Beauty Icon: Valley of the Dolls
When it comes to ‘60s cult films, not many measure up to Valley of the Dolls--the plot is dark, the beauty and fashion is covetable, and it was one of Sharon Tate’s last roles before her untimely death. The movie is based on the Jacqueline Susann novel by the same name and chronicles the ups and downs of Tate, Patty Duke, and Barbara Parkins’ characters as they try to make it in the overly-indulgent world of show business. The film was released twice, initially in 1967, and again in 1969 as a reaction to Tate’s death, both times getting mixed reviews for its controversial subject matter. The film isn’t for the faint of heart--there are numerous prescription drug-fuelled twists and turns--but the big hair and pastel makeup have universal appeal.
In the movie, “dolls” is code for prescription pills (downers), which led to some pretty awful events, so instead stock up on “dolls” to make you more beautiful. Viviscal’s Hair Nourishment Supplements ($50) will help you get longer and stronger locks that are perfect for teasing, while Murad’s Pure Skin Supplements ($43) help to fight blemishes with a hefty dose of vitamin A.
Before you reach for makeup, fix your post-party eyes with Olay’s Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Eye Roller ($24) and Rohto’s V Arctic Eye Drops ($8); they’ll de-puff and get rid of any redness. You’ll want the ‘60s matte skin and pink cheeks look, so apply Nars’ Sheer Matte Foundation ($44), dust on CoverGirl’s Cheekers Blush ($5) in Classic Pink, then sweep on Guerlain’s Spring Colour Collection Illuminating Sparkling Powder ($70) to make your cheekbones pop. Create a wash of colour with Make Up For Ever’s Eyeshadow ($20) in Buff 35 on your eyelid, and line your top lash line with Hourglass’ Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner ($32) for the perfect doe eye. To coat every last lash, reach for Guerlain’s Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara ($36) in Black. Sweep on M.A.C.’s Lipstick ($18) in Dress it Up for the finishing touch.
To get the heroine’s signature voluminous hair, lather up with Fekkai’s Full Volume Shampoo ($25) and Conditioner ($25) and spritz in L’Oreal’s Everstyle Volume Root Lift Spray ($7). Blow-dry hair in sections with a round brush, create big curls with Hot Tools’ Salon Curling Iron ($45), and backcomb roots with Goody’s Volume 3 Row Teasing Comb ($5). Whether you create subtle height on the back of your crown like Tate, or go full bouffant like Parkins and Duke, you’ll want to keep the texture soft. Brush through your locks with Earth Theraeutics’ Natural Bristle Cushion Brush ($10) and set with L’Oreal’s Elnett Extra Strong Hold Hairspray ($13). The movie might be sad, but we guarantee good times with Tate’s big hair and sultry eyes.