Lara Croft Tomb Raider Makeup

Updated on June 13, 2018

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Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider UnderworldLara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider 3
Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider Underworld
Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider Underworld | Source
Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider 3
Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider 3 | Source

Creating Lara Croft's Look

I have been a Tomb Raider fanatic for more than 12 years. I was 8 when I first heard of Lara Croft and fell in love. I will show you how to recreate Lara Croft’s look. She’s one of my favorite video game characters and certainly a perfect subject for cosplay.

Use this look as your own or find inspiration and create something totally different. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Foundation

Make sure your hair is out of the way, and then begin by applying a matte foundation that matches your skin tone. This will even out your face and give it that flawless video game character effect.

Tip: Blend from the edges of your face to the middle of it to avoid over application.
Tip: Blend from the edges of your face to the middle of it to avoid over application.

Step 2: Contouring

Lara’s nose is very long and skinny so I’m going to start by contouring the sides of my nose with a powder that is two shades darker to give the illusion of length.

Careful not to choose a shade that is too dark.
Careful not to choose a shade that is too dark.

Step 3: Eyeshadow

Take the same powder that you used to contour your nose and apply this all over your eyelids and crease. Blend it out evenly with a light hand.

Take a darker brown eye shadow and apply this to the crease of your eye and to the outer corners. Also, trace this color underneath your lower lashes stopping about halfway.

Blending is the key here.
Blending is the key here.
A dark brown like this should do.
A dark brown like this should do.

Step 4: Eyeliner

Take a liquid eyeliner and trace along the top of your lash line. Wing the eye liner out at the ends slightly to give the illusion of larger eyes just like Lara. Try using a bent angle brush dipped in liquid liner if you can't keep your hand steady. If that doesn't work, keep one side of your hand rested on your cheek for stability

Step 5: Mascara

Apply volumizing mascara in a black to the outer half of your top lashes and your bottom lashes. Flip your hand when applying the mascara to the other eye so you get the same winged out effect on both sides.

Step 6: Blush and Contouring

Take a peach-colored blush and apply it to the apples of your cheeks. Then look at a direct source of light that shines overhead and trace the natural shadows on your face with a bronzing powder. This will give your face structure, like Lara's.

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Step 7: Lips

For the lips you’ll need to go big. If you already have full lips then all you need to do is apply a light brown or nude lipstick and you’re good to go. However, if you’re like me, then you will need to line the outer part of your lips with a light brown lip liner, and then apply lipstick to give the illusion of fuller lips.

When it comes to color, either go with a peach/light brown lipstick (Anniversary look), or a darker brown lipstick (Underworld look). Either works.

Use a light brown lip liner followed by a natural brown lipstick.
Use a light brown lip liner followed by a natural brown lipstick.

The Finished Look

Now that the look is done, feel free to add in your own accessories that you think channel Lara! I pulled my hair back into that classic ponytail Lara sports, and also added the classic Tomb Raider red sunglasses she wears in some of the earlier versions of the game. A handy pistol like the one she uses in the game completes the look.

Have fun recreating this look!

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Lara Croft Throughout The Ages

Evolution of Lara throughout the years. (Rivendell)
Evolution of Lara throughout the years. (Rivendell) | Source

Questions & Answers

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        Laura Writes 6 years ago

        Thank you :)

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        Danielle Lopez 6 years ago from Spain

        Great hub! The pictures help give you an idea of how to properly do it. Voted up!

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        Fan of lara 6 years ago

        I love this, I used it as a guide for Halloween, it turned out really nice, thanks

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        Laura Writes 6 years ago

        Thank you, I was hoping that the makeup tutorial would give me a good result!

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        Jacob M. 6 years ago

        Woah you look like her!

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