Comic Book Girl / Pop Art Halloween Costume and Makeup Tutorial

Last Halloween I decided to go as a "Comic Book Girl" or "Pop Art" after seeing pictures online This is an AWESOME, original idea that is actually super easy to create using minimal makeup. You'll be sure to stand out. Take a look at the pictures below (photo set from ) and the how-to comic book girl makeup step by step tutorial below! I've also included links to purchase the exact items needed to make it easier.

MAKEUP YOU WILL NEED FOR COMIC BOOK GIRL / POP ART (I've searched the web for the cheapest priced items and my 2019 favorites!)

For the face color base:

 For the black outline:

  • BLACK WATERPROOF EYELINER PEN (2 PACK): This is a great formula that allows you to easily 'draw' on the outline. The best part is because it is waterproof it will prevent smudging like traditional stick face paint would. It's also a two sided pen with two sizes that allows both precision and wider lines.
This Double-Ended Black Eyeliner Pen is PERFECT for the Comic Book Girl Makeup

  • [OPTION 2] BLACKEST-BLACK POTTED EYELINER ($6.98 on Amazon). If you prefer to use a potted eyeliner over an eyeliner pen, I've found L'OrĂ©al Paris Infallible Lacquer Eyeliner in Blackest Black to have the best formula
Blackest Black Potted Eyeliner by L'Oreal

For the comic book 'dots':

  • RED WATERPROOF LIP LINER: ($6.49 on Amazon) Prestige has a waterproof pencil liner in true red. You can use this for both the dots, as well as to line your lips.
Red Waterproof Lip Liner / Eye Liner *Must Have For Comic Book Dots*

Red Liquid Liner with a Very Fine / Precision Tip

Bright & Neon Eye Shadow for lids and details:

  • 120 COLOR EYESHADOW PALETTE THAT IS GREAT QUALITY AT AN UNBEATABLE PRICE: ($14.90 on Amazon). As a makeup 'connoisseur' I own makeup from all price points- from super high end to Dollar Tree. I purchased this palette and use it all the time. It has every color imaginable and is surprisingly awesome quality. It has a lot of pigment and is long lasting. I highly recommend grabbing this. It has every shadow color you could want- not just for the funky Halloween comic book girl makeup, but for pretty much every occasion! I use the neutrals and bronzes a lot for every day looks.
This 120 Color Eyeshadow Palette has a Little Bit of Everything at an Unbeatable Price! (I use mine daily!)

NYX Palette for Comic Book Girl Makeup

LA Girl Neon Eyeshadow Palette on Amazon

Bright Red Lipstick for those signature pop art red lips!:

  • RED LIGHT WATERPROOF LIPSTICK ($ 6.57 on Amazon): I cannot stress this enough: make sure you are going with waterproof, long lasting makeup for this look!
Red Waterproof Lipstick fit for a Pop Art Girl!

Get Lucious Comic Book Girl Lips with this Amazing Red Matte Lipgloss

  • SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER: You've likely heard of this primer before since it has a bit of a cult following and is found in many of the big makeup artist's kits. You will be able to use this not just for Halloween, but under your makeup and foundation any day! 
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer- A Must Have in Your Makeup Kit!

  • RIMMEL 'STAY MATTE' PRIMER:  ($3.99 on Amazon). Not only is this primer SUPER cheap, but it definitely delivers. You really want a solid, matte canvas for this look. 
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer 

NYX Studio Perfect Primer on Amazon

* HAIR OPTIONS* Scroll down below the tutorial for photos and options for both bright, temporary colored hair spray as well as price friendly Comic Book Girl style wigs.


  • -Wash and Prime your face
  • -Apply a very light foundation on entire face and neck area. To get the perfect shade I mixed together my regular liquid foundation with white Halloween face paint (comes in a small tube and can be purchased at almost any drugstore/party store this time of year). I didn't want it to be *too* ghostly-white so mixing in a regular foundation to the paint worked perfectly.
  • - To get the dramatic comic book look, you are going to want to accent your feature to appear as if you are a drawing. This can be done using black halloween face paint/ pencil, or liquid/potted eyeliner. Here are the areas to do:

- Eyebrows (make the appear more dramatic and dark)
- Nose (Draw a line down the center, as well as lines where your nostrils meet your face, and lightly around the inside of your nostrils to create a shadowed appearance.
- Your upper hairline
- Ears
- Jawline (Under the earlobe earlobe, down under the chin and up to other earlobe)
- Outline of lips (But do this AFTER you apply red lipstick!)
- Eyes (Wait until after you apply eyeshadow)

  • - Apply eyeshadow, Make sure it's a color that pops, like bright blue or purple. The eyes need to be very dramatic, so make sure you extend the shadow up and over your eyelids until it's just below the brow bone. Outline the shadow with the black, and draw in "fake" lower lashes extending only from the outer, lower corner of the lid. Apply mascara (and big, false lashes if possible! The more over the top, the better!)

  • - Next you will be applying the "dots" onto your face to get the full comic book look. You can either do white or red dots. I think the red dots look more authentic. There are many ways to do this using anything from lipstick to face paint...but I've found one of the easiest is to use red pencil lip liner- both traditional pencil or liquid liner work really well (links to recommended products I have found work the best are above). Try to make sure all the dots are the same size and even. You may want to use a ruler as a guide. Great, uniform dots can turn this look from ordinary to extraordinary. TAKE YOUR TIME with these so they turn out as professional as possible- this will make or break your look. If the dots are crappy people will just think you're going as a weird chicken pox girl!

  • - Apply Red Lipstick. Line your lips with black. For an added pop, take a bit of white and put it on your lower lip to give a reflected look.

  • - If desired, add a tear (see above picture) or a comic book 'exclamation' (ex: "POW!"- Try to do authentic font as best as possible)

  • - To add to the look get a YELLOW, orange, or red wig (or spray your hair with colored Halloween hair spray). Add the black lines to your hair.

WORD OF ADVICE: If you are going to be wearing this makeup for an extended period of time (over an hour) make SURE to bring everything you need for touch ups and a bit of makeup remover with you. Because you are dealing with so many dots which are the focal point of the look, you want to make sure you are prepared in case any of the makeup runs or smudges (and believe me, this WILL most likely smudge. I had to touch mine up quite often from accidentally touching/itching, and even from my hair rubbing up against it)


Now, onto that AMAZING hair which will make or break the look- depending on your preference, you can use temporary spray in color that washes out in the shower, or a wig. Keep in mind that depending on your current hair color, the spray doesn't always show up as vibrantly as you might like. It definitely 'pops' more on lighter hair colors, so if you have gorgeous dark locks, a wig may be the best option. Below I'm going to put Amazon image-links to some of the best wigs I've found. Clicking the photo or on 'shop now' should take you directly to the Amazon page. 


Most of the temporary Halloween spray in hair colors have TERRIBLE reviews. The brand 'Forum Novelties' has, by far, the best reviews (and Amazon seems to be the cheapest place for this brand). Below I have included graphics of the different temporary spray in hair colors they have. Clicking the 'show now' button should take you directly to the Amazon page.

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