Queen’s Gambit Makeup and Fashion
Netflix launched a limited series in October called The Queen’s Gambit, and we are obsessed with the hair, makeup, and fashion!
The show is based on Walter Tevis’ novel, and tells the story of chess genius, Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy). We share her highs, lows, addictions, successes, and everything in between.
But if there’s one thing we can't get enough of it’s her impeccable ‘50s & ‘60s inspired style.
Beth finds herself in a field dominated by men wearing classic white shirts paired with thick-framed glasses. Suddenly, she’s a style icon, managing to seamlessly blend the starkly contrasting chess and fashion worlds together.
Here are some of the most iconic looks from the show.
Beth Harmon’s makeup follows a natural evolution throughout the show, as she grows up and finds her own unique sense of style. Her signature look is usually ‘60s inspired with perfect winged eyeliner and a bold lip.
We all know how difficult it is to get those wings right, which is why Beth’s makeup has us mesmerized. There’s only one moment where she veers away from this classic look and channels a wild child style.
Insider secret: The Queen's Gambit makeup artists had to go against their natural urges and apply her makeup badly on purpose for these scenes!
Get Beth’s Classic ‘60s Look:
Use a black liquid eyeliner to perfect those wings (we’ve got a step-by-step guide for you below).
Apply some classic French mascara for a natural, feminine look.
Try our long-lasting matte lipstick in your favorite shade to complete the look.
A younger Beth models some of the boldest cropped bangs we’ve ever seen. A little harsh on the eye, but very common for children in orphanages at the time. Every child would get the same cut because it was practical and easy to manage.
Although the look is severe, there’s a soft charm to it that draws you in. While it’s not for everybody, this hairstyle combined with the fiery red color creates a real statement look.
In the show, the first item of clothing Beth is able to buy with her own money is a checked, tea-length dress. It’s full-skirted, totally retro, and oh-so feminine.
If you’re looking for one of these dresses, the best place to head is your local vintage shop. You can pair it over a blouse like Beth does, or wear it on its own and show a little more skin. Throw a modern sweater or jacket on top for an eclectic look.
Embrace Straight Lines
The ‘50s were all about the hourglass figure, with Christian Dior popularizing the “New Look” for women. But the ‘60s saw a backlash with anti-hourglass silhouettes being most desired.
Think straight-cut dresses, jackets, and sweaters. While it's not inherently feminine, this silhouette can be oh-so-flattering. Beth shows us this with her simple-yet-stylish mini dresses.
Queen's Gambit Makeup: Perfect Winged Eyeliner
If there’s one thing Beth is famous for, it’s wearing winged eyeliner throughout the Queen's Gambit.
But how do you get this look?
- First thing’s first, you’ll need a black liquid eyeliner with a fine point.
- If you’re new to this, use the dot to dot approach by marking out the line of the wing you want to create. The goal here is to go upwards and outwards.
- Check you’re happy with the symmetry on both eyes, then lightly connect the dots.
- Leave it to dry before adding voluminous mascara to your lashes for a glamorous ‘60s look.
- And if you really struggle to keep a steady hand, you can try a winged eyeliner stamp to help you.
Taking inspiration from Edie Sedgwick, Jean Seberg, and Pierre Cardin, Beth dazzles in outfits filled with striking geometric patterns, subtly mirroring the chessboard.
A whopping 12 of her on-screen outfits feature geometric print!
A simple, sleeveless checkered dress and square printed shirt were standout looks. Beth’s style is fitting for the time, yet filled with her desire to break out of the box and find her own way.
To recreate this look, choose one item of clothing to work the geometric pattern in, and keep everything else simple. You don’t want to look like a walking chessboard!
As a further nod to her deep love of chess, we see Beth in a multitude of monochrome outfits.
Her black and white shift dress was perhaps the most striking black and white outfit of all. So elegant and sophisticated, but with a cheeky element of fun thrown in.
Black and white are timeless and will never go out of style. You can go all black, all white, or mix and match as you like!
Even when she’s relaxing on the sofa at home, Anya Taylor-Joy’s character looks effortlessly chic.
Think pale blue cashmere PJs, a dusty pink cardigan, soft cozy sweaters, and plain black slacks. Each piece can be worked into her going out wardrobe, taking her from night to day.
To get Beth’s luxe lounge look, go for pieces that are multi-functional. Think practical, comfy, and pretty.
If only we could look this good vegging out on the sofa!
Aside from geo patterns and monochrome colors, you can count on Beth to be rocking a Peter Pan collar or a silk scarf.
The round collar features everywhere: from dresses all the way to a buttoned vest. It’s a lovely feminine style with a vintage nod.
When it comes to scarves, Beth often ties them around her head, but they work just as well around the neck to brighten up any outfit.
The Final Episode: Classic 1950s And '60s Makeup
We couldn’t do a roundup of the Queen's Gambit makeup and fashion without mentioning Beth’s iconic all-white look in the final episode.
This is the most confident and feminine Beth looks throughout the entire season—proving that you don’t have to choose one or the other.
Her hair is sleek to create a more mature, sophisticated look, and her classic ‘60s makeup is immaculate. Her red lips look striking against her white coat and hat, and she looks super sexy.
We didn’t want the show to end. But if it had to, we’re glad Beth went out looking like this.
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