Tutorial: Fabulous, Non-Rooted Eyelashes for Altered Barbie Art
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
These are some FABULOUS EYELASHES! Barbie loves you now!