It’s time to get 1950’s glam with this Elizabeth Taylor-inspired makeup tutorial.
Elizabeth Taylor Makeup Tutorial
Elizabeth Taylor is, needless to say, one of the most classic, revered, admired beauty icons in the history of Hollywood. She was the epitome of Hollywood glamour as she made sure to never be photographed without her hair or makeup looking as put together as the sets she worked on.
In today’s look, Lisa Eldridge, a celebrity makeup artist just as iconic in her field as Taylor was in Hollywood, recreates the actress’ signature 1950’s look complete with bold red lip and dramatic winged liner.
While the entire look is more suited for Halloween, elements of it can be toned down for a vintage-inspired nighttime look.
Let’s get started!
Start with a thin layer of L’Oreal Infallible Foundation (Porcelain 15) over the entire face.
Next, apply concealer under the eyes and blend. The concealer and brush used in this tutorial are Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC1 and Zoeva Cream Shader 233.
Set concealer and foundation with a light dusting of Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder (Clair 20).
Apply a light wash of skin-toned eyeshadow over the lids as a base. Lisa uses Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad in Cocoa Mirage.
Now we’re on to the liner. Using Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h in Intense Black, Lisa creates a thick line starting from the outer edge of the eye and paints it 3/4 of the way into the eye. While doing this, she works the product into the roots and lashes.
Aim for a thin line from the inner corner to the line you’ve created.
Once you’ve created your line, map out your winged flick. Lisa calls this flick more of a “kitten flick” in that it is very soft and delicate. We’re going to go over this line with liquid eyeliner in a bit.
Pro Tip: Gel liner is the best way to outline a winged eyeliner shape. It allows more room for error and will enhance the staying power of liquid liner when used as a base.
After mapping your eyeliner, bring the winged line to the bottom lashes and trace the lower lash line to the center of the eye. We’ll buff this line soon.
Using the bottom line you’ve just created as a guide, you’re going to further define your winged flick.
Before applying liquid eyeliner, buff the bottom lash line with Stila Double-Ended Smudge Brush #28.
After you’ve buffed your bottom lash line, go over the top line with liquid eyeliner. Lisa uses Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eyeliner in Ebony.
To continue with the eyes, we’re going to use a dark gray eyeshadow (Matt Johnson) to blend in the liner and a lighter gray (Matt Abdul) to go over the lid. The eyeshadow palette used in the tutorial is the Balm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette.
Take a dark gray eyeshadow (or Matt Johnson) and further buff the bottom lash line with a focus on maintaining the dark wing at the outer corner of the eyes.
Gently blend the light gray eyeshadow over the lid.
After this, curl the lashes and apply mascara. The mascara used in this tutorial is Lancome Hypnose Drama in Excessive Black. If you’re going to apply falsies, now’s the time to do them.
Fun Fact: Elizabeth Taylor was born with two sets of lashes!
Now we’re going to move on to the eyebrows which is one of the most important parts of this look. Elizabeth Taylor had bold eyebrows with a dramatic arch so we’re going to be recreating that with two eyebrow pencils and powder.
You’re going to first map out the eyebrows with a pencil that closely resembles your natural color. Lisa uses Stila All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil in Medium Brown. The shape you’re going for is a high arch with a dramatic plunge.
After creating your shape, you’re going to fill the brows in with a darker brow pencil and set it with powder. With a damp q-tip dipped in makeup remover, clean up the bottom edge of the brows and create a nicely rounded shape.
Now you’re going to go over the eyebrow with a dampened eyebrow brush for depth. If you want to keep your brows natural, that’s definitely an option. This will look over the top, so go with what feels most comfortable for you.
With a matte bronzer, we’re going to do a light contour. Lisa uses Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder in Sheer Blonde and lightly applies it near the hairline and on the outer edges of the face to warm it up. Also apply it under the cheekbones for a slight contour.
Before doing blush, we’re going to do our lips. Line the lips with a classic red lip liner such as Revlon Colorstay Lip Liner in Red.
To get the exact Elizabeth Taylor look, line a wider cupid’s bow than usual.
Now you’re going to shade the outer corners with the same lip liner.
With a slightly more orange pencil, fill in the center of the lips. The pencil used here is Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Bang.
Swipe Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Rose Odyssee 150 for a a shiny, true red finish.
Now that your lips are complete, you’re going to apply Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Fetish lightly across the cheeks.
Finish the look with a touch of highlighter at the high points of the face.
To enhance the shape of your lips, run a darker lip pencil around the outer edges and seamlessly blend with more Lancome Rouge 150. The liner used here is Mac Lip Pencil in Plum.
Last, but not least, you’re going to apply the Elizabeth Taylor mole with black gel liner and brown brow powder. This step is totally optional!
And if it isn’t Miss Taylor herself…