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My Beauty Muse – Audrey Hepburn!

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!


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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!


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  1. ibelieveinpink

    Posted by ibelieveinpink on January 17, 2014 at 18:38

    I love audrey hepburn.I admire her for so much.Her wonderfull personality.The work she did for UNICEF .She was a great mother and role model.She really deserves a whole page on here about her.She has inspired me to be a classy women.Unlike Marilyn Monroe she is a symbol of grace and inner beauty.Now I like Marilyn Monroe but she can’t compare to Audrey’s personality.
    I love Audrey’s movies.Funny Face , charade ,breakfast at tiffanys , the children’s hour are all worth watching.

  2. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on June 20, 2012 at 09:59

    my friend virginia’s role model is Audrey Hepburn…fave one is ‘My Fair Lady’.

  3. loveaubrey

    Posted by loveaubrey on May 9, 2012 at 16:46

    I LOVE Audrey Hepburn’s classiness!! One of my favorite movies of all time is My Fair Lady (the one with her in it, of course)! I have yet to see Breakfast At Tiffany’s…

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Countrygirl212 on November 1, 2011 at 13:21

    Wow! she’s gorgeous! I wish i was as beautiful as her!

  5. Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 19:08

    See, THIS is a good role model… I wish she hadn’t smoked and there is a rumor that she had an affair when she was married, but I truly hope those aren’t true. Why can’t you admire women like this who are actually STRONG and CLASSY and full of dignity, not promiscuous, selfish bad role models like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe? =[

  6. Posted by on October 8, 2011 at 15:04

    is she the same one who smoked? I saw alot of pictures of her holding a long pipe thing when i googled her. I’m really against smoking because it causes cancer and then money and things for people with cancer goes to them and it should go to the kids with cancer because if they get to go back to school they get made fun of because theyre bald or wear a wig.
    sorry that was a kind of long comment, so just ignore everything except the question.

  7. Posted by on September 23, 2011 at 13:27

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    My mom has said many times before that I remind her of Audrey Hepburn, and I’ve actually dressed up as her a few times before.

    I did not, however, realize that she struggled with her health. It is a huge encouragement to me right now with my health problems (I’ve been bed ridden a lot).

    And I am a huge fan of the makeup tips! I believe that the point of makeup is to accentuate our natural beauty, and should be used sparingly. I will be sure to pass these tips along.

    Thanks once again! 🙂

    • Posted by JamieDorman on September 28, 2011 at 21:35

      I’m so glad Audrey inspired you through this article. I also related to the dream-stamping health issues and I hope you feel better and remember that no matter where your life takes you God is with you and things do get better. You never know where your path in life will lead, so stay positive and it will become clear!

  8. Posted by on September 23, 2011 at 07:39

    Just found this awesome qoute by Audrey: “To have beautiful lips, say beautiful things; to have beautiful eyes, see the good in people; to stay thin, share a meal with one who is hungry.”

    • Posted by Nicole on September 23, 2011 at 23:52

      that’s beautiful, I’m going to reshare this on the new article I just posted!

      • Posted by JamieDorman on September 28, 2011 at 21:36

        Thanks so much Nicole! I really appreciate it. I thought your recent article about how you felt about yourself during adolescence was truly inspiring!

      • Posted by on September 25, 2011 at 20:37

        awesome 😀

  9. Posted by on September 23, 2011 at 04:42

    I love audrey hepburn, great actress and the best example of beauty and grace (next to Grace Kelly of course!)

  10. Posted by on September 21, 2011 at 07:40

    Love Audrey’s look- classic! some of my other beauty ‘muses’ are Keira Knightley (always the perfect smoky eye!) and Taylor Swift (those beautiful ‘heart-shaped’ lips always perfectly berry-colored), and Nicole Kidman always look effortlessly beautiful in soft pinks. Being very fair (I burn super easy!), I always love to see non ‘tanned’ celeb looks 🙂

    • Posted by JamieDorman on September 28, 2011 at 21:38

      I love your celebrity beauty picks! I am also very fair and I always wear sunscreen on all my exposed skin or I will turn into a lobster! Glad to see there is someone out there who can relate!

    • Posted by on September 21, 2011 at 17:42

      My beauty muse is Katie Mcgrath 🙂

  11. Posted by on September 20, 2011 at 20:44

    She is so pretty! That goes to show that you don’t have to wear a whole truckload of makeup to look beautiful!

  12. Posted by on September 20, 2011 at 19:39

    I <3 her eyebrows! (they look just like mine!)

    • Posted by JamieDorman on September 28, 2011 at 21:30

      I love the thick eyebrow look! It will be very easy for you to look 60s or 50s with makeup!

  13. Posted by on September 20, 2011 at 16:49

    I love her because she has my name (except my last name) and she has amazing poise and style 🙂 She is totally beautiful inside and out. I watched a bit of Funny Face with my mom, and she was very beautiful. I liked her as she shy, bookish girl. She played that role very well. And then her surprise when one of the ladies told her that she could be a model… she was all in all a great actress 🙂

  14. Posted by on September 20, 2011 at 14:39

    its so nice to have good role models out there for us!

    • Posted by JamieDorman on September 28, 2011 at 21:31

      I definitely agree! When I was in high school I always read books about her and it insired me to mind my manners and try to be a better person.

  15. Posted by on September 20, 2011 at 12:26

    I’m gonna look her up now! I love 20th centerary actors!!! 🙂

  16. Posted by on September 19, 2011 at 23:28

    i love audrey hepburn, i think she was a truly inspirational person:) beautiful on the inside and outside.i loved breakfast at tiffany’s!

    • Posted by JamieDorman on September 28, 2011 at 21:30

      She really was! I also love her in Roman Holiday and Funny Face; definitely check those movies out too!

  17. Posted by on September 19, 2011 at 22:30

    J’adore Audrey Hepburn. I looove her so much <3
    Apparently, I look like her when I have short hair. 😀