Audrey Hepburn’s elegance and sophisticated style are still emulated today by fashion designers and celebrities, as they were at the height of her brilliant career.
She remains the iconic poster-child for the ‘gamine’ look, with her pixie cut, turtleneck, ballerina flats and Capri pants. Her signature style was very much her own, not created by a fashion stylist nor spun by a team of image-makers.
Authenticity was important to Hepburn as an actress and activist, and she embodied ‘effortless chic’ in its truest spirit.
The ‘Audrey Look’ — a catch phrase for her low-maintenance routine — means minimalist makeup, pale lipstick, and emphasis on eyes.
On film sets, makeup artist Alberto Rossi applied foundation, then powder and a sprinkling of Evian water which, once dry, achieves a luminous look. Mascara, eyeliner, brow pencil and dark shadow in the crease and she was ready for her close up.
Off-set, Audrey had three simple steps:
Apply eyeliner on eyelids’ edge; keep eyebrows thick; and use pink or pale lipstick.
Face: Apply Clarins’ True Radiance foundation, then quick strokes of Éclat Minute Pen to brighten shadowy areas, especially under eyes. Joue Contraste Innocence blush by Chanel on cheeks, finished with a dusting of Guerlain’s powder foundation, Lingerie de Peau.
Eyes: Sweep medium beige eyeshadow from lash to brow and dust a grey tone like Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Nude in the crease. Line top lid with Ecriture de Chanel Noir eyeliner, slightly thicker towards outer edge. Lancôme Grandiose mascara creates extra-long starlet lashes. Guerlain KissKiss Crayon Sourcils in universal brownish-grey will give you her bold eyebrow style.
Lips: Apply Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Viva lipstick and blot with a tissue. Or for a youthful look, try Chanel’s Lèvres Scintillantes lip-gloss.