Classy Hollywood Inspired Makeup Tutorial – With Detailed Steps & Images August 8, 2016

Classic Hollywood glamor? Oh yes. They are back and how! Looks like retro styles are all the rage and we’re jumping on that bandwagon as well. From Audrey Hepburn to Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe – here’s our take on how to achieve the style icon’s siren look…

Hollywood Inspired Makeup Tutorial:

But the question remains—how do you get that perfect look? Yes, you got it right! With the help of our step by step classic Hollywood makeup tutorial! So, let’s head for Hollywood. Shall we?

Step 1:

A clean canvas is definitely required for art, it is the same for any makeup look too. So, let’s start by concealing all the under dark circles to highlight the eye area well. Use an eye cream before applying the concealer as it will help in hydrating the eye area and avoid any dry patches. Then, apply a heavy duty concealer to cover deeper eye pigmentation. Powder the eye area to prevent creasing of the concealer.

Let’s begin with eye makeup. Start by applying a pale gold eye shadow in shimmery finish. It is best to avoid yellow gold eyeshadow as it wouldn’t reflect Hollywood. Apply the eyeshadow in patting motions to obtain maximum color intensity. Start applying from the inner corner of the eye and stop the eyeshadow at the center of the lid.

Step 2:

Use a medium brown shade and start defining the crease by imitating a wind shield wiper motion. Apply only small amount of the product to keep the look soft. Use a fluffy blending brush to achieve this step. Then apply a darker matte brown shade over the medium brown to create an illusion of deeper set eyes. Then use a clean blending brush again to remove the harsh lines in the makeup.

Step 3:

Apply a shimmery pale highlighter shade to the innermost corner of the eyes to highlight the eye area. This step will bring more light to the eyes and make the makeup look appear lifted and balanced. Then, apply the same pale gold shimmery eyeshadow to the lower lashline, stop it half way of the eyelid and apply a darker matte brown shade to the crease at the outermost corner of the eyes.

Step 4:

Apply nude creamy kohl to the waterline of your eyes. This step can be replaced with a brown or black kohl pencil too as it will not make a huge difference to the overall look. But, a white or cream color kohl eye pencil will make your eyes appear bigger and wider.

Step 5:

Curl your eye lashes with waterproof mascara and draw a dramatic winged liner to replicate the bold glam look inspired by Hollywood makeup. To create a dramatic winged liner, extend a line from your lower lash line in an angle connecting the two, then pull the line inward to create a small triangle and fill the triangular space created to finish the wing.

Step 6:

Apply a full coverage foundation to conceal all the blemishes and get a flawless finish. Then, set it with a powder to prevent budging of the makeup. Apply a matte coral blush to your cheeks and also contour with a matte brown shade to lift your face for a healthy dimension. Then, apply a golden or champagne colored highlighter to the cheek bone area to highlight and give a healthy look to the skin.

Apply a bright red lipstick all over your lips to replicate the Hollywood glam and sexiness. You could stop the makeup here. Else you can take it to one step further by applying a deeper red shade only at the corners of the lips. Adding dimension, it will give an ombre-like effect to the lips. And you are done! Now, no one can stop you from wowing the crowd! This makeup look is stunning and will look gorgeous for parties, weddings, and clubbing. So, are you ready to step out like a diva?

Below given are the inspired classy Hollywood Makeup ideas:

1. Audrey Hepburn:

Audrey Hepburn

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Classy, elegant, iconic, and perfect – like many, we have grown up admiring Audrey Hepburn and her timeless make-up techniques.


Noted for beautiful doe eyes, to recreate this British actress’s look, start with applying eyeliner along your lashes and finishing with a stroke at the edge of each eye. Apply false lashes and use a flesh-toned pencil at the bottom lashes to make your eyes look bigger.


For that perfect Audrey Look – you don’t want anything too dense; a natural makeup is all you need. Use a base that gives you a lightly powdered matte look. On imperfections, like dark circles and pores, apply concealer and set the makeup base with translucent powder. Apply light pink blush on the cheekbones. Score!


Audrey’s lips were lined with shades of pink to enhance fullness. The beauty icon favored classic matte finish lipsticks over shiny textures. Add a touch of sophistication with a woven hat or the iconic white gloves.

