The 10 Best Beauty Looks From Classic Twilight Zone Episodes

Some of the most beautiful makeup and hair in the history of TV was presented in the context of some seriously weird stuff.
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October 14, 2013
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If there is one show I will gladly watch in marathon form, it's classic Twilight Zone. (OK, it's also Law & Order: SVU, but we'll talk about that some other time.)

Twice a year, New Year's and July 4th, SyFy runs episode after episode from the original five seasons (1959 - 1964), all day and night, and I get sucked in every time--except for that one time a couple years ago when they ran a Greatest American Hero marathon on July 4th and Twilight Zone fans revolted.

I've been thinking about doing this list of my favorite Twilight Zone beauty looks for a while, but I just don't want to wait until the next marathon for a timely excuse. October is as good a month as any to talk about beauty in a creepy context, amirite?

INGER STEVENS AS NAN ADAMS IN "THE HITCH-HIKER"

Poor Nan. She's just trying to drive from New York to L.A., but there's a plain-yet-sinister man showing up around every turn.

He's probably just trying to get a closer look at her fully-lined eyes, lush lashes--top and bottom--and totally chic fabric headband holding back her thick coif of curls. Yeah, that's definitely why. (It's so not why.)

SUSAN OLIVER AS TEENYA IN "PEOPLE ARE ALIKE ALL OVER"

Teenya lives on Mars, where it's cool to slick back the sides of your long hair into a faux mullet.

What I really love about her look, though, is her creative cat eye. It flicks not from the end of her eye, but from about two-thirds out. There's lighter-handed liner all the way to the end of the eye, as well as underneath, flicking up a little there, too.

I'm totally going to start wearing my eyeliner like a Martian.

SUSAN HARRISON AS THE BALLERINA IN "FIVE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN EXIT"

Honestly? Hate this one. It's like an episode of The Real World set in a costume party in a barrel. Super-annoying.

What's not annoying is Susan Harrison's epic beauty. Her brows have a practically indescribable shape, almost echoing her dramatic, dark eyeliner. If her lipstick were any darker, it would be a sin--nothing should distract from the drama happening in the upper part of her face.

Also? That bejeweled headband is magical, but I'm struggling to think of a place to wear it other than the bottom of a Christmas toy collection bin.

ANNE FRANCIS AS MARSHA WHITE IN "THE AFTER HOURS"

As much as I dislike "Five Characters In Search Of An Exit," that's how much I adore "The After Hours." Definitely a top-three Twilight Zone episode for me, and definitely due in part to Anne Francis's adorableness.

Her bangs are brushed to one side, and her hair is tightly pulled back, allowing her button nose, thin cat-eye flick and super-curled false lashes to really stand out. Oh, how I wish I knew what medium-toned lipstick color she was wearing!

ANNE FRANCIS AS JESS-BELLE in "JESS-BELLE"

Anne Francis is back, and this time, she's wearing her best Zooey Deschanel wig!

Honestly, the main reason I'm including Ms. Francis on this list twice is because leaving her off of my celebrity mole list was a huge oversight.

NANCY MALONE AS MILLIE FRAZIER IN "STOPOVER IN A QUIET TOWN"

I've always been impressed that Millie woke up from a "hangover" looking this freakin' cute.

I love her darker-than-her-hair brows, apparent freckles, nude lips and hint of eyeshadow shading in the crease. Too bad she'll never get to touch up her makeup again.

Side note: You haven't really watched this episode until you've done it while Paul F. Tompkins live-tweets it.

ANN BLYTH AS PAMELA MORRIS IN "QUEEN OF THE NILE"

I think I love this look so much because it reminds me of my grandmother: the voluminous helmet hair, the dramatic, drawn-on brows, the extreme eyeliner and lashes.

Perhaps the best part of this episode is that is includes an anti-aging tip: a beetle that sucks the life out of other people and gives you their youth. Expensive, but worth it.

BONNIE BEECHER AS MARY RACHEL IN "COME WANDER WITH ME"

I've somehow never seen this episode of The Twilight Zone, but a friend alerted me to the pretty song in it that gives the episode its name.

I was taken aback by a Twilight Zone rarity: a woman wearing her long hair down. So pretty.

Although she's clearly wearing makeup, her lipstick appears to be a nude tone, and I'd have to guess that her eyeliner is brown, not black.

DONNA DOUGLAS AS THE UN-BANDAGED JANET TYLER IN "THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER"

Written by Rod Serling himself, "The Eye of the Beholder" is The Twilight Zone's most famous commentary on beauty and conformity. Even if you haven't seen it, you've probably heard of the plot or seen the melting-pig-face doctors and nurses who represent this alternate universe's beauty ideal.

So, of course, the protagonist, whose 11th treatment in an effort to look normal has failed, would look very much like the woman who many feel was the most beautiful of the time, Marilyn Monroe.

JEAN MARSH AS ALICIA IN "THE LONELY"

Jean Marsh gets double points for not only having her hair down, but for looking amazing while crying. Those sad yet bold eyebrows, that not-even-close-to-smudging eyeliner!

Jean, what's your secret?

Never mind.

Are you a Twilight Zone fanatic like I am? What's your favorite beauty look from the original series?