Aug 04, 2023

Hey, Beautiful: 'Barbiecore' beauty products will help break out your inner doll

Jul. 30—Break out your inner doll.

With Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" movie premiering in theaters last week, it's time we embrace "Barbiecore." Much like "Mermaidcore" beauty and fashion that I discussed a few weeks ago, this aesthetic is named after the beloved doll and inspired by her pink, sunny world.

While Barbie has caught her share of controversy over the years, she is an icon. (Check out last week's column on where I break down how a doll became such a hot topic in cultural discourse.)

In my opinion, Barbie is a state of mind and with makeup especially, there are so many ways to play with the trend. Think the pink nail polish perfect for a Barbie pool party, false eyelashes for doll-like eyes and products that keep hair shiny and healthy.

These are my favorite products to help you get your Barbie on.

Patrick Ta Major Headlines Double-Take Blush Duo in She's a Doll

The name of this is almost as perfect as its shade and formula. This blush duo features a pigmented velvety powder blush and a dewy cream blush to wear alone or layer together for more dimension. $36;

Haus Labs PhD Hybrid Lip Oil in Tint

I swipe on this lip color every time I want to channel Barbie but don't feel like applying a matte lipstick. Glosses can be sticky and cumbersome, but this is basically like putting cashmere on your lips. It's made with a blend of vegan collagen and prickly pear oil to moisturize lips all day and make them look better over time. The formula also reacts to your specific pH level and it will transform into the perfect pink lip shade for you and your skin tone. $24;

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in You Drive Me CoconutsMy toenails are always painted pink. No matter if it's winter or spring, you'll never catch me without Barbie-inspired polish. My absolute favorite shade is bright, fun pink that makes me feel like I'm ready for a pool party at the Dream House. $8.50;

KISS Gel Fantasy Sculpted Nails in Party PinkI've been wearing press-on nails for about seven years now. Not the same ones, obviously, but different sets every few days, which is fun for switching up my looks with varying lengths and colors. These nails are the perfect shade of hot pink that would perfectly match Barbie's legendary convertible. They're also shaped in '90s/'00s-esque square tips — very 2000s Barbie. $8.99;

Ardell Faux Mink Wispies false eyelashes

You simply can't be a doll without lashes. I wear fake eyelashes a lot and I prefer them over extensions for a few reasons. It's hard for me to commit to the monthly upkeep; sitting still with my eyes taped shut for more than an hour is my nightmare; my real lashes are so fine and while I understand a good technician will keep the integrity of my lashes intact, I'm afraid of any collateral damage; and I love taking off my makeup and feeling completely clean and I don't think it would be as satisfying if I had extensions on my eyelashes. So, I will continue gluing on an ol' strip lash when I need to.

These lashes are the perfect mix between the lightness of the wispies style and the lush silkiness of faux mink without looking unnatural or having too heavy of a band. They're sturdy, but still light and the perfect way to take your look to the next level. $17.39 (pack of four);

MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Candy Yum YumThere's nothing like pink lipstick to showcase Barbie vibes. MAC lipsticks' pigments are bright and the color stays on really well, but this shade is the perfect Barbie pink. $23;

dpHue Gentle Brightening ShampooWhile Barbie has friends of all different hair colors, Barbie is known for her blonde. To keep my own hue bright and healthy, I turn to this brightening shampoo a few times a month.

It contains a gentle chelating cleanser, which works like a magnet to remove metals, chlorine, minerals from tap water, and product residue. All of this reveals a brighter, shinier blonde. $28,

Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Miracle Hair ElixirWhile Barbies' hair consists of man-made materials to look and feel great, we humans aren't so lucky. This multi-tasking hair oil gives us the closest thing to doll hair that we're going to get. It boosts hydration and smooths frizz and split ends to make hair soft, shiny and glossy without looking greasy. It also protects hair from breakage, UV damage and heat styling up to 428° F. Plus, its coconut and fig scent makes it smell like heaven. $29;

Gia Mazur merwine is a staff writer for the Lifestyles Department of The Times-Tribune. Contact her at [email protected], 570-348-9127 or @gmazurTT on Twitter.

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