Tuesday, May 4, 2021 – 1:33 PM
The beauty lessons we learned from Lady Di and still work today
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On May 4, 2021, Audrey Hepburn would have been 92 years old. Unfortunately, the Belgian-born actress and icon of Hollywood’s golden years passed away at 63, in 1993, leaving behind her a legacy of fashion and beauty that transcends even today.
Because Audrey Hepburn was a symbol in her years as an actress, leaving her mark of style in the 50s with ‘Roman Holidays’ and ‘Sabrina’ and in the 60’s in ‘Breakfast with diamonds’ or ‘My fair lady’. From those movies we keep her and her simple look but it turned out of tourist in Rome, with capri pants and ballerinas, or with the diamonds of Tiffany & Co., But we must not forget that it also had a lot to say in terms of beauty.
She was very natural, not at all fond of artificial beauty, very ‘water and soap’ and maybe a red leve, short hair or low updos, and yes, mascara that enhance your eyes. The thing with Audrey is that she ran like that girl normal pero cool without resorting to excessive artifice nor to the voluptuousness of the Hollywood actresses who triumphed before her.
If you had in Hubert de Givenchy to his head couturier, he returned his fidelity in the form of perfume. In 1957 the designer created a perfume for Hepburn that, at first, she did not want to be marketed. Hence its name, ‘The Forbidden’ (‘I forbid you’), which was what the actress said to Givenchy when he had the audacity to suggest if he could bring him closer to the general public. In the end, the world won: Audrey relented and ‘L’Interdit’ is still on sale today, in an updated version in 2018, and with Rooney Mara as Hepburn’s ‘replacement’.
But not only capri pants, Givenchy models on great occasions and diamonds was Audrey Hepburn. She, who was cool by nature and opted for beauty without artifice, dazzled by two details that today are a total trend: her eyebrows, natural, and her minimal bangs.
Audrey Hepburn’s eyebrows, a declaration of intent in the 50s and today
In front of very fine and drawn eyebrows of Greta Garbo; the somewhat thicker but softer Marlene Dietrich, and the very arched and thin of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn stood as the standard of a natural beauty with thick eyebrows.
Its shape is defined as gull wings and the fact of the matter is that they are left natural, well combed, and thick, from their birth to the protruding bone of the eyebrow, where they are ‘dropped’, in the shape of a wing, slightly down.
But all this always respecting the natural way, without great artifice, simply combing – she never wore a hair out of place – and correcting the eyebrow without looking artificial.
Today, that the mask has promoted the prominence of the gaze, Audrey’s eyebrows are more topical than ever. It works in its naturalness, either by shaving slightly to give a little shape, if they are thick by nature, well combing and filling with ad hoc eyebrow pencils.
Heirs of the Hepburn eyebrows today will be Cara Delevingne, ‘of course’, Lily Collins y Meghan Markle, who always attaches great importance to wearing them natural but well defined, to frame the look and enhance it without major makeup tricks, more than a little mascara.
The mini bangs: yesterday Audrey, today Halle Berry (or Daphne Bridgerton)
But if something differentiated Audrey Hepburn and contributed to giving her that natural and boyish air, it was her mini bangs from the 50s. So short, combed forward or parted -on one side, in the center-, it was her seal of hair identity that made her unforgettable in ‘Sabrina’ and ‘Roman Holidays’.
And what about the mini bangs, which today we also call baby bang? Well what Halle berry She just cut it to attend the Oscars and she is not the only one who wears it today, where the mini is postulated as a rival of consideration to the curtain bangs.
But not only: what bangs do you wear? Daphne Bridgerton on the Netflix series ‘The Bridgertons’? There we have Audrey Hepburn for inspiration. Because yes, Audrey’s shadow, also in beauty, it is elongated and immortal.
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