We are sharing the tips, tricks and all the best there is to know about living your life beautifully. In this edition of the series, Makeup.com director of editorial Jennifer Hirshlag rounds up the top hair and makeup looks from five decades of James Bond movies and provides the secret intelligence to making them your own.
I grew up in the ‘70s and that might have meant different things to different members of Generation X. For myself, it meant I developed a fascination with secret agents in tandem with learning how to ride my bicycle. It wasn't, however, Maxwell Smart of Get Smart or Jacques Clousteau of the Pink Panther series or even Boris Badenov of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show that purely held my attention. It was those formidable women who shared the screen with them—whether it was Get Smart's Agent 99, Capucine (the French fashion model who played Clousteau’s wife), or Badenov’s sidekick, Natasha Fatale.
Considering this, it’s been no surprise to me that I still get excited when I hear a new James Bond film is coming to theaters. I do look forward to watching 007 saving the world from whatever criminal mastermind has rankled the British Secret Service. It’s the women who end up enmeshed in his spy-scapades, however, whose every move I study. Where else can you learn how to look gorgeous in an updo and smoky eye while bringing a seven-foot henchman with metal teeth to justice? In honor of the release of Skyfall and the franchise’s fiftieth anniversary, here are some iconic Bond girl beauty looks I’ve loved and how to make them your own.
HONEY RYDER'S BATHING BEAUTY
Actress Ursula Andress set the whole concept of the Bond girl in motion in Dr. No when her character, Honey Ryder, emerged from the ocean in a hipster bikini accessorized only by a holstered knife.
Get the look: Make your cheekbones a force to be reckoned with by contouring them with bronzer and enhancing them with a smudged eye and wet-looking strands.
Try: Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder for the face, Givenchy Shadow Show in Stylish Grey for the eyes and Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil and Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray for your strands.
PUSSY GALORE'S HIGH-FLYING GLAMOUR
Honor Blackman was just as well known for her trend-setting role in The Avengers as she was for her turn in Goldfinger as the cheekily named Pussy Galore, a private pilot who brings down her villainous smuggler boss.