How To: Zooey Deschanel Makeup, Hair, Outfit

I don't think a month goes by that I don't get a request for a tutorial on Zooey Deschanel's hair and makeup. And the last time I did a tutorial on her was two or three years ago (featuring some horrible camera phone pics in a dark bathroom...my, how I've upgraded), so I thought it was time for an update. Plus, Halloween is next week and this would make an easy last-minute costume idea. Let's get started:

For the makeup, you'll need--
  • full-coverage foundation and concealer (if needed. I have freckles and chose to blur them a bit to closer match her complexion)
  • liquid eye liner
  • black liner or shadow with smudge brush
  • mascara
  • eye lash curler
  • false lashes (optional)
  • blush
  • lipstick
-The biggest key to this look is the eyeliner. Use a liquid liner on the top lash line.
-Smudge a black shadow or liner on the bottom lash line. 
-Curl lashes and apply mascara. I suggest Lancome Hypnose or L'Oreal Manga mascaras to give more of an effect closer to Zooey's. To further enhance the look, I applied false lashes.

-This is completely optional, but Zooey has round eyes and I don't. To closer mimic her eye shape, I applied a taupe matte shadow in my crease, focusing the bulk of the shadow in the middle of my crease. I made sure the liquid liner was the thickest in the middle and didn't really flick it out. I also placed a white or skin tone liner in my waterline to help my eyes look rounder.

-Finish the makeup with blush along the tops of cheekbones and apply lipstick. Zooey wears pink and red lips often. The best thing about this makeup is that it is probably what many of you do already, with just a heavier concentration of eyeliner.
-Since this look is just inspired by her, I chose not to contour my face to closer resemble hers. I wanted something wearable.

For Zooey's hair you'll need--
  • wig or hair extensions (if needed)
  • fake bangs (if needed)
  • teasing brush
  • hairspray and heat protectant
  • curling wand

-After applying heat protectant and letting it dry, make sure hair is brushed and divided in half.
-Starting at the back of hair, take a 1 inch section, place the wand in front of the section and wrap hair around it. Hold 10 seconds.
-Take another section, place the wand behind the section, and wrap around it. Hold 5-10 seconds. Repeat these steps for the rest of hair. Spray and allow to cool. 
-I applied some fake bangs--these are side swoop ones. While Zooey's bangs are generally straight across, that look just didn't work for me, so that's why I chose the swoop bangs.
-I teased the crown for a little height.

Need more instructions? Don't worry--I have a video tutorial below I made for you:

Red and Black Stripes: Holidays

-For her outfit, a striped shirt, black tights, black flats, and red skirt are easy and affordable. On New Girl, Zooey's character often wears glasses, so I threw those in as well.

So I grabbed a few pics of Zooey to use as my inspiration board for makeup, hair, and outfit (and apparently my poses as you'll see below). 

Have a great weekend! Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle

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  1. I think you nailed it!! She's got the most beautiful eyes and they are always a focal point!!

  2. This is so great. These photos of you are so fun and cute! I love Zooey's makeup, but I am horrible with liquid liner! I need to practice more with it.

  3. She really does have the best hair and make up! I think you did it perfectly here! Now off to try this...


  4. Wow, you did a great job! I especially love the tip about how to create the illusion of a more rounded eye!

  5. This turned out so cute! You did a fantastic job and it looks really cute on you!

  6. Who doesn't love Zoe? She has such great style. Great tutorial Elle. Have a fabulous weekend!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  7. Wow what an awesome post! I agree with BlovedBoston up there...you pretty much nailed it. You make applying liquid eyeliner so easy!!! I wish I could do that!

  8. Oh wow, this came out so cute! What a cool idea.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  9. this came out great!! i love zooey's hair!

  10. very cute!!


