Look like your favorite on-screen characters with these TV show-inspired makeup looks!
Whether it's a classic old American TV show like Friends or your favorite Naagin rerun, we all enjoy shows that transport us to another world. The fun in binge-watching these cult gems over the weekend or sneaking in episodes while snacking on chips is unbeatable. But if you're a beauty fanatic—like us—you can't resist doting on the creative makeup on your favorite characters.
Discover some of the best makeup shows ever on the small screen, and unleash your glam side! The best part? There's something for everyone on this list, including looks from Indian and foreign television shows. Get ready to master all those drool-worthy makeup looks with these TV actress makeup tips.
#1 Rachel Green From F.R.I.E.N.D.S
Let's start this list with the original heartthrob—Rachel Green. We've seen Rachel's fashion, beauty, and personal choices (just not Ross) evolve over the course of the series. Through the years, Rachel has had many iconic looks, but her most popular was her makeup style paired with her most popular haircut—the classic 90s style.
To achieve Rachel's bright under-eye look, use a concealer lighter than your skin tone. Leave your lids blank and create a smokey crease with brown pigment. The next step is to use pencil eyeliner to tight line your eyes. Since the eyebrows here are ultra-thin, leave your brow alone—no need to go heavy with your eyebrow pencil. Apply a bronzer to the high points of your face. Put on nude glossy lipstick to complete the look.
#2 Maddy from Euphoria
Even though we love all makeup ideas from TV actress of Euphoria, we're especially smitten with Alexa Demie's (Maddy's) dynamic and vibrant looks. From her first episode when she wore a relatively subtle glitter eyeliner, to her sharpest flicks of season two, Maddy's looks have been all about her eyes. This rhinestone-studded look is no exception.
Get your hands on some poppy eyeshadow, a bright-colored liner, and some rhinestones for a similar look. A juicy lip gloss will complete your look. Using lip plumper will also give you fuller lips like Maddy. Music festivals and parties are great places to wear this look. Don't allow that to limit you, though—wear it when you want.
#3 Maeve Wiley from Sex Education
This look can only be described as underrated. Maeve is not only smart and quick-witted, but she also rocks the grunge look to the max. Since Maeve pretty much sticks to lipstick and eyeliner, recreating this TV actress makeup inspiration is very easy.
First, use a stick concealer to spot-conceal your face. After you've filled in your brows, set them with some brow wax. Smudge eyeliner along your lower lash line after filling in your waterline. Throughout the show, Maeve uses a dark brown color on her waterline, but you can use whatever color you like!
Finish off with mascara and an earthy-toned nude color on your lips. (Totally optional, but if you want to recreate Emma Mackey’s ridiculously defined facial structure, bring out your contour kit.) Try this look out for dinner on a weekday or at a weekend bash.
#4 Maya Mehrotra from Beyhadh
The popular serial Beyhadh features Jennifer Winget, who is known for her stylish appearance. In this Romantic thriller show, the actress plays the owner of a magazine and has won the hearts of many viewers with every look she wears. The style she wears is both casual and stylish, and she keeps reinventing her look to please her fans.
Recreate this makeup look with an even foundation base applied with a damp beauty blender. You can use concealer to brighten up the area under your eyes, the cupid's bow, and the bridge of your nose. Make sure you contour your face well using a darker shade.
To nail Maya's boss-base vibe, create subtle smokey eyes with a brown shade. Finish off your look by applying pink blush to the apples of your cheeks and putting on a dash of pink or nude lipstick. Make this look your go-to look for brunch with the girls.
#5 Naagin from…Well Naagin
Naagin has had multiple reboots since 2015, but the female leads in the latest seasons have a long way to go before they surpass Mouni Roy's makeup looks. The beauty department is where Mouni Roy always excels.
Keep it simple by darkening your lids with cool-toned plum or brown shadow. Next, line the upper lash line with a matte black eye pencil, extending the wing outwards. Luscious lashes only make this look better, so don’t forget the mascara! Top off this makeup look with peach lips and blush. This is the perfect makeup idea for an intimate wedding ceremony!
#6 Komolika From Kasauti Zindagi Ki-2
From her Bigg Boss days, Hina Khan's lip and eye makeup looks have been killing it. Her status as a beauty icon was solidified even further when she joined the TV soap Kasautii Zindagii Kay as Komolika. Clearly, she knows how to pull off bold makeup looks.
Apply kohl to your upper and lower lids, then smudge it with an angled brush to create a slightly smokey finish. Fill in your brows for a fuller look. Next, use a stick highlighter to contour and create that high-shine effect. A fuchsia lipstick will add panache to your look. Last, but not least, draw a half moon in the center of your forehead for that Desi bindi style.
The Bottom Line
Popular TV shows have always set the ball rolling when it comes to makeup and fashion trends, way before social media was a thing. This trend of recreating your favorite TV actress makeup inspiration ideas is never too late.
What was your favorite look from the list above? Comment below and let us know!