dolls (oh, how they must hate me) to practice. But I am on a roll now.
Here are three dolls who screamed for new lip color and (on two) no teeth showing.
Isis - Before
Isis - After
Henna - Before
Trillian - Before
Trillian - After
I need to figure out how to add some shine, but I'm happy with the way their new lips look. I think they are happy too. See the smiles on their faces?
I have several other projects to work on like new rooms, trying to get some new men (especially of color (the girls would like to date and some get married) and preparing for Easter photos. Thank you so much for stopping by. Stay warm! ~ Jaye