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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. 

Classic Makeup

Beth Harmon's classic makeup

Beth Harmon’s makeup follows a natural evolution throughout the show, as she grows up and finds her own unique sense of styleHer 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. 

Bold Bangs

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. 

Young Beth Harmon with bangs

Tea-length Dress

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. 

Beth Harmon and her first dress she bought in the show

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 Fashion, Beth Harmon on the sidewalk

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.

Chessboard Chic

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! 

Beth Harmon in geometric blouse

Monochrome Magic

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!

Beth Harmon in monochrome outfit

Luxe Loungewear

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!

Beth Harmon in fantastic loungewear

Vintage Accessories

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. 

Beth Harmon with white color

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. 

Confident Beth Harmon in all white

 

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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A French Christmas
December 24, 2020
A French Christmas

Could it get any more swoon-worthy than celebrating Christmas in France? Is there anyone who knows how to do Christmas quite as spectacularly as the French do? The food is heavenly, the lights twinkle like stardust, while the traditions make the holiday season feel extra special. Their festive season stretches out for weeks rather than a couple of days.  What’s not to love about that?   Although celebrating Christmas in France may not be an option this year, you can bring France right to you! From cooking a French-themed Christmas dinner and decorating your home to some gorgeous French gift ideas, there are so many fun activities to enjoy this season. Here’s how to do the perfect French Christmas and have a très chic Joyeux Noël (FYI: that’s French for Merry Christmas)! Go to town on the Crèche Nativity scenes are known as the “crèche” in France and are super popular across the country.  But you won’t just find the usual suspects like baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph popping up.  Oh no. 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At these staple French markets, you can buy beautiful decorations, yummy festive treats, and high-quality artisan products from local producers. Each Christmas market is slightly different from the next, with its own unique charm. At every market, you’ll find beautiful decorations, yummy festive treats, and high-quality artisan products from local producers.  The array of delicious food is perhaps the highlight and a brilliant way to bring France to you this year. If you’re looking to bring that beautiful Christmas aroma into your home, start by roasting some chestnuts. This is one of the most popular snacks at French markets as you stroll around the different stalls.  Delicacies like pâté, foie gras, cheese, and charcuterie are all French favorites, and each region boasts its own specialties.  One dish that can’t be missed when visiting a French Christmas market is a cheesy tartiflette, which originates from Savoie. 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And if red is too bold for you, there are plenty of tamer shades to choose from.  No French woman can do without some classic French mascara in her beauty bag. Why not pick up the legendary Cabaret Première Classic French Mascara—promising natural volume and definition in one swoosh.  How to celebrate Réveillon in style In the US, Christmas dinner on December 25th tends to be the pinnacle Christmas meal. But the French like to do things a little differently. The holiday season’s biggest meal is traditionally eaten around midnight on Christmas Eve, known as le Réveillon. Starters often include delicacies like foie gras, oysters, or escargots. The main course is usually roast goose or turkey. And the meal is completed with the bûche de Noël (Yule Log). There’s always plenty of wine on hand too. Doesn’t Christmas dinner in France sound amazing? If you’ve never done this before, why not mix things up this year and prepare a feast for Christmas Eve. It’s a perfect way to get into the French Christmas feels. Sweet treats to indulge in What I love most about the way the French do Christmas is their celebration of all things sweet. One of the most noteworthy facts about Christmas in France is their tradition (in some regions) of eating a grand total of 13 different desserts!  Yes. You read that right.  Here are a few of the standout sweet treats to try Chocolate Bûche de Noël (Yule Log) Cake A French pastry chef invented this in the late 1800s. Traditionally, it’s a Genoise sponge layered with buttercream and shaped into a log. It’s then topped with some beautiful decorations like meringue mushrooms or even a fresh cutting of holly.  Classic French Marrons Glacés (Candied Chestnuts) These are a popular holiday treat in France and will fill your home with a deliciously sweet aroma. They take a few days to prepare, but they're definitely worth it. Chocolat Chaud This is hot chocolate, but it's not just any hot chocolate. This is probably the most decadent hot chocolate you’ll ever drink! Made with melted chocolate, warm milk, topped with whipped cream, and maybe some marshmallows for extra fun—the perfect companion to an open fire.  Celebrate the Fête des Rois Fête des Rois (known as Epiphany in the US) is celebrated on January 6th. This marks the official end to Christmas in France. Baking and eating a galette des rois (king cake) is a tradition. This is a delicious flaky pastry filled with frangipane (almond cream). Hidden inside the pastry is a fève (a small baby figurine). Whoever is lucky enough to get the piece with the fève becomes the King or Queen for the day. This is such a popular tradition that most French bakeries sell the cakes with a paper crown.    And why not? We are all Queens in our own way. Let’s celebrate that more this year! And that is how to do Christmas like the French do. 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