Who doesn’t love a good surprise?!
I watched NikkieTutorials recent video where she talked about being robbed at gunpoint (I know, I know – we’re starting dark, but it’s going to get better!) and she wanted to do some “makeup therapy” to help manage her emotions around that. What she came up with was a really fun type of challenge: she bought a Color Reveal Barbie, and let the look of the surprise doll inspire her makeup look! (I’ll include her video at the end of this post if you want to check it out – it’s a lot of fun!)
If you haven’t seen the new Color Reveal Barbies, they are dolls that come in a plastic cylinder and are painted with an opaque paint that can be removed by immersing the doll in warm water.
Once the paint is removed, you get to see which of 5 doll options you have received. Nikkie’s doll was painted pink and the theme for those dolls was animals. Hers had a llama on its swimsuit and was stupid cute; the animal series seems to be the hardest to find: I wasn’t able to find them on Target’s website, and the sellers who had it on Amazon were selling it for $60 or more! I picked up a couple of dolls each in the two other available series: the blue metallic paint series which is themed “Sunny & Cool” (it’s not exactly clear but includes things like a sun, palm trees, a rainbow, etc.) and the purple paint series which is themed around food! I’m planning to use one of the blue dolls for an upcoming video on my YouTube channel, but for this post I was feeling hungry so I decided to theme it around food!
The doll that I got was a lovely girl with a purple swimsuit adorned with a smiling taco! She had pale pink molded hair, and another surprise of the dolls is that you can reveal more makeup and colored streaks in the molded hair by using cold water! Mine had hot pink streaks and a berry lipstick. And that’s not all! The dolls also come with a skirt that coordinates with their swimsuit, a wig, and a pair of heels (Barbie shoes are so much cooler now than when I was a kid!).
This felt like fate: not only do I love tacos (but then, who doesn’t?!), but I also had the perfect palette to go with this doll and create a fun look around this color story – the GlamLite Viva Taco palette!
But before we get there, let’s dive in to the base of this look.
I’m still loving the I Heart Revolution Peach Delight Mattifying Primer with Vitamin C and E. It’s a slick silicone-based primer, and I love the way it cuts through my shine. It’s not as pore-filling as I would like (I’m not sure what would do the trick on my face, beyond straight up spackle!) but it’s a great option at a great price. I always link it through Ulta so that if you want to pick it up you can also add to your points, but I’ve heard that the shipping from the Revolution Beauty websites is pretty good.
I feel like I’ve been sticking too close to the exact same base routine for the last few posts, so I decided it was time to try out a different foundation: the Morphe Fluidity Full Coverage Foundation in shade F2. 10. It’s not my favorite formula, and the foundation has a strange sort of smell (not like it’s gone off or anything, but just kind of odd and intense), but I thought the color worked well for me and I did like the coverage. I did have to work it more than I usually do with other foundations to make sure I didn’t get any lines from where I was blending with the sponge, but the coverage I ended up with was nice and full, and it dried down comfortably. I followed that up with the Uoma Beauty Stay Woke Concealer in Fair Lady T1. That’s a staple in these posts; I only like it (not love it) but it gives good coverage and the color works well with my typical foundations.
Laid down some of the Give Me Glow Cosmetics Loose Setting & Baking Powder in Sugar Cookie as per usual, and decided to give the Morphe Eyelid Primer in Translucent another go. I don’t love it. It works fine, and I feel like I get good performance from the shadows when I use it, but it’s a little tricky to blend out and I prefer something with a little more of that beige-y nude base color. I’m going to use this up, but I won’t repurchase it.
On to the Viva Taco palette from GlamLite! I love this palette, and I love their whole food-themed line of makeup. The quality is good, the color stories are interesting, and I just don’t care what people say! In fact, their palettes are part of an upcoming video on my channel: 10 Things That I LOVE That Everyone Else Hates! Be on the lookout for that – should be up in a couple of weeks! I took the matte red shade Pickled Carrots and filled in the whole inner part of the eye, including the lid and the crease area. I wanted the same sort of shape that I usually do, But I wanted to do something a little different in terms of how I structured the colors. You’ll see as I continue to build…
Next I used the shade Red Cabbage, a bright matte royal purple, to fill out the rest of the area, making sure to blend the red and the purple together to get sort of a berry/wine shade where they overlapped. Then I took the shimmer red shade Al Pastor, pretty much the exact color of Pickled Carrots but in a shimmer formula, and started working that across the lower part of the look including about half of the lid.
