What does Barbie look like with no makeup on? It’s one of those questions no one asks because, of course, Barbie’s “makeup” is permanently painted onto her face.
Artist Nickolay Lamm created these illustrations of America’s favorite doll to show how sexualized Barbie is. The Mattel brand is a toy for girls, of course, but she wears purple eyeshadow, thick mascara and hot pink lipstick. In real life, most women can’t get away with that color scheme (unless it’s a Saturday night).
Lamm also notes that there’s some research showing that young girls develop inappropriate ideas — or inappropriately early ideas — about what’s sexy because of their exposure to sexy marketing.
So Lamm got to work on Photoshop and gave Barbie’s face a scrub. He did the same for Disney Princess Cinderella and one of the Bratz dolls, who are notorious for their streetwalker-style looks. (See more of Lamm’s stuff here.)
Barbie still looks good au naturel, and she also looks more human.
Without makeup, Barbie sometimes looks rather plain.
This is what Barbie would look like first thing in the morning.