Recreating Audrey Hepburn’s Signature Eyelash Trick
Clumpy lashes may be having a minute, but I've always preferred a more natural-looking approach when it concerns maximizing my lashes. So instead of idolizing those with a heavy-handed mascara approach, like a Twiggy or Kim Kardashian, Audrey Hepburn has my doe-eyed idol.
Actress Audrey Hepburn, star of Breakfast at Tiffany's, remains one of Hollywood's greatest style icons and one of the world's most successful actresses.
While Hepburn liked to darken, plump, and lengthen like the best of them, she had one trick to ensure that her lashes looked naturally fanned-out and clump-free-- and it wasn't a magic mascara wand.
After using a layer of mascara, her makeup artist Alberto de Rossi would take a pin and meticulously separate every single lash.
Yes, it's a painstaking-- the average upper eyelid has an average of 70 to 150 lashes-- and potentially dangerous process because, ouch. But, in my mind, it's a little rate to pay on the quest for Hepburn's classic gaze. So, just recently, I asked makeup artist Joseph Carrillo to give me the very same treatment with his clump-busting tool of option: a sewing pin. It took about 5 minutes per set of lashes (10 very mindful minutes in overall) and sufficed it to say. A small silver pin has officially become a staple of my tightly-edited makeup bag. Here's how it went down:
1: Curl and Coat
Before you get pin-happy, curl your lashes as you usually would, if at all. Carillo used Shu Uemura's cult-favorite eyelash curler to amp things up before applying two coats of Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara.
2: Separate Lashes with a Pin
Start at the base near the waterline and pull the pin through to the top, separating each specific lash. This defines each lash, in addition to helps distribute the dark mascara pigment more evenly. When you finish the first eye, repeat on the next and proceed to your lower cover lashes if you 'd like.
As you can see, my lashes are clump-free for a total more natural, yet equally impactful look à la Hepburn. Mia's Note: If you're fearful that you do not have the time or that the chances are stacked versus you not to stab yourself in the eye, I feel you. In that case, use the pin on the clumpiest sections instead of each specific lash * or * attempt an eyelash comb to brush-through lashes simultaneously.
About The Queen of Lashes Herself
Audrey Hepburn (/ˈhɛpbɜːrn/; born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood, and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
Born in Ixelles, a municipality near Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England, and the Netherlands. In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell, before moving to London in 1948, continuing her ballet training with Marie Rambert, and then performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.
Following minor appearances in several films, Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, after being spotted by French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based. She shot to stardom for playing the lead role in Roman Holiday (1953), for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. That same year, Hepburn won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in Ondine. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964), and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn won three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role. In recognition of her film career, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from BAFTA, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and the Special Tony Award. She remains one of only 12 people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.
Hepburn appeared in fewer films as her life went on, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. She had contributed to the organisation since 1954, then worked in some of the poorest communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.