From the moment original Bond girl Ursula Andress emerged from the ocean bikini-clad in 1962’s Dr. No, Bond girls have been providing a source of inspiration for ladies across the globe with their kissable pouts, smouldering eyes and flowing tresses. To mark the film franchise’s 50th anniversary, here’s a guide that tells you how to achieve the classic Bond girl glamour. We list Youtube tutorials where you can learn all the makeup tricks in a few simple steps.
From Barbara Bach to Diana Rigg, many of the franchise’s stars have made their beauty mark within a matter of seconds of appearing on screen. Shirley Eaton, who played Jill Masterson in 1964’s Goldfinger, is often cited as one of the most iconic Bond girls despite having a screen presence of hardly five minutes — thanks to the gold paint she is adorned in as part of her powerful death scene. While head to toe gold may not be an achievable aesthetic for a night out, why not nod at the season (and another Bond movie title) with a smoky golden eye à la Lisa Eldridge. Check out
Although they may look somewhat dishevelled later on in the picture, it’s usually the perfectly coiffed Bond girl image that goes down in cinematic history and one of the key qualities any Bond girl needs is a killer pout, with red lips favoured by numerous Bond girls including Sophie Marceau (Elektra King), Eva Green (Vesper Lynd) and Talisa Soto (Lupe Lamora). Check out YouTube beauty guru Jessica Harlow’s guide to achieving the ultimate red lip here:
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Bond girls were particularly partial to a smoky eye, which offers a mysterious contrast to the passionate red lip. Internet sensation Michelle Phan’s guide to creating a seductive smoky eye can be seen here:
Bond girls can be blonde (Britt Ekland’s Mary Goodnight), brunette (Olga Kurylenko as Camille Montes) or redheads (Gemma Arterton as Strawberry Fields), but in terms of length the pixie cut seen on Halle Berry’s Jinx is more of a rarity, with voluminous tumbling tresses tending to prevail. See how you can get the 1960s bombshell look here:
Finally, remember that whatever her style, hair color or body type, any Bond leading lady needs to master low maintenance beauty — as she could go from a glamourous soiree to gun-slinging standoff in a matter of minutes. So while many of the franchise’s most iconic beauty looks may have arisen from scenes at swanky parties, it’s important to remember the importance of a fresh-faced aesthetic. Ladies who need a helping hand to achieve the natural beauty aesthetic should follow celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge’s guide to “no make-up make-up”: