It's Thursday, which means it's Bella Donna time! You loved last week's choice, Dorothy Dandridge, and I can't wait to hear what you think about this week's, Faye Dunaway. I confess that although I knew she was famous, I didn't see Bonnie and Clyde until a few weeks ago. (It's a great film, so if you haven't seen it yet, rent it! Rent it now!)
As an actress, Dunaway faced the same kind of challenge that many naturally beautiful women do in Hollywood: She had to fight to prove that she was more than just a pretty face, especially because she was a former beauty queen. "I wasn't some brainless beauty, and I didn't ever want to give anyone a chance to draw that conclusion," she wrote in her 1995 biography, Looking for Gatsby. Fortunately, a string of meaty roles gave her the opportunity to show off her skills along with her striking face.
For a gallery of Faye Dunaway photos throughout the years, plus a guide to creating her iconic Bonnie look,
Dunaway's makeup and hair shifted to fit the needs of various characters; for instance, in Chinatown, she wore red lips and drawn-on brows to mimic the style of 1930's Los Angeles. But the look she's best known for is the one she sported in Bonnie and Clyde. When the movie hit screens in 1967, Faye's version of Bonnie inspired countless women to mimic her hair, makeup and style. To get the look, try these tips:
- Ask your stylist for a full, chin-length bob (without bangs) and part it on the left side. Approximate Faye's honey-colored hair with Feria Pure Diamond hair color. Top with a beret, of course.
- Since Bonnie was busy robbing banks, she didn't have lots of time for elaborate makeup. The look isn't very fussy, so use a tinted moisturizer and concealer only where you need it.
- A dash of rosy light pink lipstick, like Shiseido The Makeup Perfecting Lipstick in Shy Pink, will give lips a Parker-like flush.
- Keep brows full but well-groomed.
- Cream eye shadows will give you a fresh, dewy, we-just-robbed-a-bank look. I like those from Nars, especially Lili Marlene (storm gray) and Grand Bleu (shimmering heather blue).
- Finish by using a dark gray or black liquid eyeliner to sweep along upper eyelids, then apply generous application of mascara.
- For the perfect accessory, find a Warren Beatty lookalike. (And if you're only thinking of the old dude from Bulworth, again, I implore you: Rent this movie! Then tell me what you think).