Make Your Face Beautiful In The Style Of Bob Ross

Welcome to Make Your Face, a makeup tutorial series with a simple mission: makeup by you (me) for your (my) own entertainment, Establishment-style.

Hey there folks, I’m so glad you could join us today. Let’s jump right in! As you can see, we’re working with our usual canvas today. I’ve prepped the surface with a thin coat of liquid foundation, some mascara, and a little eyeliner.


To start, let’s dip into our iMagic flash palette and mix up a little blue and white. Using a flat brush, lay it down over the upper left of the canvas with smooth, easy strokes. That’s it, just nice and easy, like a warm July sky.


Next we’ll take our Kabuki brush and lay down some greenery. Just push it straight into the canvas, tap tap tap with the bristles of the brush. You don’t have to use a lot of pressure. Just enough to give an impression of green, green leaves in the background of our landscape, maybe a little light shining through.


Down here let’s add a little pond, a nice little green pond maybe with a few frogs in it. Mix just a little black in with your green, just a little, to make that nice deep green pond color. Now, remember: Sitting water is always level, so watch the angle of your strokes here. Smooth, smooth. Just a nice little pond. Maybe even a fish in there, living with the frogs.


Now let’s head back up into that sky. On delicate areas of your canvas, sometimes the texture of the flash palette pigment might not be the best choice. It can crease, or run, sometimes making your canvas look a little messier than you might like. In these sections you might want to use eyeshadow, even a little damp shadow, instead — just pat it on with a q-tip. That’s it. Heck, you can use wet eyeshadow to make the whole painting, if you want; it’ll give you more of a watercolor effect. This is your canvas! The decisions are all yours, all yours. It’s your world, and it should look just the way you want it.


Now let’s have a little fun with the palette knife — or a skin-safe substitute. You know, there’s this beautiful little dogwood tree outside my window, just a lovely little tree! I just love looking at that tree, and I’m going to put it in my painting today. Get a little roll of brown paint on the palette knife, and lightly — just real lightly — glide it over the canvas to create that trunk. That’s it. Don’t use too much pressure, don’t try too hard to make it perfect; just let it glide the way it wants to. Then, take a little titanium white, just a little, and smudge it in there to create some highlights. There. That’s a happy little tree.


But we can’t leave that little tree naked, now. Add some light green “leaves” with a small flat brush, just the shapes of big bunches of leaves, the way a kid who hasn’t gotten glasses yet sees them. Don’t just cover your whole canvas completely, now; let a little bit of that sky show through here and there, just like it does in life.


Now we need to add some ground, give that tree something to stand on. You can use the same brush to add some definition to the grass, then use a fan brush to blend it upward, blend it all together a little. Sometimes it really helps your strokes to make little noises while you paint, like sound effects. Whoosh! Swoosh!


Be sure to step back and check your work here and there to make sure you like what you see, see if you need to determine any course corrections. Wow! The curve on that canvas sure put a crook in that little ol’ dogwood tree! Think about your angles.


Now, this clear sky we have here just won’t do. In the middle of July, a cloudless sky means hot weather! No, we’ve got to add a few little clouds up here to help soak up that sun. Fluffy little clouds to just float above us, keeping our pond cool in the heat of the day. Keepin’ our frogs happy. You see, I’m just taking titanium white and applying it in light, circular motions, that’s it. Mix just a tiny bit — just a pinprick of midnight black with that white to make a little shadow for the edges of those clouds; you can even add just a tiny bit of cadmium yellow there, if you want your day to be a little warmer.

Allllways decisions. All your decisions! This little world you’re creating, it’s all for you. And it’s all beautiful. Now, you see, I’m going back into that tree with little hints of the clouds’ white, and small dashes of that dark green we mixed up to use for the pond. Gives our leaves some definition; gives our tree some personality.


You know what’s blooming this time of year? Tiger lilies! Man, tiger lilies. Those things are almost strange-looking, aren’t they? Like little aliens, with tentacles, and such a gorgeous vivid orange color. Beautiful, just beautiful! Go real easy on the alizarin crimson here, heavier on that cad yellow. That’s it.


Now, as an optional step here at the end, if you want to get a little wild here — try something just a touch unique on your framing — you can add some false eyelashes. With paper lashes, be gentle; they’re delicate. If I had my own laser cutter, I would definitely experiment with making some of these of my own. Heck, you know, if you happen to be really skilled with delicate work with an X-Acto knife — be safe! — but, it might be a cool thing to try. Just always remember to be responsible. Bold, but responsible.


Step back once more to take a look at your canvas, see how it’s all coming together. Hmmm.


I think it could use just a tiny touch of more color, just a highlight. We’ll go back in here with a small brush and add a little patch of yellow day lilies, right here . . .


And I think we’re gonna call this one done! Wow, what a good feeling to stand back and take a look at the world you’ve created. That’s the thing about makeup, it just makes you feel good inside!

From all of us here at The Establishment, I’d like to wish you happy face-painting, and Bob bless, my friends.

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