[By Carol E. Walters]
LIVE YOUR DREAMS “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”— Audrey Hepburn.
Even though she was a reigning star in days long gone during the 50s to 60s, the signature style of Audrey Hepburn had endured the round table of trends as the years roll by, a timeless beauty icon who’s consistently hovering around the top of countless “Most Beautiful” polls conducted even up to today.
Instead of trying to fit into a cookie cut mold high on the popularity chart, Audrey showed us that what’s uniquely yours cannot be taken away, and you should be working that to your advantage. She rocked a short, gamine pixie cut when the coiffure of the day were long, cascading waves, showed the world that androgynous dressing can be just as sexy, and taught us that beauty is more than skin deep with her philanthropic ways during her twilight years. Here are some take home beauty lessons derived from words mouthed by the classy and sophisticated silverscreen legend herself, and perhaps like how Audrey Hepburn played out as lifetime muse to fashion couturier, Hubert de Givenchy, we too can inspire someone someday.
Lesson #1: “Go-Lightly”, for less is often more
“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”— Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn wore very little makeup both on and off screen, relying instead fresh-faced look she’s known for. To let her natural beauty shine through as a positively luminous glow, long time collaborator and makeup artist Wally Westmore often opt to forgo thick powder, using only a lightweight foundation to conceal where needed to avoid looking too made up. This approach where less is often more was carried well into Hepburn’slatter years, keeping things consistently minimalistic with a berry-colored lipstick, some light-brown eyeliner and a slick of foundation with a touch of blush and a light dusting of powder.
From croissant munching material girl on 5th Avenue to appointed UNICEF goodwill ambassador at large, Audrey Hepburn is the poster girl who epitomized graceful aging. Living up to her namesake is the Hepburn Hydrafacial, an SW1 Spa exclusive is an age-defying, complexion-rejuvenating hybrid facialthat revives dull and lackluster complexions, bestowing upon them an aura of timeless elegance.With the help of patented Hydrafacial MD technology, dead skin cells that cloud your complexion are gently removed to allow healthier and more youthful-looking cells from beneath to show through. Skin is permeated, infused and lifted with Epicuren ezymatic peels bursting with skin brightening vitamin C and potent antioxidants, with Pure Gold Gel Mask Therapy that further detoxifies and revitalizes dermal skin cells from within. Finishing off with a cold mist of selected skin tonics suspended in a solution, pore tightening is triggered for a porcelain mien radiating with unbeatable luminosity, akin to the sun-kissed glow of a Vespa-riding gal on her Roman Holiday.
Lesson #2: It’s in your eyes
“The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart; the place where love resides.”— Audrey Hepburn.
One of Audrey’s best features are undeniably her pair of Bambi-looking orbs, and our leading actress never fail to play up her favorite asset to their captivating best. To recreate her signature look, apply black liquid eyeliner close to your upper lashes with a steady hand and elegantly flicked them out at the outer corners, making sure to keep the liner thin in the inner corner where it begins and steadily increase the thickness as you move outward. Penciling your bottom waterline flesh-toned or white and blending in a little grey eyeshadow beneath your lower lashes will accentuate your eyes further to channel Audrey’s doe-liked, wide eyed innocence.
The eyes may be the doorway to your heart, but alas these portals don’t hold up well with time, and are a dead giveaway to a woman’s actual age. The skin around the eyes are naturally thinner with a paucity of sebaceous glands, often bearing the brunt of aging and displayed its first signs. To wage war against the first signs of aging under the eyes, Revitalift Eye, whether as a standalone treatment on part of the Eye Illuminator Program designed by the team of dedicated aesthetics specialists from the SW1 Clinic, is definitely an Oscars-worthy preferred trick of the trade for celebs looking to restore the twinkle behind their infamous peepers.
The procedure is simple, fuss-free and fast. Tiny drops of pure hyaluronic acid are skillfully infused into the skin and distributed evenly throughout the areas requiring treatment via a series of microinjections, resuscitating tired-looking skin by restoring its physiological function and optimizing cellular activity. Improvements are apparent even after just one treatment, but a primary course of 3 to 6 sessions done at 3 to 4 weekly intervals is often recommended in order to build up your skin’s reserves for optimal bio-revitalization which translates into longer-lasting results.
When done together with Quattro Toning Undereye which improves blood microcirculation via Picosecond Laser technology and Sygma EyeLift utilizing Ultrasound HIFU waves as an energy source for effective periorbital skin tightening, the Eye Illuminator Program definitely deserves its own star on Hollywood Beauty Walk of Fame, providing exceptional all round periorbital rejuvenation by addressing fine under-eye lines, Crow’s Feet, dark eye circles and heavy eyelids. Whether they are your best assets or otherwise, restoring aging peepers will most certainly shave years old, putting back that twinkle that somehow got lost with the passage of time.
Lesson #3: Red Lips for My Fair Lady
“There is a shade of red for every woman. On a bad day, there’s always lipstick.”— Audrey Hepburn.
The beauty-minded public has had a long love affair with red lipstick throughout time, from the royal boudoir of Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth I, to the vanity tops of Marilyn Monroe, Harlow Jean and other leading ladies from Hollywood golden era, and the everyday woman strutting down 5th Avenue today. You can’t hide in the background when you put on a red lipstick, it forces you to stand out and Hepburn got that right on par. Keep the rest of your makeup slick and subdued, pulling your hair out of your face to let the focus fall right on those striking bold puckers.While we don’t condone dressing up just for the sole purpose of attracting men, studies have shown that members from the opposite sex really do notice your small efforts, especially when it comes to red lipstick.
Lucky to have hit the genetics jackpot with a luscious pout that make you the Angelina Jolie of your tribe? Keep the accolades of praises coming by investing in regular Revitalift Lips treatments for maintenance, lending them wings to soar above the beauty hierarchy notwithstanding the passage of time. A novel injection technique that introduces naturally occurring hyaluronic acid into your lips to plump them to youthful proportions without overtly amping up their size nor volume, your all-natural beauty top dog gets the VVIP treatment needed to keep its celebrity status unchallenged, enhancing your innate X factor the au naturel way.
Lesson #4: A smile goes a long way in life
“Happy girls are the prettiest.”— Audrey Hepburn.
Audrey Hepburn was totally en pointe when she said that happy girls are the prettiest, because no visage is perfect no matter how beautiful it may be, without the sincerity of a smile from the heart. The everyday challenges we faced in life are made more bearable when we tackled them with a smile, and happiness from within gives birth to true beauty that transcends all ages.
“Aging savages the shape and balance of our facial proportions, with jowls and downturned lips from skin laxity often affecting our smiles adversely, giving you an unapproachable scowl at rest even if you are not unhappy!” Says Dr. Toby Hui, senior medical consultant SW1 Clinic (formerly with The Sloane Clinic).
To help restore facial contours and bring them back to their more youthful days, the Infinity Instalift is a “lunchtime facelift” engages a system of threadlifts with FDA-approved, 100% biodegradable 3rd generation PDO threads, specially designed for easy maneuvering in smaller targeted areas requiring treatment, creating a supporting scaffolding for weakened tissues which persists long after the disappearance of the inserted threads themselves. By lifting and repositioning skins to tighten jowls and saggy jawline, blunted facial features such as a weakened chin and cheeks are sculpted and re-defined. With a much reduced downtime and recovery period compared to a traditional surgical facelift, there’s certainly more to smile about as we channel in true high spirits Audrey Hepburn timeless poise, grace and beauty as we aged.