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How To: Get The (Romeo +) Juliet Look

This week sees the release of another adaptation of William Shakespeare’s most tragic love story, Romeo And Juliet. BBx contributing writer Natalie Peck takes a look back at how the famous heroine has changed on-screen and tells you how to achieve the look yourself. Now – wherefore art thou, Romeo?

Romeo & Juliet: Hailee Steinfeld

Romeo And Juliet (2013) dir. Carlo Carlei

Oscar-nominated Hailee Steinfeld plays Juliet opposite heartthrob of the moment, Douglas Booth in the latest incarnation of Shakespeare’s famous play. Set in Renaissance Verona, the look of the film is very traditional, with a youthful edge. Here, the Juliet look is all about the brows and bronzer, matched with floaty gowns and long, loose curls.

Hailee is blessed with full brows so if you’re lacking in that department, enhance yours with a brow powder or pencil. The Studiomakeup Brow Perfection Pencils are great and come in a range of colours to match every hair tone. Remember to use light strokes for a natural finish. Try applying Bourjois Bronzing Primer under your foundation, particularly on the cheekbones, temples and bridge of the nose for Juliet’s soft, sun-kissed complexion. Finally, a slick of balm will perk up your lips without adding too much colour.

Romeo + Juliet: Claire Danes

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) dir. Baz Luhrmann

Who could forget the film that resurrected our favourite doomed lovers for a teen audience? Baz Luhrmann’s whirling carnival debuted Leonardo DiCaprio as a romantic lead and left us all wishing we could pull off angel wings on a daily basis.

Claire Danes was the perfect Juliet with enviably shiny hair and skin that glows. The key to her look is a pinky-brown nude lip – ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick Trio in Naturals is perfect for recreating this homage to the 90s. All you need to finish the look is a sweep of dewy highlighter. Champagne colours are great for all skin tones – try theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer for a beautiful sheen. And, of course, a halo braid.

Romeo & Juliet: Olivia Hussey

Romeo And Juliet (1968) dir. Franco Zeffirelli

You might remember this award-winning version from the ’60s, starring another Leo – Leonard Whiting – and the beautiful Olivia Hussey, who was only 15 when the film was shot. Olivia’s Juliet has a peaches-and-cream complexion, and it’s all about the lashes. Try the peachy blush from the Sleek By 3 Palette in Lace and load up your eyelashes with a good, clump-free mascara. The Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24Hr Mascara is great for giving your lashes a natural curl and does not budge until you want it to. Hailee Steinfeld definitely took a few tips from Olivia’s look for her own Juliet, with groomed, natural brows and a fresh face.

West Side Story: Natalie Wood

West Side Story (1961) dir. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins

We all know one or two tunes from this classic musical (“I feel pretty!”) showcased the late Natalie Wood as Maria, New York City’s answer to Juliet Montague. Set in the West Side of 1957, Tony (Richard Beymer) must woo his lady love amidst gang tension between the Jets and the Sharks.

Maria’s look is all about big smoky eyes. Go in with a darker grey-brown shadow across the entire lid and finish off with winged-out eyeliner and lots of mascara. A gel pot is great if you have a steady hand but, if not, channel Alexa Chung with the Skinny Liquid Eyeliner pen from Eyeko. You’ll be singing from balconies in no time!

– Natalie P