How To Create a Broken Victorian Doll Costume Look

Antique dolls have been used as the inspiration for scary movies for decades. Whether it is their empty stares, their perfect (yet oddly creepy) features, or just the fact that they've been around for so long--these vintage dolls have had many featured roles in some of the scariest horror films out there. The look of a broken porcelain doll has become a very popular Halloween costume style. The combination of wide-eyed innocent beauty with a decidedly disturbing twist is almost too much for a costume fan to resist! Follow our easy step-by-step instructions to recreate a doll makeup look that is sure to get you noticed!

Follow These Steps to Create this Look

Step One: Begin your makeup look with a clean and dry face. With a damp sponge, apply a makeup foundation that is at least one or two shades lighter than your natural complexion color. For our doll look, we have used Celebre Cream Foundation in Extra Fair. (#DD396) Using a damp sponge applicator, gently blend the foundation color onto your face.

Step Two: Once you have covered your face with a foundation, it's time to begin the eye makeup step. Start with White Shadoliner (#DD130). Using a small brush, blend this white eyeshadow over the entire eyelid area, blending the color up to underneath the eyebrows. Next, using a thin brush, apply the white Shadoliner underneath the lower eyelashes in a thick line.

Step Three: Using Slate Grey Shadoliner, (#DD125) apply color with a small brush to the eyelid just above the natural eyelid crease. This new, higher crease will create the illusion of an enormous and open eye--perfect for a doll look. Line the eyes with Mehron Detailz Liner Pen in Black (#DD509) along the upper and lower lash lines. Use a dark brown eye pencil to fill in and shape the eyebrows, putting more emphasis on the top edge of the brow to visually lift and open up the eye area. (#DE01)

Step Four: Next, apply a bright blush to the apples of the cheeks. By keeping the color centralized on the round parts of the cheeks, this will emphasize the youthful, doll look you are trying to create. Blend the color with a fluffy brush. We have used a powder blush in Wineberry. (#DD429)

Step Five: Using LIP Cream in Natural, (#DD103) and a lip brush, apply the lip color to the lips. Focus the color in the center area of the mouth, almost as if you were trying to create a heart shape on the lips.

Step Six: Set your makeup by dusting the entire face with a setting powder. We have used Colorset Powder by Mehron. (#DD321)

Step Seven: To create the look of huge doll eyes, we applied false eyelashes (#EA80) to both the upper and lower eyelids. Use a thicker, fuller set of lashes for the top eyelids, a smaller pair for the lower eyelids. Apply a thin stream of eyelash glue to the band area of the lash. Allow the glue to set up for a few seconds and then apply the lash along the upper lid first. Follow the same procedure to apply the lash to the lower lid. When applying a lash to the lower eyelid, make sure you put the lash underneath your lower lashes and ensure that the lash is curved inward toward your face before pressing it into place.

Step Eight: Using Mehron Detailz Liner Pen, draw a few "cracks" onto the face to create the look of a broken doll. For a realistic looking crack, begin in a spot that imitates an impact point and then draw crack lines that come outward from this point. You can draw as many cracks as you like depending on the look desired. Use your imagination and have fun. If desired, you can fill in small areas entirely with the black Detailz pen to create the look of a missing piece.

Now it's time to get dressed up in your favorite Doll Costume! For our somewhat creepy Victorian Doll look, we have chosen the Women's Victorian Doll Costume (#CC01144) and then accessorized this look with black thigh high stockings with ribbed tops. (#ML4117) The final costume look is very pretty in a way that is clearly still just a tad sinister! The result is a perfect look for any Halloween costume party!