HOW TO: Disney Princess Inspired Makeup For Grown-Ups

The first time I stole my mother's red lipstick was after seeing Snow White. Now it's an everyday staple.
Publish date:
July 14, 2013
makeup, disney princesses, movie star looks

As a kid, I was never terribly into the Disney princesses. In fact I was not that into princesses in general.

If there was some mainstream "girly" thing that appealed to me, it was Barbies. I cut their hair and dyed it with magic markers. I would make them steal each other's boyfriends and plot to kill each other because the cousin who babysat for me let me watch All My Children. Compared to that, going to a ball and waiting for a prince to save you sounded positively dull.

I could not deny those princesses had style though. No matter what evil stepmother was after them, their makeup was flawless. The first time I stole my mother's red lipstick was after seeing Snow White. Now it's an everyday staple. Though there are many social and political reasons to not be on board with the Disney princess concept in general, they do make great beauty inspiration. Here are my wearable interpretations of princess makeup!

For each of these looks, use whatever base you like. Everyone's skin needs different coverage. I personally use Gosh BB cream, but use whatever you're comfortable with using. No look is complete without filled in brows, so remember to finish with brow powder.

Snow White

  • First, apply a highlighter on the orbital bones and down the bridge of the nose.
  • Snow White is all about the lips, so go easy on the eyes. First, dust a neutral beige matte shade from lashline to browbone.
  • Use a matte brown shadow on the lid from lashline to crease.
  • Take a black liquid liner and fill in your lashline. Extend a very slight wing from the outer corners.
  • Use a shimmery white shadow in the inner corners of the eyes to make them brighter. Finish with black mascara.
  • Skip blush for this look.
  • For lips use a cream based lipstick. Choose a red shade that's bright but still natural.

Try: Highlighter -- Benefit High Beam, Eye Shadow -- Ivory and Cement by Bobbi Brown and Clarity by Face Stockholm, Eyeliner -- MAC liquid liner in Boot Black, Mascara -- Korres Volcanic Minerals in Obsidian Black, Lips -- Ambition by Lush.


  • First use a shimmery brown shade from lashline to crease.
  • Use a slightly darker brown on the outer corner and outer corner of the crease of the lids. Extend out like a cat eye.
  • Take a charcoal eyeliner and line the top lashline. Then line the bottom waterline from inner corner to outer corner. Finish with a black mascara.
  • Dust a rosy blush on the apples of your cheeks.
  • Finish with a glossy pink tinted lipbalm.

Try: Eye Shadow -- Busted and Tease from The Naked Palette by Urban Decay, Eyeliner -- CoverGirl Perfect Points Plus in Charcoal, Mascara -- Clinique High Definition in Black, Blush -- Clinique in Wild Rose, Lips -- Clinique Chubbystix in Watermelon.


  • For eyes, use a light shimmery grey/purple from lashline to crease.
  • Take a medium shimmery plum shadow and fill in from crease to lashline.
  • Use a bright lilac metallic purple eyeliner and draw a thick line on top lashline. Draw another line under bottom lashline. Finish with black mascara.
  • Use a coral colored blush on cheeks.
  • For lips, use a shiny wine gloss.

Try: Eye Shadow -- Chanel eyequad in Harmonie Du Soir and Victoria's Secret Sparkling Shadow in Purple Dazzle, Eyeliner -- L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bikini Time, Mascara -- Clinique High Impact in Black, Blush -- Tarte in Frisky, Lips -- Osmia Organics in Luster.


  • Use a bronzer where the sun would naturally hit, your forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose.
  • For eyes take a taupe shade and swipe from lashline to browbone.
  • Take a liquid black liner and make a thick, dark line on top lashline. Wing out at outer corner.
  • Use a neutral pink blush on cheekbones.
  • For lips use a sheer wine tinted balm.

Try: Bronzer -- Benefit in Hoola, Eyeshadow -- Taupe by Bobbi Brown, Eyeliner -- NYC in Jet Black, Blush -- Clinique in Fig, Lips -- Moody by Tarte.


  • On eyes try a neutral shimmery taupe from lashline to browbone. Add to inner corner to brighten.
  • Use a bronze shimmer shadow from lashline to crease.
  • Take a dark brown eyeliner and line upper lashline. Then line lower lashline from inner to outer corner. Finish with black mascara.
  • On cheeks use a rosy peach blush.
  • For lips use a brick red satin lipstick.

Try: Eyeshadow -- Classic Nude Palette by Physician's Formula, Eyeliner -- Mambo by Nars, Blush -- MakeUp Forever in 10, Mascara -- MAC False Lashes Extreme Black, Lips -- MAC in Spice It Up.

These versatile looks will make you feel like royalty. With bold lips, bright liner, bronze skin, or lightly smoky eyes, these could easily be great every day looks for summer. Emphasize your favorite feature, or try something different each day.

* Disclaimer: I acknowledge that Disney doesn't have the best track record with race, especially when it comes to the princesses. The models for this article were chosen for similar coloring/facial features to the characters and are not all racially accurate. I want to stress that all of these looks are meant for everyone and would look great on people of all backgrounds.