2. Marilyn Monroe:

Marilyn Monroe

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She was hot. She was beautiful, and she is still an epitome of the old Hollywood glamor makeup.


For that elegant and effortless depth, Monroe accentuated her eyelids with a distinct strip of eyeliner. To create her winged-eyes, line your eyes with black or brown eyeliner, starting from the inner corners to the outer corners. For her eye shadow, she used a creamy white eye shadow first, and then applied soft smoky brown shadow to the outer crease.


Marilyn had an even, luminous complexion. To get her look, use a base primer, something which is the lightest tone for your skin, to smooth out imperfections. Now, use concealer on the flaws. We recommend MAC Studio Finish Concealer. Follow the step by a well-placed highlighter to create a subtle glow. Now, isn’t that what Marilyn was known for?


Regardless of your complexion, you can rock a red lip. The bombshell had perfect skin to complement her red pout, but the key point is to first line with a lip liner in true red color, followed by applying your favorite bright red lipstick in a semi-matte texture. Apply concealer around the lips to further define them.

3. Brigitte Bardot:

Brigitte Bardot

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If you want that sultry, unabashed sexpot style – look no further than Brigitte Bardot.


Brigitte’s cat eyes have always been sexy. For the look, take a black shadow, and elongate the eyeshadow out slightly for that classic cat look. Then take a cotton swab or blending brush and blend the eyeshadow out for a smokey finish. Now comes the most integral part of the look, the eye liner. Run your favorite black liner across the lash line and create the signature Bardot flick.


Use a foundation that won’t give an overly soft finish, like Dior’s Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing foundation that is great for a refined, but matte finish. Now, powder if necessary, and then contour the cheek bones with a bronzer; BareMinerals Ready Bronzer is perfect. Sweep this across the temples for a silky texture. Finally, apply a matte peachy blush to the cheeks to get the strong Bardotcolour.


For the lips, Bardot always wore a visible lip liner as part of her. To master the look, start by lining the lips with a natural colored liner; you can use Chambor’s Velvette Touch. Then fill in the lips using a similar matte nude color with a slight peachy tone. Voila. Your look is complete!

4. Elizabeth Taylor:

Elizabeth Taylor

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One of the most beautiful people to have ever been born, Elizabeth Taylor’s natural beauty justifies our girl crush!


Known for her full brows, the Bobbi Brown Dark Brow Kit is excellent to give you fuller brows like Liz. For that perfect look, put an Ivory shadow on your lid, beige in your crease and dark gray in the outer V of your eyes. Finish off the look with mascara to volumize and thicken the lashes.


Moisturize your skin to prep your face for makeup. Then apply a good Foundation for the areas that needed coverage and concealer to cover the blemishes. To further eliminate shine from your T-zone area, dab a light application of loose powder and peachy blush for a natural flushed color.


Apply a good scarlet red lipstick to make you look glamorous and old Hollywood: easy and low in maintenance, but it still makes a bold statement. Perfect!

5. Twiggy:


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With a look that is equal parts edgy and elegant, the doll-faced model in 1960s was way ahead of her time.


Twiggy’s doll-faced feature was all about her eyes; well, apart from her haircut. Enhance your crease with black liner. Now, remember to just smudge above the top lid of your eyes. Once done, use liquid eyeliner to line the top lid and dot underneath the bottom eye line too. Use a pastel, pink, or off-white eyeshadow over the entire lid up to the brow. Finish the look with two or three coats of mascara.


To give the skin that subtle, natural made-up look, prep your complexion with a light foundation and concealer, dusting a whisper of translucent powder along the T-zone.


Polish off the lips with a perfect shade of beige for a daytime look, and opt for a bright red for an evening make-up.

So, how about trying them out?

Which old Hollywood makeup is your favorite? Let us know in the comment box below!

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  • farhima

    amazing tutorial, looks very pretty! Thanks a lot for sharing, can you do one with pink and blue combination? please

    • pavai

      O.. Thanks a lot.. Sure, will love to do one!

  • waafiya

    Nice makeup tutorial.. Please can you do a tutorial on simple bridal makeup ?

    • Pavai

      Thanks a lot, sure will definitely do it..

  • swati

    Very pretty look and well explained.. Please can you do a tutorial on a red carpet makeup look??? This time’s Cannes look of any actors… Please, thanks!