How To Paint An Extremely-Reasonable Pair of Human Lips

Be taught to color a pair of luscious lips as demonstrated by Kelly Eddington. Thanks Kelly for the useful tutorial!

Supplies Used:

  • HB pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • A sheet of Arches chilly press 140lb watercolor paper (7″ x 5″)
  • Kraft paper tape (width 1″)
  • Portray palette for watercolor paints
  • A container of water
  • Paper towel
  • Masking fluid
  • Masonite board (a minimum of 8″ x 6″) (non-obligatory)
  • Estee Lauder All-Day Lipstick in Wealthy and Rosy (non-obligatory)


  • Previous Holland Traditional Watercolors: Cadmium Crimson Gentle
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Cadmium Yellow Further Deep
  • Parisian (Prussian) Blue Further
  • Dioxazine Mauve
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Holbein Artist Supplies Watercolors: Opera
  • Da Vinci Artists’ Watercolors: Iridescent Napthol Crimson (non-obligatory)


  • Sax: Copper acrylic wood deal with flat brush (measurement 10)
  • Royal: Gentle grip golden taklon oval wash brush
  • Loew Cornell American Painter (4000 Sequence): Brief deal with spherical brush (measurement 6)
  • Loew Cornell American Painter (4000 Sequence): Brief deal with spherical brush (measurement 2)

Step 1: Prepping And Sketching


On the sheet of Arches 7″ x 5″ watercolor paper, calmly sketch a pair of lips and a few enamel. It may be an image of your personal or another person’s, and if you would like, you possibly can placed on the lipstick earlier than taking an image (or simply use the colour for reference later). Whenever you’re carried out, tape it to the Masonite board with the masking tape. Should you don’t have a wood board, you possibly can tape the paper to a tough floor which you don’t thoughts getting paint on. Then, block within the white highlights on the lips with masking fluid. Let the fluid dry fully earlier than continuing.

Step 2: Portray The First Layer Of Pores and skin Utilizing The Moist-In-Moist Approach


Prep your paints: get a light-weight orange by mixing Cadmium Crimson Gentle and Yellow Medium, and have the yellow and a few Dioxazine Mauve to combine in later. Moist the encircling pores and skin space with clear water and the flat brush (measurement 10), then utilizing the wet-on-wet technique, paint in a wash utilizing the orange combine so it seems as a light-weight peach. Depart the best facet of the mouth white for distinction, and the center “valley” the place the philtrum is (i.e. the realm between the lips and the nostril). Darken the shadows regularly by including a contact of Dioxazine Mauve and Cadmium Yellow Medium, switching to the dimensions 6 round brush when portray the ridges beneath the place the nostril needs to be.

Step 3: Portray The Enamel


Combine loads of water with the Parisian Blue, then paint the enamel with the wet-on-wet technique. Depart a little bit white for highlights, however because the lips are solely barely parted, a lot of the enamel needs to be in shadow. Drop a little bit Alizarin Crimson and Dioxazine Mauve within the darkest areas, because the forged shadow on the enamel (from the lips) will replicate a little bit of the lips’s colour.

Step 4: Full Crimson Lips


When the pores and skin space is partially dry, moist the lips with clear water. Then, combine in Opera and extra Cadmium Crimson Gentle to the earlier orange combination used for the pores and skin, and use the colour to color the lips, ranging from the darker left facet and leaving the lightest areas for final. You possibly can add Cadmium Yellow Further Deep for a extra orange tint. Whenever you’re carried out, do a second layer of paint on prime to accentuate the colors and shadows. Combine in much less water along with your paint so the colour is extra saturated.

Step 5: Including The Shadows


Set up the left facet because the shadowed facet by including Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Crimson Gentle. The lip space ought to nonetheless be wet, which is able to make your traces fuzzy, however proceed to observe the traces and curves on the lips. Soften the sting across the lips with clear water and the dimensions 2 spherical brush, then with the identical brush, combine Dioxazine Mauve and Cadmium Yellow Further deep for a darkish brown to color the within and corners of the mouth, across the enamel, and the road the place each lips are touching.

Step 6: Defining Wrinkle Strains


Because the paper dries, you can begin defining wrinkle traces and shadows utilizing the dimensions 2 spherical brush. Alternate between Opera, Cadmium Crimson Gentle, Cadmium Yellow Further Deep, and Alizarin Crimson to color the wrinkles, particularly on the decrease lip. The traces ought to observe the curve of the lips so as to add quantity (consider them as parentheses; the opening one on the left facet and the closing one on the best). Keep away from making all of the wrinkles the identical; paint some longer traces, some shorter traces, and use completely different colours whereas working from darkish to gentle. The highest lip also needs to be darker than the underside lip, as a result of gentle hits the underside lip first because it stands proud extra. Darken all of the shadows till you’re happy with the distinction and depth of the portray.

Step 7: Rising The Distinction And Including Ending Touches


With the Royal oval wash brush, add extra shadows beneath the lips and to the left facet by mixing a little bit Burnt Sienna to the pores and skin colour, then erase the masking fluid earlier than softening the sides across the white areas with a clear moist brush. For the ultimate contact, paint a layer of Iridescent Napthol Crimson over the lips whereas avoiding the white highlights. This layer will not be essential, however it helps add a shiny end to your portray. Step again to examine the general look of your portray, and once you’re pleased with the ultimate outcome, gently take away the masking tape and let your portray dry.

Right here’s the full video by Kelly Eddington:

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