Wallis Simpson the Beauty Who Shook Up an Entire Kingdom!

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How to Recreate Wallis Simpson‘s Beauty Look

Andrea Riseborough in ‘W.E.’ vs Grazia’s Jo Oliver

The real Wallis Simpson circa 1936.
Wallis Simpson, later the Duchess of Windsor (born Bessie Wallis Warfield; 19 June 1896 – 24 April 1986), was an American socialite whose third husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom and the Dominions, abdicated his throne to marry her.

Since Madonna’s directorial debut ‘W.E.’ hit the big screen; Wallis fever has well and truly swept through the Grazia office. After falling head over heels in love with Andrea Riseborough, who steals the film with her stunning turn as ’30s style icon, Wallis Simpson, we were super excited when The Powder Room beauty boutique invited us in to recreate her signature look. And because we’re feeling generous a how to video as well!

1. Waves like Wallis

Our uber talented make-up artist Bethany Swan started by explaining that in the 1930s, the texture of the hair was achieved using finger waves, which is both fiddly and time-consuming for us busy fashionistas. But fear not, dear readers, you can cheat with heat. Arm yourself with a selection of pins, grips and some curling tongs. After a good spritz of fixing spray (we used L’Oreal’s Infinium Force 4), the hair is divided into sections and tonged framing the face. Comb through each curl and pin in alternate directions to create an S-shape around the forehead. The remainder of the hair is pulled into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, backcombed and wound in a pretzel shape to create a flat wide bun. Leave the waves pinned to set while you get to work on the make-up.

2. All about the eyes

The classic ’30s look starts with a very natural base with definition given to create a strong brow and ruby red lip. Use a matt foundation (we love Paul & Joe’s Protective Fluid) and set with powder, then sweep a light dusting of blusher across the cheekbones. After priming the eyelids to prevent creases, cover the lids and sockets with a champagne colour (we used Meet Matt palette, The Balm). Line the eyes with a liquid black liner, being careful not to create too wide a flick at the corners. Frame the face by using an eyebrow brush and powder to create a strong brow and finish with a set of natural false lashes.

3. Pin-up pout

Now for the lips! For a picture perfect pout, line the lips with a pencil, as close a shade to your lipstick as possible to prevent any colour bleeds. You want to choose a matt colour in a dark rather than bright red to achieve that distinctive ’30s look – try Lola Lip Plumping Lipstick in Sophia. And, if you’re feeling the drama like us, channel your inner Wallis Simpson with a slick on the mirror too! Fun times.

4. Strike a pose

Section by section, remove the pins and arrange the hair around your face ensuring you follow the S-shape created by the wave. Wind any loose ends into a pincurl and secure with grips. As you can see from the photo above, you can cleverly create the illusion that all of your hair has been curled, just by carefully arranging the waves and securing around the bun. Genius!

How to Recreate Wallis Simpson’s Beauty Look: VIDEO TUTORIAL


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