Our Fair Lady: Audrey Hepburn’s Timeless Beauty
In 2009, Audrey Hepburn was named the ultimate screen beauty in a poll of Hollywood actresses throughout the ages, ahead of other famous screen starlets of the 20th century including Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Vivien Leigh.
Hepburn passed away more than 20 years ago, but her timeless beauty and enduring appeal live on and to mark her lasting legacy, this September sees Christie’s hold a historic auction of the actress’s personal collection, giving avid fans and collectors a chance to acquire pieces she owned.
Among the items are pieces from her extensive wardrobe, including a Givenchy sky-blue satin cocktail dress and a Burberry trench coat from the 1980s, as well as her own annotated film scripts and original portraits by renowned photographers of the time, such as Cecil Beaton and Steven Meisel.
Our personal favourite items include a gold powder compact and lipstick holder by Cartier, both c.1950. Despite being a remarkable beauty, Audrey Hepburn was well-known for her modest and unassuming nature. She believed that a woman’s beauty came from within:
“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness, for lovely eyes, seek out the good in people…”, she once said. Her belief in a woman’s unique beauty very much relates to BY TERRY founder Terry de Gunzburg’s philosophy, whose motto is: “All women should create their own beauty signature.”
Audrey Hepburn most certainly did this during her lifetime, which is no doubt why her beauty image is still considered so iconic and timeless today. Her signature features were her bold, statement eyebrows (a look that has very much witnessed a revival thanks to the likes of British model Cara Delevingne), a fresh-faced complexion and expressive cat eyes.
To recreate her look, our Head of Artistry Albane first suggests using BY TERRY’s Light-Expert Click Blush to give lightweight coverage to one’s complexion: “You don’t want anything too heavy if you want to emulate Audrey Hepburn,” she explains. “She was famous for being a natural beauty and so wore very little foundation.”
Although women today would kill for Hepburn’s incredible bone structure and pronounced cheekbones, it was not the fashion in her day and the actress’ makeup artist Wally Westmore would apparently use a very light foundation in order to make her face appear fuller on screen. For added luminosity and to capture Hepburn’s fresh-faced complexion, Albane recommends BY TERRY’s Glow-Expert Click Stick, which should be applied from the top of the cheekbones downwards.
While Hepburn opted for minimal makeup on her face, she was bold when it came to her eyes and lips, opting for red lipstick and cat-flick eyes. BY TERRY’s Terrybly Velvet Rouge in shade My Red is the perfect red to capture her classic lip colour. Albane’s tip is to apply lip liner first (BY TERRY Crayon Lèvres Terrybly in No.4 Red Cancan) to give the appearance of fuller lips, which was very on-trend in the ‘50s.
For the eyes, opt for the Ligne Blackstar, which should be applied close to the lashes before being flicked out at the corner. Finally, to recreate those bold brows which Hepburn sported throughout her career, use the Crayon Sourcils Terrybly for definition and to create a natural and long-lasting shape.
The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn sale Part I at Christie’s, 8 King Street, St. James’s, SWIY on 27 September; Online sale, open for bidding now until 3 & 4 October; christies.com/audreyhepburn
From top: Lot 254, Steven Meisel, B.1954, Audrey Hepburn, Vanity Fair, May 1991, gelatin silver print; Lot 254, Steven Meisel, B.1954, Audrey Hepburn, Vanity Fair, May 1991, gelatin silver print; Lot 42, a powder compact, Cartier c.1950; Lot 78, Funny Face, 1957 Bud Fraker (1916-2002) Audrey Hepburn, c.1956 gelatin silver print stamped photographer’s Paramount studio, Christie's Images Ltd.; Lot 119, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, Audrey Hepburn's annotated script, Christie's Images Ltd. All images courtesy of: Christie's Images Ltd.