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Iconic Looks: Then and Now

Iconic Looks: Then and Now

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The beauty mavens within us are always on the lookout for inspiration. Whether it be untamed curls or bold brows, there’s always a beauty look we're dying to try. Ahead, you’ll find a roundup of iconic looks from leading women throughout history and their modern counterparts who are carrying on their beauty legacies. Plus, we've included the products you'll need to recreate the iconic looks yourself.

Untamed curls

Although the list of why Whitney Houston embodies beauty goals could go on and on, one aspect that stands out is her tousled hair. Flash forward years later and Beyonce is sporting the same look but with a touch of golden highlights. We think it's safe to say natural, textured hair will always remain a classic. 

Products you need:

Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, $10.99 at Walgreens

Bumble and bumble Bb. Curl (Style) Defining Creme, $15 at Sephora

Smokey doe eyes


When we hear "icon," our thoughts immediately go to Twiggy. Her glamorous doe eyes are undoubtedly her claim to fame, especially when a smokey eye was thrown into the mix. And who better to match her androgynous charm than top model Cara Delevingne? Although Cara is best known for her bold brows (and a totally amazing, quirky personality), the girl can rock a major smokey smize. 

Products you need:

Velour Silk Lashes My Life's Complete, $23 at Sephora 

The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Inside Track Eye Kajal, $22 at Sephora

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, $54 at Sephora

Voluminous hair


There's nothing more classic than Marilyn Monroe's iconic wind-swept blowout. And, although it's often difficult to replicate the blonde bombshell look quite like Marilyn, Scarlett Johansson can sport a serious statement 'do. With hot rollers and some heavy duty hairspray, this look is easy to replicate. Apply a crimson pout and you're all set!

Products you need:

Remington Style Ceramic Compact Hot Rollers, $16.99 at Drugstore.com

Conair Brush Tourmaline Ceramic Round Brush, $9.49 at Walgreens

Revlon Ionic Travel Hair Dryer, $9.97 at Ulta

Bold brows


bold brows

Brows, brows, brows. Women have been playing them up for decades. Take Audrey Hepburn for example, her thick brows and subtle arches were some of her most famous features. Her modern equivalent—hands down, Lily Collins. Those brows are her signature feature—and for good reason. They're as fierce as Audrey's!

Products you need:

Anastasia Brow Gel For Eyebrow Control, $22 at Sephora 

Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel, $5.91 on Amazon.com 

Statement lips

If you've ever browsed a series of photos of Selena Quintanilla in concert, on the street or in magazines, you've likely noticed she never let her lips go bare. Whether it was a plum lip liner, a matte nude, or something more glam, Selena always knew how to play up her pout–especially with red. Jennifer Lopez—our pick for her modern equivalent—is almost a spitting image of the singer. (No wonder her performance in the Selena biopic was spot on!) Both women have naturally glowing skin, making these red hues pop. 

Products you need:

Revlon ColorStay Liner For Lips , $6.39 on Amazon.com

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge 8 Iconic Red, $24 at Sephora

Sexy Bedhead

French icon Brigitte Bardot and Margot Robbie are naturals at the second-day, bedhead look. With a trusty teazing comb and texturizing spray, this look is incredibly easy to pull off when you need a quick style before running out the door.

The products you need:

Garnier Fructis Style De-Constructed Beach Chic Texturizing Spray, $3.99 at Kmart

Philips PHILLIPS Teaze Brush with Concave Bristle Shape, $5 at BeautyCareChoices.com 

Sultry eyes and over-the-top glam

Elizabeth Taylor and Camilla Belle both exude elegant glamour (with a touch of drama!) with their signature half-smokey eyes and perfectly tousled updos. This look screams Old Hollywood, and with gorgeous plum and silver shadows combined with a blowout, you too will be ready red carpet ready, too! 

Products you need:

Remington Style Ceramic Compact Hot Rollers, $15.99 at Ulta

L'Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray, $12.99 on Amazon.com

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette, $52 at Nordstrom

COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara, $6.19 on Amazon.com 

e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner, $3.04 at Target 

So, tell us, which look is your favorite? 

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