'Girls' Beauty: 4 Looks You'll Probably Like More Than The Characters Who Inspired Them

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I've typed "girls" so many times, it's starting to look weird.

The only show I keep up with is Girls. I love it. I think it’s relatable and hilarious, but I also probably really like it because I’m at this sad point in my life where I don’t have a lot of real-life girlfriends and I’m living vicariously through the women of TV dramas and daytime talk shows. (Who are those ladies who drink wine in the morning? They’re my heroes.)

I like that all the characters are distinctly unlikable, and the show embraces that. Humans are total asshats. They’re the worst friends ever--I love it. All my favorite shows are about not-so-good people. (I’m still mourning the loss of Bored to Death.)

They do have their moments, though. Like Hannah and Jessa in the bathtub together after she leaves her husband. Or Shoshanna letting Marnie crash on her sofa for, like, an entire season. Or Marnie hooking Jessa up with an appointment at the abortion clinic. (Though, of course, Jessa didn’t show up. Classic Jessa.)


They ARE ridiculously good-looking, though. One of the first careers I ever wanted (and still do) was to be a stylist for movies and TV shows. I think it’s neat to see how wardrobes, styling, makeup, and hair all come together to augment the character written in the script.

While I think the Girls wardrobes aren’t always entirely… umm.. accurate (pretty sure Marnie was wearing MCQUEEN last season just a few episodes after losing her job), I think their individual makeup and hair looks help provide us with further insight into each character.

The girls have pretty simple individual beauty routines, but each of their personalities can inspire a unique look. Let’s take some inspiration from them, shall we?

Hannah Horvath

Same, girl.

Same, girl.

I love the direction they’ve taken Hannah in this season, tossing her fully into delusional, quarter-life faux crisis-fueled, selfish mode. It’s like she took “You do you” a few steps too far and ended up veering slightly into the sociopathic lane by mistake. I also think the show is written with a keen awareness of the main character’s flaws--something Sex and The City never totally grasped. 

Hannah’s beauty routine is simple. She’s not messing around with cat eyes, contouring or any of that. Girl’s good to go with some mascara and a swipe of Chapstick. I feel like she knows enough to maybe fluff some eyeshadow onto her lids, but not much beyond that. Hannah’s writing humorous personal essays, not beauty tutorials.

For a Hannah-inspired look, I went with a bare face and a light dusting of blush. I used MAKE Matte Finish Blush in Ochre, a natural coral shade.

Then I brushed a light amount of L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow Singles in Brushed Suede on my lid and finished with mascara.

I think I just feel how everyone feels, which is that I have 3 or 4 really great folk albums in me.

I think I just feel how everyone feels, which is that I have 3 or 4 really great folk albums in me.

I pulled my hair back haphazardly and pushed my bangs back with a quirky clip.

Jessa Johansson


Jessa’s the girl that all my friends are like “Gaahhh, she’s so cool! I want to be her! She’s which Girl I am!” And I’m like, first of all, no one’s actually a Jessa. And second of all, no you’re not. You shop at the Gap.

I’m really curious to see where her character goes this season. I’m rather disappointed in the way they’ve handled her drug issues so far, but I’m holding out hope, y’all. She’s such an extreme escapist, which is something I can relate to. Remind me to tell y’all about the time I got all the way from Baltimore to San Francisco before I realized I was the problem, and not anything actually around me.

Back to Jessa. Even though her wardrobe is an elaborate and enviable collection of vintage kimonos, sheer harem pants and a collection of jingly-jangly jewelry that rivals our own Danielle’s, Jessa’s makeup is typically pretty simple. If I had to match my own personal daily face look to one of the girls, it’d be her. She’s really not wearing bold makeup usually, but if anything, it’s a dark red lipstick.

I mixed some Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow with moisturizer for a bit of light coverage. I brushed a light amount of bronzer onto my cheeks for a bit of glow, and then layered Makeup Forever Aqua Rouge in Burgundy over Revlon Matte Balm Stain in Shameless for a color that had intensity and depth.


I wish I had long, beautiful hair like Jessa but, alas, I don’t right now. (I’m religiously taking my vitamins, though, and pleading nightly to my roots, “Grow! Grow!”) Instead, I left my hair down, and braided a few teeny, tiny braids into it.

Marnie Michaels


Alison Williams’s face makes zero sense to me. It is pretty in the way I didn’t know people could be pretty. It’s scary, and I want to look at it forever. I mean, I don’t know what the world was thinking when they let Brian Williams reproduce. Those eyes…

Anyway, Marnie is very polished and stylish in an Ann Taylor-y sort of way, but, like the other girls, she’s been a big mess as of late. She manages to always look clean and put together, though.

For a Marnie look, I used L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup, for a natural but matte finish. I just got my hands on this stuff, and I’m not ready to declare myself a fan yet. You’re supposed to use your hands to apply it, and I’m not super comfortable with that, but I do like the finish it gives. I’ve been applying it with my hands, but then finishing up with a clean foundation brush just to make sure everything’s all blended in.

I used CoverGirl Classic Color blush in Soft Mink, a color I’ve been buying since high school, y’all. It’s pretty. 

I swept a thin line of Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black across my upper lash line and went over my lashes with Benefit They’re Real.

That Belle & Sebastian poster... I’m SUCH a Hannah.

That Belle & Sebastian poster... I’m SUCH a Hannah.

Lastly, I applied a light touch of Dior Addict Gloss in Creamy Pink, and then blotted it a bit with a tissue so it didn’t appear too glossy--just polished. Like Marnie.

Pair this look with clean, sleek hair, an expensive peplum dress and a desperate need for attention. 

Shoshanna Shapiro

Shosh is definitely my favorite. I have very little in common with the character, but I feel like she’s the most genuine of the foursome. I also think she’s the funniest. I’ve re-watched her crack spirit guide episode at least six times.


As far as beauty looks, I think Shosh takes the most risks. I mean, as far as her hair goes, she’s in a league of her own.

For a Shosh-inspired look, I decided to take inspiration from her very colorful wardrobe and personality for an interesting makeup look.

Using Maybelline’s gel liner and an angled brush, I drew a thin line into my upper lashes. Then I grabbed my Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Electro and used the cobalt shade and a small, thin brush to draw a line above the black liner. I then put a small amount of the lime green shade in the inner corners of my eyes, for a small but vibrantly highlighting pop.

I have the veiniest eyelids of all time. Where’s my prize?

I have the veiniest eyelids of all time. Where’s my prize?

Since my hair’s too short, sadly, to mimic most of Shosh’s enviable hair looks, I simply twisted all my hair starting in the front and around back for a pretty updo.

I used Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick in Continuous Cranberry on my lips and a bit of Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush on the apples of my cheeks.

I love doing my hair like this.

I love doing my hair like this.

All these looks are fairly simple, but sometimes it’s fun to keep a character, TV show, movie or book in mind when getting ready and see where it leads you. 

Do y’all watch Girls and love it like I do? Who’s your favorite girl of Girls