If, like me, you thought your Barbie days ended about the same time you stopped wearing pigtails and carrying your packed lunch in a glittery pink lunchbox, then think again.
Turns out Barbie is this season’s new style icon, and everyone from Rita Ora to Lily Allen and Katy Perry is channelling the plastic princess’ look.
Barbie’s style renaissance is all thanks to super-hip fashion designer Jeremy Scott, who designs for the Italian label Moschino. Scott dedicated the brand’s entire spring/summer 2015 collection to the pint-sized blonde bombshell. He filled the catwalk with figure-hugging looks in bubblegum pink, created colourful “dolly” accessories and even reworked the Moschino logo in that familiar Barbie typeface.
I couldn’t resist joining in the fun, so this week I’ve created a sugar-sweet Barbie-inspired beauty look, with bold, baby-pink lips, and tons of sparkle and shimmer – just perfect for a fancy-dress party or a glam girly night out.
Step 1: Eyes
Once you’ve applied your preferred base, get straight onto the eyes. Begin by blending a soft nude shadow across your lids across my lids, to act as a base. I used Clarins Ombré Matte Eyeshadow in 01 Nude Neige – the cream-to-powder formula of this eyeshadow means it’s smooth to apply but is also incredibly long-lasting.
Next, add a dusting of sparkle using Too Faced Glamour Dust Glitter Pigment in Blue Angel. Glitters can be tricky and messy to work with, so to make things easier dab a small amount onto the back of your hand, then, using a fine eyeshadow brush, carefully dab the pigment over your eyelids to create glitzy sheen. Apply a hint of glitter under the lower lash line too, for super-sparkly Barbie lashes.
To give your eyes extra definition, line your upper and lower lash lines with Daniel Sandler Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner in Black Velvet. Finally, apply a few coats of Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara – perfect for those long, voluminous lashes that living dolls should have!
Step 2: Cheeks
Barbie is famous for her gorgeous cheekbones, so add a touch of contour with bareMinerals Ready Bronzer in The Skinny Dip, dusted under the apples of your cheeks and across your temples.
Next up, for gorgeous shimmery cheekbones, you need to pack on the highlighter. I used Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter, swirling the two shades in the compact together and blending the powder across the tops of my cheekbones for a gorgeously girly shimmer. Finally, for a really sparkly finish, dust a hint of the Too Faced glitter pigment over your cheekbones.
Step 3: Lips
The key to this look is the bright baby-pink lip, as seen on the Moschino catwalk. Try Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in 16 Candy Rose – it is a strongly pigmented pastel pink shade which means the colour really lasts. Finally, to make your pout really pop, add a slick of bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipgloss in the sugar-sweet baby-pink shade Miss Popular.
It’s candy-cute, it’s ultra-girly, it’s Barbie-tastic.
Love Binky xxx