Over the holidays, le Monsieur and I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as he’d never seen it. There are a lot of problematic elements* (not the least of which the staggering racism in the portrayal of the Mr. Yunioshi character) but visually it’s a treat, especially the costuming.
(Holly’s) Audrey’s Iconic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Lip Color
Of course, when the words “iconic” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” are used together, we tend to think of Audrey Hepburn’s black dress (by Hubert de Givenchy), big sunglasses and ropes of pearls as she gazes into the windows at Tiffany’s while nibbling a sweet roll. But I also think of that moment in the cab, where she says “a girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick.” And then she perfectly applies the loveliest peachy pink shade from a gold tube.
There’s been much speculation over the years about what brand and color that lipstick was. Many have claimed it’s Revlon “Pink in the Afternoon,” although that lipstick color wasn’t introduced until 1983, and is more pink than the color in the film.
My friend Brian is a professional makeup artist and has done makeup for celebrities on the red carpet, as well as commercial shoots. He says that the color she applies was probably formulated especially for the movie and the specific lighting. It would have to be extra-pigmented to show up well on camera. (So much so, that it would probably look a little freakish in natural light.)
But it’s a pretty color, and if you’re looking for a natural “barely there” color that’s a little more vibrant than a nude, here are a few shades to consider:
For Warm Skin Tones
- Revlon “Pink in the Afternoon.” As mentioned, it’s a little more pink/coral than Holly’s shade.
- Brian + MW Sheer Moisture Lipstick in Passego Puro. I’ve been wearing this one a lot lately. It’s pretty, but subtle.
- Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick in “Molly.” Jane Iredale cosmetics are vegan, and a “clean beauty” brand.
- Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in “Bitch Perfect.” Another cruelty-free brand, and a nice satin formula that stays on.
- Burberry Beauty Kisses Lipstick in “Golden Peach.” I have not tried this one myself, but a friend raves about the formula.
Try These For Cool Skin Tones
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Blushed.”
- Brian + MW Sheer Moisture Lipstick in “Emaveepee” (looks darker in the tube than on lips)
- Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick in “Tania.”
- Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in “Blushing Dream.”
- Chantecaille Lip Chic in “Bourbon Rose.”
Have you ever been inspired to try a character’s “look” from a movie?
*Truman Capote, who wrote the novella the movie was adapted from, reportedly hated the casting of Audrey Hepburn as Holly. He’d wanted Marilyn Monroe for the part.