Without a doubt the guilty pleasure of every early Noughties teenager, The OC was better thought of by most as the oracle of all things worth knowing. From the dos and don’ts of a modern day debutante to the endless charity balls, designer duds and a heavy dose of drama; Marissa, Summer, Ryan and Seth taught us many life lessons we’ll never cease to forget. So, before you make a beeline to your nearest Starbucks in a bid to channel your inner Millennium girl, take note of the following Newport Beach beauty looks that’ll never fall out of favour. California, here we come.


1. Fresh, glowing skin

Marissa Cooper was arguably the envy of us all, despite her not-so-envious home life. While few of us can claim we touted a vintage Chanel flap bag around the high school quad, at least we can obtain that dewy and divine complexion.

Try a BB cream that’ll rectify blemishes but let your freckles radiate through, Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Creamis fresh and comfortably lightweight, while being proactively sun smart at SPF 30.

2.  Girl-next-door braids

Irrespective of how tumultuous things got with Cohen, the ever-stylish Summer Roberts never let her standards slip. Whether channeling a total diva or domestic goddess, Summer’s many manes coincided perfectly with her mood.

Give loose pigtails a grown up edit with disheveled braids.

3. A Bond girl blow wave

Through countless break ups and make ups, Marissa felt it all with an enviably bouncy blow wave. Pair with a classic white bikini and consider yourself California ready.

Armour up with a heavy-duty hairdryer like the GHD Air Hair Dryer to achieve a salon worthy blow-dry at home.

4. The smudgy eye

When Alex rocked her way on to our screens, her punk-princess edge offered a refreshing point of difference. Although a little heavy handed for day-to-day wear, a little smudge and smolder made her blue eyes positively pop.

Opt for a dark, highly pigmented eye pencil like M.A.C Kohl Power Eye Liner in Feline and line the lower lids before smudging back with your fingertip as desired. Hay presto! Say hello to your inner rock goddess.

5. The timeless pixie cut

While we may not have been rooting for Anna and Seth (Team Summer until death) we can appreciate a classic pixie cut when we see one. Anna’s Audrey-esque quirk and versatile style had us all seriously contemplating the chop.

The secret to versatile pixie cut lies in its texture. Invest in a light clay-based texturizer like Redken Rough Clay 2.0 Texturizer, and use sparingly to add dimension to your look. Short hair can still mean endless styling possibilities.

6. The power of a glossy pout

Marissa’s glassy lip was anything but lack lustre and the perfect finisher to her good-girl-gone bad designer ensemble. From metallic pinks to neutrals nudes, girl went glossy.

In Marissa Cooper style, try Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Lip Gloss for a supple glossy lip. Hues like Bliss will soften a smokey eye and prove extremely versatile.

7. A ghetto fabulous headscarf

Boasting a coveted collection of headscarves that were anything but Sadie the cleaning lady, Summer veered between designer dressage and unique vintage finds for the ultimate style signatures.

Go bold or go home with a retro inspired headpiece. Emilio Pucci’s Silk Printed Scarf provides a fresh pop of colour and will prove to be your saving grace come summer’s hot and heady humidity.

Story by Ashley Ropati.

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