Jem Make-up Guide



Creating your own Jem art? Customizing dolls? Planning to dress out as a Jem character for a masquerade or Halloween? Here's a closer look at the outrageous make-up of 20 of the main characters, the ones that wear any noticable makeup.

Let's take an up close view in a good angle and descriptions of what's going on with the eyes, cheeks and lips, according to shapes and colors. Aswell as info on updated looks and what episode the makeup first appeared, aswell as temporary looks. Remember it's from the characters' point of view, so right side means left side in the picture. And as for the cartoon looks, don't pay too close attention to where the shapes begin and end, and what parts around the eye they cover, because that would differ alot from episode to episode.

In the cartoon, The Holograms had both a casual look aswell as a stage look. Jem/Jerrica and the Holograms were seen with either blue/purple eyebrows or black ones, and it's hard to say which is more correct since it changes within the same episode for no apparent reason. And originally Jem, Kimber and Aja had very similar eyemakeup, before Jem started changing her color. The Misfits have wilder makeup, and which also resembled each other somewhat. You can tell that Rapture and Minx of the Stingers did not only get a much toned down style with the haircolors, but also on the makeup.

As for the dolls, they each had perhaps a little more colors and shapes than the animators could handle. Sometimes as much as 4 different colors on the eye makeup. And the doll look is the original, which the cartoon look was based on, but the doll designs changed while the cartoon has started production and had even started airing. On top of that, the makeup changed slightly for each doll release, for the Hasbro releases (except for the Holograms and Misfits dolls) aswell as the Integrity Toys releases.

This guide won't go into detail with the correct words from the real world of makeup, which I'm no expert on, and not planning to become. So don't expect any tips on how to apply it on yourself or what to buy. Also, it's difficult to say exactly what shapes the makeup are, where something begins and ends, how big the shapes are, and the exact colors, because this looks very different from time to time in the cartoon and according to different people. That's up to you to judge for yourselves looking at these pictures (which sometimes even capture some colors incorrectly). But hopefully I can point you in the right direction about some interesting details.

Jem

When I think Jem, I think about the second cartoon look shown here, which is how she appeared for most early episodes, which were the most released on videos across the world, even if she actually had the light violet eyemakeup in more episodes. I prefer her eyemakeup to be mainly one color and cover the entire area between the eyebrows and eyes, aswell as below the eyes, unlike many of the dolls. As for her eyes, they are often depicted as light violet, like on the dolls, but early on in the series they were blue.

Cartoon

First appeared in the episode "The Beginning". Originally the eyeshadow was more noticably darker pink. The lips are pink like the eyeshadow.

Cartoon

First appeared in episode "Starbright Part One: Falling Star". The eyeshadow becomes brighter pink, but stays the same shape. Also the lips become brighter. Although some refer to Jem's original darker pink eyemakeup, this is the one she appeared most in and which I consider the most Jem-like.

Cartoon Glitter 'n Gold

First appeared in the episode "Glitter and Gold". This was a temporary look for Jem, which did appear again later though, with atleast two more fashions except for Glitter 'n Gold. Yellow (golden) eyeshadow up to the eyebrows, but nothing below the eyes. Same color of lips as previously.

Cartoon

First appeared in episode "Glitter and Gold". Purple (often appears much darker, and especially darker than the next picture) eyeshadow going up to the eyebrows, and bright purple below the eyes. The shape around the eyes has now changed and become much smaller underneath the eyes. Same bright pink lips as previously.

Cartoon

First appeared in episode "The Jazz Player". The previous eyeshadow turns all bright purple. Same bright pink lips as previously.

Doll 1986

First year doll. Very bright pink eyeshadow around the eyes and up to her eyebrows, with some light blue and dark pink shapes above the eyes. Blue eyebrows. Bright pink rouge on the cheeks. Hot pink lipstick. Something very unusualy in the doll world, which I guess was another way of Hasbro go into detail for realism and high quality, was the look of the eyebrows which actually resembles printed hair by hair, which looked better on some of the dolls and worse on others.

Doll Glitter 'n Gold 1987

This is Jem's golden look, and she now has shiny lips. This could look very different depending on what release of the doll you got, some eyebrows didn't come off very well and looked fuzzy. Notice the eyebrows are more slightly larger but more divided.

