- A Berenguer silicone doll
They have realistic faces, and are made from vinyl which most closely resembles human skin. Some of the more expensive Berenguer dolls are made from a silicone-vinyl blend which is even MORE lifelike.
2. Genesis heat set paints
The most important step in reborning a doll is redoing the skin tone to make it look more realistic. As you probably know, most human newborns don’t have uniform orange peach skin like a doll. Their skin is very translucent, there are visible blood vessels, there is a purple undertone, there is a lot of pink. The best paints to use are Genesis Heat Set Paints. These are the paints that have proven to last the longest on silicone doll.
3. Mohair in a human hair color (brunette, blonde etc).
Some silicone doll use wigs on their dolls, but as you can imagine these don’t result in the most realistic-looking babies. If you are just dabbling and making your first doll to see what you think of the process, by all means, try a wig to make the process go faster. But if you are serious about making a silicone doll that will truly look like a real newborn, you have to put the time and effort into hand-rooting the hair. This is most typically done with mohair that you can buy from silicone doll supplies shops online.
4. Polyglass silicone doll eyes
If your doll is the open-eyed variety, you absolutely need to replace the factory eyes with some beautiful doll eyes that look real and have dimension. However, while it might be tempting to use some sparkling light blue eyes in your dolls, darker doll eyes usually give a reborn doll a more realistic look. The choice is yours of course, but dark eyes=more convincing is the general consensus among experienced silicone doll.