Steal her look: Audrey Hepburn, the fashion icon

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 - Last Updated on June 14, 2015















By Maita Atienza

Early morning, New York City. The normally busy Fifth Avenue is quiet, deserted, except for a lone yellow taxi driving down the street. It stops at Building 727 – Tiffany & Co. And from this taxi steps out a strikingly tall young woman, her hair coiffed to perfection and in the black Givenchy number she obviously wore the night before. Standing before the windows of the renowned diamond shop, she takes a bite out of her croissant and a sip out of her paper coffee cup and has breakfast at Tiffany’s. Henry Mancini’s Moonriver plays in the background.

Only a few other movie scenes are as memorable as the opening credits of Blake Edwards’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And only a few other looks are as iconic as Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly, the movie character that immortalized the little black dress.

They don’t make movie stars the way they used to, I sigh whenever I watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  And while that may be true, it is also a good thing for us real women who did not win the genetic lottery like the Dutch-Austrian Audrey Hepburn.

These days, women don’t need to fit a mold to be beautiful. All we need now is inspiration and a few easy tricks.

Keys to Audrey Hepburn’s look

1. The Little Black Dress

Trends come and go but if your outfits could talk, they would tell you that they all wish they could be your little black dress. Few articles of clothing have reached the status of timelessness like the LBD and as far as movie stars and style icons go, we have Audrey Hepburn to thank for immortalizing this most versatile article of clothing.

Whether you are thin or thick, tall or petite, there is an LBD for you. To capture the Holly Golightly vibe, pick one with clean lines and in matte black. It really is as basic as that.

2. Love your pearls

Whether you buy them expensive or on the cheap, fresh or salt water, natural or plastic, you have to start loving pearls. Holly Golightly wore them in multiple strands but if you want to keep it low key, a single strand choker will do.

Experiment with different necklace lengths as some will be more flattering than others. Ladies with shorter necks might find that longer pearl necklaces look better, while busty women might like to wear theirs shorter to avoid adding bulk to their chest area.

3. Wear a sock bun

Teasing the hair at the top of your head and wearing a French twist at the back might be overkill these days. But a sock bun at the top of your head is easy. Gather your hair in a high ponytail and twist into a bun. If you are up to it, pick up a donut bun maker and roll your hair around it to achieve a high volume topknot worthy of its own movie.

4. Cut Crease Eyeshadow

The cut-crease eyeshadow was in vogue in the late fifties going into the sixties. Back then, a thin black line was drawn at the crease under the brow bone to create the illusion of deep set eyes.

These days, cut-crease eyeshadow application is more blended in and appropriate for re-creating Audrey Hepburn’s doe eyes. Apply dark gray or black eyeshadow directly on your eye crease and lightly blend the color upwards for a light gradient effect. Keep the area under the crease clean with a light cream eyeshadow shade.

5. Flick Your Eyeliner Upwards for a Sexy Cat Eye

Beautiful winged eyeliner creates the illusion of longer eyelashes. Using a slanted eyeliner brush and a black gel or cake liner, draw a line as close to your lash line as possible and pull up at the end.

Coat your eyelashes with mascara but if you really want that extra oomph, wear a pair of false eyelashes that fan out at the outer corners.

6. Wear Natural Pink Lipstick

The urge to wear nude lipstick with your strong gray eyeshadow might be difficult to resist but one must remember that the inspiration is Audrey Hepburn and not Twiggy. Holly Golightly wears a soft petal pink lipstick, a touch sweeter than her natural lip color. So even though it is in vogue, save the Nicki Minaj pink lipstick for another time.

The final touch you should choose to crown yourself. Pick a small rhinestone tiara and wear it against your topknot at a forty-five degree angle. Go ahead and admire yourself in front of the mirror and dream big dreams as Holly Golightly did (although I’m pretty sure your dreams are more noble than hers ever were.)

Coco Chanel once said that “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”  Looking the way you do, inspired by Audrey Hepburn, you are both. And ready to meet your destiny, whatever it may be.


Model: Kat Mora

Photography and Styling: citruSnap Photography Studio

Hair and Airbrush Makeup: Maita Atienza


Maita Atienza is a makeup artist and hairstylist trained by Hollywood educated industry leaders. Visit her website: http://www.maitaatienza.com

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