Lara Croft Tomb Raider Makeup Guide
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Creating Lara Croft's Look
I have been a Tomb Raider fanatic for more than 12 years. I was eight 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!