Trends may come and go with the seasons, but there are some timeless beauty looks that stand the test of time. Jackie O, renowned for her style, encompassed several of them. Over twenty years since her death, there is still plenty of inspiration to be drawn from the former First Lady’s groomed appearance. On the eve of the release of the film Jackie, where Natalie Portman plays her following J.F. Kennedy’s assassination, we explore the lessons can all still take from the former First Lady.
Make sure your hair is always groomed
Perhaps one of the most memorable features of Jackie O’s appearance was her signature bouffant. The man behind her style was celebrity hairstylist Kenneth Battelle, who also tended to the tresses of Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Katharine Hepburn, and created the look using plenty of rollers and hairspray. As one of the most photographed women in the world, Jackie O’s coiffed style was copied across the world.
Accessorise with lipstick
It’s rare that you will see a photo of Jackie O without lipstick. From a striking red and bright coral to pretty pinks and softer nudes, the former First Lady always finished her look with a sweeping of lipstick.
Look after your skin
Like many celebrities of that time, including Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo, Jackie O sought out the expertise of Erno Laszlo. The New York based dermatologist highly recommended double cleansing and used to create bespoke skincare regimes for every one of his clients. “I owe 50 percent of my beauty to my mother and the other 50 percent to Erno Laszlo,” Hepburn once famously said. Strong evidence for finding your own beloved dermatologist.
Find your signature scent
After Jackie’s second husband Aristote Onasiss gave her a bottle of Lovely Patchouli 55 as an engagement gift, she adopted it as her own; wearing nothing else until she died. Unsurprisingly, when word got out that Albert Krigler’s fragrance was her chosen one it became a global bestseller.
The perfume is an interesting blend of patchouli flowers balanced with rich amber. Made with only the finest ingredients, each batch takes two and a half years to make. “This scent has a strong personality and an unforgettable touch,” says the brand’s fifth generation owner Ben Krigler of why he thought Jackie O was attracted to this particular fragrance.
If all else fails, employ oversized sunglasses
While it’s likely she used oversized sunglasses in an attempt to go incognito, they also have the benefit of disguising tired eyes and protecting the delicate area from sun damage. And – bonus – look chic year-round, too.-The Telegraph/Victoria Hall