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Tutorial: Fabulous, Non-Rooted Eyelashes for Altered Barbie Art

April 23, 2010

Rooted eyelashes involve removing Barbie’s head, tying knots in the material used for the eye lash, and poking the needle from inside the head and out the eye lid. I do not know this technique so I created my own technique as an alternative.
I have tried different kinds of threads, including polyester, nylon, and cotton, and the thread I find most desirable is embroidery thread.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • a thin doll needle with a large eye for threading
  • one Q-tip
  • proper color of embroidery thread (black or brown)
  • a scrap piece of cardstock
  • small scissors for trimming


1. Make a tight ponytail on top of the Barbie Head.
embroidery thread

2. Cut a strand of Embroidery thread about 18 inches long.

3. Separate the 6 strands into 3 groups of 2 strands each.

4. Thread a doll needle (long needle with a large eye). Do not knot the end.

5. Starting at the outer edge of the eye, poke the needle toward the mid part of the back of the head in a very slight downward angle.

6. Leave about ¾ of an inch of thread coming out of the eyelid and cut the thread at the back of the head as close to the hairline as possible without cutting the hair.

7. Poke the needle through the eyelid as close to the previous thread as possible without going into the same hole.

8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 until you have reached the place toward the inner edge that feels right for you.

9. Repeat steps 5, 6 & 7 on the other eye.

10. Cut or tear two pieces of card stock paper (I use an old business card) to a size about ½ inch x ¾ inch.

11. Load the tip of a Q-Tip with a stiff hair gel.

12. Place a piece of card stock paper on Barbie’s cheek under the log eye lashes.

13. Use the Q-Tip to soak the lashes with the hair gel.

14. Remove the card stock and put it on Barbie’s forehead, sticky side up, as close to the lash line as possible.

15. Use the Q-Tip to soak the lash with gel in an upward motion while fanning out the lashes.

NOTE: If you want lashes that appear more curled, then add this step after #15:

After fanning out the lashes, pull the card stock up and away from the lash line 1/8th to 1/4th an inch, then push the card stock back down toward the lash line creating a curl of the thread.

16. Repeat steps 11 to 15 on the eyelashes of the other eye.

17. Let the gel dry overnight.

18. Remove the card stock from the lashes.

19. Trim & shape the lashes to your liking.

These are some FABULOUS EYELASHES! Barbie loves you now!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2010 9:51 pm

    What a cool technique. I wish it was that easy in real life! 🙂

  2. JAMES permalink
    August 21, 2010 1:32 pm

    GREAT WORK,

    I WOULD DO DOLLS LIKE: CHUN-LI, APRIL O’NEIL, TEELA, SCARLETT,
    AND LADY JAYE?.

    THANK YOU,

    JAMES

  3. Christianne permalink
    February 17, 2013 11:09 am

    I have some Tonner girls that were all into having lashes until they saw the size of that needle through the eye thing–but I’ll talk ’em into it! Thanks for sharing.

  4. CATHY MARTHALLER permalink
    June 14, 2013 5:23 pm

    WHAT A WONDERFUL TECHNIQUE..I HAVE A HAND I EYE DISABILITY SO IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO DRAW EYES ON THE DOLLS I THINK THIS WILL WORK MUCH EASIER..THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING..CATHY M.

  5. February 3, 2014 5:11 pm

    Omg I was looking everywhere for information like this for my doll everything else was hard but this is the easiest process so far thx for your help

  6. Melodie Cha permalink
    April 25, 2016 4:45 pm

    This came out so good! In fact, I might buy this from you. I don’t know if its possible haha. But this is sooo cute😍 and this doll goes perfect with the eyelashes!! Are u by chance, going to sell this? 🙂

  7. August 6, 2016 5:43 pm

    Great tutorial, but I don’t grasp how the curl is made in the lash. I thought of using a human curler, but doubt it would grasp sufficiently. Could you re-explain that part for me please? Thanks!

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