3 Classic Hollywood Makeup Looks to Steal for Your Wedding Day

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If you could think of one word to describe your perfect wedding makeup look, would it be “glamorous”? When we think of glamour, we can’t help but think of glamorous Hollywood days gone by. It’s not that Hollywood actresses of today’s era aren’t glamorous, but there’s just something about those classic starlets that just shines. So, here are three classic makeup looks and tips on how to best achieve them for your wedding day. Will one inspire your wedding day makeup look?

1. Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Is there anyone more iconic than Audrey Hepburn? Well, maybe, but Audrey has become a major style, beauty and philanthropy icon worldwide. Though Audrey had a lot of great looks, her makeup in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was flawless and subdued, yet demanded attention. It was a far cry from Marilyn Monroe’s bold red lips, but it still made quite the statement.

To achieve this elegant look, don’t go overboard on the foundation. This Hepburn look is a more natural one, so don’t be afraid to let your natural skin tone shine through—so no self tanners or bronzers needed. Once you’ve applied your foundation to smooth over any imperfections or redness, then you’re going to want to focus on the eyes, which are the most important part of this particular look.

To create a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” eyeshadow look, brighten up the eye with a neutral base shade and apply a subdued pink on the lid and the crease. Add a bit of sparkle to the lid if desired. Once you have your minimal eyeshadow set, line your eyes with a bit of black eyeshadow using an angled brush first, extending the line past your eye to create a bit of a cat eye. This should help guide your liquid eyeliner, which can get a bit tricky if you’re not used to using it. Once you have your lashes lined with the shadow, apply dark liquid eyeliner as close to the lash line as you can get it. Finish off the eyes with fake lashes, or pump your own up with some mascara.

The real key to achieving this look is to nail down the eyebrows, which were thick and marvelous. If your eyebrows are already full, just fill in where you can see sparse spots as necessary with an eyebrow pencil. For those of us who were not blessed with the gift of full brows, we’re going to have to fake it. Using an angled brow brush, create an outline that comes to a point at the arch using brown eyeshadow. Fill in your outlined brows with brow powder, and seal it with some brow wax or clear mascara.

The lips and eyes are simple in this “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” look. Take your favorite light blush and just brush softly against the apples of your cheeks. For the lips, take a ginger colored lip liner and line the natural line of your lips, and then fill in and blend with an iridescent pink.

2. Lena Horne

Lena Horne

Lena Horne may have been the epitome of glamour in the 1940s. An award winning actress, singer, dancer, and Civil Rights activist, Lena was truly beautiful inside and out. Lena’s look was dramatic, but elegant and a little bit wistful.

To achieve the Lena Horne look, you’ll again want to have a minimal foundation just to cover up any redness, irritation, or imperfections that you may want to hide. Use a stick foundation, blending well, and then set with a powder. For the eyebrows, use a light eyebrow pencil with a flat angled brush and to create a tapered arch for that classic 40s Hollywood look.

For the eyes, use a flat brush to apply a brown shadow to the crease of your eyelid. Use a light peach shade for the lid, and then dab a bit of olive green on the outer corner of the eye. Blend well using a dome shaped eye brush. The eyes are then defined with a thick, winged line on the top with liquid liner and just a touch of liner on the bottom lashes. Complete the look with fake eyelashes, or use your favorite mascara to get your lashes sky high.

For the cheeks, you’ll just want to apply a warm color on the apples of your cheeks to define them. Lena often donned a dramatic lip in shades of crimson. Carefully line the natural line of your lips and fill in with a lip brush of your favorite crimson shade.

3. Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Has there ever been a bombshell quite like Elizabeth Taylor? Known for her beauty and her drama both on and off camera, her look was often imitated but never duplicated. An Elizabeth Taylor inspired makeup look is perfect for those brides who are big fans of the birdcage veil and all other things vintage for their weddings.

To get the Elizabeth Taylor look, you’ll need to choose a foundation with a matte finish and apply liberally, blending well. Elizabeth Taylor was remembered for her thick eyebrows, as many starlets were during that time. Use an eyebrow brush to create an arch with a dark eyeshadow that will match your eyebrow color. Fill in and smooth out as needed.

For the eyes, you’ll need an ivory color to sweep over the lid and browbone and a beige color to apply on the crease. Blend well using a dome shaped eye brush. Similar to the Audrey and Lena looks, apply liquid liner on the top lid close to the lash line, swooping out on the ends to create a cat eye. You’ll want to line the lower lash line just a touch so that they’re defined but not too thick.

For the cheeks and lips, we want a subtle pink for the apples of the cheeks and a dramatic finish for the lips. Elizabeth Taylor favored coral or orange red shades of lipstick. These colors are pretty difficult to pull off though, so be sure to try out the look before the big day to make sure that it’s going to work with your skin tone and eye color. If the coral clashes, stick with a classic ruby red to polish it off.

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