Today I’ll be doing a step-by-step tutorial on how to do a Barbie-inspired makeup look!
It’s definitely a little bit over the top, so it’s not for every day, but I’ve toned it down enough that you could get away with it on special occasions. Bright eyes, fuchsia lips and pink cheeks, this look is sure to bring you back to your childhood!
Step One: The Base
You always want to start off any look with a perfect base, but for a Barbie look, you want to have that airbrushed finish. I used a clear foundation primer to ensure a flawless application.
In the photograph above, I’m wearing no makeup, just my primer. You can see we’ve got a lot of work to do!
Next, I used concealer on a few trouble spots. I have a few on my chin and cheek that needed covering, so I applied a light covering of concealer to blur imperfections. Next, I applied my foundation. I use a liquid-to-powder foundation, using my fingers to apply quickly across my skin, then use a stippling brush to give it that airbrushed effect. Then I applied a second coat, so that I could get a really clean, perfect finish.
Above is after my foundation application. You can see my skin is all one shade now, and my blemishes are covered well. This won’t be the final look of the base, it’s just creating a clean canvas to work with.
Next is the eyebrows. Barbie has a more straight, less arched look than what I normally do. I used my brow pomade to get clean lines, and didn’t blend and fade as much as I normally do. Hers are very sculpted and hard-edged.
You can see the huge difference having my brows done does. You definitely don’t want to skip this, as Barbie has those perfect brows, and you want to as well! I used an angled brow brush to achieve clean lines, and smoothed the edges out with a highlighter to make them really pop.
Above I’ve done both of my brows. You can see that while they’re arched, it’s still one smooth line all the way across.
Now you want to use an eyeshadow primer. I applied it from my lash line to my brows, then under my eyes as well. This preps the skin for the heavy amount of shadow I’ll be adding.
Above, I’ve taken an all over shadow brush and heavily patted a shimmery, light blue shade all over my lid, stopping at the crease and not winging it out. I made sure to get very close to the lash line.
In this photograph, I’ve added a shimmery white shadow from where the blue ends to where my eyebrows begin. This is for highlighting. It really makes a difference!
Next, I took a very bright, matte pink and applied to my crease, blending up into the white and stopping right before my inner tri. This adds a brilliant pop of color.
Now I took a light, matte purple and applied it only to my crease. I blended well, but didn’t bring it too far over the pink. I blended into the corner of my eye, winging out and connecting the pink. Make sure to blend, blend, blend. You don’t want super harsh lines, just defined colors. I curled my eyelashes before the next step.
Next I took a powdery beige glitter and dabbed it right into the center of my lid for a shimmery highlight. Not enough to conceal the blue, but enough to blur the colors and add dimension.
In this photograph, I lined my upper waterline with a black pencil, getting as close to the lashes as possible. This gives the appearance of longer lashes.
Next, I added a thick line of black liquid eyeliner to my top lid, stopping at the end but lining in all the way to the inner corner of my eye to elongate them. I took a white pencil and lined my lower waterline, extending down to my lash line in the outer and inner corners, but leaving the center untouched.
Now taking the same pink as before, I lined the inner corner of my lid. Using the a blue that was slightly deeper, I lined the outer corner.
Holy lashes! I applied a mascara primer, then three coats of various mascaras to really lengthen them. I didn’t have any falsies handy, so I did them as bold as possible without getting clumpy spider lashes. You can always use falsies if you’re comfortable with them, just make sure to reapply your liquid liner after you’ve glued them on so there aren’t any obvious marks from the glue.
Now I used a shimmery white highlighter on my cheekbones, down the center of my nose, on my Cupid’s bow and in between my brows. This accentuates those areas lightly, and gives a somewhat plastic sheen.
And next up is bronzer to add shadows and contour. I put a little bit around my hairline to make my face more oval, then applied a bit down each side of my nose, beginning at the brow, and in the hollows of my cheeks.
Next is bright, bright, bright pink blush blended onto the apples of my cheeks.
Finally, I set everything I’d done with a tinted finishing powder for a perfect, smooth look. I used a kabuki brush in small, circular motions to buff in and blend all the contour and highlighting that I’d done. Over the finishing powder, I dusted a light pink highlighter over my whole face and down my neck to emphasize the plastic appearance.
And last, but definitely not least, time for the lippie! I used a really, really bright, creamy fuchsia with a satin finish. I used two coats to really get it opaque. To be fair, Barbie has lighter lips than this, but I was dying to try this color and I thought it paired well with everything else I used.
All done! You can use a setting spray to keep everything in place if you’d like to, since this is a heavy look and will probably need maintenance if you’re planning on wearing it for a while.
Here’s a close up of my finished eye makeup.
Lots of photos! Barbie isn’t complete without a hefty wardrobe and fun accessories, so I went a little wild on all the different styles to pair with this look.
I hope you enjoyed, and if you try this look out, be sure to share your pictures! I had a blast working on it!
Smashbox Photo Ready Primer
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Fair
Hourglass Immaculate Foundation in Shell
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
Urban Decay Primer Potion
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette for all eyeshadows
Rain Cosmetics Glitterati in Gold Digger for shimmer on lids
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx
Make Up For Ever pencil in Feathered
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Lancome Cils Booster XL for mascara primer
Dior Extase mascara
Too Faced Better than Sex mascara
yourMinerals Facial Enhancer in Rose Sparkle
Tarte bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette for blush
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Finishing Powder in Light
Urban Decay Revolution in Anarchy