By: Lauren Salamon
Photos by: Marie Hoopes
Having a signature look was the key to success for an array of Old Hollywood stars. Elizabeth Taylor was celebrated for her voluminous eyelashes, Audrey Hepburn for her doe eyes framed by thick, manicured eyebrows, and Marilyn Monroe for her sultry gaze and rosy lips. Defining features helped to catapult these young women into superstardom, demonstrating the power of having a trademark style of makeup. Below are three modern interpretations of these starlets’ signature looks that are both classic yet wearable enough for everyday.
A genetic mutation caused Elizabeth Taylor to have a double set of eyelashes, a trait that contributed to her title as one of the most beautiful women of her era. In addition to these extraordinary lashes, she had rare, blue-violet eyes. To emulate her bold eyes, I dusted a subtle lilac eyeshadow on the lids, and contoured the creases with a medium brown shade (both from the Smashbox Light It Up Eye Palette). I then smudged a thin line of black eyeshadow across the lashline, and completed the look with Ardell Natural Lashes in Black 110.
Marilyn Monroe is perhaps the most memorable sex symbol of the 1950s. With her curls, beauty mark, sultry eyes, and red lips, she embodies the image of a bombshell blonde. To recreate her look in a more wearable way, I applied a thick line of Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner. with a subtle cat-eye flick, and gently patted on Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade Bing for a soft, rosy stain that doesn’t distract from her eyes.
Audrey Hepburn personifies class and poise. Films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday catapulted her into stardom, but while she played many different roles, her signature look of doe eyes and strong eyebrows remained constant. For this look, I used the color “Faint” from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette on an angled liner brush to fill in my eyebrows, and the color “Crave” from the same palette to apply subtle winged liner to enhance the shape of my eyes.
Whether you’re feeling nostalgic of Old Hollywood, or just want to change up your everyday look, be sure to try out these retro-inspired makeup tips.