Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Audrey Hepburn Inspired look

 Audrey Hepburn is the long standing inspiration behind one of the most classic looks to date. It has been fifty years since the film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ was made, and yet the style has remained a staple in style columns. There have been many celebrities who have channelled the trend, acknowledging the fact that you can’t go wrong with a little black dress and elegant, simple make-up.

'Black Swan' star Natalie Portman


Paris Hilton


Victoria Beckham mirroring the trend

With the timeless eyeliner flicks and neutral lipstick and blush, it is easily re-created. The essential ingredient is a light hand in order to create a natural, sophisticated look.    Audrey Hepburn’s personal make-up artist Wally Westmore was known to separate each of Hepburn’s eyelashes with a sewing pin, to create a defined look that would show up on camera. However, in terms of safety this technique is not advisable. Stick to another of Hepburn’s favourites to create a defined eye: false lashes. By using individual false lashes on the outer corners of your eyes, you can create a long almond eye shape, much like Audrey’s. MAC’s 30 Lash is ideal for this, with three lengths available so you can decide which length is right for you.

  To achieve Hepburn’s glowing complexion, do not cover the skin in thick foundation as this will only distract from the eyes which are key to this look. Chanel Pro Lumiere foundation will provide even coverage and leave skin radiant. Hepburn’s cheeks have a natural blush to them that does not distract from the rest of the face, try MAC’s powder blush in ‘well dressed’ for a sheer pop of colour. Using a large fluffy brush, begin at the apples of the cheek and brush upwards using light, circular strokes.

The eyes are Hepburn’s most appealing feature, framed with thick yet groomed eyebrows. To begin stroke MAC’s Blanc type eye shadow all over the lid up to the eyebrows as a base. Next use MAC’s 222 Tapered blending brush to blend MAC Quarry eye shadow in to the crease of your eyelid. Now use the brush to blend MAC’s Brun eye shadow in to the outer edge of the eye using a circular motion.  Hepburn’s ‘cat’ eye has been achieved by winging the liner out; don’t be afraid to draw a bold, thick line along the lash line.  Try MAC’s Penultimate eye liner to achieve precise definition that goes on fluidly. The next step is to define the lower lash line, take MAC’s eye liner in Coffee and very lightly trace the lash line. For the eyelashes try MAC’s false lashes mascara, wiggle the brush in to the root of lashes to create a denser line, not forgetting your lower lashes.

Hepburn’s eyebrows were famously thick; by no mean should you attempt to re-create this by using a huge amount of eyebrow pencil or by darkening your naturally light brows, as it will only look un-natural. Instead lightly pencil in sparse areas of your eyebrows, using MAC’s impeccable brow pencil in Taupe.

Finally, apply your individual false lashes, paying special attention to the outer corners of the eye to extend the cat eye effect.  To complete the look keep lips natural and matte, try MAC shy girl lipstick applied using your finger as this creates a sheerer look.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Watch the original trailer here.


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