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The Cartoon Makeup Phenomenon (And the Cartoons That Are Ready For Their Own Collections!)

I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’re probably familiar with at least one of the special edition makeup collections based on cartoons that have come out in the last few years. From the MAC Wonder Woman and Miss Piggy collections to a Too Faced Smurfette Collection, not to mention the myriad Hello Kitty collaborations, it’s been hard to escape them.  

I personally have never seen the appeal. I like Wonder Woman and Miss Piggy but more in a nostalgic way—rather than a “I want them sitting on my vanity everyday” way. I rarely (if ever) want to feel like a little girl. But a NYTimes feature about cartoon makeup collaborations claims that there’s a growing market of adult women who are buying them. Without offering any sales figures, MAC’s senior vice president and group creative director, James Gager, told the newspaper that the collections are “very coveted and special.” Despite the fact that I can’t relate to the current collabs, there are actually several cartoon characters that I’d love to see on a lipstick or eyeliner. Even if I wouldn’t wear them, I’d be willing to shell out money just to own them.

1. Daria Morgendorffer

The disaffected teen would have loads to say about this, I’m sure. I look forward to her collection of black liner, black nail polish, and colorless lip balm.

2. Betty Boop

The original sexpot would need a signature red lipstick, pressed powder, a killer liquid liner and eyebrow pencil, plus a voomy mascara to complete the look.

3. Lisa Simpson

Never one to focus on her looks, Lisa’s collection would nevertheless include trendy yellow eye shadow and nail polish, plus some sensible SPF and moisturizing lip gloss. Never mind makeup—with that spiky hairstyle, we’d buy any gel that Ms. Simpson endorsed.


One product I do want on my vanity: Beauty Blender’s too cute, super pink makeup sponge.

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