Makeup Fit For A Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Makeup Artist Emily Veness is an expert at recreating the most identifiable Hollywood makeup looks. Here she reveals how to master one of the most iconic looks of all time….

Breakfast At Tiffany’s!!!

This elegant and classic look defined the early 60’s. Makeup was softened from the stronger looks seen on Hepburn in her 50’s roles, a trade-in that silver screen makeup artist, Wally Westmore, decided would be fitting for her characterisation of ‘that modern girl’. The slightly older women cast in the film kept their ‘dated’ 50’s makeup, a purposeful juxtaposition. See, makeup tells a story!

Depending on the scene and setting, Holly Golightly’s makeup would become softer or slightly intensified; however the fresh tones she used always remained the same.

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Holly Golightly’s forever classic look (via Pinterest)


1. Start your eye look by applying light concealer as a base. This will ensure longevity and remove any discolouration from the lids.

2. Set your concealer by dusting a neutral eyeshadow with a matte finish, half a shade lighter than your natural skin tone.

3. Apply a gel liner into the roots of your lashes with a small angled brush. Create a flick by measuring just one brush length from the outer corners of your eyes. The shape of your flick should be in the direction that would meet the tapered end of your eyebrows should the line continue. Finish by smoothing the line so it there is a natural curve to the liner.

4. Use a nude-toned eyeliner to the inner rim of your eyes to create the illusion of larger more ‘doe-eyed’ peepers – just like Audrey’s.

5. Though Holly Golightly left her eyelids devoid of shadow for daytime, she added a touch of soft charcoal for her night time ‘party-look’. Use an eye-brush with soft bristles to create a soft wash of colour into the socket of the eye, focusing the product on the outer corners. Blend product with a clean blush to create a soft ‘hazy’ look.

6. Use the excess product left on the brush to apply the shadow just under the lower lash-line. The nude eye pencil used in conjunction with this illusionary trick will help to open your eyes even further. Thank me later.

7. Finish with lots of mascara – or, if you’re feeling daring, add some falsies. Golightly was featured with a natural but lush false set at all times. Select a pair without too much drama, soft and just slightly longer on the outer edges.

When applying your lashes, a good tip is to keep your chin up when looking at yourself at the mirror. This way you won’t squint when trying to pop them on, which makes the whole process near impossible – trust me.

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Mastering the strong brow is an essential element of the look. via


The most important step of all, those Audrey brows – Ms. Hepburn’s signature long before Cara Delevigne was even born.

1. Using an angle brush, fill in your brows using a matte, taupe eyeshadow. Taupe will work on blondes and brunettes – there’s no need to go too much darker if you have dark hair, as taupe will still add depth without making your brows appear too harsh. 

2. Adding thickness is necessary for most who are vying for the Hepburn-esque, ‘faux it’ by adding small, soft strokes of shadow with your brush, just under your natural brows. 

3. Extend your brows slightly to emulate her truly trademark look. Measure by placing a ruler starting at the corner your nose, following to the corner of your eye. Your brows should end where your ruler is positioned. Use your taupe shadow to extend as much as you can without it looking unnatural.

4. Brush through your brows with a clean mascara wand (you can buy these at priceline) for a more natural, this-is-how-they-came look.

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Fresh, natural cheeks and lips (plus, amazing skin!) via


Holly Golightly was a fresh-faced maven devoid of bronzers or contouring products. Her blush was a pretty, girly pink and applied high on the cheekbones, blended out to the temples.

The colour choice was selected to give a picture of freshness and youth, as in the original novel Golightly was just 19. At time of filming Hepburn was definitely still young at 32, but by the looks of her skin – well that had to still be in its teens!

4. LIPS 

Her lipstick was soft, a mixture of pink and peach. The tube even makes a cameo in the motion picture, when Golightly says famously, “Hand me my purse, will you, darling? A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick.”

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Must-follow care tips for eyes:

1. When removing your false lashes, remember to first remove them carefully by soaking a cotton tip with an oil based eye makeup remover. Run the cotton tip across the roots of the lashes to dislodge the latex glue. Don’t simply peel off the lashes, you may find some of your own lashes pulled off with it!

2. Remove your eye makeup by soaking a cotton makeup pad with the same oil based remover. Place the makeup pad on a closed eye and leave for thirty seconds. This will dissolve even the toughest water-proof mascara, eyeshadows and liners. Wiggle slightly and lift your pad away, then gently remove any remnants.

This is much better than tugging at your eyes which can, after time stretch the skin around this delicate area, leading to premature ageing – which wouldn’t be very Holly Golightly of us, now would it!


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  • Reply vikki18 Wednesday 8th April, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    love it

  • Reply amanda6393 Monday 3rd November, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Great eye care tips.

  • Reply sammyrose Saturday 1st November, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Her make up is so perfect, love it

  • Reply anthea.tapper Friday 31st October, 2014 at 11:29 am

    My 21st birthday party next month is Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed – SO PERFECT!!

  • Reply djchilds Friday 31st October, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Such a classic beauty! Thanks for the helpful tips.

  • Reply Joni64 Friday 31st October, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Love the advice on eyebrow shaping!

  • Reply Crystal Wednesday 15th October, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    gorgeous fresh look.

  • Reply xlilda Tuesday 14th October, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    She’s so elegant. A beautifully timeless look.

  • Reply yslyenom Tuesday 14th October, 2014 at 12:14 am

    She’s irreplaceable.

  • Blackberryheart
    Reply Blackberryheart Monday 13th October, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    *sighs* Thank you for posting this!! Such a timeless look! I adore her so much!!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Tuesday 21st October, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      You’re welcome @blackberryheart, glad you enjoyed the story xx

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