Even as a child, Elizabeth Taylor had an unsettling beauty. She landed her first role in a Lassie film at the age of 11, and enjoyed a long and successful career including two Academy Awards as well as recognition for her humanitarian work fightings AIDS. Known for her stunning looks, kindness, and great talent on screen, Taylor is regarded as one of the greatest movie stars of all time. Her beauty is legendary, thanks to her hourglass figure and violet eyes framed by double lashes. She favored bold jewelry, low cut gowns, and short, voluminous hairstyles. Soft waves, full silhouettes, and a side part framed her oval face and delicate features. Read on for tips on recreating and modifying her iconic style. –– Laura Martin 


Step: Elizabeth favored short styles with enough length to set. A bob-length cut with a tapered edge and long, rounded layers provides the perfect base for creating movement and volume. A long, side swept bang adds emphasis around the eyes.

Step: Rich warm browns provide a dramatic background for pale skin and light eyes. For the summer, a few highlights around the face will give dark shades a sun-kissed look.

Step: To style, apply volume foam to roots and set and style throughout mid-lengths and ends. Part deeply on one side and dry with a round brush, set on rollers, or diffuse if hair is naturally curly. When hair is dry, use a 1″ curling iron to refine waves. Finish with primp working spray for flexible hold.

Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, for sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted

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