Eleven inspirational quotes from style and beauty icons

On the Direct Cosmetics blog, we like to share beauty advice, product recommendations and gift ideas with the world. We know that finding big brand beauty products at an affordable price is an incredible feeling, allowing you to treat yourself, your friends and your family to designer perfumes and top range cosmetics without making too much of a dent in your bank account!

Today’s post will be a little different – we’re going to share some inspirational quotes from some of the world’s biggest style and beauty icons, both from today and yesterday.  These pearls of wisdom don’t just cover fashion, beauty and style, but also how we should approach life as a whole. Of course, the ladies on this list have done far more than simply looking good on the catwalk or the stage – many of them have made a huge, positive difference to the world, championing causes and bringing them into the cultural and political spotlight.

See what you can learn from these style icons…

On Fashion and Style

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

–Coco Chanel

“I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”

–Elizabeth Taylor


On Personal Development and Living

“You have to look at yourself objectively. Analyse yourself like an instrument. You have to be absolutely frank with yourself. Face your handicaps, don’t try to hide them. Instead, develop something else.”

Audrey Hepburn

Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around.”

–Katharine Hepburn

“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”

Princess Diana

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

–Coco Chanel

“I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.”

— Madonna


On Memories and Aging Gracefully

A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.”

–Brigitte Bardot

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering — because you can’t take it all in at once.”

–Audrey Hepburn

“Being a grown-up woman doesn’t mean you can’t look beautiful, individual and different.”


There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.”

–Sophia Loren

We absolutely love these thought-provoking quotes. After more inspiration from the greats? Check out these three looks inspired by silver screen icons.


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