Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Audrey Hepburn in 'Sabrina'

A couple of months ago, we were invited to a 40th birthday party for our neighbour. The theme was to dress as a movie star, or film character, when I heard I automatically knew I was going to go as Audrey Hepburn. I already had a pattern for the LBD she wore in the 1954 film 'Sabrina', so I decided to go with that.

I made the dress from some black satin fabric, from 1st For Fabrics (of course), using a pattern from 'Famous Frocks- The Little Black Dress' by Dolin Bliss O'Shea, which I reviewed at the start of my blog here. I did have quite a few issues whilst making the dress, but I mostly blame myself for not reading the instructions properly and opting to make it up as I went along instead, whoops. Disclaimer, the reason my legs are a weird colour is because I wore skin toned tights, so as to protect my modesty if I twirled around on the dancefloor, sadly they don't do skintone tights in 'snowman'. My Grandma lent me the clutch bag, as she knew it'd go well with my outfit and it was just the right size for carrying my lipstick, concealer and phone in. The shoes were from Outfit last year, and are the ones I wore to my year eleven prom. 

I am not very skilled at makeup, I think the height of my makeup abilities is a smoky eye, but I thought I would still share my process for this look, incase anyone is interested. For my base, I used Revlon Photoready foundation in the shade 002- vanilla. I then covered my spots and blemishes using the Soap and Glory Kickass concealer in the shade 'light', using the Ecotools foundation brush. I hate using a brush for foundation, because it always leaves me with brush marks on my face, but I love this brush for blending concealer in. As I'm not the best at makeup, I only ever shape my brows, but Audrey had quite dark eyebrows, so I filled mine in using an eyeshadow brush and the darkest shade from the Bourjois smoky eyes palette in 01- gris dandy. I know, I know, my technical abilities aren't great when it comes to makeup. I then used my Bourjois blusher in shade 34 Rose d'Or, with an Ecotools blusher brush, to add some colour to my face. 
For my eyes, I used the Bourjois Intense Smoky palette in 61- Rose Twiste, to create a nudey pink smoky eye effect. In terms of eyeliner, I love the Soap and Glory Supercat pen, it's easy to apply and lasts all day- as well as being really affordable. I lined my eyelid and added a small flick, like Audrey used to. I then finished the look off with my eyelash curlers, Rimmel Scandaleyes XXtreme mascara and a deep red lipstick, which my mum lent to me. 

The most difficult part of this look was definitely the hair. Audrey had very short hair, and my hair is almost to my waist when straightened, so it took a lot of pinning up. I just twisted sections of my hair into spirals and secured them at the back of my hair using bobbypins, and a hell of a lot of hairspray. The party was really fun, even though the DJ didn't play the ChaCha slide, or the Macarena, which I personally think is a scandal. I'm not sure when I'll wear this dress again, it seems too dressy to wear casually, but will come in handy if I get invited to any weddings or even just for Christmas. 

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x


  1. Great outfit - you've definitely got the Audrey vibe going on :P
    You're very talented to have made it yourself!! I'm sure there will be another occasion for it :)

    The Everyday Life of Rachel

    1. Thank you so much! :) I'm sure there will be more occasions to wear it, even if it means I end up looking slightly over-dressed.

      Holly Olivia x


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