Next I took Radishes, the shimmer equivalent of Red Cabbage, and filled in the rest of the lid area, once again making sure to blend the area where they met to get that berry shade . I loved that this palette had such perfectly matched purple and red shades so that I could create that gradient that was really just two colors with a third created in the middle by blending, but there was a subtle difference in texture created by the difference between the matte and the shimmer. The shimmer shades did have a lot of fallout, and even though I was able to get most of it when I wiped away the bake, I still have to go over some spots with concealer again. If you can control the mess, these shimmers are otherwise really great.
To deepen up the outer part of the look while maintaining the texture play of the upper vs. the lower part of the look, I used a little of the shimmer shade Carnitas, a cool brown shimmer that pulls a little bit of plum, especially when paired with the purples.
We know I’m an absolute sucker for green, and the doll does have a prominent bright green stripe running through the pattern of her skirt, so I decided to use two green shades to do the lower lash line. I took Guacamole, a bright matte lime, across most of the lower lash line, stopping just before the inner corner. There was already some red there, and I knew I was going to add a pop of highlight there. Then I used the deep emerald shimmer Cilantro to blend the lime up into the Carnitas shade, keeping some depth and shimmer in the outer portion of the look, blending top and bottom together.
We are talking about taco here, so I knew I needed to add some yellow/gold to represent the iconic shell! For the inner corner, I started by laying down some Onions, a bright white-based gold shimmer shade to lighten the area and cancel out the red. Then I covered that with Mexican Cheese, a bright gold shimmer. I did that on the inner corner and down onto the lower lash line, blending into Guacamole.
When you see a taco from the side, the space where the toppings are is kind of shaped like an eyebrow – right? Am I the only one who sees that?! I sketched in the rough shape of the brows with a random brown pencil (you can see the outline in the previous picture) then I went over the whole brow with Carne Asada, a matte deep brown. Then I started at the inner part of the brow and blended Mexican Cheese out into the brow, created an ombre effect. I took the gold almost all the way to the arch, but kept it most concentrated on the inner part and then blending out into the brown as I went.
And since I had some Taco Lashes by GlamLite – how could I resist! This is the style Al Pastor, and they are spiky and dramatic and I love them. I also gave my lashes a quick coat of mascara to darken them. I used the same mascara I used in the last post. I’m really disappointed in it, and it only gets worse as it ages, so I decided not to include a picture or link this time. I’m just done with it. You can find it if you really want, but I wouldn’t bother.
To start my contour, I used the darker cream contour side of the Uoma Beauty Double Take Sculpt + Strobe Duo Stick in Honey Honey, and contoured along my cheeks, along the forehead, and under my chin/on my neck. It’s still not the same as my beloved Tyra Beauty cream contour stick, but the formula is growing on me and it blended out very nicely.
I’ve really been loving playing with the Nabla cheek products so when I saw that they had come out with the Skin Bonzing Sunkissed Effect Bronzing Powders I picked up a couple of shades. This is the darkest of the shades that I bought, Soft Revenge, and I used this over the cream contour and starting to work up the cheek.
Since I was already using the bronzer, I continued to blend out the cheeks using the Nabla Skin Glazing Glass Skin Finish Glow Powder in Lola to add some pinky red into the cheeks and warm up the brown on the contour.
Then I continued with the Nabla powders, this time in the shade Truth, on the apples of my cheeks and down into the other darker shades. I am really loving these powders; they have a sheerness in how they apply, but they still have color. It’s hard to describe. It’s sort of like the blotted lip formula, like the Lime Crime Plushies, but in a powder cheek product. The effect is beautiful and really glowy, and for some looks I would have added highlighter and left it like this.
