9 Audrey Hepburn Beauty Secrets For a Million Dollar Look

Although a starlet of the ‘50s and ‘60s, Audrey Hepburn constantly tops ‘most beautiful’ polls in the present day! With entrancing eyes and unwavering elegance, she has a classic, sophisticated beauty we’d all like to emulate in some way. Here are 9 Audrey Hepburn beauty secrets that will give you her million dollar look

When asked to share her beauty secrets, Audrey Hepburn responded with,“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness, for lovely eyes, seek out the good in people…” These words illustrate her kind, humanitarian spirit and the fact that she really didn’t think she was particularly beautiful at all.

Humility was part of Audrey’s beauty for sure but there is still no denying those delicate, elfin features, the striking eyes, remarkable bone structure and almost androgynous style that made her so uniquely beautiful and certainly not the typical Hollywood beauty.

Of course, the majority of us aren’t fortunate enough to look like Miss Hepburn, but we can create her effortlessly chic look by using some of her tried and tested beauty techniques. Here are 9 simple beauty secrets to set you on your way to looking a little more Audrey-esque.

#1 Steam Facial Routine

Audrey’s skin was always beautifully clear and oh so radiant. Although this is undeniably largely down to genetics, Audrey also swore by a steam facial twice a week.

Simply stand over a bowl of boiling water with a towel over your head to trap the vapour for 2 minutes. The steam will enhance your circulation, loosen the dirt in your pores and remove toxins from the skin, too. Not only does this give your skin a detox. It’s a fabulous way of kick starting the anti-ageing process without the need for expensive creams!

#2 Fresh Air

When asked about her beauty routine, Audrey said, “I love to walk, so I do get lots of air… lots and lots of oxygen.” We’re not sure whether fresh air really has anything to do with her fabulous complexion, but if Audrey says so then I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to incorporate a little more time outside in to our daily routines just in case!

#3 Lightly Does It


Audrey wore very little foundation, relying instead on the quality of her natural skin to achieve the fresh-faced look she’s known for. That being said, her skin still always looked positively luminous! To recreate Audrey’s skin, opt for a lightweight foundation and only conceal where needed to avoid looking too made up.  Alternatively, you can just wear a BB cream with a touch of highlighter on your cheek and brow bones for a little glow.

Fun fact: Did you know that Audrey’s makeup artist Wally Westmore used a very light foundation to make Audrey’s face look fuller on screen? Apparently Audrey’s large eyes often came across as too intense on camera and the lighter shade helped to balance them out. It seems porcelain skin really is the way forward ladies!

#4 Forego Thick Powder

It may be tempting to go overboard with the powder brush in an attempt to imitate Audrey’s beautifully matte complexion. However, it’s actually been said that Audrey purposely wore little powder so her white skin would positively dazzle on screen. Don’t worry if your skin is less ‘dazzling’ and more ‘oily,’ just apply a very light dusting of loose powder but use restraint and avoid the cakey look at all costs!

#5 Subtle Shades

You’d never see Audrey with a face full of bronzer or stark eyeshadow on her lids; after all, neon blue isn’t exactly elegant is it? Audrey was rather all about subtlety, choosing to opt for neutral colours on the cheeks and eyes.

So, for a natural flush, use a soft pink blush on your cheeks, taking it right from the top of the cheekbone downwards.

Stick with muted eyeshadow colours, too – think pastels and beiges – to keep the look demure.  You can still accentuate your eyes by applying soft browns and greys in the creases though – just approach it with a delicate hand.

#6 Famous Bold Brows


Audrey is particularly famous for her thick, dark and angular eyebrows so channel your inner Audrey and give your brows some serious attention. Fill them in with a charcoal brown brow powder using an angled brush, bringing it to a point at the top to create the Audrey-esque arch. Set them with a good brow gel like Mac’s Brow Set.

#7 Doe Eyes

Audrey’s beautiful, large doe eyes were undeniably her greatest feature. Lucky for us, there are numerous tricks we can use to imitate them!

Black liquid liner was simply applied close to Audrey’s upper lashes and elegantly flicked out at the outer corners. If you want to attempt this then be sure to keep the liner thin in the inner corner and steadily increase the thickness as you move outward.

Try lightly blending a little grey eyeshadow just beneath your bottom lashes and applying a flesh-toned eye pencil to the bottom waterline to add to the doe-eyed effect.

#8 All About Those Lashes!

Makeup artist Alberto Rossi famously used to separate each of Audrey’s lashes with a pin to give her those voluminous feathery looking flutterers we all envy. Obviously, this took a long time so thankfully we can dodge this painstaking step and apply volumising or lengthening mascaras instead! False lashes are also an easy way to create beautifully full looking lashes. So choose a set that takes your fancy.

#9 Lip Tricks


Back in the ‘50s, fuller lips were all the rage – so much so that even fresh-faced Miss Hepburn applied lipliner beyond her natural lip line to give the appearance of a fuller mouth! A wider mouth was also created by extending the liner outward on the upper lip so it appeared wider than the bottom. The art of illusion indeed!

You may not want to go as far as drawing yourself a new full mouth but you can certainly add a little highlighter to your Cupid’s bow to make your lips appear larger. You can also add a touch of gloss to the centre of your lips for the same effect. Though it has to be said that Audrey always favoured matte lipsticks for a classier look.

It really is no wonder Audrey Hepburn beats stars like Angelina Jolie in modern day beauty polls. She’s a true timeless beauty, admired to this very day for her classic look. We hope these 9 Audrey Hepburn beauty secrets will help you become modern day Audrey’s!

The following is a collection of some of the most inspirational Audrey Hepburn quotes.

They show she was not only a talented actress and timeless beauty, but that she was also a kind and humble person who walked her talk.

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Jane Glover

Jane Glover is a 25 year old yummy mummy with a passion for writing and all things beauty related. A literature lover and fuchsia fanatic, Jane is happiest with a novel in one hand and a deliciously pink cocktail in the other.

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