How to Use Makeup on a Mannequin Head

Updated April 17, 2017

Mannequin heads are a way to practice and perfect your make-up application skills. Use a mannequin head to experiment with different cosmetic products and skin tones. If you are a new make-up artist, it can allow you master a desired look prior to practicing on a human model. Best of all, once you are done practicing on your mannequin you can simply clean it off and use it again whenever you please.

Apply the liquid foundation to the mannequin using a foundation brush. Spread this evenly until you have covered the mannequin’s entire face and allow this to dry thoroughly. After the liquid foundation has set, swirl the powder brush into the foundation powder. Buff the mannequin’s face with the brush using circular motions to cover the area evenly.

Apply eye shadow primer using a finger. Spread an even amount of the product over the mannequin’s lids and just below the brow bone; this will ensure that the eye shadow products will be more vibrant and longer lasting. Begin applying eye shadow to the lid area and above if desired. It is important to pat the eye shadow onto the lids rather to sweep it as this can make the colour look dull.

Apply liquid eyeliner to the top of the eyelids using the liquid brush tip that should come with the liner. Carefully trace the lid allowing the line to thicken slightly as you reach the outer corner. Extend the liner about one quarter past the eye lids to create a winged-tip look if you want.

Remove the fake eyelashes from their packaging and carefully line the lash with glue. Wait about 10 seconds for the glue to become sticky and then apply it to the lid of the mannequin, pressing on the inner corners and outer corners of the lash. Hold the lash against the eyelid for about 10 more seconds to make sure that it is fully dry then repeat this on the other mannequin eye.

Apply lipstick to the mannequin using a lip brush. Start from the middle of the mannequin’s lips and sweep the brush outward. After you are satisfied with the coverage line the lips using a lip liner. Add lip gloss to the mannequin’s lips if you want to add more depth.


Only use a little bit of make up for your mannequin at a time; less is more. Photograph the mannequin once you are done to record the look you achieved. Thoroughly clean the mannequin by removing the lashes and then rubbing the head with alcohol-covered wipes. Once the mannequin is clean, store it away or apply make-up again if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Mannequin head with face
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Pack of liquid foundation wedges
  • Eye shadows
  • Eye shadow primer
  • Powder foundation
  • Liquid foundation
  • False eyelashes with glue
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Powder or cream blush
  • Lip stick or lip gloss
  • Lip liner
  • Blush brush
  • Eye shadow brushes
  • Foundation brush
  • Powder brush
  • Lip brush
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Janine James has been writing professionally since 2005. She has worked for a variety of different publications including "[X]press Magazine." James is a San Francisco State University graduate, holding a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and creative writing.