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1930’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

November 1935 (

This is such a beautiful magazine cover of the great Katharine Hepburn. Of course I am a sucker for red hair, especially when paired with an emerald green. This classic makeup look works for many complexions, especially light to medium with green, grey, or blue eyes. Bold lip colors really make these eye colors look bright. Here’s the colors that I used to get this look:

FACE: I applied Shiseido Foundation Stick in O20 and blended with the amazing Beautyblender. I applied Covergirl Simply Ageless Concealer in Corrector with my Bobbi Brown Concealer Brush. On the cheeks and down the nose, I blended Benefit High Beam, a light pink cream highlighter. With a powder brush, I applied Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent. On the cheeks, starting close to the nose and sweeping “up”, I applied NARS Blush in Desire, a bright pink, with a fan brush.

EYES: There’s no way that I’m getting Katharine brows. In true 30’s fashion, the brows are penciled on. I filled in my brows with Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Light/Medium. With a medium eye shadow brush, I applied Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in Volcano, a taupe gray shimmer. I took this shadow and closely applied it to the lower lash line with a fine liner brush. I closely lined the top lash line with Wet n Wild Kohl Eyeliner in Black.  I curled lashes and applied Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara to top lashes only. I then applied a strip of Ardell lashes cut in half.

1930's Katharine Hepburn look

LIPS: I lined lips with L’Oreal Infaliable Lip Liner in Rose, a light pink to prevent feathering since I’m using a bold shade. Directly from the tube, I applied one of my favorite lipsticks, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow, a satin finish fuchsia, a classic.

Makeup look of Katharine Hepburn

If I had to choose a fragrance for this, I know it is the Hepburn influence, but I’d have to go with something with tobacco. So, I’d like to wear  Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Vanilla.

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