(1923|Guest|Post) Top Ten Makeup Looks from Hollywood Classics

19 May 2012

Hello everyone,

I am so glad to present you with another guest post. This one is from Edwin who regularly writes about celebrities, TV, movies, and fashion for the Celebutaunt blog on USDish ( be sure to check them out). It infuses the 2 main essences of the Barbara & 1923 blog - vintage style and makeup. Wanna see how he did that? Film lovers, i say stay tuned to see how he did it too. You won't be disappointed.


From “Cabaret” and “Casablanca” to “Funny Face” and the original “James Bond,” we’re taking a look at classic movie makeup on the faces of our favorite leading ladies. Sometimes, cosmetics are subtle on the silver screen and other times they’re over-the-top, creating high-power Hollywood glam.

1. Cabaret

Liza Minnelli plays a flamboyant flapper in “Cabaret,” which is set in Berlin in 1931. Minnelli’s makeup is all camp and fun theatricality in this 1972 film, beginning with the pencil-thin brows that frame her larger-than-life eyes. Creamy white eye shadow is applied over the base of the lid with ice blue shadow at the crease, and both the upper and bottom lids feature liquid black eyeliner and she sports false eyelashes. A single sequin is also added as a cheeky signature beauty mark.

2. Casablanca

As the leading lady in “Casablanca,” Swedish-born actress, Ingrid Bergman, was known for her minimalistic makeup, which was unusual in Hollywood at the time. In this 1942 film, Bergman’s face is framed by full, un-tweezed eyebrows. Her eyes feature very little makeup, with the exception of a natural taupe shade swept over the lid. A thin line of liquid liner is applied to the top lid and her lashes are topped off with a hint of mascara, while Berman’s lips are fully lined with red matte lipstick, creating a perfect pout.

3. Gone With the Wind

Set in the Deep South during the Civil War, this 1939 film features Vivien Leigh as breathless Southern belle, Scarlett O'Hara. Leigh’s highly-arched eyebrows have been plucked and painted to perfection, while a dark shade of eye shadow is swept over the upper lids and extends upward at the outer edges of her eyes. Leigh’s lashes are curled at the outer corner only to showcase her almond-shaped peepers, and an appropriately peach-toned shade of blush adorns her cheeks.

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

In her iconic role as Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn’s face is polished to Hollywood perfection, beginning with a strong, filled-in eyebrow which is brushed up to attain maximum fullness and creates a strong frame for the actress’ alluring eyes. In addition to a light brown shadow at the outer crease of the eyelid, a dab of white shimmery eye shadow is added to the inner creases of the eye to make them pop. Black eyeliner is applied on the upper lid, gradually getting thicker as it extends toward the outer crease. Lipstick is kept minimal – a pink stain with a dab of gloss, as not to distract from Golightly’s eyes.

5. Driving Miss Daisy

Set in 1948, this 1989 film features Jessica Tandy as cantankerous back seat driver, Miss Daisy. Tandy’s eyes feature heavy brown pencil liner on the upper lid, while blush is applied liberally to her cheeks. Never without her lipstick, Miss Daisy wears a matte reddish-orange shade.

6. Amadeus

In her role as Mozart’s wife, Elizabeth Berridge was all primp and pin curls in the 1984 film, “Amadeus.” Berridge’s face is covered with a white powder base and features circular dabs of blush on the apple of each cheek. In keeping with the style of eighteenth century Europe, her pout is lined like a bow and filled in with a rich shade of red.

7. Some Like it Hot

In this 1959 rom-com, Marilyn Monroe looks every bit the silver screen sex kitten image for which she’s best-known. Monroe’s doe-eyed expression is emphasized with dark grey shadow applied at the outer crease and false eyelashes lining the upper lid. A slightly smudged black liner is applied to the outer corner of her upper lid for a classic glam look, and cool-toned red lipstick is topped off with a dab of gloss.

8. Singin’ in the Rain

Debbie Reynolds is fresh-faced and sophisticated in the 1952 musical comedy, “Singin’ in the Rain.” To achieve a wide-eyed, innocent look, white frosted shadow is applied to the inner creases of her lids. A light grey shadow is then added to the outer creases and the lashes are topped off with just a dab of mascara to keep the look natural.

9. Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn plays an intellectual librarian-turned-high fashion model in this
1957 film. Thick liquid liner and false eyelashes are key to emphasizing Hepburn’s eyes in “Funny Face,” and her bottom lids are kept completely bare to make her eyes appear even larger. A perfectly-lined pout in shades of pink and peach is emphasized with a dab of frosted gloss at the center of the bottom lip.

10. James Bond: Dr. No

Original Bond-shell, Ursula Andress sizzled on-screen in this 1962 movie, which kicked off the James Bond film franchise. Grey eye shadow is applied to Andress’s lids and also used to line her bottom eyelid to create a smoldering, smoky eye. The lips are left nude and slicked with clear gloss for a hip 1960s mod look.  A dab of gloss is also added to the cheekbones to highlight her striking bone structure.

What’s your favorite Hollywood classic makeup look?
And the best part, from your comments you get to decide which Hollywood classic diva's look get's to be replicated by me.

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