I don't know about you, but Valley of the Dolls (both the 1966 novel by Jacqueline Susann and the 1967 film) might be the most tragically and fabulously glamorous piece of fiction out there; perhaps because it's not entirely fiction, but largely based on the true-life dramas going on in the golden era of Hollywood, particularly those of Ms. Yellow Brick Road herself, Judy Garland.
Neely O'Hara, one of the three fictionalised main ladies of the story, was supposedly based on Judy, and it's easy-to-draw parallels between the two: a young starlet who comes to fame in flashy musicals and falls into a pit of alcoholism, pill addiction and depression while attempting multiple comebacks and throwing various hissy fits. In fact, Judy was supposed to be in the movie version but showed up drunk (such a Neely move) and was fired. Oh my.
Anywho, the film offers gigantic, flippy hairdos, pale lips and extravagantly lined and lashed eyes. It's right up my alley right now. In the winter, I was all about being a pale, gothy weirdo, and I'm sure once it gets crisp and cold again, those feelings will return. But right now, I'm craving summer and swimming pools and a (fake) tan, so Valley of the Dolls excess feels on-point for me.
So without further blah-blah-ing, here's my take on a Valley of The Dolls-esque look. Perfect for lounging around in frothy peignoirs or maybe a night on the town if you can get your act together. Damn it, Neely!
The base of this look is a California glowy tan and healthy (or drunken) pink cheeks.
I dusted the high points of my face (temples, cheekbones, tip of nose, jawline) with YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder in Terre Ambree, and then worked Topshop Blush in Afternoon Tea into the apples of my cheeks for a rosy flush.
My saucy eyes started with a base of frosty white cream shadow, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool, all over the lid and up to the browbone. Next I applied Estée Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Amethyst Spark with a stiff bristled medium brush just slightly above my crease and blended it out to the outer edges of my eyes in a cat-eye shape.
Next, I used Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liner in Black and the included brush to line my upper lash line, and then I went over the shape created by the purple shadow in my crease but faded it to a point two-thirds of the way into my lid.
I also created "eyelash" tics on the lower lashline a few millimetres apart for a mod vibe. Then, I brushed the purple shadow over top of the crease liner for a final wash of shimmer and to soften things up.
For the lips, I went with the baby pink NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday, which is a super easy-to-apply pencil, so you have no excuses for messing it up (even if you have taken a handful of dolls).
Tell me: What's your favourite moment from Valley of the Dolls? Or maybe you want to discuss the completely unrelated but equally fantastic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls? (NSFW, babes.) This is my happening and it freaks me out!