The Crossroads of the Aether
I'm beginning to experiment with makeup for Clara, my automaton. I'm using old porcelain dolls as my main inspiration, with some sort of robotic twist.
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7.3.12: I took a much more subtle approach when I played with makeup today, and I think I prefer this look. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a paler makeup that isn't white, since I already wear the lightest shade of foundation/powder that's available at drugstores, etc. around here. I wonder if it's perhaps too subtle, but the mechanical voice box (once I've actually gotten around to creating it) should help.
I attempted false lashes today and it was a massive failure, so I'll just stick to my natural ones. I purchased the darkest shade of lipstick I could find, and I'm surprised and pleased that it doesn't look as dark/horrible as I thought it might.
I think the eyes are fine, I do think the mouth makeup is unnecessary. I see where you're going but it never seems to look right in real life, once you start talking that is. But it's hard to judge that without the full set up.
Maybe you should get a cheap pair of metal framed glasses, something either brass or copper colored, that way you won't have to be blind but can look more old fashioned.
Allow me to suggest this site, my particular prescription was a fraction of my usual price. But it may not work for you.
I disagree! I love the lipstick!!
I am VERY good at looking like a porcelain doll, madame. First, shade the mannequin-lines beneath the mouth so that it appears to actually be indented, that will be extremely helpful.
Second, use a foundation a couple shades lighter than your skin. The goal is not to look pale, but to have that odd, 'bright' skin that dolls seem to have. Although you have a lovely complexion, so you can definately skip this step.
When you apply your eye makeup, line the waterline with white, then using a dry, fine-tip brush, blend black softly along the lash line, and blend it out slightly, so that it fades out more naturally. Apply a small bit of bluish eyeshadow beneath the eye, to make them appear slightly sunken. On the upper lid, highlight slightly outside the crease, so the eyes appear larger, and then shadow the lid itself with blended black, layering the false eyelashes so that you appear to have very thick ones.
Creating a more dramatic, sculpted arch to the browline will help dramatically.
As for the lips, paint them a dark shade of glossy red, but paint them smaller than the natural lip, with a very defined edge and very defined Cupid's Bow. This is partly to shape them perfectly, and also to make them not appear too large.
...I am unsure if this made any sense through writing, so I'll try to film a makeup tutorial and upload it for you. In the meantime, a fraction of my portfolio dwells here: http://angelofmysteries.deviantart.com/
It all depends on whether or not you want them. If other people don't understand, their confusion be damned!
I myself would lose the laugh lines, but if you wanted to keep the lower lines, I am certainly with Lord Nathanael in that you want to blend them out and shadow them a bit. That will make it look more natural and not so "drawn on."
I concur that the shading will help significantly.
Also, since you have opted not to go with white for your skin color, I wouldn't go with black for the lines. Instead, a shade of brown several shades darker than your normal color would give them a more natural (I feel somewhat odd using that word to describe mechanics, but am at a loss for a better) appearance. Also, rather than having the line go straight down from the corners of your mouth, have it start straight down, and then about half-way down have it start to curve toward your ears, following the curve of your cheeks, until it meets your jaw. This will allow the contours of your face to help with the shading.
If your nearsightedness isn't too bad (before my cataract surgery mine was so extreme that only a little variation in lens position gave me headaches), you might look up sources for pince-nez frames and have a set of lenses made to your prescription added to them; with the right type of frame, you could make an oversized screw head to cover the clamp and make it look like that is what is holding the lenses in place ;)
I found this video you might find it of some use and there may be more links that you can follow for something of more interest to you.
You are most welcome.
Start with a good Moisturiser coat 1, dry, coat 2 dry, coat 3 dry. then use a concealer around eyes and T zone. You can narrow the nose by using a powder bronzer on the sides of the nose * may have to play with this to get it right. If you want a white appearance use baby powder as your face makeup.
Your nose looks FINE, but I think your lipstick would look better if it were darker...maybe closer to the lovely auburn of your hair?