Beauty Icon: Catherine Deneuve in "The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg"

Oh-so-sweet and adorably innocent.
Publish date:
September 17, 2013

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of my favorite quirkier French films. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a 1964 musical, staring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. It revolves around a depressing plot of two teens in love and the things that keep them apart.

Although it’s technically a musical, no one actually bursts into song. The entire movie is a musical conversation, operatic in its sing-song of emotion. The first time I watched it, I didn’t quite “get it,” but these days I cry like a baby every time I see it. The music is really lovely, especially the love theme, and I’m in awe of the adorable style from Catherine Deneuve. I thought it’d be nice to recreate her simple look from the film. It’s oh-so-sweet and adorably innocent.

I started out with a quick version of my That Girl hair, which consists of blow-drying (if you just showered), curling the ends, flipping your hair forward, teasing the crown area and flipping it back. Overall, I didn’t get too tease-crazy since, as much as I love big hair, Catherine Deneuve’s hair was not exactly a bouffant. It did have some subtle volume though. Don’t worry if it’s not a perfect flip since her hair has a very natural, almost wind-swept, look to it.

When it comes to makeup, I try to start the day with a tutorial and then go about my business. Today I had my normal, everyday makeup and had to use a facial wipe to start over. I only mention since my eyelashes are not normally this curly sans mascara, even with a curler.

I start by covering all my bases in day-to-day makeup.

Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer With SPF 15

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Skin Perfector with SPF 30

Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation in Classic Ivory

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Fair

Different than usual, I even added a little powder to my lips for a clean palette. My fuchsia lips are a far cry from the demure look of Catherine Deneuve.

Her makeup in the film is so incredibly sweet, it’s as if she woke up with naturally pink lips and soft, rosy cheeks. Her eyebrows are natural, but thin, a very neat line with a small arch. I tried my best to comb my eyebrows downward and then straighter than usual.

Next, I took a brush and added some pink to my cheeks from a Make Up For Ever Tres Vichy palette... which now that I’m looking up, is apparently an eye shadow and is also out of stock (Sorry!). Either way, I like that it’s a very pigmented with a slight shimmer, but it also looks relatively natural.

I used a white pencil to line the inner corners of my eyes and put a very light layer of pink eye shadow from the Pop Beauty Pretty Punk eye shadow palette. I used a q-tip to blend the color into the top of my eyelid.

Next, I used Soft Smudge Black Eyeliner by Estee Lauder to line the bottom of my eyes. I lined them very lightly starting outward and stopping at the center.

Now comes the cat-eye! I took my L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Top Liquid Liner (my favorite liquid liner!) and created a small cat-eye by starting a tinysection away from the inner corner of my eye. This brings the focus outward and makes my eyes look wider.

Catherine Deneuve’s sweeping cat-eye is very specific so I created the initial thin line and then went in for the sweep. It’s small, but very upturned. I added Great Lash by Maybelline after I was done.

Her eyes also have a very slight sheen so I thought of adding Vaseline, but I didn’t have any in the house so I used some clear gloss from Medusa’s Makeup. I just added a few dabs.

Her lips look naturally pink, but glossy so I used pink NYX Lip Liner to go over my lips. Then I used Maybelline Baby Lips for some sheen and a tad of clear gloss from Maybelline Shine Sensation. I used this clear gloss since it’s thicker and doesn’t dry out like the other one.

Time for the trickiest part! Attempting to style my bangs back to create this short half-up do. I want them to stay in place without blasting them with a crunchy amount of hairspray. I used a fine-tooth comb to tease my bangs upward so the hairspray had something to hold onto. Then I sprayed a decent amount of hairspray and bushed backward to avoid crunchiness.

I pulled my hair back and created a tiny half pony tail that I tried to keep towards the front of my hair line.

Finally I added a little bow and a few key pieces.

I definitely felt very youthful and French. Ooh la la!

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