Skip to main content

Pretty Girl Makeup for All Ages: A Step-by-Step Tutorial + Complexion Options

  • Author:
  • Updated:
pretty girl makeup_backstage beauty David Dixon_Marieme_Camille_Stephanie

My 12-year-old niece Erin does a version of the Pretty Girl makeup from this week's David Dixon runway show at World Mastercard Fashion Week in Toronto. She's smart, my niece -- this is a lovely fresh look for all ages, from tweens to 6o+, and for a variety of complexions, too. A sheer strawberry tinted balm or gloss would be more suitable for a tween or young teen (lipstick can look tarty on a sweet little face); bright lipstick gives this a grown-up, polished finish. And if you know anyone looking for timeless wedding makeup ideas, send her to this post! Helpful face chart + detailed step-by-step below.

pretty girl makeup for all ages and complexions

pretty girl makeup_ maybelline makeup chart_grace lee_david dixon_photo Lucas Rosenberg

For this makeup, Maybelline pro and lead artist backstage Grace Lee selected Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream ($10.99 at to even out model complexions.

For eyes: Color Tattoo Metal in Inked in Pink ($8.99 at, Color Tattoo in Bold Gold ($8.99 at, Crayon Khol Liner in Chocolate Chip, and the brand new Volum'Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara (coming in April).

For cheeks: Master Hi-Light Light Booster Blush in Nude ($14.99 at, Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick in Just Pinched Pink ($11.99 at, and Color Tattoo Pure Pigment Eye Shadow in Barely Brazen ($8.99 at

For lips: SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in Eternal Rose ($10.09 at

pretty girl makeup how-to

pretty girl makeup_stephanie christian_backstage beauty david dixon

1) Prep skin with BB cream (Stephanie wore Light/Medium); tap concealer on inner corners of upper lids, over under-eye circles, around the base of the nose, under the lower lip, and on any blemishes or red areas. Dust a tiny bit of powder on as needed to set makeup.

pretty girl makeup_maybelline NY color tatoo inked in pink and bold gold

2) Apply Maybelline NY Color Tattoo Metal Inked in Pink all over the lid, then blend Bold Gold at the inner corners.

pretty girl makeup_david dixon backstage beauty_stephanie_makeup maybelline grace lee

3) Add subtle definition along the very base of the upper lashes with Crayon Khol in Chocolate Chip.

pretty girl makeup_backstage beauty for david dixon_stephanie

4) Define brows by brushing them up with Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara ($7.59 at, then fill them in lightly with brow pencil. Apply black mascara to lashes.

pretty girl makeup_david dixon_cheek makeup

5) Highlight cheekbones with Master Hi-Light Blush in Nude and a hint of Color Tattoo Pigment in Barely Brazen. (If that's too shimmery for you, skip the pigment, or go with clear Baby Lips -- $4.27 at -- mixed with Color Tattoo Barely Branded cream shadow -- $8.99 at Blend Just Pinched Pink Master Glaze blush into the cheeks for "that really beautiful natural flush, a pretty wash of pink," said Grace.

pretty girl makeup_david dixon backstage beauty wmcfw_stephanie

6) Highlight the cupid's bow with a tiny bit of the Master Hi-Light Light Booster in Nude, and top lips with SuperStay 14-HR lipstick in Eternal Rose.

pretty girl makeup complexion options

pretty girl makeup_David Dixon_Camille_lead makeup artist Grace Lee Maybelline

"Camille has a gorgeous, unique, golden complexion; I had to mix to get the right shade," said makeup artist Eden Bluestein. She added a drop of Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Deep to the Medium BB, and tweaked with a tiny bit of Medium/Deep. All the rest was as per the Pretty Girl makeup face chart.

pretty girl makeup_David Dixon backstage beauty_Maybelline pro Grace Lee_Marieme

On model Marieme, makeup artist Natalie used Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Deep for her complexion. Another artist, Wendy Rorong, did Marieme's eyes for the David Dixon show; instead of Crayon Khol in Chocolate Brown, she used Ultra Black at the base of the upper lashes to make them look thicker. Everything else was from the Pretty Girl makeup list.

pretty girl makeup_backstage beauty david dixon_michelle brown makeup

Deeper skintones like model Kayla Clark wore a darker shade of eye shadow, deeper blush and a more burgundy lip, said artist Michele Brown, who did her makeup for the David Dixon show.

Maybelline NY Color Tattoo_Pomegranate Punk

Instead of Inked in Pink on her Kayla's lids, Michelle used Color Tattoo Pomegranate Punk ($8.99 at Bold Gold still works as the highlight in the corners of the lids; she defined Kayla's lashlines with Crayon Khol in Ultra Black instead of Chocolate Chip.

Maybelline 16-hr lipstick wine and forever and just pinched pink master glaze blush

On her Kayla's lips, Michelle used SuperStay 14-HR Lipstick in Wine & Forever ($10.09 at She also added a bit of Wine & Forever lipstick to Master Glaze Just Pinched Pink for cheeks. And for cheekbone highlight, Master Hi-Light Light Booster Blush in Deep Bronze ($14.99 at may be a better choice than nude.

pretty girl makeup_david dixon_backstage beauty_maybelline makeup Grace Lee_stephanie

I love this Pretty Girl makeup. What do you think of it? Do you already do something similar? Or is this a look you now just have to try?

Pretty Girl makeup face chart photo by Jake Rosenberg/TheCoveteur.