Get the Look: Our Favorite Movie Characters

For every Oscar-worthy acting performance, there’s an equally memorable beauty look. (And cringe-worthy, but we’ll save that for another story.) Take a stroll with us back in time through some of our favorite film roles and their signature styles.

Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) in The Philadelphia Story (1940)

  • Pastory In thrall to Hepburn’s wealthy, witty socialite character: her charming ex-husband, played by Cary Grant, and an eager tabloid reporter, played by Jimmy Stewart. What does it take to make two of the greatest leading men of the 20th century fall in love with you? Killer cheekbones and immaculately coiffed pin curls. Follow this step-by-step video tutorial to mimic Hepburn’s classic 1940s locks. While your hair sets, grab a matte bronzer like this one from CARGO, make a fish face, and lightly brush the bronzer into the hollows of your cheeks. Apply highlighter (try theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer) to the very tops of your cheekbones, and make sure you blend. For more info on contouring like a celebrity, reference this handy tip sheet.

Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) in The Graduate (1967)

  • graduate The character that launched a thousand male fantasies (and a killer Simon and Garfunkel song) still stands as a beacon of glamour 46 years later. Although we might take issue with her tactics of seduction, we can’t argue with her major eyeliner, big hair, and over-the-top confidence. Boost volume with a thickening spray like this one from Ojon, and follow our Six Volumizing Tricks for Thin Hair. If you’re pressed for time, Serge Normant’s technique will give you Bancroft’s root lift in a flash. Then, apply black liner across your top lashes (don’t skimp!), flicking up at the outer corner for a come-hither stare. As for Mrs. Robinson’s confidence, there are some things you just can’t teach.

Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

  • ferris Most every woman who’s seen this classic flick has wanted to be Sloane Peterson at some point in her life. As lovable troublemaker Bueller’s better half, she had the sexy girl-next-door style on lockdown. To steal her laid-back look, use a mousse like TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray on your roots, then blow-dry. Note: This isn’t the mousse of yesteryear—it will give you soft hold and volume without the crunch. Apply a peachy blush like theBalm® cosmetics Hot Mama to the apples of your cheeks for a flushed glow, and finish with a sheer lip gloss such as Chantecaille's for an easy, natural look.

Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) in The Artist (2011)

  • artist Peppy’s roaring '20s hairstyles in 2012’s Oscar winner for Best Picture and Costume Design made us want to throw on a flapper dress and learn the Charleston. We’ll settle for mastering her finger waves. Follow our step-by-step tutorial here to recreate the look. As for her signature beauty mark? Like the story’s hero, George Valentin, tells our girl, “If you want to be an actress, you need to have something the others don’t.” Use a kohl eyeliner like this one from Noir to lightly twist on a perfectly placed mole above your lip.

Photos: MGM (The Philadelphia Story); United Artists (The Graduate); Paramount Pictures (Ferris Bueller's Day Off); The Weinstein Company (The Artist)

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