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Everything you need to master the Barbiecore aesthetic

Everything you need to master the Barbiecore aesthetic
Alice Macfarlane
Beauty Writer12 months ago
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Calling all girly girls! Say goodbye to skinimalism, and hello to hot pink glam. With the upcoming release of Barbie the movie, Barbiecore beauty is here in a big way, and we're bursting with excitement about it. This vibrant aesthetic is all about celebrating the ultra-feminine (think hot pinks, sparkles and cutesy accessories), but most importantly, it's about having fun with your look, and creating a glam that shows off your personality. Ready to Barbie-fy yourself? Discover all the essentials you need to get dolled up Margot Robbie style.


Hot pink hues

The foundations of the Barbiecore trend are built around one statement colour, and contrary to what you may think, the signature hot pink hue can work for anyone. Whether you love going all out with a bold pink eyeshadow, or prefer a more subtle style incorporating a smudge of vibrant liner, there are so many ways to wear this iconic colour. Don't like to go big with your eye makeup? Try a pop of hot pink blush on the apples of your cheeks instead!

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Graphic liner

Big, bold eyes are the centrepiece of a Barbie-esque makeup look, and one of the best ways to give your lids some va-va-voom is to add graphic liner. For a more classic look, opt for a simple wing on each eye, or step it up with an 'overdrawn' style that creates the doll-like effect.

Best liners

Platinum blonde

There's no better time to embrace your blonde locks, or take the plunge with a new platinum hue. Banish brassy tones and achieve Barbie's iconic sparkling blonde style with purple shampoos and toners, and keep strands in great condition with a weekly nourishing mask.

Best for blondes

The flicked out ponytail

However you chose to style your Barbie doll's hair as a child, the flicked out ponytail look is one that many love and associate with the iconic character. Fun, bouncy and retro, this simple up-do is the ideal style for your summer soirées. Start by pulling hair up into a high ponytail, slicking down any bumps with gel, and leaving a section of hair out for the fringe. Once secured, sweep the fringe to one side and pin behind your ear. Finish by flicking out the ends of the ponytail using a straightener and spritzing with hairspray!

Recreate the style at home

Glitter bomb

Nothing says Barbiecore quite like a wash of glitter. From our eyelids to our highlight, a touch of sparkle is the perfect way to liven up your glam, or take your look from day to night. Top tip: spritz your eyeshadow brush with setting spray before applying glitter to intensify pigment, and minimise fallout.

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Statement lip

Known for her perfectly pink pout, Barbie rocks a statement lip no matter the occasion. From silky mattes to shine-boosting glosses, there are endless ways to create your perfect power pout, and a bold pink hue is the ideal way to add some extra glam.

Top lip products

Pastel pink mani

From baby pink patterns to a hot pink French, completing your Barbiecore look all comes down to your mani. Try mixing different hues for a monochromatic style, or simply coat nails in a wash of light pink for those who prefer a more classic look. Struggle to grow your nails? Opt for a coat of builder gel underneath your colour to help them grow long and strong.

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Look tan-tastic

Keep your tan topped up with bronze-boosting formulas that are approved by beauty editors, influencers and Ken’s across the globe! For Barbies who refuse to be caught out and about without their golden glow, tanning is a lifestyle – and no one knows this better than us. Whatever your skin type or tone, discover shades and formulas to meet your specific skin concerns: from fast-acting tanning mists to ultra-nourishing gradual tans (and everything in between!).

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Alice Macfarlane
Beauty Writer
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As someone with an affinity for all things beauty, discovering fantastic new products is my not-so-secret obsession. Over the years I've tried and tested a mountains worth of creams, serums and cleansers, finding some of my favourite 'holy-grail' products along the way. However, I'm always on the lookout for more ways to nourish my hair, perfect my dewy base, or enhance my skincare routine. Working as a beauty blogger for over 3 years, I've been lucky enough to collaborate personally with lots of amazing beauty brands including Christian Dior, The Body Shop and Dermalogica. I've used the Dermalogica special cleansing gel religiously since I first got it and their products are some of my ultimate skincare faves. When it comes to cosmetics, NARS Sheer Glow foundation is definitely my go-to - I live for a light, glowy base!