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Get Her Look – Faye Dunaway

January 16, 2010

It may have been her bob/beret/cardi/pencil skirt combo  in the hugely influential (and controversial) period film Bonnie and Clyde that made Faye Dunaway, our bombshell of the week, a major trend-setter but, in purely beauty terms, it was the look she sported in her other big movie of 1968 – The Thomas Crowne Affair – that will be forever associated with her, and forever an inspiration to Faye fans.

Faye may have lived all over the States and Europe as a child and served her apprenticeship in the New York theatre, but she was born to be an exponent of the luxurious California look worn by her character in Thomas Crowne: silky blonde hair, sun-kissed skin, dark eyes and nude lips and nails.

Combined with an expensive-looking wardrobe of soft beiges and powdery pinks, her make-up drew all attention to her eyes which were emphasised with dark brown liquid liner and impressive false eyelashes. Just watch that sexy chess scene with Steve McQueen, and see how she works those lashes. The guy doesn’t stand a chance..

We can’t guarantee you a night of passion – with a game of chess as foreplay – but if you want to make an impression, follow Kate Moss’s example and copy Faye’s look in that film.

To recreate the sultry ’60s make-up, we suggest starting with a full coverage make-up – like Bobbi Brown’s Moisturizing Cream Compact Foundation (£26, www.bobbibrown.co.uk).

Faye’s come-hither eyes can be achieved using Clarins liquid eyeliner – our favourite eyeliner pen – in Chocolate Brown (£18, www.clarins.co.uk),and then false lashes. Try to choose a thick pair to get that true ’60s feel. We love Illamasqua’s thick black lashes (£11, www.illamasqua.com) for an authentic retro eye.

Lips must be neutral  – Estee Lauder’s new Michael Kors Very Hollywood collection provides the perfect nude  – Honey Blonde Lip Sheen (£17,  available at Harvey Nichols now and nationwide from February), from the Bel Air range.

From the same collection, we love, love, love the Sunset Coral blush (£23). A pat of face powder was de rigueur in the ’60s, but update the effect with Clarins new all over Cotton Flower Face Powder (£29, www.clarins.co.uk), which combines a transparent beige and iridescent white. Blend the two shades together with a single sweep of a big powder brush.

Chanel’s beautiful (and brilliantly named – it means “Unexpected”) nude nail polish, Inattendu (£16,www.chanel.co.uk) completes the look.

For Faye’s fabulous up-do, we asked Toni & Guy International Artistic Director, Pinar Necati,  how to do it- and it’s a lot easier than we thought!

“At first glance this beautiful up-do looks like one for professionals or someone with the hair of Rapunzel only but it’s actually very easy to achieve,” says Pinar.

“Firstly prep dry hair with label.m Volume Mousse (200ml, £10.50) to get malleable texture and then grip into a sturdy bun. Take a fake ponytail and again coat and prep with label.m Volume Mousse before attaching onto the bun.

“Take sections of the ponytail and twist into horizontal rolls before winding the rolls around and gripping firmly into place, taking care to tuck the ends in. Set with label.m Hairspray (300ml, £10.75) and finish off with a spritz of label.m Shine Mist (200ml, £11.50) for a polished look.”

(Label.m products are available at Toni&Guy salons, and www.lookfantastic.com)

Now, check out the famous chess scene for yourself.

One Comment leave one →
  1. mike goubault permalink
    November 27, 2010 4:12 am

    faye has great legs!!

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