Totoro Inspired Makeup

We all love the magical Studio Ghibli characters. In this makeup look, we are going to transform into Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro. By the end of this look, you’ll be ready to go on an adventure!


To begin, gather the makeup items listed below. Feel free to replace or opt out any of the products I’m using.

Face Products

  • Elf face primer
  • Urban Decay all nighter foundation
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer
  • Hard Candy highlight/contour stick
  • Elf pink blush
  • Tony Moly Cat’s Wink clear pact
  • Elf eyebrow dip
  • white or light pink highlighter
  • light pink lip color of your choice

Eye Products

  • Elf eyeshadow palette- we will be using a light grey and a darker grey eyeshadow
  • Elf liquid eyeliner
  • Maybelline Miss Manga Mascara
  • False eyelashes/eyelash glue


  • Beauty Blender
  • foundation brush
  • blush brush
  • highlighter fan brush
  • larger eyeshadow brush
  • thin point eyeshadow brush

Once all of the materials have been gathered, we are ready to transform into a mythical forest sprite!

Step 1: Primer

Take your choice of face primer and put a dime sized amount and use your fingers or a beauty blender to pat it all over your face. Wait 2-5 minutes for the primer to settle into your skin before moving onto the next step.

Step 2: Light Eyeshadow

Using a large eyeshadow brush, apply the lighter grey eyeshadow all over your lid.

Step 3: Darker Eyeshadow

Use a thin eyeshadow brush to outline the shape of the darker eyeshadow and fill in. Refer to picture for shape.

Step 4: Foundation

(Optional: spray your beauty blender with a moisture spray. I recommend Tony Moly Pocket Bunny. This will help your foundation apply and look smoother.)

Take the foundation and put one pump of it on the top of your hand. Dip the beauty blender into the foundation and use the flat side to pat the foundation on your face. Make sure you cover all your face evenly.

Step 5: Concealer

Put some concealer on your finger and dab 3 small dots under each eye. Blend in upward using the pointed size of the beauty blender

Step 6: Contour (Optional)

If you are uncomfortable with trying to contour, you may skip this step. If you are unsure how to contour, look online for a contour face map that fits your face shape.

Take the darker color for contouring and contour your cheekbones and your forehead. Use the lighter color to highlight underneath your cheekbones, the middle of your forehead and down the middle of your nose. Wait a minute or two before blending the highlight and contour together with your beauty blender.

Step 7: Blush

Take your blush and using a brush, dab it on your cheekbones going upward.

Step 8: Eyebrows

Outline and fill in your desired eyebrow shape with your choice of eyebrow dip.

Step 9: Setting powder

Take a large foundation brush and use it to apply the Tony Moly clear pact in a circular motion all over your face.

Step 10: Lip color

Before applying lip color, I like to put on a thin layer of lip balm. Take your choice of lip color and apply it to your lips. Use a q-tip to remove any excess lip color.

Step 11: Eyeliner

Apply your liquid eyeliner to make your eyes look bigger, this technique will vary with eye shape. See picture for ideas! For my look, I will be doing a cat eye since Totoro looks cat-like.

Step 12: Mascara

Take the Miss Manga Mascara and apply it with the wand to all your top and lower lashes.

Step 13: Fake Eyelashes

Apply a thin layer of glue to the strip on an eyelash and wait 20-30 seconds before placing it near your lash line.


Ta-da! Your magical look is complete! Throw on some gear to fully transform into a forest sprite and you’re ready to go on an adventure!


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