Amélie came out when I was 11, and I remember watching it with a middle school friend after her cool mom rented it for us and shut us in the basement for a few hours while she cleaned their house.
At first we were all, “Ugh, subtitles? C’mon, this isn’t school!” But then we were both quickly hushed into awe by the film’s loveliness. I’ve watched it countless times since, and after each viewing, I’m left with similar high spirits and a sense of whimsy.
Amélie is about overcoming your past--in the protagonist’s case, a sad and lonely childhood--and overcoming whatever anxieties or grudges may plague you now to better yourself by helping others. Amélie’s mission of good deeds is heartwarming and inspiring.
The film’s titular character, Amélie, has a highly identifiable look. One might almost call it iconic. With her flippy and angular short bob, she’s surely accompanied many brave and quirky women to hair salons across the world.
I imagine this costume would be ideal should you be anticipating running into your adorable and bookish crush at a Halloween party. I’m assuming y’all only crush on cute, hipster smarties who appreciate films like Amélie.
The look is really quite simple. The most important, and most iconic, part is the hair. Remember that time I got you drunk and convinced you to cut your hair into a chic little bob with baby bangs? You can thank me now!
I used a large round brush to blowdry my hair, focusing on flipping the ends outwards. Try to avoid working any smoothing serum into your ends like you usually do, because that’ll weigh it down too much.
Then, after blowdrying, I used a flatiron to define the flips a bit more, as well as to smooth everything out. Try and hold the straightener so the flips move towards your face rather than away from it.
Spray everything with a combination spray and texturizer, like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Volume and Texture Spray. Work some of it into your cute bangs to piece them up a bit.
For makeup, we’re gonna keep things low maintenance.
Audrey Tautou has huge, gorgeous doe eyes, but the makeup in Amélie is super-simple, so I used a light beige from e.l.f.’s Little Black Beauty Book Palette all over my lids and then worked a small, faint amount of navy blue into my crease.
Finish off the look by coloring in your brows a bit thick with some dark brown shadow and top it all off with a soft red lip, like Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Adore.
Amélie wears cute dresses in reds or greens. Complete the look with perhaps a small apron, or carry a garden gnome. A variety of props from the movie can siginify your character to all those in the know.
And if anyone doesn’t get it, just be like, “Ugh, what? You don’t speak French? Get out of here!” JK, don’t be that way. Just explain who you are and maybe invite them over to watch your favorite movie with you! This could be the beginning of something amazing. Life is truly full of whimsy.
Or, maybe just pin your hair back and pose with a spoon like that super cute scene from the movie.
Is there anything more fun than cracking the top of a crème brulee?