Doll Rock 'n Curl 1987

The budget doll had as colorful makeup as the first doll, but kept the golden/brown eyebrows from Glitter 'n Gold.

Doll Flash 'n Sizzle 1987

The purple look which I believe is what caused Jem to change into purple makeup in the cartoon. Looking at one of these Flash 'n Sizzle dolls it always strikes me how something looks strange, which is either the shape of the makeup, how it was printed, or maybe it's just me.

Doll Hollywood Jem 2012

Most Jem fans were probably happy about the new head sculpt, although the more defined face took some getting used to compared to the rounder face of the 80's dolls. The makeup though was probably the biggest reason she looked different and more edgy, like the black mascara around the eyes which gets quite pointy at the outer ends, and the very defined black eyebrows, which would become lighter in most of the following releases. This first look didn't correspond with her first look in the cartoon, rather one of the later purple.

Doll Hollywood Jem 2012

Suddely Jem's eyebrows went all lightblue, but kept the same shape. Please Integrity Toys, make atleast one more doll with blue eyebrows, it was a nice detail of the cartoon that would usually only show up in closeups, but it makes the Jem dolls look friendlier and more Jem. The pink eyemakeup which Jem began with in the cartoon now made it's debute on the Intergrity Toys dolls, along with some lightblue around most of the eyes, from the original 80's doll.

Doll Glitter 'n Gold 2013

Now Jem got some more noticable golden in her golden look, compared to the 80's doll, in form of glitter. A favorite look of mine, and look at those lips with a outer line of darker pink.

Doll Broadway Magic 2013

This was an absolute favorite to many collectors, possibly because of the look of the makeup, atleast I think this look captured the cartoon Jem very well, even if I don't know why, because I would prefer lightblue eyebrows and more noticable pink eyemakeup. But I guess the less defined lips is very Jem, unlike the following two dolls.

Doll Who Is He Kissing 2013

Back to purple, and the dark purple right above the dark eyebrows, along with those well painted lips, doesn't make Jem look very recognizable.

Doll In Stitches 2014

Doesn't Jem look like she has bigger lips than ever? Otherwise this is a very cartoon accurate look, and favorite of mine.

Doll Rockin' Romance 2014

This looks alot like one of the cartoon versions with purple eye-makeup. It was probably the hairstyle and dress that made this one of my favorite looks, because I'm not particularly a fan of the purple makeup.

Doll Twilight In Paris 2015

This look has alot more black mascara than any of the previous dolls, and even more pointy at the outer ends. One thing I really like about this look though, is that it is the first time Integrity Toys makes the pink eye-makeup go that far below the eyes, like the main pink cartoon Jem look we all know. Up until now anything below the eyes were so subtle.

Comic 2015

What a clever way to renew Jem's makeup, yet keep it recognizable. I like this shape.

Comic 2015

A star over the right eye, and perhaps the left aswell. Actually Deirdre does this same thing on her right eye, but with a purple star, in the cartoon episode "The Treasure Hunt".

Comic 2015

Now the star covers her entire face. This feels modern, how they just go all the way all over the face.

Movie 2015

This is perhaps the most recognizable version of her movie makeup, compared to the cartoo, with the pink under the eyes. Above the eyes looks like glitter, and pink lips.

Movie 2015

The pink covers alot of her upper face, and looks like it tones out upwards. Does she have glitter on the forehead? Looks like purple lips.

Movie 2015

A diagonal shape that covers almost half of her face. I think this looks cool. Possibly a little glittery eyeshadow on the right eye, and pink lips.

Jerrica

Jerrica has blue eyes. Four cartoon makeup looks for Jerrica, but only the second is the common one. Unlike Jem, Jerrica seems to have more blue eyes rather than light violet, which means even the eye-color changes during her transformation, a fact that few Jem fans have taken notice of and which makes it more understandable that Rio doesn't realize they are the same person.

Purple (cartoon)

First appeared in the very first episode "The Beginning". This was a temporary style she had for the funeral the cartoon begins with. Quite dark purple eyeshadow up to the eyebrows. Pink lipstick.

Regular (cartoon)

First appeared in the episode "The Beginning". The purple eyemakeup is now bright pink. This is Jerrica's most known look. Pink lips, perhaps slightly brighter than the eyeshadow.

