Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam

Halloween Makeup Tutorial: My Barbie Beauty How-to

When I was a little girl, I always wanted to be just like Barbie when I grew up. And it just happened. Sure it’s just for one day, but it’s Halloween – the most important day of the year!


Barbie has long been idealized for her beauty. While the blue eyes and blonde hair have always been characteristic of her looks, if you break it down, her beauty routine (or rather my interpretation of it) is pretty simple: cat eye, exaggerated lashes, matte flawless skin, matte lip and the whitest smile.

For Barbie’s cat eye, I used Clinique Pretty Easy in Black, because I just love a felt-tip pen liner. I find it easy to use and easy to correct (with just a bit of water on a Q-tip). Here’s how to do a cat eye just like Adele’s.
For Barbie’s exaggerated lashes, I was going to go the faux lashes route, but to make it more playful – and more literal, if you look closely at Barbie’s eyes – I drew on the lashes. Using CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus in Espresso Eye Pencil, I drew an eye crease à la Twiggy and drew eyelashes along that line, as well as along the lower lash line.
For Barbie’s matte, flawless skin, I did what I normally do to cover up under my eyes and on my chin, but then I used powder all over my face. Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder gave good coverage, and I was able to apply it three times to achieve the look I wanted. And to make sure I had that plastic-fantastic look, I went one shade lighter than I normally would use (Light). Here’s a flawless skin tutorial.
For Barbie’s matte lip, I used the brightest pink lipstick I owned and finished it off with Maybelline New York Color Sensational Loaded Bold Lipstick in Gone Griege. I liked how it muted the pink and gave me mannequin lips. It’s kinda Kylie, don’t you think?
For Barbie’s smile, I wanted my teeth white – quickly. I actually wore Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme while I was doing my eyes!
As for the clothes, what I didn’t own already, I just borrowed from friends. It was honestly the easiest Halloween costume I’ve ever done!


Barbie Plus: This chic Barbie doll is worth talking about this October because she helps raise funds for Rethink Breast Cancer. As for beauty products that help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, I’m loving Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum, Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ and Origins Overnight Mask to Quench Skin’s Thirst at Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUE.