When I saw the Mary-Kate (or is it Ashley) Olsen doll in the thrift store, I instantly thought this could play an old lady. It could be the laugh lines that give it a mature look. Barbie's don't have facial creases no matter how big their smiles are.
I dyed her hair using a permanent marker and drew facial lines using a brown pen. The problem with ink is that it smears. With just a few handling she turned into a soiled vagrant (taong grasa), not the character I had in mind.
I decided to paint over the face except the lips and the eyes using acrylic toy paint. The rough finish of the face added character in my opinion. I reshaped her eyebrows to give her a warmer motherly look. I decided not to reshape her body. Let's say, she works out regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
She kinda reminds me of my own nanay (mother) with her warm smile, the shape of her nose, the fading dye on her hair. I decided to pattern Inez after nanay. They were both left by their husbands but they maintained that positive outlook in life. Even her name is derived from my nanay's. I used to name-call my nanay "Ines" if I'm naiinis (upset) at her. You can tell Inez is now one of my favorite dolls.