Inspired by Brigitte Bardot: Get The Look

Your step-by-step guide to a smouldering 1960s-inspired look, courtesy of Max Factor

Think of the 1960s and smouldering, kohl-rimmed eyes and nude lips spring to mind instantly. While the make-up of the decade was so iconic, it’s actress Brigitte Bardot who is the perfect poster girl for the ‘60s look.

It’s no wonder then that, on being challenged to put a modern spin on the iconic 1960s beauty look to celebrate 100 Years of Glamour, Max Factor’s global creative designer, Pat McGrath, and beauty muse, Gwyneth Paltrow, took Brigitte Bardot as their starting point.

“It looks a little dreamy,” says Gwyneth Paltrow of the look they created together. “But what I love about it is it looks like a real moment from the 1960s. The eye is really strong, but it’s that really feminine French style, which I love.”

Follow our step-by-step guide to achieving this must-try look at home…

1. For perfect-looking skin, use Max Factor Colour Correcting Cream as your base. Work the creamy formula into your skin as you would a moisturiser and then build up over areas that require a little more coverage.

2. Lightly tint the eyelids using Max Factor Wild Shadow Pots, starting with Pale Pebble across the entire upper eyelid, then using Burnt Bark to define and contour the crease.

3. This look is all about the dramatic sweep of eyeliner, so use Max Factor Colour Xpert Eyeliner in Black and draw a thick line right at the base of the eyelid, finishing with an extended flick outwards – never up! – for a feline finish. For extra impact, line the upper and lower rim with a slick of Kohl Eye Liner Pencil in Black.

4. Continue to add impact to the eyes by using Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara for thick and volumised lashes. Apply a minimum of two coats, but don’t be afraid to go for a third for a look that demands attention.

5. Add some soft definition to cheeks using Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink. Using a blusher brush instead of fingertip application will allow for a more translucent finish.

6. Continue to let the eyes do the talking by finishing the signature ‘60s look with a coat of Lipfinity in Always Delicate, a creamy nude shade with tones of rose and beige.