There was Cher’s impeccably outlined 90s lip in Clueless. Penny Lane’s pared-back perfection in Almost Famous. And who could forget Miranda Priestly’s face when Andy walked into the office post-makeover in The Devil Wears Prada.
Here’s our pick of the best makeup looks from the big screen and how to recreate them.
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Edie Sedgwick, Factory Girl
Thick black eyeliner, nude matte lips and a perfectly penciled-in beauty mark. It’s worth watching Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl for the makeup inspiration alone. Wear doll-like false lashes, a swipe of mascara on your bottom lashes and sculpted brows to achieve the 60s party girl look.
Vivian Ward, Pretty Woman
One of the best beauty transformations ever, Vivian went from street to sophisticated and blew everybody away. She might be dressed in fancy clothes, but she looked just as good in a smudged, heavy smoky eye and a blonde wig.
Cher Horowitz, Clueless
As Cher famously said, “Anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good.” To get her famous 90s look, outline your lips with a lip liner a few shades darker than your natural lip colour and top with a clear gloss. Oh, and avoid flat hair and bad lighting. Duh!
Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The ever glamorous Holly Golightly will forever be a hair and makeup icon. From her feminine pink blush to her classic upstyle, she always looked elegant and sophisticated. Finish the look with a satin lipstick and perfectly polished nails.
bh loves: OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s Infinite Shine Nail Lacquer, Estée Lauder Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick, Milani Cosmetics Rose Powder Blush, Charles Worthington Style Setter Brush Out Strong Hold Spray
The Bride, Kill Bill
The Bride keeps it simple. She’s too busy getting her revenge to worry about a full face of makeup. Just a light base, a touch of mascara and a bit of gloss is enough for fighting crime. Dust on some mineral makeup for coverage and you’re good to go!
Penny Lane, Almost Famous
Admire her perfect curls and her shearling jacket, but don’t call her a groupie. Rock’n’roll isn’t always about dark eyeliner and a bold lip. Penny kept it fresh and bare-faced and still stole the show.
bh loves: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer, e.l.f. cosmetics Essential Brightening Eyeliner in Coffee, CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour, Revlon Powder Blush in Naughty Nude
Andy Sachs, The Devil Wears Prada
Another dramatic transformation, Andy gave herself a makeover fit for Vogue. Overnight she went from overlooked co-assistant to fashion-forward favourite. Moral of the story: a slick of eyeliner, a few coats of mascara and a red lipstick never hurt anybody.
bh loves: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Shocking, Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Gel Eyeliner in Onyx, Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet, Australis IntensifEYE Eyeshadows in Choc-A-Bloc
Jinx, Die Another Day
With nothing but an orange bikini and a knife, Jinx became one of the most iconic Bond girls of all time. Rocking glossed eyelids and dewy cheeks, she had James Bond head over heels. A Bond girl has to be ready for anything, so stick to light products that can be applied in an instant.
Anne Marie, Blue Crush
Anne Marie is the ultimate surfer girl in Blue Crush. Bronzed beach babe by day and total knockout by night, her effortless style has us dreaming of an endless summer. A (faux) sunkissed glow and golden hues will take you there.
Alex Munday, Charlie’s Angels
She’s one-third of a crime-fighting team backed by an anonymous millionaire, and still manages to look flawless. Alex opts for a fresh, natural base that’s always paired with a slick of black eyeliner. Even when she’s taking down the biggest gangs in town, she always keeps her hair in place and makeup on point.
Gracie Hart, Miss Congeniality
From tough FBI agent to bombshell beauty pageant queen, Gracie Hart undergoes one of the best makeovers in movie history. With the help of her pageant coach Victor, we learn the usefulness of hemorrhoid cream under the eyes and hairspray to keep a bikini from budging.
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What’s your favorite iconic beauty look from the movies?