Saturday, 21 April 2012

Classic Lolita Make-up Tutorial

Natural Cat Eye Make-up Tutorial

Hello dear readers! How are you today? Hope you are well.

Today I'm trying something for the first time; a make up tutorial. The lovely Namalie asked me to make one, and I was happy to oblige.

This tutorial is for my everyday eye make-up style. As a classic lolita, I try to acheive a look that is natural but still doll-like, emphasising big eyes. I use black winged eyeliner, neutral eyeshadow and occasionally half lashes.  Mine are from Daiso- cheap but effective!

These half lashes give an nice emphasis to the outer corner of the eyes, which is perfect for cat-eye make-up.

Here is what you'll need to create this look: 
Black liquid eyeliner pen
White eyeliner pencil 
Light gold eyeshadow
Dark gold eyeshadow
Eyelash curler
Black volumising mascara
Half-type false lashes
Lash glue

Now on to the tutorial!

1. Start by applying your favourite base make-up. I use a mineral powder foundation, and make sure I put some on my eye area and eyelashes in order to create a good base for my eye make-up to stick to.

2. Use the liquid eyeliner pen to line the roots of your upper lashes. It's a little difficult to describe, but you should run the pen under your lashes, not quite on the waterline but right at the roots. It doesn't show much in the pictures, but trust me, it makes a difference!

3. Draw a line starting slightly in from the inside corner of your eye, extending outwards and downwards from the outside corner of your eye. Drawing the line downwards gives a tare me (drooping eye) effect for kind-looking eyes.

3. Draw a line from the centre of your lower lid outwards and upwards, connecting with the line we drew before. This creates the template for the retro neko me (cat eye) wing.

4. Now fill in the wing, ensuring that the line narrows as it nears the inner corner of your eye. Use the white eyeliner pencil to add a highlight to the inner corner of your eye. 

5. Here you can see it from a different angle. The white eyeliner helps to open and brighten the eye.

6. Apply the light gold eyeshadow all over your upper eyelid and eye socket, and along your lower lash line. Add a little extra on your browbone to highlight.

7. Applying rather thick eyeliner has caused the double eyelid to appear decreased, so now we need to restore some depth to the eye area. Apply the dark gold eyeshadow to your eye crease.

8. Also apply some to the outer corner of your lower lid, and blend the two shades together. If any of the shadow has got onto your eyeliner (it probably has), reapply.

9. Allow a little time for your reapplied eyeliner to dry, then curl your upper lashes and apply black mascara.

10. Again, allow some time for your upper lashes to dry. Then apply black mascara to your lower lashes.

11. The finishing touch is the application of the half lashes. Half lashes are great for beginners as they are much easier to apply than full lashes, being much shorter. Apply a fairly generous amount of glue to the spine of the lash, making sure to put a little extra at the ends. Allow 30 seconds for the glue to become tacky, then apply the lashes slightly outwards and downwards of the outer corner of your eye (following the line we drew in step 3).

Well, I'm not be a make-up genius and I'm still trying to make improvements here and there, but I tried to make my tutorial as clear and concise as possible so that anyone can use it, even lolitas who have not tried make-up before. Let me know what you think!

Have a lovely weekend everyone,



  1. I really like this make-up look, it looks great with your classic style! I hardly ever wear eyeliner with lolita as I think it takes away the naturality of the make-up, but seeing how discreet and subtle your look is makes me want to try it out as well :)

    1. Thank you! Well, I feel that eyeliner makes a huge difference to my face, so it's the one make-up item I really wouldn't want to be without. I think perhaps not lining the inner corner of the eye helps keep the make-up looking light.

      You have very pretty eyes though, unlike mine they don't need much adornment!

  2. Really handy tutorial! I think I´ll be trying something similar these days! Thank you for the inspiration, darling.

    1. I'm really glad you like it! You are very welcome :D

  3. I've just found your blog and I must say I love your style :) and you are a beautiful woman :-)

    1. Nice to meet you Cathleen! Thanks for checking my blog, and for your lovely words :)

  4. Thanks for the tutorial, I love the subtlety of your make-up. It's perfect ^_^

    1. You're most welcome! I'm very flattered that you like my make-up :)

  5. really great tutorial
    i never think that lolita makeup can be so easy
    i wanna try that :D


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