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How To Paint An Ultra-Realistic Pair of Human Lips

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Step 2: Painting The First Layer Of Skin Using The Wet-In-Wet Technique

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Prep your paints: get a light orange by mixing Cadmium Red Light and Yellow Medium, and have the yellow and some Dioxazine Mauve to mix in later. Wet the surrounding skin area with clean water and the flat brush (size 10), then using the wet-on-wet technique, paint in a wash using the orange mix so it appears as a light peach. Leave the right side of the mouth white for contrast, and the middle “valley” where the philtrum is (i.e. the area between the lips and the nose). Darken the shadows gradually by adding a touch of Dioxazine Mauve and Cadmium Yellow Medium, switching to the size 6 round brush when painting the ridges underneath where the nose should be.