Hello everyone! It’s Dandy here, and today, along with Sayuri, we are going to show you how to create your own Dollfie Dream girl using the Dollfie Dream Open Eyehole Option Head. Have you ever thought about assembling one? If you haven’t, well now you should because we are going to show you how to paint and assemble your very own Dollfie Dream Option Head that is sure to be unique!
There are several Open Eyehole Heads to choose from, both in Natural and White Skin, and all of the heads can be used on a Dollfie Dream Base Body II or Mini Dollfie Dream Base Body (only available in Natural Skin). HDD-01 is the head that we have used for this lesson, but you are encouraged to choose any head you want. HDD-02 is the same head used for our Standard Model Aoi, and HDD-03 is the same head used for Yukino. So, all of you Aoi and Yukino fans out there patiently waiting for more stock, why not try making your own Aoi and Yukino versions with the Option Heads? Maybe after this lesson, you will!
Additonal items needed and used for this lesson:
- ZM Face Painting Brush 05 (OR preferred brush size)
-ZM Make Pastel/Base Makeup Color (OR preferred color set)
-ZM Shine Pearl/Purple (Optional)
- Tamiya X-22 Gloss (Optional)
- Mr. Cotton Swab (Optional)
-Tamiya Side Cutter for Plastic (Optional)
- Animetic Eyes/ I Type/ Apricot (Anzu) 24mm (OR preferred eye/size)
-A Box of Tissues
-A Pair of Scissors
-A Cup of Water
*For the Acrylic Paint Sets, it is recommended that you have both, but you only need one set that is suitable for your needs. While the ZM Acrylics- Make Set has only brown and flesh colored tones, the ZM Acrylics- Basic Color Set has equally important colors such as black, red, and white.
Now that we’ve covered that long list, let’s begin!
This is what your Dollfie Dream Option Head will look like; as you can see the HDD-01 Natural Skin was used for this demonstration:
Step 1: Take your Dollfie Dream Option Head out of the box and packaging and clean it by rinsing it in water. Use tissues afterwards to dry the head off.
Step 2 (Optional): Coat the face with a layer of ZM Finishing Powder Spray. To do this, hold the can away from the head about 8-10 inches and spray in short bursts, rotating the head as you do so. But, before you begin spraying, make sure you shake the Finishing Powder Spray well and that you using it in a well ventilated area, preferably outside.
Spraying a layer of coating first will help the paint and pastel stick better, however, doing so is purely optional and is not necessary. But, you will want to know how to use the Finishing Powder Spray for uses in future Steps.
Step 3: Use the ZM Make Pen to draw a desired makeup design. This design will be your guide for painting, so try to drawing as neatly as possible. If you chose to coat the face first from Step 2, make sure that the coating is completely dry before using the Make Pen.
Although the Dollfie Dream’s face is more anime like, you can choose to draw the makeup as realistic as you’d like. As you can see in the picture, Sayuri chose to draw distinct lower lashes for a more natural look. Also, if you do not like what you have drawn or made a mistake, you can easily erase the Make Pen with water! Just use a wet tissue or a Mr. Cotton Swab to wipe away any unwanted markings.
Step 4: Before you begin painting the face, you need to know that you will be painting two separate layers. In this step, you will want to prepare the first layer of paint, which will be lighter than the second layer. As pictured, Sayuri is mixing a light brown because her second layer is going to be a dark brown. If she wanted the second layer to be black, then she would mix a light grey and so forth.
Now, for those of you who are completely new to painting, this Step is also a good way for you to learn how to mix paints! As you can see from the picture, you only need to use a dab of paint and thinner, which is the bottle of clear liquid that is included in the Acrylic Paint Sets. To mix any two or more colors, it is best to use a damp brush to take a little bit of paint from each color and begin mixing them into one color separately, as Sayuri is doing in the photo. As you mix, add thinner and more color as needed. Also, make sure that you are mixing your paints on the proper side of the Paper Palette, which is the smoother and shinier side. It may seem obvious, but I know from personal experience that that using the wrong side of the Paper Palette is not helpful!
Step 5: Begin painting the face over the Make Pen. Sayuri chose to start with the eyebrows, but you can begin painting wherever is easiest for you. Sayuri also chose to paint solid eyebrows, but you could also paint in strokes for individual eyebrow hairs to produce a more realistic look; however, this painting technique will require some practice. If you make a mistake though, you can use some thinner on a Mr. Color Cotton Swab or tissue to wipe away any paint. Also, you may have already noticed that the Make Pen is too thick to draw a lot of fine detail, so don’t be afraid to paint any fine detail you may have not marked previously.
Step 8 (optional): After you have blushed and coated the face a final time, you are done. But, if you want to add a special touch, use your paint brush to apply some Tamiya X-22 Gloss to the lips or eye area! If you want a high shine, you may need to apply at least two coats of gloss.
And, if you want to add a little color and shimmer to your shine, mix a little ZM Shine Pearl with the Tamiya X-22 Gloss on a palette and apply. As you can see in the picture, Sayuri used the ZM Shine Pearl/Purple on the lips and eye lids for a very cute and feminine look!
Also, the Tamiya x-22 Gloss and ZM Shine Pearl does not need to be coated with the ZM Finishing Powder Spray, so when you are done just let is dry in a safe place. Once your lovely Dollfie Dream head has dried, you are then ready to finish up!
Step 9: Next, attach the eyes. For your DD Option Head, you can use any eye sized 20mm and up. Sayuri chose a pair of 24mm Animetic Eyes/ I Type/ Apricot (Anzu), but you can choose any of the HG Glass Eyes, Animetic Eyes, Cat Eyes, or Metallic Eyes.
First, decide the position you want the eyes to look. To secure the eyes in place to the position desired you will need to surround the eyes, one at a time, with either a Low Temperature Glue Gun, or Eye Putty. To do this you will need to physically hold the eye still while you surround it with the glue or putty. As you can see in the picture above, Sayuri used the Glue Gun to secure the eyes in. Once you have secured the eyes in, check them from the front to make sure they are positioned correctly. If you need to re-adjust them, you will have no trouble doing so with Eye Putty; but, if you are using a Glue Gun, please try to make any adjustments while the glue is still warm.
Well, you will still need to attach the head to a body and put a wig on, but these two things are easy to do. So, I have no worries that you will figure it out on your own. But, remember, if you have questions or need help with any of the blog tutorials, you can always email us or stop by the showroom during our business hours and we will be happy to assist you!
We hope you enjoyed this lesson! And please look forward to more Dollfie Dream tutorials in the future!!