Pretty From the Past: Get Penelope Tree's Look

Recreate Penelope Tree's slick 60s hair, mod eyes and ghostly lips.

May 27, 2011 at 2:02pm | Leave a comment

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The Backstory

Penelope Tree, a model who shook up the 60s as the counterpart to Twiggy, is my subject for this installment of Pretty from the Past. While I don't find Tree to be the most conventionally beautiful woman, there is something so captivating about her look that I can't help but be drawn to her. Her face is almost ghostly, and her long legs and branch-like eyelashes perfectly fit with her surname. She's a spooky kind of girl and that's probably why a shot of her is currently my cell phone's wallpaper.

Tree was frequently photographed by famed photographers such as Richard Avedon and David Bailey, a former boyfriend who described her as "an Egyptian Jimminy Cricket." Though she retired from modeling at 22, she continues to wear the same swinging sixties' hairstyle and now works with Lotus Outreach, a charity that helps young women and their families in Cambodia to provide them with a means to go to school. In my books, there's no denying that Penelope Tree was and still is an inspiring lady.

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How I Got The Look

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Slick Sixties Hair

To turn my naturally frizzed-out and wavy hair into Tree's sleek and straight style, I started by spritzing sections with Redken's Iron Silk ($15.95, folica.com), a smoothing and heat-protecting spray, and then straightening with my ceramic hot-iron until everything was smoothed out and pin-straight.

Mod "Tree-Branch" Eyes

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This eye make-up look requires patience and a steady hand. I started by applying a base of Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-In-Place ShadowCreme in Ivory Lace ($17.50, esteelauder.com) with my fingers. Next, I used Maybelline's EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black ($9.99, ulta.com) and the included brush to sketch out the graphic design.

Holding the eyelid taut at all times, I started on the inner corner and began to trace up and above the crease, then down again to the outer edge with a bit of a flip at the corner. Next I lined the upper lash line, again with a bit of a cat-eye flip at the corner. Then I began to line the bottom lash, and then very lightly drew exaggerated eyelashes that swooped down and out to finish the Tree-like look.

Lastly I covered my lashes in three coats of Dior's DiorShow Iconic Mascara in Extreme Black ($28, sephora.com).

Finishing Touches

To give my cheeks a sculpted look similar to Penelope's, I used the peachy shade of Stila's Convertible Color in Lillium ($25, stilacosmetics.com) along my cheekbones.

And for ghostly mod lips I chose Revlon's Matte Lipstick in Nude Attitude ($7.99, drugstore.com) to finish off the look.