How to Recreate This Classic 1940’s Glam Look

Flawless, Hollywood waves will never go out of style, and celebrities love to turn to this sideswept beauty trend time and time again for the red carpet. It’s an eye-catching way to show off a pair of statement earrings, to add instant flair to a simple outfit, or to accentuate a more dramatic ensemble, like a one-shoulder gown. Not to mention that a deep side part has the ability to highlight the eyes and emphasize the cheekbones.

The easiest way to breeze your way through this old-school inspired, Hollywood glam look is by parting hair deeply to one side first, followed by lightly misting your hair allover with a flexible hairspray, like our cult classic L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray. Our legendary formula is a go-to for many celebrity hairstylists for red carpets and photo shoots because the nozzle delivers a workable, airy mist instead of a choking cloud of spray, plus it leaves behind a noticeable shine. This initial spritz will help your hair hold any curl that’s coming next without making it feel stiff.

If you’ve got hair that’s notorious for refusing to hold a curl (hello: fine, limp hair), start from scratch with damp hair and apply a foundation product such as L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Blowdry Heat Protective Primer, followed by blow-drying your hair straight with a large brush. It's important to create a good base that can maintain the hairstyle so that it lasts all day or night.

Once you have dry, smooth hair to work with (don’t forget that light mist of L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray), use a brush to comb through the hairspray, then, working with one- to two-inch sections of the hair, wrap hair around a large-barrel curling iron starting midway down the strand. When you’ve curled your entire head, brush through the curls to create a looser style like Amber Heard’s, and spray the finished look with a final mist of L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray for a locked-in Hollywood glam ’do.

Next up for channelling this classic beauty look: a flawless smoky eye and vibrant red lipstick. Start your makeup by creating glowing skin with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation. If you're less than blessed in the eyebrow department and frustratingly dealing with sparse arches, move on to filling in and defining your brows with L'Oréal Paris Brow Artist Shaper.

Once you’ve framed your face, reach for L'Oréal Paris La Petite Palette Eyeshadow in Fetishist. This five-colour eyeshadow palette, which includes four everyday-worthy hues and one statement shade, has all the basics you’ll need for creating the most flawless smoky eye. Plus, its compact size can easily fit in your purse for on-the-go makeup touch-ups if needed. For a smoldering eye done right, start by contouring the outer lid with one of the medium shades, and proceed to deepen the contour with a darker colour to your desired intensity. Press this same shadow colour into the inner rim for more impact. Next, sweep one of the lighter shimmery tones across the lid, smudging it into the lower lashline.

Now that your colour is in place, adding eyeliner to define your eye is a must for smoky eye perfection. We recommend applying L'Oréal Paris Infallible Super Slim Eyeliner along your top lashline, keeping it as close to your lashes as possible.

Did you know that L'Oréal Paris La Petite Palette Eyeshadow in Fetishist can also play double agent as your eyeliner? Simply dip a damp, fine-pointed makeup brush in one of the darkest shades, and sweep it across your upper lashline to mimic eyeliner. Finish off the classic look with a few good coats of L'Oréal Paris Mascara Voluminous Lash Paradise.

Last, but certainly not least, let your gorgeous pout glow and take centre stage with full red lips. For a similar lipstick to Heard’s, look for a full-bodied crimson, like L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip in Matte-ly in Love, and use a lip liner before reaching for your rouge to help the lipstick last longer. Lining lips will also help you avoid any feathering or smudging.

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