Tired of searching for the latest makeup trends that only end up being mere fads? Here are a handful of tried-and-tested, classic Hollywood makeup looks that have been passed on from generation to generation. Since we were little girls, we have watched our mothers and grandmothers adopt a unique makeup style, influencing us in picking our favourites. If you are looking for easy ways to vamp up your eyes, lips and cheeks, then read on.
Love to draw attention to your eyes, retro style?
Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot played a prominent role in making the cat eye one of the most famous celebrity makeup looks from the 50s. If you like a flirty winged liner effect, then the cat eye look is for you. Invest in a black or brown eyeliner to define and open up your eyes instantly. Liquid liners, such as Cover Girl Eye Liner in a waterproof formula, give the most control as they sharply outline the rim and corners. Electric blue and forest green are also great colours for eyeliners.
Want to arm yourself with a smouldering stare at your next party?
Want the “bedroom eyes” look, instantly?
Another dramatic take on eye makeup is the smoky eye look. All you need is a reliable eyeliner, a charcoal shade of eyeshadow, and a good blending brush, (makeup sponge or just your fingers). You can adopt a seriously sassy, mysterious and edgy look with heavy kohl-rimmed eyes. Celebrities who are best known to go for this look are Elizabeth Taylor and Mila Kunis.
Want to paint the town red wearing only your crimson pout, a black outfit and heels?
Much like the little black dress, red lipstick has stood the test of time and never goes out of style. Red lips say you are a confident, sophisticated and strong woman. Choose a classic red lipstick that is moist and creamy, but not super glossy. Remember the effortless femme fatale look red lips always created for Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn?
Need a girl-next-door, fresh-faced look with pink rosy cheeks?
Lightly apply a pink blusher one shade darker than your cheek’s natural hue. Remember to use light strokes, on your cheekbones. Compliment it with a cool pink or matte nude lipstick with some shimmer or lip-gloss. This ‘no-makeup makeup look’ will give you added confidence through the day, without drawing attention away from your natural features. Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica-Parker flaunt their rosy cheeks all the time.
Must look super-feminine and flirty when batting your eyes?
Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz and Angelina Jolie make their eyes more beautiful with thick and long lashes. To get gorgeous celebrity lashes instantly, here an awesome makeup tip you can take home from the classic Hollywood beauties: False Eyelashes. Else, you can layer on thick, bold, black mascara that does not clump. Also look for mascaras with a lengthening formula, such as L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes. Simply layer it thick in the outer corners of your eyelashes.