Top 10 most iconic beauty looks

The 10 most iconic beauty looks

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Want to reinvent your look? Rebecca McCosh counts down 10 ways to do it in style.

After a particularly messy break up (he was a no good, cheating scumbag if you must know) I thought the best way to bounce back would be to ditch the dark brown tresses (boring, safe, dull) and reinvent myself as a blonde bombshell (fresh, fierce, vivacious). And of course, determined to feel empowered, I decided to take matters into my own hands so opted for a home-dye kit. Sadly the transition from brunette to sun-kissed honey locks didn’t run smoothly and the result was anything but attractive (patchy, orange, frazzled).

It’s natural to want to reinvent yourself after a break up. That’s why 15 per cent of us change our look, according to a new study of 2,000 women by Superdrug. But it turns out I could have saved myself a lot of hassle by just buying a new lipstick. According to the research, a slick of red lipstick is the most iconic beauty look of all time and the quickest and easiest way to transform your appearance.

So if you’ve just been dumped and you feel like experimenting with a new look, keep it simple. Check out the 10 most iconic beauty looks of all time and don’t make the same mistake I did.


10. Glossy lips

Add a subtle highlight to your pout without looking too ‘done’.


9. Smudged kohl liner


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From Princess Di to Debbie Harry, smudged kohl liner gives a sultry edge to your look. 


8. The Bob


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The bob is apparently the most tried and tested of all ladies haircuts, sported by 56 per cent of us at one time. From the Flapper Girls of the 1920s to the Mods of the 1960s, this sharp look endures.


7. Beehive hairdo


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Did you know, many women in the 1960s would collect their hair after having it cut, bundle it into old tights and use it to pad out their beehives? Icky but effective.


6. Long wavy curls

Elle MacPherson makes those beach waves look effortless. Sea deprived inner city beauty fans can recreate the look using a spritz of salt spray and a simple scrunching action.


5. Natural looking make up

Forget Kim K's contouring, less is more, so take a leaf out of Jennifer Aniston's beauty book and focus on glowing, dewy skin.


4. French manicures


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Perfectly polished French manicures are a timeless classic. If you're not sure where to head to get the look, check out our roundup of Edinburgh's best nail bars.


3. Winged eyeliner


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It’s trickier than it looks but after hours of practice, countless wiggly, asymmetric attempts and potentially blinding near-misses, you should be able to rival Taylor Swift’s feline flicks.


2. Smoky eyes


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It's a fine line between looking smouldering and looking like you've just been punched. Don't overload your brush and make sure you blend to avoid the panda look.


1. Red lipstick


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A bold red lip has been the calling card of countless iconic beauties over the years, from Marilyn Monroe to Scarlett Johansson. The secret is to line the lips, fill them in then blot to remove excess.


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