While the runway and red carpet can claim many a breakthrough beauty moment, the most iconic and enduring looks of all time were unveiled on the big screen. From vampish moody nails to pastel pink hair that even a beauty school dropout could master; here’s to the onscreen beauty muses that propelled products to the hall of fame or simply proved a beauty risk needn’t be risky business.
1. Uma Thurman’s nail colour in Pulp Fiction
Don’t be a square - follow Autumn’s favourite rule of plum (a devilishly deep nail shade). Legend has it Chanel’s now infamous lacquer sold out after Uma Thurman nailed the moodiest of hues in Tarantino’s cult classic. At the turn of the century, it was the 5th best selling nail colour in the world.
Originally conjured up in 1995, Chanel Rouge Noir Le Vernis is one hall-of-famer that never slips out of style.
2. Sharon Stone’s dramatic up-do in Casino
Things did not end well for Ginger. While we watched and waited, we couldn’t help but shudder as her billowing locks were hacked into one mullet monstrosity, fittingly tracking her demise with each merciless chop. Here’s to Ginger, pre-mullet meltdown, obviously. Bouncy, buoyant and bouffant; the way we’re choosing to remember her.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum is a sure fire-way to pump up the volume, reminiscent of Ginger in her heyday. Simply run a few pumps of serum through damp or dry hair before bed and wake up va-va-voluminous.
3. Frenchy’s pink hair in Grease
While the most chipper member of the gang might not have meant to go quite so pink, it’s safe to say Frenchy stumbled on to a good thing! From auburn to platinum, to honey-hued brunette, our favourite beauty school dropout spent her screen time taking admirable beauty risks.
Make nice with brights and run Kevin Murphy Color Bug in Pink from roots to ends or as desired for a less committal wash of colour with that Frenchy feel.
4. Bo Derek’s braids in 10
If you can look past the ridiculously toned and taut bikini bod, take a minute to admire those bouncing braids! Bo’s braids - adorned with beads that perfectly match her tan bikini - prove the cornrow is definitely due for a revival.
Cornrows received a high-fashion edit at Marchesa this season, proving braids aren't strictly reserved for the beaches of Bali and balmy nights in the tropics. If you fancy yourself a braidy lady or want to try something a little different, be sure to consult the professionals. Local braid stylists like Salon De Africa Pride will have your cornrows looking super street style in no time.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow’s smudgy eyes in The Royal Tenenbaums
Margot certainly wasn't a Tenenbaum short of troubles, but thankfully, fantastically feline eye makeup wasn't one of them. Her girly-with-a-dash-of-danger beauty mantra made Margot a household name, with smudgy kohl lined eyes her signature.
For an equally smoldering smudge, first line your eyes with MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline, before gently working away definition with your ring finger. Vintage fur coat optional.
6. Julia Roberts' barrel curls in Pretty Woman
Truth be told there’s a plethora of ‘Pretty Woman’ beauty moments we could hash over here. The obvious being big red perms and thigh high boots, but instead an honorable mention deservingly belongs to that unrivalled barrel-curled bounce. There were just as many cheers for the tresses as there were for the fairytale ending.
Only old-school rollers can get that retro-fabulous bounce. John Frieda Smooth Waves 2-Inch Jumbo Hair Setter Rollers achieve a full-bodied curl that’ll actually last the duration of the day.
7. Molly Ringwald in every John Hughes movie
A true child of the eighties grew up to John Hughes movies. Most (if not all) of which featured the cute-as-a-button Molly Ringwald. When Molly was momentarily stood up before prom, we wept. When Molly chowed down on sushi at the Breakfast Club, we swooned at her sophistication. Aside from possessing the uncanny ability to incorporate every shade of pink into her weekly wardrobe, Ringwald was a red head that didn’t shy away from a cheeky bit of blush here and there.
YSL Rosy Blush provides just the right amount of glow and fresh pink-toned colour, bound to appeal to your inner teen queen.
8. Audrey Hepburn’s bedtime beauty in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
With style legacy unmatched by any other film star, Audrey Hepburn was one beauty muse who had looking polished and pretty down pat. Between looking for Cat and just being all-round fabulous, Hepburn stole the screen with her half-up half-down do and an ode to beautifying in your sleep (note, the adorable silk sleep mask).
For the stylish snoozer who dares to dream, this adorable Cat Nap Slipper and Silk-Satin Mask by Charlotte Olympia has you covered. We can’t guarantee you’ll wake up perkier, but there’s no question you’ll look twice a cute come bedtime.
Story by Ashley Ropati.