Miss Catherine is an old and very close friend of mine. We go back at least 18 years to the days when we started taking piano lessons together. We continued to be close friends throughout secondary school and beyond. I love Catherine, I truly do, but I think it is safe to say that she does not share my ridiculous obsession with clothes. Many a time she has summoned me up to Birmingham, where she now lives, to help re-fill her wardrobe. Of course this is a challenge I am only too glad to accept, much to her other half’s concern!
In June, Miss Catherine was invited to a fancy dress party. The theme, you ask? The dead famous! Of course, Catherine instantly called upon her old friend Flo for assistance in this matter. My mind sprung into overdrive at the endless possibilities for such an occasion; Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland…even Elvis Presley, Freddy Mercury or Charlie Chaplin. I have to admit I am still too scared to voice my favourite idea, for fear of it being stolen. Who knows when I may need it myself? Thankfully, Cat already had her heart set on one particular lady…The great Audrey Hepburn! And what better a look to go for than her Breakfast at Tiffany’s style? Tonight Catherine, you shall be Holly Golightly!
I settled on this iconic Audrey Hepburn character because this is who we all picture when someone mentions this incredible woman’s name. Black dress, beehive, cigarette in hand, endless pearls…now here is a look I could re-create. Easy-peasy!
For Miss Catherine’s outfit, I fished out an old black Matalan shift dress and we then headed out in search of accessories. We managed to get hold of imitation pearl necklace, bracelet, earrings and tiara in Primark. The black gloves were found in Claire’s Accessorise. I even rustled up a cigarette from a black drinks straw, some white cardboard and a bit of selotape! Voila; Audrey eat your heart out!
I kept Catherine’s makeup quite minimal because Audrey herself was naturally beautiful (like dear Catherine here) and there was no need to go over the top. I started with a little Mac Pro Longwear concealer in NW15 under her eyes. I followed this with a light layer of Catherine’s own No7 pressed powder all over the face to produce an even tone. I then used a little Mac bronzing powder in matte bronze to contour, by simply sweeping this under the cheek bones. The Urban Decay Naked 2 pallet is my saviour in adding a subtle hint of colour to the eyelids, in this case the booty call shade was used across the entire eyelid and then the YDK shade was applied only to the crease of the eye. I lined Catherine’s eyes with a No7 amazing eyes pencil in 05 black and swept some Benefit They’re Real mascara in beyond black over her lashes. Catherine’s eyebrows were defined using Mac True Brunette fluidline brow gelcreme. The look was completed with a touch of Avon Ultra Colour Bold lipstick in rapid rose.
To re-create Audrey’s signature Beehive, I was going to have to create volume! I firstly cut up some hair doughnuts to be used as hair padding. I pinned this padding to the top of Catherine’s head. I then pulled the hair from the front of her head up and over this padding and pinned it at the back of her hair, underneath the hair padding. Catherine has thick hair and a LOT of it. For those of you with finer or shorter hair (like myself) you may find it helpful to use some hair extensions in a similar colour to your own hair to cover the padding, and then pull your hair over the top of these. This way, if your own hair doesn’t completely cover the hair padding, it simply does not matter. Nobody will ever know what is lying beneath. I used the Lee Stafford my perfectly polished finishing touch boar bristle hair brush to create a smooth finish. A great deal of Lee Stafford hold tight hair spray and bobby pins also helped to keep the style in place. The very last stage of the hair style was to place a tiara at the front of the beehive. And there we have it; the Holly Golightly style that we all know and love.
A fine Audrey Hepburn Miss Catherine makes…and a rather extravagant date for her partner Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin I am sure you will agree.