Inspiration: Catherine Deneuve in the Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Instead of focusing on just modern day fashion icons, I thought it would be interesting to feature a past icon in a single photograph. In this post, I’ve tried to capture the feel of this famous photograph of Catherine Deneuve in the Umbrellas of Cherbourg. I recently watched the movie for the first time and was struck by how simple, classic, and chic all of the clothes and makeup looks were in the movie. I think they epitomize French sophistication and especially loved this one shot.

Get the look:


Catherine as Genevieve in the movie wears a classic, neutral makeup look. She defines her eyes with black liner that is slightly winged out and in this picture, is ever so slightly smudged. Her lips are a pale pink-nude and so are her cheeks.

Step 1: Apply a primer/base to the whole lid.

Step 2: Using black pencil liner, draw a thin line close to the lash line and gently make it thicker towards the end. Wing the line out slightly. Pretend you are trying to extend the wing all the way to the end of your eyebrow. Use this angle so that it is slightly upturned.

Step 3: Take a Q-tip and gently run it along the line to smudge it just a little bit.

Step 4: Apply 2-3 coats of black mascara. Apply more towards the ends of your lashes to enhance the cat eye that you’ve created with the liner.

Step 5: Sweep pale pink blush onto the apples of your cheeks.

Step 6: Swipe on pale pinky nude lipstick.


Try a classic half-up half-down.

Step 1: Brush hair out so that it’s sleek and smooth.

Step 2: Take the top section of hair from above your ears and pull it back like you would a ponytail. You can also part hair to the side to do this.

Step 3: Secure with a large clip or bow clip for the look above. Don’t worry about making it perfect, in the picture, Catherine’s hair is loose. The look is supposed to be a bit loose so it looks almost effortless.

Get the Look: Key Pieces

Miss sixty coat
$59 –

M·A·C Cosmetics | Lipstick in Crème Cup
36 AUD –

What do you think? Do you look to old hollywood for inspiration? Comment below!


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