Light blue (cartoon)

First appeared in the episode "The Beginning". A few times, only worn with some fashions. Bright blue eyemakeup. Pink lips.

Minx' make-over (cartoon)

First appeared in episode "A Change Of Heart", as a temporary make-over encouraged and paid for by Minx. Bright purple eyeshadow up to the eyebrows, slightly brighter than the first we ever see her in. She gets some Pizzazz kind of pointy lines, one on each cheek in dark purple. Bright pink lips, probably her regular lipstick color.

Doll 2012

Looks alot like her regular cartoon makeup, with the addition of some blue around the eyes and two shades of pink above.

Doll 2013

Jerrica looks nicer here and more recognizable that way, probably because of the different eyes with less black mascara around the eyes. She now has brown eyebrows, which she never did in the cartoon.

Doll Twilight In Paris 2015

This doll is not released as I'm writing this, so hopefully I'll get a better look at her eyemakeup later. That black eyeliner looks more like Taylor Swift to me than Jerrica, and the pink seems gone, in favor for light blue and purple.

Comic 2015

Not the best picture perhaps, but you get a look at her stagemakeup in her shortlived attempt to be the singer of the band without the need of Jem. After this she doesn't appear to wear alot of makeup.

Kimber

Dark blue eyes, or even bright turquoise. Kimber had two regular styles in the cartoon, and temporary ones which were phases she went through.

Casual (cartoon)

First appeared in the episode "The Beginning". Bright pink eyeshadow up to her eyebrows. Pink lips like her eyeshadow.

Stage (cartoon)

First appeared in the episode "The Beginning". Bright pink eyeshadow up to the eyebrows. Continues below the eyes like Jem's. Pink lips like her eyeshadow.

Synergy's hard & mean makeover (cartoon)

First appeared in episode "Scandal". Almost similar to Clash. Both eyes' eyeshadow is divided between blue and some orange/red color up to the eyebrow, and then a couple of sharp shapes going down below the eye in orange/red. Perhaps lips same as previously.

Stormer's bad influence (cartoon)

First appeared in episode "The Bands Break Up". Her regular stage makeup, but covering all around her eyes and exaggerated down on the cheek, more spiky and longer. Probably same lipcolor as her eyeshadow.

Doll 1986

First appeared on first year doll. Smaller shapes around the eyes than in the cartoon, but just as bright pink, and also some bright purple. Blue eyebrows. A turquoise beauty mark on the right cheek. Bright pink rouge on cheeks. Pink lipstick.

Doll 2013

Perfect choice to make Kimber's eyebrows so thick, according to her early cartoon look, when Kimber was a tougher character than she became later on. It seems also inspired by the 80's doll look, with several shades around her eyes.

Comic 2015

Smaller version of Jem's eyemakeup, except this doesn't point upwards.

Comic 2015

A very artistic facepaint, appeared only once for their first music video, no idea if it looks the same on the other cheek.

Movie 2015

Blue eyebrows, some red eyemakeup and some red and glittery white triangular shapes on the cheeks. Pink lipstick.

Movie 2015

Some very red eyemakeup, very sharp in the ends where it's also surrounded by a thick yellow line. Pink lips.

Aja

Blue eyes, except in the new comics she has such dark eyes they are practically black.

Casual (cartoon)

First appeared in episode "The Beginning". Bright pink eye makeup, up to the eyebrows. Slightly brighter pink lips than the eyeshadow.

Stage (cartoon)

First appeared in episode "The Beginning". Bright pink eyeshadow up to the eyebrows. Continues below the eye like Jem's and Kimber's, but perhaps slightly larger below the eyes than them. Cheeks are the same as the doll makeup. Bright pink lips, slightly brighter pink than the eyeshadow.

Doll 1986

First appeared on first year doll. Bright pink eyeshadow up to the eyebrows, and continues below the eye almost like in the cartoon, but with a slightly different shape. A spiky red shape sticking diagonally upwards out of it on both eyes, and the same color is also visible where the bright pink shape ends below the eyes. And right around the eyes is a thin line of darkblue. This was the only doll of the entire 80's line which got no eyelashes, perhaps to strengthen her asian heritage somehow, as they barely gave any eyelashes to the Ba Nee doll either. Bright blue star on her left cheek, slightly over the bottom of her eyeshadow. Small bright blue lightning bolt kinda shape on her right cheek, also beginning inside the eyeshadow shape. Slightly metallic. Red lips.

