Tomb Raider (Lara Croft) Makeup

Old and New Lara

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Lara Croft (closeup) in Tomb Raider 3 Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider 3Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider Underworld
Lara Croft (closeup) in Tomb Raider 3
Lara Croft (closeup) in Tomb Raider 3 | Source
Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider 3
Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider 3 | Source
Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider Underworld
Lara Croft as depicted in Tomb Raider Underworld | Source

How To: Creating Lara Croft's Look

Take it from the person who has been a Tomb Raider fanatic for more than 12 years (I was 8 when I first heard of Lara Croft and fell in love) to show you how to recreate Lara Croft’s look, from the Tomb Raider video games. She’s one of my favorite video game characters and certainly a perfect subject to imitate Halloween looks with.

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

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 1

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.

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

Step 2

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.

Blending is the key here
Blending is the key here

Step 3

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.

A dark brown like this should do
A dark brown like this should do

Step 4

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 5

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 6

Apply volumizing mascara in a black color 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

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A peach color
A peach color
A peach color

Step 7

Now onto the face. 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 that same structured look that Lara has.

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

Step 8

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 colored lip liner and then apply the lipstick to give the illusion of fuller lips.

You have 2 options here. Either go with a peach/light brown lipstick (Anniversary look) or go with a darker brown lipstick (Underworld look) either works.

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Lara Croft makeup in Tomb Raider 3
Lara Croft makeup in Tomb Raider 3
Lara Croft makeup in Tomb Raider 3 | Source

The Finished Look

Now that the look is done, feel free to add in your own accessories that you think channel the character best! In my case, 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 as well as the handy pistols she carries around.

Have fun recreating this look!

Lara Croft Throughout The Ages

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

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Londonlady 4 years ago Author

Thank you :)


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Daniella Lopez 4 years ago from Arkansas

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


Fan of lara 5 years ago

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


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Londonlady 5 years ago Author

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


Jacob M. 5 years ago

Woah you look like her!

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