Same place Chloe came from: the Den of Angels Marketplace. And no, I was not shopping for a MiniFee. I was minding my own business, checking out the new listings more from curiosity than anything else.
Okay, you don't believe me. Truth of the matter is I wanted a Mirwen, I saw one and made her mine. End of story.
It's never "end of story" when you buy a new doll. More like beginning of story.
You have a point there. Especially where this Mirwen is concerned. I thought I wanted a Mirwen with the Fairyland default faceup. This Mirwen had it...in spades. In fact, she looked as if on the day she was painted, her faceup artist was frightened by a raccoon on the way to work. Black eyebrows, heavy black lower lashes, black eyeshadow. She bore a strong resemblance to Tonner's Agnes Dreary. I could picture her dressed completely in black, looking all Goth and woeful. Not my style at all.
I realized she would need a new faceup. I browsed through my favorite faceup artists' online sites, ultimately dismayed that they were all closed to new commissions until well into the new year. Well, with the holidays approaching, I'm not surprised. Even Fairyland is scrambling to catch up with orders. Realization number two: I was looking at a do-it-yourself project.
I'll be the first to admit that I am still struggling with faceups. What ends up on the doll's face rarely matches the vision in my mind.
Okay, never. Nevertheless, I keep at it. Sooner or later my skills will catch up to my vision and I will turn out a faceup I won't be ashamed to own. The long Thanksgiving weekend gave me the opportunity to work on Mirwen's new look. I had grand plans to document every step of the transformation with photos. As usually happens, I got totally wrapped up in what I was doing and didn't pick up the camera again until I was finished.
|Almost there. It's those pesky lower lashes.|
As faceup attempts go, I was rather pleased with this one. Not completely over the moon, but pleased. Lower lashes are my nemesis, and I realized hers needed tweaking. A day after taking the first set of photos, I removed her eyelashes and eyes and got back to it.
What helped me with Mirwen was working on Karsh first. He came with a lovely, subdued faceup that just needed a couple of tweaks to make it pop. I darkened his eyebrows slightly, just enough to differentiate them from the shadows. He also lacked eyeliner. I realize some artists like to leave boys looking more natural. I like "natural" too, but I don't want the eyes to recede into the skull. I gave him just a bit of liner on the inside of the eyelid, where the upper lashes are attached. It was just enough. He still looks natural, but not like he'd blow away in the wind.
|Karsh au naturel|
|Still natural, but with defined eyebrows and a wee bit of eyeliner.|
I didn't want to remove Mirwen's faceup completely, so I gently scraped away yesterday's lower lashes with an X-acto knife and re-sprayed with MSC. Then I studied Karsh's lower lashes some more and set about to re-create them on Mirwen. Are they a perfect re-creation? Not by a long shot. Are they better than they were the day before? Absolutely. In fact, I am extremely pleased with my little miss. Now if only I could think of a name for her.
Mirwen's "before" look wig and Karsh's wig are from Monique Gold. (Mirwen's is a combed out London, Karsh's is Buttercup.) Mirwen's "after" look wig is Kana Saesha from Jpopdolls. Sadly, Mirwen's solo shots after her makeup tweak all came out blurry. Still, I think few people will object to a bit of bonus Karsh.