I’ve been compelled to share this little mini tutorial. This method works for me. This is something that I get asked about the most.
Below is Realborn Madison Awake. He will when completed be a nice Caramel AA tone.
Tip 1: Start with lighter colors/paint. I think there’s a misconception that you need to do deep colors like the Burnt Umbers and flesh 02 to achieve ethnic/AA. What has worked for me is transitioning from lighter to deep shades.
These are my sponges that I use to remove excessive paint before blending. I have these 4 sponges FOREVER. This is also how I order my colors when I say from lighter to darker tones.
ALL of my reborns share the same colors it’s just the number of layers and way/order of layers that gives me various tones.Example I may use a dark color on for building a base skin tone for a deeper tone but my use it as a shading color for a lighter tone.
Theses are the brushes I used. The one for applying the paint and two dry brushes to blend out the hard to reach areas like inners eyes, side of nose, creases, mouth, behind ears and such.
This is my sponge for removing excess paint and blending sponge. The big one did start the same size as the small one. lol
Paint color I am using this layer. This is one of my lighter shades but I have a slightly lighter one that was used to start. Madison has two layers of a lighter shade that I did before I decide to share.
Starting this is before. 2 layers already done on her.
1. I first apply the color using a mop brush just brushing it on
2. I take the large brush and just remove all excess paint and blend it out. I never remove paint from off that large sponge
3. Take a nylon/synthetic brush and run along the creasing removing paint (inner eyes, sides of nose, behind ears and etc.
After cleaning creasing.
5. Finally, I take the smaller sponge. Pounce & blend. Every so often I will take the sponge and press it firmly against the paper towel to remove paint. I take the dry brushes in a pouncing motion pouncing creasing, inner eyes, around nose, mouth, and such to make sure those areas are nicely blended.
ALWAYS blend the face first then work front to back. Never go over any areas that have begun to dry. This will cause unevenness.