Wholloween: Rose Tyler Cosplay and Makeup Tutorial


Stuck for costume idea’s this Halloween? Well, look no further! We’ve created a complete cosplay guide to one of our favourite companions; Rose Tyler. In this post, we focus on one of her most iconic looks: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. Read on to find out how to get her look!


Before starting any make-up, the hair must be prepped. I have naturally blonde hair, but if you want to use a dye there are plenty of brilliant box dyes out there or alternatively you could use a wig. To give it the wavy, messy look that Rose sports in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, plait the hair into multiple plaits all over the head and leave in until your makeup is complete. Once that is done and you remove the plaits, its time to POOF! Use a comb to back brush (brushing the underneath of your hair backwards) the top layer of your hair and clip into a quiff. Puff it up as much as possible and then hairspray it into place!


Make Up:

1 – Prep that skin!

Your makeup will look flawless and stay on all day if you use a great primer to prep your skin with. If you have dry skin use an illuminating primer or moisturiser to stop the makeup clinging to any dry patches and leaving your face brightened and ready. If your skin is prone to oiliness and sliding off throughout the day, use a matte primer to control it and keep you fresh all day!

We used: Nyx colour correcting primer

2 – Create your base. Rose has flawless skin and an even base, so to match that its great to use a nice full coverage foundation. We recommend Rimmel Match Perfection foundation which blends flawlessly and covers any imperfections well. Use a beauty blender or brush starting at the centre of the face and blend outwards.

Pro tip: Dampen your beauty blender to perfectly blend the products into the face!

To complete that perfect skin look, conceal under the eye area to brighten and then cover anymore blemishes on the face.

We used: Benefit Boi-ing airbrush concealer

We also love: Collection Lasting Perfection concealer

Pro tip: Create a triangle under the eye and blend upwards for perfect dark circle concealer coverage!


3 – Bronze it up!

Rose has a chiselled look to DIE for, but luckily for us, we can recreate it with some bronzer! We recommend Benefit Hoola Bronzing powder (available in normal or light) for the perfect colour and texture.

Pro tip: Use an angled brush to sweep some bronzing powder into a 3 shape around your face. Start at the forehead, bringing it around and down your cheekbone. Following the 3 shape, sweep it back up the cheeckbone and down around your jawline. This will create a naturally bronzed look and chisel those cheekbones just like Miss Tylers!

Next, add some blusher to the apples of your cheeks. Rose has a lot of pink tones used in her makeup, so keep it rosy!

To complete Roses contoured look, add a glowy highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, your forehead, the bridge of your nose and under your brows.

We used:

Makeup Revolution Sculpting kit

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighting powder 


4 – Brows

One of Rose Tyler’s defining features is definitely her eyebrows. To recreate her look, grab a brow pencil and get filling! Her brows are slightly darker than her hair, but match it to your hair colour for the best finish and build the product for the more defined look. The 2005 brow trend was a bit different to 2017, and they start thicker and get thinner towards the tail. Just fill in the front of your brows and then swipe through to the ends. Use concealer to cover any hairs that you don’t want to be seen.


Pro Tip: Feather the product into your brows (Draw small, hair like strokes repeatedly upwards) instead of drawing thick lines. This will make the end result nice and natural!

We used: Loreal Brow Artist pencil  which was also used by the Doctor Who makeup team on Pearl Mackie for series 10!


5 – Eyes

Rose’s eyes are the stand out part of her makeup look, especially her eyelashes! She usually wears pink shadow on her lids to make her eyes pop. Start off sweeping a nude base shadow over your whole lid as a base using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Next, take a darker pink and blend it into the crease of your eye, sweeping outwards and upwards. Add a bit of this colour underneath your eye to give more depth. To finish, dust a light pink over the lid and blend with the crease. To highlight your brow bone and complete the shadow look, blend some highlighter or a light white shadow under the brow bone and into the crease colour.

We used:
Tinabless shadow palette (350)

Nyx Blending brush


Next, its time to line those eyes! Grab a black pencil eyeliner and draw a thin line above your lashes. Smudge it out with a blending brush for a more natural look. Line your waterline too- Rose lovessssss her liner!

We used: Nyx Eye pencil

We also love: Benefit BadGal Eyeliner

Finally, no Rose makeup look would be complete without her signature spider lashes. Start applying a thick mascara, coating every lash, to the top and bottom lashes. Layer it up until you have a slightly clumpy look, and you’re good to go.

We used:
They’re Real! Mascara

Loreal Miss Babyroll Mascara


6 – Lips

Rose’s lips are another signature part of her look, so achieve a big enough pout, we need some lip liner! Grab a nude-pink lipliner and lipstick and apply.

Pro tip- Slightly overline the cupids bow and the bottom middle of your lips and join to the edges to create a bigger lip look.

We used: Benefit They’re Real Double the Lip In Lusty Rose





Finally you’ll need a costume! The most iconic part of this look is Roses Union Jack Tee. She wears this with a black/brown hooded jacket, dark boot cut jeans and baby blue Timberland’s. It doesn’t have to be perfect though- We alternatively used a leather jacket and skinny jeans! Accessorise with some hoop earrings and your Rose cosplay is complete!

Union Jack T-Shirt

Timberland Boots

Dark blue boot cut jeans 

Black hooded jacket



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