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Beauty Inspiration: Anna Karina

0 Posted by - June 16, 2013 - Face, Makeup
I think everybody has a particular source of beauty inspiration who has influenced their makeup choices at some point or another, but somehow, in almost 2 years of blogging, I’ve never mentioned mine. When I finally put down the brown Rimmel kohl pencil I sported throughout my teenage years, I stumbled upon the 60s style of Jean-Luc Godard’s one time muse (and wife), Anna Karina. 

Not to be confused with fictional character Anna Karenina, Anna was born Hanne Karin Bayer and is actually Danish. She started out as a model before being noticed by Godard and starring in Une Femme Est Une Femme. I think I first saw Anna in Bande à Part and the dance scene remains one of my favourite pieces of cinema. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a version of this clip online with English subtitles but you can watch it hereit also seems to have provided more than a little inspiration for Wes Anderson and Roman Copolla’s recent film for Prada Candy.

Alongside Anna’s quirky roles in the 60s, I fell in love with her makeup. Her feminine yet low-maintenance style seemed more accessible between the extremes of her contemporaries, super-groomed Audrey and bombshell Brigitte, with minimal dewy foundation, pink-peach lips and winged liner.

To recreate Anna’s ‘naturally healthy’ looking base I like to first massage few drops of Darphin’s Tangerine Aromatic Care Energising Oil* into the skin. It gives an impressive boost of radiance without leaving the skin looking or feeling greasy. The citrus scent is beautifully uplifting too. Following minimal foundation and concealer, FACE Stockholm’s bronzer in (aptly named) Marseille is perfect for adding an ‘I’ve been on the run in the South of France’ tan. It’s a particularly nice matte shade for adding colour and structure to paler skin. Anna’s blush is fairly natural and something like MAC Tenderling offers a similar sculpting flush. For lips, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 13 ‘Pink in Paris’* and Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 05 Candy Shimmer* add a wash of pink with a hint of gloss.

To replicate Anna’s winged liner I like to even out the eyelids with MAC Paint Pot in Painterly and line with Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner. A couple of coats with Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Excess Mascara* creates full volume without the need for false lashes. Most of her early 60s films are in black and white but, in Pierrot Le Fou and Anna’s (slightly dodgy French pop) ‘Roller Girl’ music video, her winged liner is sometimes paired with periwinkle blue eye shadow. Stila’s Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Periwinkle is perfect in a very thin line parallel to black liquid liner, or along the lower lash line, for a 60s inspired, but less full-on, look.

Anna’s brunette mid-length bob and full fringe in Pierrot Le Fou has also been the inspiration behind my haircut for the last few years. I’m yet to master the perfectly dishevelled finish, now sported by Karina ‘protégés’ Clemence Poesy and Charlotte Gainsbourg, without looking like I don’t own a hairbrush, but a few sprays of Oribe Dry Texturising Spray through the mid-lengths and a quick ruffle is a fairly good approximation.

If you fancy a bit of French cinema on a (potentially) rainy Sunday afternoon, I’d recommend Une Femme est Une Femme, Vivre sa vie and Bandà Part. Alternatively this wonderful interview with Anna in her 20s, about moving to France, mini golf and beginning her career.
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  • Valérie June 16, 2013 - 8:18 am Reply

    Oh I really like her makeup! Looks very pretty :)

    Valérie ♥

  • marie.vermandele June 16, 2013 - 8:42 am Reply

    I’m impressed that you know so much about french cinema :) Are you studying this topic? (I do ;) and I’m from Belgium).
    By the way, you look exactly like her!

  • Josie June 16, 2013 - 8:55 am Reply

    She is absolutely beautiful – now that you’ve mentioned her, I can see how she inspires your look (hair, winged liner etc). Such an interesting post x

  • disqus_KqkT7hjAY7 June 16, 2013 - 8:56 am Reply

    i looove french cinema! Coco before chanel is my fave!

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  • tess June 16, 2013 - 10:28 am Reply

    Lovely post. I heart Anna K big time. Can you pretty please do a tutorial video for an AK makeup look?! X

  • Ila June 16, 2013 - 12:16 pm Reply

    This is a great post and idea :) She is very gorgeous..I love the dark eyes with eyeliner and eye pencil and nude lips of the 60’s :) Would be fantastic to see a tutorial!