  11. YOU TOTALLY NAILED THE LOOK! Well done, lady!

  12. Oh my gosh look at you!! So pretty!! So one question - to make your eyes look bigger, you place a taupe shadow in the crease? With the bulk of the shadow in the center of the crease? Just clarifying! I have droopy eyelids(: Susan

  13. Great look. So fun. Love your hair!

  14. This is so perfect! Love Zooey!!

    <3 Shannon

  15. LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you look just like her! she's adorable and so are you!

  16. You look absolutely adorable! This look is perfect and it's so Zooey!
    Reflection of Sanity

  17. Wait... there's such a thing as fake bangs?!?!?!? I need to get them ASAP!!!

  18. Love Zooey's style! You did an awesome job!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  19. elle you are SOOO cute! i love zoey and you totally pulled off "her" look! xo jillian

  20. OMG you totally look like her! Love it!




  21. You definitely nailed it! Big bright eyes, just like Zoeey!


  22. So cute!! I love those bangs on you!

  23. You really look like her! Hehe.

  24. Such a cute tutorial. We love Zoeey and love how you re-created her eyes!!

    xx 365hangers

  25. Great inspiration, I love her unique style:)

  26. Never was a fan of Zoey and never got the hype over her- but I am a fan of yours and that first pic is so fun and cute! You surely rock in this look! XOXO, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

  27. omg love this look on you! The makeup and hair is on point with Zooey's style!

  28. My, my well done Elle, You nailed this look w/ the eyes, and you look amazing dear. xx
    Layered Leaves

  29. This is such a great look on you!! Zooey has really great style and you totally nailed it!

  30. AH! It's perfect, you look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Wow, you really nailed it! (Especially that last pic!) Love it!

  32. aw you are so cute! love this look, and i love the outfit you chose. super cute. those bangs really suit you!

  33. Those bangs + the perfect makeup totally made you Zoey!

  34. Such a fun tutorial. Also your look great with bang. If you ever decide to get them. Have a great weekend.

  35. I always like her, she's so funny! and your look is really good! really looks like her (:

    it takes 2 to fashion
    ps. We really like your blog, would you like to follow each other?

  36. Wait... there's such a thing as fake bangs?! I had no idea! But then I only learned about hair extensions a couple of years ago so I guess I'm just kind of out of that loop anyway, haha! Now I kind of want to try the fake bangs to see if I'd like them. I always want side swept bangs, but I also know that bangs can be disastrous with my hair type so I haven't done it yet. Maybe someday!

  37. This is adorable! I love Zooey, she's so pretty.

    Corinne x

  38. You did a really great job with this look! Enjoy your weekend :)

  39. Oh, this is great! And, you look adorable! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  40. Amazing tutorial! And your hair is looking great with this bang! =)

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  41. Loved the recreated Zoey look. Amazing!
    Very detailed tutorial is commendable.

  42. Love this look! And fake bangs? I didn't even know these existed!!! And I have a curling wand and have yet to figure out how to use it properly so I am going to have to check out your video at home! Super cute!!!

  43. Oh my goodness, you NAILED this!! I want to try the makeup just for fun, and the outfit is one I'd totally wear!

  44. So cute! You are absolutely adorable. My friend went as Zooey last year and it was so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Elle, I loved this tutorial! You did such a great job of making your almond eyes look round and so much like hers! Great hair curling pointers, too. I might have to try this eye look! I'd love to know what it would be like to have big round eyes instead of the almond slivers I was issued at birth, lol! <3

  46. This is donee beautifully by you elle..loved those faces you made :D

  47. Omg, I love this! You really do look similiar to her when you do it like this.

    P.S. I'd die for that hair!!!

  48. I absolutely LOVE the bangs on you Elle! :)

    Emily // ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

  49. ADORABLE! You look great with bangs by the way!

  50. Hahaha, what a fun post. You actually do look a little like Zoey here. Makeup and hair are spot-on.

    P.S. I was so happy and excited to win your $100 Visa giveaway. Yeaaay!! Thanks again, Elle. =))

  51. Such a sweet idea! And it really suits you! x

  52. I love Zooey Deschanel so much! Great job on this look. It's spot on!

  53. Those are not your bangs? I am freaking out! Amazing job - they totally look real. And I loved this pic on insta! xox

  54. I think you should get bangs...they look great on you!! You did a smashing job here!

  55. This is so cute, I really like zooey deschanel's style and I think you captured it well.


  56. Oh my goodness, Elle, you seriously pulled this off so well, I cannot believe it. You look just like her!!!!!!!! I love it. I'm so happy that you seem to be getting more and more popular. I hope you get a break here and there. Love Always,

    Shauna xoxoxoxoxxoxoxxo

  57. I really loved how the look turned out :) I would love to try this on me :) will share if turns out well..thanks for the tip for round eye :)

  58. Too cute! You look good with bangs.



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