Sustainable Irish sleepwear brands to help you catch some zs
Sustainable Irish sleepwear brands to help you catch some zs

Sarah Finnan

Andrew McGinley: ‘I cannot forgive the act of murder. I can’t forgive how my children died’
Andrew McGinley: ‘I cannot forgive the act of murder. I can’t forgive how my children...

Amanda Cassidy

What actually consitutes self-care when you’re a mother
What actually consitutes self-care when you’re a mother

Sophie White

The expert guide to your hair problems, from thinning hair to heat damage
The expert guide to your hair problems, from thinning hair to heat damage

Melanie Morris

Best hotel restaurants: 16 places to add to your Irish staycation bucket list
Best hotel restaurants: 16 places to add to your Irish staycation bucket list

Sarah Finnan

Here’s how you can manage symptoms of work anxiety
Here’s how you can manage symptoms of work anxiety

Jennifer McShane

Step straight onto the sand with these 5 Irish hotels on the beach
Step straight onto the sand with these 5 Irish hotels on the beach

Megan Burns

5 inspiring self-help books that will change your life
5 inspiring self-help books that will change your life

Jennifer McShane

Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning
Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning

Jennifer McShane

Toxic relationships: ‘Why walking away from my mum was the best thing I could have done’
Toxic relationships: ‘Why walking away from my mum was the best thing I could have...

Amanda Cassidy

Image / Beauty

The most iconic beauty looks from films you love


by Hannah Hillyer
26th Jun 2019
blank

We all have a movie moment from childhood that has stuck with us, and if you’re a beauty buff chances are it could be one on this list


For me, many of the below have inspired me, fascinated me and made me laugh, but The Princess Diaries is the one that sticks. If you’ve seen it (of course you have, right?) you’ll know the scene I mean.

When Anne Hathaway is transformed from a glasses-wearing, frizzy-haired ‘geek’ to a sleek, groomed Princess. We won’t go into what message these films sent us as teenagers (I’ll only be liked if I have great hair?) and instead look over some of our favourites.

Did yours make the cut?

Audrey Hepburn’s brows in Roman Holiday

They almost deserve a long form essay to themselves, but we’ll try to keep it short. They. Are. Amazing. Yes, they are overly-filled in, but they frame her elfin features so perfectly that they can’t be faulted. Audrey’s brows were her defining feature in almost all her films, but paired with her pixi crop in Roman Holiday is a winning combination.

Molly Ringwald’s lipstick in The Breakfast Club

We don’t know what’s more entertaining, Molly Ringwald able to apply her lipstick with her cleavage or the impressed reactions of Bender and Andy in detention. Either way, this scene can’t be forgotten.

The make-over scene in The Princess Diaries

As we’ve already mentioned this a favourite in the IMAGE office. It has everything you could ever want in a movie transformation; a flamboyant hairdresser, a comedic montage, painful eyebrow plucking and a big reveal. We still wince at that hairbrush snapping.

Ursula in The Little Mermaid

What would you do for that perfect shade of lipstick? Ursula in The Little Mermaid gets crafty and uses whatever is around her; jellyfish as hair-gel and crushed clams as a punchy red lip.

Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

I remember watching Tim Curry parading around in suspenders as a teenager and being insanely jealous of not only his legs, but how great is eye make-up was. The make-up is as over the top and camp as the film, and the looks are now classic in movie history.

Wednesday Adams and her braids

IMAGE Beauty Editor Holly O’Neill thinks Wednesday Adams and her braids are a must on this list. Not just because they look so good, but because she championed how cool it is to have a signature hairstyle. The long black plaits have also easily spawned a thousand Halloween costumes over the years.

Sandy’s transformation in Grease

Much like The Princess Diaries, we have another film on this list that has the slightly disturbing connotation that everyone will like you more if you look good. But Sandy’s transformation is also a great example of how make-up can make you more confident.

Despite the troubling way in which Danny finds Sandy infinitely more attractive post-make-over, we are still obsessed with this look. Bigger than big curly blonde hair combined with a glossy red lip takes her from demure and girlie to sexy-Sandy. That’s before we even think about the gold hoops and spray on black trousers.

Margot in The Royal Tenenbaums

Any Wes Anderson fan in their twenties will admit they definitely went through a Margot phase at some point. Cigarette smoking, fur coat wearing Margot, played by Gwyneth Paltrow (this was pre-Goop) was the epitome of cool. We loved her short blonde bob and eyes ringed with black kohl liner. Also, she couldn’t be more on trend right now with her penchant for plastic hair clips.

Read More: Hair dressing: the expert guide to styling your hair with accessories

Sally’s hair in When Harry Met Sally

I came to this movie only recently and instantly fell in love with Sally’s hair. The 1980s was a time when bigger most certainly was better (hello shoulder pads, giant waist belts and earrings) and hair was definitely on this list. In one of the first few scenes, we see Meg Ryan applying more hairspray into her already huge hair, proving the point my mother always made, that everyone was highly flammable in the 1980s.

Clueless

Where to start with Clueless? The headbands paired with sleek, straight hair, anything pink or frosted and lest we forget…lipgloss. The movie every 1990s girl held in the highest regard, it’s still serving beauty and fashion inspiration to us now in 2019.

Mia Wallace’s bob in Pulp Fiction

Possibly the most iconic look on this list, mostly because of the infamous movie poster, is Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. Her sleek, dark bob, with thick fringe is now synonymous with Tarintino’s film, as is her vampy lipstick.


Read more: Four celebrity manicures we’re copying right now

Read more: Why your hair feels better when washed by a pro (but how to achieve it at home)

Read more: Future Icon: Chiara Ferragni’s palette was a complete surprise to me

Also Read

going grey
BEAUTY
‘It felt like taking control of the wheel’ – Sali Hughes on the beauty of going grey

Beauty writer Sali Hughes recently made the move from brunette to grey, and she’s been documenting the whole thing over...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
BEAUTY
This €12 product helped me get rid of ALL my body acne in my thirties (really)

Having tried every product under the sun to get rid of acne on her back, chest and shoulders, this writer...

By Jennifer McShane

tan drops
BEAUTY
The best tan drops for make-up free, sun-kissed skin

Cheat your way to a year-round summer glow with tan drops. Alright, hands up if you were expecting that after...

By Holly O'Neill

Denga and Masindi Phiringa, a pair of South African sisters currently studying law and psychiatric nursing, launched the skin and hair care brand, Whipped 2 Glow
ADVICE, HEALTH & WELLNESS, REAL-LIFE STORIES, BEAUTY
Black women still can’t find their favourite hair care products in Ireland, so they’re making them

A lack of hair care products for Black women in Ireland has led to some entrepreneurial women taking matters into...

By Angela O'Shaughnessy

grey hair
BEAUTY
Andie MacDowell: Why is my grey hair an issue and George Clooney’s isn’t?

Andie MacDowell debuted a new natural look at the premiere of ‘Annette’ earlier this month, but she thinks it’s time...

By Sarah Finnan

Glossier Lidstar
BEAUTY
Glossier Lidstar now comes in two new summer-ready shades

There are two new shades of glimmering Glossier Lidstar and both are made for summer. Since it’s 2018 launch on...

By Holly O'Neill

blank
BEAUTY
WIN a La Roche-Posay anti-ageing skincare hamper

Treat your skin to a luxury skincare hamper, filled with anti-ageing beauty products like vitamin-rich serums, SPF creams and more.Our...

By IMAGE