    Ila x

  • catherine June 16, 2013 - 12:29 pm Reply

    absolutely looove Anna Karina. her look inspires me more than anyone else from the 60’s.
    also, have you ever thought about using wax to get undone-looking hair??
    powder is great for your roots, but use a teeeny tiny bit of wax on your ends works wonders if you want disheveled hair. i don’t know if you can get this in the u.k., but kms hair play dry wax is amazing (it’s a spray on wax). xx

  • Deborah June 16, 2013 - 12:52 pm Reply

    What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing!! x

    Debbie |

  • Sarah Noelle coquetnoelle June 16, 2013 - 1:25 pm Reply

    Ahh a woman after my own heart. Sometimes I watch Pierrot Le Fou just for her :)

  • Kiara Mcrhule June 16, 2013 - 2:06 pm Reply

    I love french movies when we watch them in school but I don’t know why but I just don’t watch them at home :/ I might have to arange a movie day and watch all of your recommended movies :D

  • Lindsay June 16, 2013 - 2:52 pm Reply

    Anna Karina is a great muse to have! Une femme est une femme is one of my favorite films too

  • Madeline Murray June 16, 2013 - 3:01 pm Reply

    Loved hearing about your beauty inspiration, it is so interesting to hear. Great pic, and I can definitely see the similarities in hair/makeup between you two.

  • Meg June 16, 2013 - 3:31 pm Reply

    ah I really have to be in the mood to watch them, my French isn’t very good so it’s whenever I can concentrate on the subtitles for a couple of hours ;)

  • Meg June 16, 2013 - 3:33 pm Reply

    Ah no I’ve never studied film (and I don’t know much about cinema in general) but New Wave fascinates me :)

  • Tenneil June 16, 2013 - 4:37 pm Reply

    Not only do you have fabulous taste in beauty products, but in film as well. I’m a huge fan of Godard’s films and Anna Karina is just a ray of sunshine. I get a lot of fashion and beauty inspirations from the films I watch and the music I listen to and it’s so nice to see where others draw theirs from, especially when it’s people like Anna Karina. I probably wouldn’t look twice at a makeup look inspired by Kim Kardashian or the likes, haha. My favourite Godard film is definitely Une femme est une femme. I like to think of it as the French Breakfast At Tiffany’s. :)

  • Sofie June 16, 2013 - 8:30 pm Reply

    I think it’s so strange that she’s totally forgot here in Denmark. In fashion and makeup she’s an icon. You see pictures of her all over tumblr, but I have never ever seen her mentioned anywhere here in Denmark. It’s like no one remember her or value her.

  • Isabel Lebasi June 16, 2013 - 8:38 pm Reply

    ive never heard of her so thanks for the introduction!

    Isabel @ Walk of Fashion

  • Chelsea Henry June 16, 2013 - 10:06 pm Reply

    I could watch any Godard film 100x over and never get sick of ‘em. Anna Karina is seriously one of my #1 inspirations when it comes to beauty/style/anything. She just has that careless but put together air about her. So lovely.

  • Annie June 17, 2013 - 9:01 am Reply

    Loved this post! I love this kind of makeup look as opposed to a full face of overdone makeup like you see everywhere today. Somehow this seems more modern!

  • Lindsay @ Kale and Coriander June 17, 2013 - 1:38 pm Reply

    she has the BEST look, love her too!

  • Annick June 17, 2013 - 1:41 pm Reply

    I love Jean-Luc Godard, Breathless is my favorite of his films.

    No wonder you admire Anna Karina, you look a lot like her! Great post! It’s nice to see what your inspirations are! :)

  • Laura Neuzeth June 18, 2013 - 12:14 am Reply

    Godard films are just the best. I could watch them over and over without getting sick of them. Anna Karina is just lovely. I loved how quirky and feminine her aura was. Such a natural beauty.

  • Kristina June 18, 2013 - 2:42 am Reply

    Loved this post! Up until your post I’ve only seen one of Godard’s films (Breathless), but you’ve inspired me to see Une Femme Est Une Femme :D Thanks a bunch cause I loved it!

  • Erica June 18, 2013 - 10:14 am Reply

    She is beautiful – I love her look :)


  • Daniella June 18, 2013 - 9:40 pm Reply

    I loved Anna Karina, she is soo beautiful. I haven’t seen Bande a oart, but loved Pierrot le fou :) Loved this post, great idea
    Daniella x

  • Kate June 19, 2013 - 6:31 pm Reply

    I haven’t seen it. I’d love to watch this. I am already inspired!

  • Niaomh June 19, 2013 - 8:45 pm Reply

    The reason I love this blog is because we have so much in common, everything I love is on here! Anna Karina was also the inspiration behind my hair and makeup!

  • Charlotte July 13, 2013 - 3:39 pm Reply

    Have a good site to share. Good skincare knowledge

  • lsnobody August 2, 2013 - 8:57 am Reply

    hey girs.

    Not the same style, not the same charm

  • Philippa Wall August 2, 2013 - 9:06 am Reply

    DITTO ALL OF THIS! she is my absolute idol!

  • Rose Geldart August 11, 2013 - 5:45 pm Reply

    even more tempting to try a fringe cut now!!

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