Doll 2013

A combination of the cartoon and doll makeup, with a different shape of the orange part.

Comic 2015

Some reactions were that this looks like a mask, but to me it looks modern but also recognizable.

Comic 2015

Now the blue covers almost the enitre face in this artistic look for their first music video.

Movie 2015

She's got her blue star and then some, on the left cheek, and some dark purple lipstick it appears.

Movie 2015

Some very glittery blue eyemakeup and light pink lips.

Shana

She has brown eyes. She has some of the biggest variations of makeup, comparing all different versions.

Casual (cartoon)

First appeared in episode "The Beginning". Orange eyeshadow up to her eyebrows. Red lips.

Stage (cartoon)

First appeared in episode "The Beginning". Again same orange eyeshadow up to her eyebrows. Her eyebrows are sometimes purple, kinda the same color as her hair. She gets some Pizzazz kind of pointy shapes, one on each cheek, in pink. Red lipstick.

Doll 1986

First appeared on first year doll. Looks nothing like in the cartoon, neither shape or color. White or bright violet shapes around the eyes, similar to the other Holograms, but with with more spikes at the bottom. Only consists of one color. Purple rouge on cheeks. Reddish purple lipstick.

Doll 2013

This must have been a very difficult decision, how to depict her on this doll since her cartoon and 80's doll look were so entirely different. They certainly got the lines on the cheeks from the cartoon, and slightly noticeable design underneath the eyes from the 80's doll, but which looks more like the end of a star now.

Comic 2015

How clever to incorporate the lines on her cheeks into her eyemakeup. My guess is that this look was based on the 2013 doll with that pink eyemakeup. And now Shana has purple lips.

Comic 2015

Another, larger version of her regular stage-makeup in the comics, worn for their first music video.

Movie 2015

Purple eyemakeup, and pink/red lips.

Raya

Her eyecolor is light blue or turquoise. She doesn't have a different stage makeup in the cartoon.

Casual/Stage (cartoon)

First appeared in the episode "Scandal". Bright pink eyeshadow up to the eyebrows, and the eyebrows aren't always that thick, that's just this picture. Lips are slightly darker pink than her eyeshadow, in opposite to some of the other Holograms. This is of course based on the 80's doll's look, but while the first year dolls were based on prototype looks, this probably couldn't make that excuse for being different, they probably just decided to go with all pink for the eyemakeup.

Doll 1987

Her eyebrow hairs are far apart, and she has several colors going on above the eyes.

Doll 2014

A surprising design of the eyemakeup which is obviously based only on the 80's doll, except perhaps the lipcolor is based on the cartoon.

Pizzazz

Pizzazz has green eyes, sometimes slightly turquoise, and no apparent eyebrows.

Cartoon

First appeared in the episode "The Beginning". Bright purple and pink shapes going up above the eyes. No eyebrows. Bright purple curved line on both cheeks, same as Roxy's. Lips are pink, darker than Jem's.

Rapture's Lovesick makeover for Riot

First appeared in episode "The Stingers Hit Town Part Two". This should make anyone feel so pretty. Dark purple strange shapes above the eyes, and spiky shapes below the left eye. Still no eyebrows. US flag-like red and white striped left cheek. Red checkmark on right cheek. Two red dots on nose. Lips are the regular color, but with strange triangular shapes on the sides of her mouth and one on her chin.

Doll 1986

First appeared on first year doll. Eye makeup is somewhat similar to the cartoon makeup, but with slightly different color schemes consisting of three colors, dark purple, bright purple and white. Cheeks have yellow rouge. Orange lipstick.

Doll 2013

Very similar to the cartoon makeup, with some of the white eyemakeup from the 80's doll, and some added pink arund the eyes.

Comic 2015

Like Shana in these new comics, her cheek-makeup was combined with the eyemakeup. But on the other hand the purple shapes on top are now separate and look more than ever like angry eyebrows.

Comic 2015

Pretty much the same as the previous, but with pink "eyebrows" rather than purple.

Roxy

Roxy has brown or even slightly red eyes.

