[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] There are many myths about Audrey Hepburn but one of the most hotly debated in beauty world is whether Revlon’s Pink in the Afternoon was really the lipstick Audrey wore. Apparently, it’s not – it was far too late – 1983 – and an homage to the film, Love In The Afternoon, from 1957. Every beauty brand would love a link to Audrey, and she was indeed a lover of beauty. She liked Estee Lauder, Erno Lazlo, Creed and Elastisizer from Philip Kingsley which was made specially for her, amongst many others. Of course, she is always linked to L’Interdit from Givenchy.
To celebrate the documentary Audrey More Than An Icon (£9.99 DVD HERE) I was sent a box of Audrey inspired beauty products and realised that we are probably all a little bit Audrey in our beauty choices. She had a strong brow game before brow games were even invented! A defined, bold lip – yes, illustrated by Ruby Woo, but often Revlon Fire & Ice – and she knew to pare back everything else other than lashes and brows to make it work. It’s the look I am often aiming for with my favourite Gucci lipstick.
A liquid liner for those infamous cat flicks? Indispensable – Audrey was the cat-flick queen, with a perfect line above well separated, dark lashes.
The makers of the documentary (they also produced McQueen and Churchill) don’t focus on her face in the same way as I’m doing. I don’t need to tell you that there was a lot about Audrey that was nothing to do with her film career or her status as a Hollywood beauty that made her a riveting subject for this film which is dotted with unseen footage and insights. As you’d imagine, the documentary delves into her childhood, her work with UNICEF and takes us deep into the world of Audrey the woman, not Audrey the star. In many ways, her life was difficult and challenging but she was so full of energy and zest.
I don’t think there is a single celebrity whose look I have deliberately tried to recreate but opening the box of beauty bits and bobs reveals that there are some similarities and always have been and I’m certain that it’s not just me that will find it so. It’s a good time to introduce the Eylure Black Lash Adhesive – a black liner pen with an ink/glue mix that means you can apply your false lashes onto an already black line. I swear it’s the greatest invention of the year (HERE) if you have steady hand. So, while Audrey More Than An Icon is heavily sponsored by beauty brands, quite rightly because it’s a great fit, it’s so much more (wait til you see the animations) and an absolute joy to while away an afternoon.
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