However, this IS Barbie we are talking about, and I wanted to amp up the pink in the cheeks a little bit more – Barbie is always so happy and fresh-faced! Stress? Never heard of it. Pandemic? We don’t know her! To get that Barbie innocence, I added some of the KVD Vegan Beauty Everlasting Blush in the shade Peony onto the cheeks and blended down into the cheek. It still didn’t look exactly the way I wanted, but I trusted that a highlighter would pull it all together…and for the most part, it did!
For highlight, I wanted a golden glow so of course I grabbed Solar Sailor from Kaleidos Makeup! These highlighters are gorgeous and a little sheer and so reflective! I need to pull them out more, I’m not sure why I don’t. There are a couple of new shades that I’ve been eyeing as well, and this look might have convinced me that it’s time to pull the trigger!
And since the base of Barbie’s look was a pair of chunky platform heels, I decided to make the base of my look some gorgeous yellow lips – with glitter, of course! First I lined my lips in a random brown pencil (I think it’s an LA Girl? I just wanted something to anchor the look, and I love a dark liner on a lighter lip! Then I went over the lips in Jeffree Star Cosmetic’s Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee. Look, I know that we said we aren’t featuring JSC on the site anymore (for more on that, read THIS) but I am trying to use up old products so they don’t go to waste when possible, and I have ordered what I’m hoping will be a replacement for this shade from Coloured Raine – but that order has been an absolute fiasco! I ordered it on August 14th, didn’t get a shipping confirmation until August 20th, and then the shipping info has said nothing except “Pre-shipment” since then. I contacted the company (multiple times – more on that in a future post) and they are re-shipping the items I ordered, but I didn’t have them in yet when I did this look. I’m trying, alright? It is what it is.
On that note however, if you are looking for dupes for some of the wilder Jeffree Star colors of liquid lipsticks, I would suggest checking out their new collection that came out with the Juicy Boost palette. I ordered Honey Mustard as a possible dupe for Queen Bee, Blackberry as a possible dupe for Abused, and Lucky Charm as a possible dupe for Venus Flytrap. If the package ever arrives (yeah, I’m a little bitter) I will make sure to include a comparison in the review. They are limited edition, however, so if those are colors you’ve been looking to dupe out you may want to check them out sooner rather than later.
Anyway, after that dried down, I added a glitter effect by smoothing some of the ColourPop Glitterally Obsessed in Puffin all over my lips.
Now for the finishing touch, I just needed to add a wig. The doll had that gorgeous flaming red wig with purple streaks, but I didn’t have a red wig in my office and I already had the red and purple of the wig represented in my eye look. I could have thrown on my signature blonde beehive, but I love that Barbie has really been making strides the last few years to be more inclusive of more body types and skintones in their line, and my surprise doll had beautiful brown skin. Now, we don’t do nor do we condone blackface in this house, so there was no way I was going to play around with my base or anything like that. But I decided that I could give a little nod to my doll’s gorgeous color with a brunette wig. The beehive is kind of an awkward style for Barbie…but hey, that wig she came with can be clocked from a mile away, so let me live!
I hope you enjoyed this look – I love mystery boxes and surprises, so it was fun to sit down to paint with no real plan and just let the design of the doll lead the way! I will definitely be doing more of these in the future, both in these posts and on my YouTube channel. I picked up 5 of these dolls total, and I’m always on the hunt for a good deal on one of the elusive animal series dolls! So definitely look for Color Reveal Barbie (and maybe some other mystery dolls) to show up in future content!
As usual, none of the products or links in this post are sponsored or affiliated in any way. I simply provide the links in case you want to browse the products, discover new brands, and make a purchase if you so choose. Do not feel that you ever need to have the exact products that I use in order to recreate or alter this or any other look – don’t be afraid to shop your stash! Makeup is fun and creative, and it should be about playtime!
Here is the NikkieTutorials video that I promised you. It’s a sad situation, but I’m glad that she was able to let go of a little bit of it and play with makeup and have fun – and she definitely inspired me in my own “makeup therapy!”