Secrets from Hollywood’s Iconic Beauties
Steal the timeless elements of 7 signature looks from the most gorgeous women
No matter what year it may be, the classic, chic looks of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and other simply stunning women will never go out of style. They were blessed with amazing genes for sure-and the aplomb to stand out from the crowd. "These women knew how to play up their best features and had the confidence to emphasize what made them unique," says celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist Peter Lamas, who's worked with several icons. "Far from the cookie-cutter definition of beauty today, the women of the Golden Age of Hollywood were sophisticated and dared to show off what made them different."
Highlight your assets and achieve the timeless, enviable looks these ladies are known for-and turn heads wherever you go-with Lamas' easy step-by-steps.
Even though she's as famous for her curled coif as she is for her music, Diana Ross' hair wasn't always as big as her voice. "When I met Diana, her hair was naturally very fine," Lamas says. "She wanted to have big, bold curls to match her daring personality, but at that time there wasn't a product available that could set her hairstyle without weighing it down." Lamas played scientist and discovered that rice protein naturally plumped up the hair shaft, leading to his Chinese Herbs Revitalizing Styling Cream. Use it or another cream and the advice below to create big, head-turning curls.
1. Smooth a hydrating styling cream that helps add body throughout damp locks, then dry hair as you normally would.
2. Working in equal-sized sections, use a 1-inch curling iron to create curls (naturally curly-haired girls can skip this step).
3. Mist your curls with hairspray and gently scrunch, taking care not to break up the curls.
4. Tease your roots with a fine-toothed comb for added body and lightly spray with more hairspray.
5. Gently comb hair into place and set the look with one last sparing spritz of hairspray.
1960s British model Twiggy became famous for her androgynous looks and big, beautiful eyes. "She always carried eye drops with her to hide any redness she might have," Lamas says, "and we played up her eyes even more by using falsies and white eyeliner, which emphasizes the whites of the eyes, making them look bigger." Follow his simple how-to when you want peepers that pop.
1. Using white eyeliner, line your top and bottom lashes as close to the lash line as possible from the inside corner of your eyes to just past the middle. (It will look like a sideways "v" with the point near your nose.)
2. Apply false lashes to the outer corner of your top lashes. Lamas recommends using individual falsies.
3. Finish with two coats of mascara, allowing the first layer to dry before applying the second.
Big sunglasses, check. Statement bag, check. Perfectly coifed do, check. First Lady Jackie O had it all, the latter thanks to Lamas. While Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis visited him regularly to have her hair colored and styled, her home routine was key in keeping her tresses soft and healthy. "She once told me she often used a silk scarf to cover her hair when she went to bed," Lamas says. This extended the life of her ‘do (thereby reducing styling damage) and it protected her hair against damage from cotton sheets. "I suggested she use just a touch of a rich oil-she liked lavender oil-on her ends to help keep her hair hydrated, seal split-ends, and protect from further damage," Lamas adds. Try his other tips for supple locks of your own.
1. Use products free of sulfates (a lathering ingredient), as they can dry out locks and strip them of color.
2. Pick a shampoo and conditioner that contain rich, moisturizing ingredients such as avocado and olive oils to help hydrate your hair on a daily basis. Baobab oil, sourced from African trees, is high in vitamins A, D, E, and F and known for its ability to retain moisture and keep hair silky smooth all day long, so Lamas uses it in his Naturals Soy Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner.
3. Skip the hair dryer and heat styling tools as much as possible to reduce breakage and keep your hair healthy.
Screen siren and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn had such "striking features and beautiful skin that she required very little makeup," Lamas says. To keep her skin picture perfect, she swore by a twice-a-week steam facial similar to this one, he adds.
1. Plug your bathroom sink and carefully pour in a large pot of boiling water.
2. Stand over the sink for about 2 minutes with a towel draped over your head to trap the steam in and open your pores.
3. With the sink still full of water, use a facial exfoliator such as Peter Lamas Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub, rubbing in a circular motion for about 45 seconds to dissolve dirt and lift away dead skin cells.
4. Rinse with cool water to close pores.
Model Bianca's exotic good looks and naturally pouty lips seduced rock royalty and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. "She knew her lips were her best feature, so she enhanced them by pairing bold red lipstick with just a smudge of eyeliner and leaving the rest of her face clean," Lamas says. She also kept her lips soft by exfoliating regularly with this routine.
1. Mix equal amounts honey and sugar in a bowl to make a natural scrub.
2. Stretch your lips with the fingers of one hand and with your other hand, use a dry medium-firm toothbrush to gently massage your lips with the scrub, moving in circular motions for about 15 seconds per lip.
3. Apply lip balm of your choice to seal in moisture.
She may have raised a few eyebrows over the years with her ultra-glamorous lifestyle and string of failed marriages, but Elizabeth Taylor was also known for her thick, arched eyebrows-a departure from the ultra-thin, tweezed brows of her day-and piercing violet eyes. Now that big brows are back, rock them yourself.
1. First see a professional to attain the best eyebrow shape for your face. Then you can maintain your brows on your own by simply following where they were tweezed or threaded.
2. Brush hairs into place with an eyebrow comb or soft toothbrush.
3. Using a thin angled brush and brow powder a few shades lighter than your hair color (or a few shades darker if you're blonde), fill in any sparse areas, blending the color in with light, short strokes.
When working with actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly, Lamas noticed that she was constantly reapplying hand cream. "When I asked her why, she replied, ‘A woman's age shows on her hand much quicker than anywhere else,'" Lamas says. "That definitely stuck with me and partly inspired our Spa Sensuals Hand System." Here's how to keep your mitts ageless.
1. Exfoliate hands with any body scrub at least once a week and more often during the winter or if you live in a dry climate to remove dead skin cells and cleanse the pores on your hands, which will help moisturizer effectively penetrate your skin.
2. Follow with an ultra-rich hand cream containing ingredients such as shea butter, vitamin E, almond oil, and mango butter to seal in hydration and keep your hands soft. Look for fast-absorbing formulas that won't leave hands greasy.