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With drop dead gorgeous faces and dangerous curves, film stars from the golden age of Hollywood personified sex appeal, glamour and sophistication. They’re forever sex symbols, whose iconic looks still inspire fashion and beauty trends to this day. 

Looking to these incredible women for inspiration is a surefire way to add a dose of elegance and opulence to your boudoir shoot. Embrace the luxe fabrics, dramatic makeup, and sheer confidence of a famous actress for your session to make a little movie magic of your own. 

Best Dressed

The first thing you need to figure out after booking your boudoir session is your wardrobe. Choosing the right outfits and accessories can be stressful, but having a particular style in mind helps takes the edge off. You’ve got #goals.

Browse the internet for images of actresses that speak to you on a personal level and translate those looks into boudoir friendly styles. Obsessed with Marilyn’s pink dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? Pair hot pink lingerie with diamonds and gloves. Love Liz Taylor’s golden Cleopatra gowns? Go shiny and luxe, with plenty of jewelry and maybe even a headpiece. Bring a top hat and fishnet stockings to recreate The Blue Angel or Cabaret. Rock an off the shoulder top and panties like Sophia Loren.

Or, if you want to emulate the old Hollywood look in general, red carpet glamour is all about looking rich and elegant. Look for lingerie in luxurious fabrics like satin and velvet, and layer up on sophisticated jewelry with big, eye catching gemstones, plenty of diamonds, or pearls. Classic colors like black and white always work, but vibrant jewel tones are also rich and elegant. A corset is a must. Accessories like long, satin gloves, a feather-trimmed robe, or a fur stole also add an opulent touch, and big sunglasses or a scarf will add an air of mystery, especially for an outdoor shoot. If you have one, you can even bring a gown of your own. And don’t forget the heels! Sparkly, strappy sandals, pumps, or slides will complete your look.

Remember, just because you’re going for the Hollywood look doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune. Knockoff fabrics are fine, and costume jewelry is perfectly acceptable!

Hollywood Hair

Big, bouncy curls with lots of volume are a red carpet staple. Depending on what works best with your hair type, your stylist can give you polished waterfall curls or something loose and wavy. With your curls, try Veronica Lake’s deep side part for added glamour, or pull one side back behind your ear and secure it with a hairpin.

You can also embrace a retro hairstyle like pin curls or an elegant updo. French twists, chignons, and side swept styles will show off your beautiful face. If you have short hair, channel Elizabeth Taylor’s effortless, tousled bob or Liza Manelli’s slick pixie.

If you like hair accessories, don’t forget to bring a jeweled beret, headband, headwrap or other sparkly hair ornament. Maybe you’d even love a Grace Kelly inspired tiara! If a starlet would wear it to a movie premiere, it belongs at your boudoir shoot.

Movie Star Makeup

Makeup is a movie star’s secret weapon, and actresses use makeup to take on diverse roles and play different parts on and off screen. Dramatic, sensual, wide-eyed and innocent – you can take your boudoir makeup in any direction you like, as long as it’s glamorous.

For a true old school Hollywood glam look, you can’t go wrong with a red lip. Bold, bright true red or a deep burgundy really stand out on camera. Your makeup artist can help you pick a shade that’s right for your outfit choices and skin tone. 

Or if you prefer emphasize the eyes instead. Cat eye liquid liner or an intense smoky eye are the perfect accessory to Hollywood glam style. Add generous mascara or talk to your makeup artist before the shoot about possibly incorporating false lashes for an exceptionally sensual look. For that iconic makeup style, it’s best to stick with neutral colors.

Highlighter and bronzer are also important and will give you a glow worthy of a starring role.

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