How to Do Your Makeup Like Ke$ha

If you listen to a top 40 radio station, read gossip blogs or watch TV, you probably know who Ke$ha is. (That’s right, there’s a dollar sign in her name. It’s pronounced “Kesha”.)

If you don’t know who she is, she sings such popular songs as “Tik Tok”, “Blah Blah Blah” and “Your Love is My Drug.” I have to admit: I like her music.

Although her music gets a lot of talk, her look often elicits the most gossip. To put it bluntly: Ke$ha looks like she just woke up in a gutter. To put it not so bluntly, she sports smudged up makeup from the night before and a boatload of glitter.

I see a challenge there.

Time for a makeup tutorial of celebrity proportions. Let’s do our makeup like Ke$ha!

First, start relatively fresh.

likeKesha02 Don’t load up on the foundation or anything. Heck, don’t even do your hair. This is what I call my “Day-2 Hair.” I don’t normally like people to see my hair in such a mess, but it fits for this. Ke$ha doesn’t seem to brush her hair. I’m already half-way to looking like her.

likeKesha03 Apply a thick line around your eyes with a black kohl eyeliner. I used Prestige Soft Blend Khol Eyeliner in Jet Black.

likeKesha04 Now smudge up the liner. Use a smudger, a cotton swab or your finger. Don’t worry about getting messy.

likeKesha05 Now for eye shadow. We’ll be using two colors. First, a neutral, silvery, shimmery color on the lid and up past the crease. Put some on your lower lid too, while you’re at it. I used Maui Wowie from the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Ammo Shadow Box.

Don’t use an eye shadow brush! That’s strictly prohibited! Use your fingers instead. It’ll make it look like your makeup is two days old, even though it’s fresh.

likeKesha06 Time for the second eye shadow color. This needs to be black. It’s best if it’s shimmery or glittery. Apply it on your lid in a very sloppy way with your finger. I used Oil Slick from the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Ammo Shadow Box.

The messier the better!

likeKesha07 Now you need to add the glitter. Ke$ha wears glitter around both of her eyes, although she has more on one side than the other. Coarse, silver glitter is best, although you can also get away with gold. I used the Barry M Glitter Eye Candy Kit to get silver glitter all around my right eye and partially around the left eye.

Keep the glitter off of your eyelid, but around your cheeks, brow and temple. And of course, be messy.

likeKesha08 Don’t forget the mascara! Use your clumpiest mascara and apply multiple coats to the top and bottom. I used Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in Very Black.

likeKesha09 Ke$ha keeps her lips nude, but since mine are a dark shade naturally, I used a lighter lipstick to make them more like Ke$ha’s. The lipstick was from an old generic makeup set from a drug store, so I don’t know the brand.

You’re done! All that’s left is to throw on dangly earrings and some mismatched necklaces and you’re ready to be just like Ke$ha. Check out the final results:

likeKesha10 likeKesha11There. Now you know how to do your makeup like Ke$ha. Try this out for Halloween, costume parties, or if you just want to look like your favorite singer.

And I’ll need a fire hose to get all of this off…


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  1. Interesting. And what would be the best way to remove all that sparkle? I run into trouble when I try to remove glitter.

  2. You look like you just woke up, and feel like P-Diddy.

  3. That’s a great and interesting tutorial You did a great job at recreating her look. 🙂

  4. Awilda: I just took it all off, so good time. I washed my face with a cleanser over the sink with a lot of warm water. That seemed to do the trick really well. I didn’t even have to scrub at my face a lot.

  5. Thanks, Gio! I bet it would have looked even more accurate if my hair was blond!

  6. The eyemakeup without the glitter would also be a good vampire look too, very messy and the whole just rolling out of bed look.

  7. Looks good, like you just got up after wearing your makeup all night.

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