Oscars makeup inspiration: three classic movie star looks to try at home

the night of the Oscars

The 88th Academy Awards are set to take place later this month. Of course, the Oscars are a celebration of moviemaking and acting – will Leo finally get hold of the top prize? How many of its 10 nominations will Mad Max: Fury Road convert into awards?

At the Direct Cosmetics offices, the chit-chat around the water cooler isn’t just about the gongs, but fashion and makeup. Oscars fashion and style is a perfect blend of glamour and glitz – with the occasional oddity that we remember for years. From Bjork’s swan dress and Cher’s ‘statement’ sheer gown to Lupita Nyong’o’s plunging sky blue number and Hilary Swank’s backless navy frock, we’ve seen some iconic looks on the Academy Awards’ red carpet. Recreating movie star looks is tricky if you’re intent on finding a good match for designer dresses that cost thousands of pounds, but there’s a much easier way to get the look of a movie star: makeup. Here’s how to recreate iconic movie star makeup at home.

#1 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn’s classic look can be simplified into a few essential steps: flawless skin, long upper lashes, dark brown eyeliner, subtle taupe or off-white eyeshadow, and of course, ruby red lipstick.

We recommend opting for false eyelashes if you’re after the authentic Marilyn effect, but if you prefer to keep your lashes au naturel, lashings of volumizing mascara will do – after all, we’re blessed with plenty more mascara choices than Marilyn had available to her in the ‘50s. To boost your lips, use white lip liner along your top lip before following up with red liner around both lips. Fill them in with a red lipstick that works with your complexion – being sure to use a slightly brighter red in the centre of your lips to give the illusion of more fullness.

#2 Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn’s doe-eyed, strong-browed look in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (and plenty of other films) is one of the most iconic in Hollywood history.

Start off with foundation and concealer as usual, then contour along your cheekbones and the sides of your nose. Next, the focus is to ‘widen’ your eyes – so apply white liner below your eyes and use off-white eyeshadow on your upper lids. Next, create eyeliner wings using black gel or liquid liner, but keep it subtle underneath your eyes. To add further contrast with the dark eyeliner, use slightly more white eyeliner below the wing. Curl your eyelashes and reach for some falsies to make your eyes appear even more open. Now, onto your brows. Fill them out with an eyebrow pencil and then use an angled brush to define them.

#3 Ingrid Bergman

Now for someone a little different. Ingrid Bergman, star of ‘40s classics like Casablanca and Notorious, famously eschewed the heavy studio makeup that was norm back in Hollywood’s golden age. Ingrid insisted on wearing little to no makeup during her starring roles, letting her natural beauty (and considerable talent) wow audiences.

Recreate her classic ‘40s style with ‘no makeup’ makeup. Use foundation, concealer and powder to achieve a flawless base. Add just a hint of eyeliner, followed by a single stroke of mascara on each set of lashes. Now, apply blusher – opting for a warm, natural colour that suits your complexion. Finally, apply lipstick. Look for a colour that’s a couple of shades darker than your natural lip colour, or if you’d like to transport the look back to the ‘40s, opt for an orange-red.

These three looks are some of our favourites from Hollywood history – but there are plenty of other movie stars whose looks we’d love to recreate – Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and so on. Who’s your Hollywood style icon? Let us know in the comments below!

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