Cartoon

First appeared in the episode "The Beginning". Left eye has some bright purple (same color as Pizzazz) and yellow/orange shapes almost similar to Pizzazz' cartoon makeup. Three yellow short lines on the right cheek, and one bright purple (same as eye makeup) curved line on the left. Dark orange lipstick. Not as red as Stormer's.

Doll 1986

First appeared on first year doll. Left eye looks similar to the cartoon left eye, but more green and outlined by the purple color. Right eye is almost surrounded by an orange line. Three yellow short lines on the right cheek, like in the cartoon, but smaller and closer to the eye. Left cheek has some yellow rouge. Dark orange lips.

Doll 2013

One eye is based on the cartoon and the other the 80's doll, with some extra light violet and red around the eyes.

Comic 2015

She still had that colorful lefteye makeup, aswell as the three yellow lines on the right cheek but which are facing another angle. Her lips are purple.

Stormer

Usually decpited with blue eyes.

Cartoon

First appeared in the episode "The Beginning". Dark green/yellow eyeshadow from the eyes up to the eyebrows. Three short orange lines on the right cheek (similar to Roxy's), and an orange lightning bolt on the left cheek, and a small beauty mark on the left side above the lips. Lips are red.

Doll

First appeared on first year doll. A more yellow (compared to the cartoon) eyeshadow from the eyes up to the eyebrows. The eyes are also surrounded by an orange eyeliner. Yellow rouge on the cheeks, and a blue beauty spot like in the cartoon but on the right cheek above the lips. Red lipstick.

Doll 2013

Eyebrows and eyes are based on the 80's doll, with some extra color added around her eyes, while the rest of the face is based on the cartoon.

Comic 2015

The definitely most changed character in the new comics. Suddenly Stormer has light violet eyes, and thick eyebrows. That lightningbolt covering her face reminds me of Jetta, and she gets atleast one of the lines on her right cheek from the cartoon. And blue lipstick.

Jetta

Her eyes are light violet like Jem's, except in the new comics where they are lightgreen, which perhaps was a slightly more believable color since she became african american. So each Misfits has a different eyecolor from each other, on dolls and in the cartoon, except for in the new comics.

Cartoon

First appeared in episode "Scandal". White eyeshadow starting from the eye and going up to the eyebrows, and a white lightning bolt over the forehead. Lips are pink, slightly going for purple.

Doll 1987

A large white lightning bolt over the forehead. She is the only doll of the 80's Jem line, except for the Starlight girls, who had lines as eyebrows rather than vertical little hairs. Silver eyeshadow on the left eye. Cheeks have bright pink rouge. Lips are dark pink.

Doll 2014

The lightningbolt is placed like the 80's doll, with a new type of eyebrows, and eyemakeup based on the cartoon with some color added. Her lips are more red.

Comic 2015

She got green eyes here, and white lipstick, and some white eyeshadow. Infact she only has one color of her makeup, white.

Clash

She has light blue eyes.

Cartoon

First appeared in episode "Starbright Part One: Falling Star". As with the dolls, it's hard to put words on these shapes around the eyes. The left eye has yellow eye makeup from the eye up to the eyebrow, and a big shape in blue below the eye. The right eye is divided between orange and blue up to the eyebrow, and then a sharp orange shape going down below the eye. Lips are almost red, but a little more in the dark pink direction.

Doll 1987

First appeared on second year doll. She has no eyebrows unless you count those pink lines. Strange shapes around eyes, but nothing like the cartoon makeup. The left eye has bright blue and pink makeup from the eye up to the eyebrow, and a small sharp shape in pink below the eye, togheter shaping something of a triangle, with a slightly darker pink thin straight eyebrow. The right eye has yellow makeup from the eye and up to the eyebrow, which consists of a another pink thin straight eyebrow, and another strange pink line going up from it. This makeup doesn't make her look as mean as in the cartoon. Bright pink rouge on cheeks. Lips are bright pink.

Doll 2014

Entirely based on the cartoon, but with new shapes around the eyes and an extra color. The strange line that goes up towards the hairline is visible every now and then in the cartoon aswell, but not this thick. This is a detail that many pick up, but I don't think any Jem fans would mind if it was excluded.

