Bring a pop art comic book character to life with a Roy Lichtenstein-inspired makeup look. The characters portrayed in Lichtenstein’s artwork are known for having exaggerated facial expressions, being vibrantly colored and having thick outlines and Benday dots making up their faces. In this makeup tutorial, create Lichtenstein’s signature artwork look with black and other brightly colored eye pencils.

The completed Lichtenstein-inspired comic book makeup look.

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Things You'll Need

Makeup you will need to create the look.

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Tips

  • Eye pencils instead of (liquid) eyeliner work better for the colors (red, blue, white, green) so that you don’t have to wait for the makeup to dry. For the black color to outline your face, you can use a pencil or liquid liner. 
  • A liquid liner will be bolder and more prominent. 
  • Watch where you place your hands and fingers on your face so that you don’t smudge the makeup.

Step 1: Prepare Your Face

Apply foundation and then powder to your face, ears and neck, leaving the area around the eyes untouched.

Creating a base with foundation and powder.

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Step 2: Draw Tears & a Cat Eye

If you want to draw tears under an eye, start with the blue or turquoise eye pencil or liner; you can draw under one eye or both.

With a green or yellow eye pencil or liner, start drawing at the inner corner of your eye. Trace along the upper eyelid crease and extend the liner, drawing a wing passed the outer corner of your eye and connecting it to the beginning of your lower lash line. Fill in the eyelid with the liner and repeat on the other eye.

Drawing the blue tears under one eye.

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Filling in the blue tears under one eye.

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Drawing a thick cat eye on the eyelids.

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Filling in the thick cat eye on the eyelids.

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Step 3: Draw the Benday Dots

To create Benday dots, draw red dots the same size (a little smaller than 1/2 inch wide), as evenly spaced as you can, all over your face and ears. You can also draw the dots onto your neck.

Drawing the ben-day dots onto the face.

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Filling in the rest of the face with ben-day dots.

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Draw ben-day dots on the ears to finish the look.

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Step 4: Draw in Red Lips

Fill in your lips with a red eye pencil or lipstick.

Filling in the lips with red pencil liner.

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Step 5: Contour the Face

To complete your comic book makeup look, you will need to contour your face to define the exaggerated facial expressions that the Lichtenstein pop artwork is known for. Use the black eye pencil or liner and trace along your jaw line, cheekbones, and hairline.

Continue contouring by drawing a line down the front and sides of your nose, in the space between your nose and mouth and on your eyebrows, creating an exaggerated frown.

Tracing the jaw line with black eye pencil.

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The almost-completed black eye pencil contouring.

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Step 6: Finish Contouring

Outline the color on your eyelids, the tears under your eye(s), and your lips. Add frown lines between the eyebrows and anywhere else you want to show definition.

Outlining the tears under the eye with black pencil liner.

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Outlining the red lips with black pencil liner.

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Step 7: Complete Your Look

Add faux lashes and mascara for more defined eyes. Create highlights on your face by using the white eye pencil or liner and adding it to your lips or the tears to create the effect that light is hitting that area. White pencil tends to blend in with the color you are applying it to, so you will want to wipe off any color you get on the pencil before reapplying to the same area.

To complete the look, wear a 1950s-inspired wig in a bright yellow or other vibrant color, and style an outfit of primary colors (red, yellow, blue), with white polka dots.

Applying mascara to the eyelashes.

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The completed Lichtenstein make up look.

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The completed Lichtenstein makeup look.

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