I often see BJD hobbyists state that the only reason their faceups suck is because they can’t afford quality art supplies. As someone who’d spent years in art training, I cannot overemphasize the importance of quality tools, materials and supplies for arts and crafts, however, it is simply a misconception that one can’t find quality materials at a low price.
Below is a list I compiled of a basic professional grade art supplies to begin painting your own dolls, all around $100. I could reduce it to under $50 by buying single sticks of pastel and single pencils instead of a set, since you’re supposed to mix your pigments, and all you really need is basic seven colors. The only thing you should never compromise on is MSC.
CyberStyle 15pcs Nail Art Brush Dotting Drawing Tool Set - $3.99
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaner Cleaning Pads - $3.47
Sanford Design Kneaded Eraser - $3.45
Mr. Super Clear - $15.34
I presume any household has Sandpaper, Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol, Q-Tips and cotton facial discs to wipe acrylic paint.
You may also want to invest into a greater variety of brushes, but this is good enough for a beginner. Now go and paint that face!