Beauty & Fashion
My Beauty Muse – Audrey Hepburn!
Written by Jamie Dorman | September 19, 2011
Ever since I saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s I have been mesmerized by Audrey Hepburn’s beauty, grace and style. I admire her natural makeup look, fabulous up-dos and her shining personality. Audrey is not only an inspiration to me because of how she does her makeup or styles her hair, but also because she was a great example to others on how to live their lives.
Audrey Hepburn overcame a tough childhood growing up in WWII-stricken Holland. Because of the war, she suffered from malnutrition which affected her health for the rest of her life and kept her from her dream of being a dancer. I admire how she managed to overcome the loss of her dreams without being bitter or taking out her frustrations on others. When she garnered fame and success from her acting career, she never let it go to her head and never spoke anything but kind words about those she worked with. She set aside her career later in life to raise her children. In the book that her son wrote about her, I learned that she was an amazing mother.
As she grew older, she did a lot of work with UNICEF to help feed starving children in Third World countries. Her actions are so inspiring to me. The fact that she is the epitome of style and grace is just the cherry on top of an already amazing sundae!
AUDREY’S STYLE HOW-TO!
To emulate Audrey’s look, I take in the key elements of her makeup — matte skin; strong, defined brows (but softer than the brow she wore in the 50s); a softly-shaded eye; a thick, black liner; lots of lashes and natural peachy tones on the cheeks and lips. This look can be worn anywhere, on any occasion and you’ll always look classy and flawless!
Here’s how to get the look!
- Matte Skin To achieve Audrey’s matte complexion you will need either a matte finish liquid foundation and powder or a powder foundation. Some options are Revlon ColorStay makeup, either the normal/dry or oily/combination formulation, Almay TLC liquid makeup, Physician’s Formula Healthy Wear Powder Foundation or Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. You can apply liquid foundation with your fingers, a sponge or a brush. Follow the liquid foundation with a light dusting of powder. You can use a sponge to apply powder foundation, but make sure to replace the sponge regularly to avoid putting acne-causing bacteria onto your skin. This look is especially good for those with oily skin and those with acne. Matte textures minimize the look of raised bumps.
- Defined Brows You can use either a pencil, powder or both to get the look of Audrey’s defined brows. Some products I recommend are Maybelline Define-A-Brow pencil and any matte eyeshadow that matches your brow color. One method is to lightly pencil in your brows using feathery strokes to mimic hair texture. You can follow this by using an angled brush with the matte eyeshadow on top of the pencil. You can also use either product alone. If you have thin brows you might want to thicken them slightly, but don’t overdo it because it will be too obvious that they’re drawn on.
- Softly Shaded Eyes I like to use two eyeshadows to define my crease while still looking natural. Find a matte eyeshadow that matches your skin tone and use a brush to place it on the eyelid and up to the brow bone. Follow this with another matte eyeshadow that is a natural shade but slightly darker than your skin tone such as a brown or taupe. Place this shadow lightly in your socket and use a fluffy brush to blend it out. This is all you need to lightly define your eye.
- Thick Liner Audrey often had a thick line on her upper lash line. You can use pencil, gel or liquid products to achieve this look. My personal favorite is to use a gel liner and a brush to place a thick line on the lash line. I like to wing my liner out, but this can be tricky and requires practice and patience. You can do whatever you want to get your desired effect. Wet n’ Wild makes an affordable cream liner and Maybelline makes a gel liner called Eye Studio that comes with a really good brush. I find gel liner the easiest to work with and I recommend starting with gel before moving on to liquid.
- Thick Lashes False lashes are the easiest way to achieve lush, thick lashes, but they can be tough for beginners to apply and I think they can be a little too much for daily wear. The easiest way to get a full fringe of lashes with minimal effort is to use a volumizing mascara. Some mascaras I think are great include Maybelline XXL Pro Lash Extensions, Almay Nourishing Triple Effect Mascara, CoverGirl LashBlast Volume and L’oreal Voluminous.
- Natural Cheeks and Lips Audrey’s fair skin worked well with light, peachy tones. Find a natural color in a color depth that is appropriate for your skin tone for blush and lipstick. Fair skin will look best in peachy-pinks while coral tones will be more natural looking on darker skin. Some great blushes I can recommend for quality and price are L’oreal True Match, Revlon Matte Powder Blush, Rimmel Powder Blush and Wet n’ Wild powder blush. Some great lipsticks are Revlon Matte Lipstick, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick and Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick.
I hope you all will try the Audrey look in the future! Feel free to do only one or a few of these tricks so you feel comfortable with the amount of makeup you’re wearing. I find myself incorporating Audrey’s makeup, hair and clothing style into my own quite often. Do any of you have a muse that you take inspiration from like I do with Audrey? Please share your muse with me!