OK, yes, the whole idealization of Barbie is super antiquated — but there's no denying the fact that the doll makes for one kick-ass Halloween costume. And since most of us grew up playing with Barbie, a costume homage to her definitely has the nostalgia factor going for it as well.
Even though there's nothing simple about Barbie, putting together a Barbie costume is actually pretty easy. The bright colors and over-dramatized makeup are our favorite part, so if you focus on those two factors, you'll be well on your way. Here's our step-by-step breakdown for makeup that's fit for a doll
Apply a white cream shadow as a base. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk is perfect for this.
Use your finger to blend from your lash line all the way up to your brow.
Take that same white pencil and line your inner rim to give eyes a larger appearance.
Pat a white eyeshadow all over the lid.
Using a purple pencil liner, draw a line just above your natural crease. Barbie is rocking a cut crease, in case you haven’t noticed. I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Vice.
Next, take a matte violet shadow like Urban from the Urban Decay Electric Palette and smudge out the line you just drew with a pencil brush.
Extend your purple cut crease past the inner corner of your eye to make eyes appear wider.
Using your same purple liner, draw a straight line, starting at the outer corner of your eye.
Use your pencil brush to soften and blend the line out.
Taking a crease brush, dip into a magenta color like Jilted in the Urban Decay Electric Palette and soften out your top edge, working the pink into the purple color.
Use a makeup wipe to clean up and sharpen your outer edge.
Using your purple liner, draw along lower lash line.
Take your pencil brush dipped into Urban and smudge it out.
Apply mascara to bottom lashes.
Apply white shadow to your brow bone to highlight this area and add more dimension.
Using a black liquid liner, line your top lash line. Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool is really easy to use!
Cut a false lash strip in two sections. One small, one large. Place the smaller piece on the outer corner of your eye, just past where it ends.
Apply the other lash section to your lower lash line.
Find the most unnatural, longest false lashes you can get your hands on and place those along your top lash line.
Apply mascara to fuse your lashes together.
Apply a candy pink blush.
Using a medium pink lip liner, line lips, exaggerating the peaks of your top lip. I used NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Pinky. Take the liner just a little bit past the corners of your mouth for a creepy perms-smile.
Fill in lips with a bubblegum pink shade. I used Tarte's 12-Hour Performance Lipstick in Whimsy, which is sadly discontinued, but Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Pink Pop would be a good stand-in.
Go back in with your lip liner if necessary to clean up any areas.
Now throw on your super-blond wig and some blue contacts if needed and go meet your Ken doll!
Originally posted October 2014. Updated October 2017.
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