C.A. Cupid Monster High repaint tutorial

I scored some free time, and decided to paint one of my poor unfortunate naked dolls! Get ready for a lot of bad, under the lamp photos! Which one should it be…


Ahh yes, the white faceless one in the middle that looks like it should be in the basement of the serial killer from The Cell will do!


First is the airbrushing! I’ll only be working on the face this time, and one color, so this will be quick. Here’s most of the supplies I use: plastic wrap to keep the hair and body safe, paint and spray sealer (Mr Super Clear works great for soft vinyl), an exacto knife just in case a piece of dust gets stuck in the sealer, dry and damp blocks of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, airbrush and airbrushing spraying/cleaning chamber. Not pictured is the air compressor, isotopic alcohol.


Wrappin’ her up! Don’t even wanna think about what those bangs are going to look like when I’m done.


…aaand airbrushed. Airbrushing is a tricky, takes practice sort of thing. It would be easier to record than try to explain. For blushing, keep the airbrush a pretty good distance from the face, and pay close attention to where the color is building up. You could be thinking you’re painting one area, then out of the corner of your eye, it’s an area slightly skewed to the left or something.


Paint time!


The first color is going to be for the outline and eyebrows. I use a good amount thinner and Slow Dry. I’ll be needing to add thinner throughout the process to keep it the same consistency.



Unless it’s black or another dark color, I almost always use the base eyebrow color for the outlines of the eye shapes and base lashes. For her I won’t even need anything more than a base color. I paint the brows from the outside tip going inward, so that I can get longer more tapered eyebrow hairs that become lighter as they go in.


Outlines and eyebrows done.


Now for the light brown parts of the iris. Lots and lots of lines, start from the outside and go in feathering towards the pupil.


Doing the same thing for the purple, only keeping it mostly concentrated at the top of the iris, while the rest of the eye gets it closer to the outsides. Also pupils!

Added whites shadows. Use a really thinned (but not watery, or else it’ll just bead up) color for this, and lots of layers.


Time for those upper lashes, long and feathery. I started with purple, then added black on top.


Black has been added to all of the lashes, and some of that really thin purple to the outside of the eyes to add some depth.



Let’s give those lips some love! (I’d say literally, but no) Super thinned pink for this, I only want a hint of lip color.


Starting with the lips-heart.


While waiting for the lips to dry, I start the highlights. A very light pink is stippled inside the middle ring of the iris, and thin lines are done on the insides of the lids. To really bring out her freaky heart shaped pupils, I gave them a shine.


Now some white, a very small amount of it. Some is dotted inside the light pink highlights and on top of the heart highlights. Adding a little bit right around the sides the outside of the iris makes the eyes pop.


A few last touch ups, and..


She’s done! Just barely dry, even!



Trying to get the angles with the least amount of glare is hard


12 thoughts on “C.A. Cupid Monster High repaint tutorial”

  1. Wow, fantastic tutorial! 😀 May I ask what kind of paintbrush you’re using? I’ve been trying to find teeny brushes to use, myself, but I can’t find any locally, so I’ve been trying to figure out what to look for online.

  2. Beautiful tutorial. I’ve only done one doll repaint so far, so I’m craving some good tutorials to help me better understand technique. What do you use to thin your acrylic paints? I’ve been using watercolor paints (since they’re not thick) but I’d like to switch to acrylic.

    1. That’s funny you mention watercolors, I did my first few repaints with watercolors. I don’t know how your experience has been, but mine dried with a very chalky texture, and sometimes it would crack. I would say switch to acrylics as soon as you can, here’s some really good sets: . They also include thinner (same kind I use). I’d get the extra bottle of thinner, that stuff goes fast. I also mix in a bit of Liquitex Slo-dri.

  3. Do you use a sealer and gloss? If so, what brands? I just discovered this hobby the other night and I am OBSESSED. I cannot wait to get started but being a perfectionist I’m trying to eat up the best tutorials possible. And I’m sorry what brand of acrylic do you use?

    1. I do use sealer and gloss. For the spray sealer, I use Mr. Super Clear (I usually hit up Junkyspot.com, or volksusa.com, though they seem to be out of stock at the moment). For gloss, and satin brush on sealer, I use Golden Varnishes, that you can get at pretty much any art and craft store. Good luck, and enjoy!

  4. May I ask what brand of acrylic paint your using? I am planning a trip to Toys-R-Us later today to purchase a Monster High Doll to try this on and even though I have a lot of different paints, pastels and pencils, I would like to check out the brand of paints your using. Thanks!!!

    1. I use primarily paints from Volksusa.com, but other brands I’ve had success with are Liquitex and Golden (both highly thinned). Good luck and have fun!.

  5. Thank you so much for the information on the paints your using. I have purchased the Golden and Liquitex with some slo-dry also. I got all the paint cleaned off my Draculaura and now it is time to start re-painting…yikes! I just wanted to thank you for this tutorial! It is the most thorough and detailed one I have come across and the one I am going to use when I start! I did have one other question however? How many times to you seal your work as you go? I have seen a lot of tutorials where the artists use layers of Mr. Super Clear between coats of acrylics, paints, and watercolors. Just wondering if you do the same? Thanks again and have a wonderful day!!!

    1. Yup, I absolutely use several layers of spray sealer in between. Usually it goes base coat, coat after the airbrushed/pastel blushing, several coats to finish. Sometimes I’ll do a few coats between blushing, if the makeup is particularly heavy. Good Luck!!

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