Comic 2015

Her makeup covers more of her face than ever, and that strange line above her right eye is thicker than ever. She now has purple lips.

Blaze

I can't really tell what her eyecolor is but probably something inbetween purple and brown.

Comic 2015

Red eyebrows, and kind of a flame of yellow and red around her left eye, and some yellow around the right eye. She has freckles, and red lips.

Video

She has turquoise or even green eyes.

Cartoon

First appeared in episode "Starbright Part One: Falling Star". She has the same shape of the eyeshadow as Jem, Kimber and Aja. And that area is divided into three colors from the middle of her face, yellow, then purple and dark turquoise/green. Lips are a barely noticable natural color, with a touch of pink and orange.

Doll 1987

The only doll of the 80's line which has two-colored hairs for eyebrows. Her somewhat subtle eyemakeup consists of two shades of purple between the eyebrows and eyes, and a beauty spot on her right cheek. Her lips are light pink.

Doll 2014

Three colors over the eyes, just like the cartoon.

Danse

Blue eyes.

Red lips (Cartoon)

First appeared in the episode "The Music Awards Part 1". Bright pink eye makeup, close to Jem's color. Red lipstick.

Pink lips (Cartoon)

First appeared in episode "KJEM". Same eyeshadow as before. Lips are same color as her eye makeup.

Doll 1987

Some really thick eyebrows, with some yellow/orange/purple underneath, and some turquoise lines sticking out on the sides.

Doll 2014

She has some purple added to her pink eyemakeup. The very red lips are based on her original cartoon look.

Rapture

Blue eyes.

Cartoon

First appeared in episode "The Stingers Hit Town Part One". Dark orange makeup from the eyes, almost up to the eyebrows, but leaves some space inbetween, in the same shape as the eyebrows. Very red lips.

Doll 2013

Eyebrows became brown and the eyemakeup now consists of two colors, some below the eyes, plus alot of black mascara.

Minx

Blue eyes.

Cartoon

First appeared in the episode "The Stingers Hit Town Part One". Dark pink/red eyeshadow. It doesn't reach all the way up tot the eyebrows like most characters, and it doesn't follow the same shape as the eyebrows, but kinda the opposite, and pointing somewhat uppwards at the ends. Lips are darker than her eyeshadow, and more red, but not quite as red as Rapture and Stormer.

Doll 2013

Very bright brown eyebrows, very subtle pink eyemakeup, and some below the eyes, lots of black mascara around the eyes.

Regine

Brown eyes.

Cartoon

First appeared in episode "Straight From The Heart". Barely noticable dark pink eyeliner around her eyes and on her eyelids. Bright pink lipstick.

Doll 2014

I'm not sure where they found all this color, not from the 80's doll or cartoon, so all these shades and shapes of purple are a new look.

Astral

Very dark blue eyes.

Cartoon

First appeared in episode "That Old Houdini Magic". When all the other later characters that joined in the Jem cartoon got simple and less noticable makeup, it's fun to see someone who went in the other direction. Bright purple eyeshadow, with dark turquoise eyelids. Same colors as her hair from what I can see. She's the only of the characters that has a different color on her eyelids. While Aja has one star on her left cheek, Astral has three, on the same cheek. Three different sizes, from the small one on top down to the largest one on the middle of her cheek. And they're also in the same colors as her hair aswell as white. Lips are dark pink.

Doll 2014

Most of all, her light violet eyemakeup was toned down, and her eyebrows moved down quite a bit. But she keeps her stars on the left cheek in almost the same colors.

Synergy

As for Synergy's eyecolor, it's all over the place from purple to turquoise.

Cartoon

In Synergy's original look, she only had purple on the hairband. Her face was kinda grey/lightblue, and her lips red.

Cartoon

This is how most of us probably think of Synergy. Here she looks alot more purple, especially her skintone.

Doll 1987

This doll definitely resembles the more purple cartoon look most, but with some lightblue and purple eyeshadow, and more human eyes.

Doll 2012

This resembles the cartoon look, but with a hint of the 80's doll with the eyemakeup, and eyes underneath the shimmery surface, and some rouge on the cheeks.

Comic 2015

Modern style Synergy with facepaint all over her eyes, and purple lips for the first time.

Comic 2015

Same makeup as the previous, but lightblue skin and pink lips.

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