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How to paint lips using oil colours
Step-by-step

How to paint lips using oil colours

Facial features are difficult to recreate, especially when working with oil colours. In this step-by-step plan, artist Zarina Situmorang (@zarinasart on Instagram) shows us how she builds a mouth using Rembrandt and Van Gogh oil colours.

“Today we’ll be painting lips together! They will have a soft pastel look. It means that we don’t need saturated colours and high contrasts.” Let’s begin!

What you need

 

Tips

I usually divide the process of the painting into three stages:

  1. The base. This part is pretty sloppy. I try out different colours, see how they work together and add some variety.
  2. The transition. Once I’m happy with the result of the previous step, I proceed to mix and add the transitional colours in between the existing colours.
  3. The blending. This is where I create smooth lines between the colours I have already applied. I use an old fluffy brush to do that.

Step 1

Create some mixes of different skin tones and shadow shades on your palette using the colours pictured and the white spirit and linseed oil.

Step 1

Step 2

Paint the outline of the lips. I did this using a diluted brown colour.

Step 2

Step 3

Start with the skin around the lips. This area will act as a background and will help us decide what colours to use on the lips themselves.

Step 3

Step 4

Time to fill in the lips! I’ve added some red paint to our base mixes to create these pink colours.

Step 4

Step 5

Add your transition colours and blend them together with the existing colours.

Step 5

Step 6

To provide some texture, add a few bold brush strokes. I also changed the colour of the middle line of the lip so it is much redder than before.

And our lips are done! I hope you liked this lesson. Don’t forget to share your results using #RoyalTalens!

This wonderful step-by-step plan was made for Royal Talens by Zarina Situmorang (@zarinasart  on Instagram).

Step 6

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