Night time Glam: Get the 70s Supermodel Look. The Guy Bourdin inspiration.

Guy Bourdin Inspired beauty shoot. Photographer: Eamonn McCabe Makeup: Bernice Dodd

Guy Bourdin Inspired beauty shoot.
Photographer: Eamonn McCabe
Makeup: Bernice Dodd

This, Guy Bourdin inspired beauty shoot was photographed in London by Eamonn McCabe.

Get the Look:


  • Use a foundation that gives you great coverage and a clean canvas to start your makeup on. For this shot I used Nobara Cream foundation from Shu Uemura, buffed into the skin with a foundation brush.
  • This foundation is only available in Europe and USA unfortunately. For a local alternative, you could try MAC Studio Tech foundation.


  • I used a light khaki shadow over the whole lid to start with. Take a shimmery bronze-brown eye shadow and blend on the inner corner of the lid.
  • Sweep the same brown shadow along and outwards, in a ‘Nike tick’ towards the end of the brow line, to really extend your eye shape into a catlike 80’s look. I like to leave the brow bone clean.
  • Deepen the lid colour, along the top lash line, outer corner of the eyes and under the lash line with a deep purple-black shadow.
  • Line tear line with a soft kohl pencil (I like MAC-Smoulder for this). Highlight the inner eye with a shimmery khaki. Stick on your falsies and layer that mascara. I used Dior Show mascara.


  • Really bring out those cheekbones by buffing a orangey-red blush from the temples onto and just under the cheek bones. Blend very well so that the finish is subtle.

Nails and Lips:

  • Red lips and nails are essential for this look. This is the one time you can have a strong lip colour and a smoky eye at the same time. I used NARS 
Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Red and I recommend Revlon Red 680 Nail Polish. (A favourite of the true fashionista, including one of my favourite ‘It Girls’, Alexa Chung).
Guy Bourdin-Vogue Paris-May 1970

Guy Bourdin-Vogue Paris-May 1970

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A bit about Guy Bourdin…

French photographer, Guy Bourdin was born, Guy Louis Banarès, in Paris December 1928.

At 27, Guy’s first fashion shoot appeared in French Vogue.

Eccentric, Bourdin was known as one of the greatest and most daring photographers of the later half of the 20th century. He worked for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Gianni Versace, Chanel & Issey Miyake were amongst his clients. His unique style has inspired the  fashion and music industry alike. Madonna was accused of ‘picture piracy’ by Bourdin’s son for her music video ‘Hollywood’, in 2003. Photographers, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Nick Knight and David La Chapelle have admitted to being great admirers of his work.  (source)

2013 NARS-Guy Bourdin Collection

2013 NARS-Guy Bourdin Collection


Last year NARS launched their Holiday collection inspired by Guy Bourdin’s photography. The colour palettes are fabulous and a serious bit of eye candy for those of you who love makeup as much as I do. The collection is already out of stock in most European and USA stores stocking NARS, but if you scour ebay you can get your mitts on them.

1. This is the ‘One night stand’ Palette

These shades can be used as blush or shadow, for contouring and highlighting. From left to right the colours are…

  • Highlighting blush (Alabaster glow)
  • A bright pink blush (Mistinguette)
  • A peachy pink blush with a shimmer (Orgasm)
  • Bronzer with a golden shimmer (Laguna)
  • A sheer peach blush (Deep Throat)
  • An everyday pink blush (Goulue)

2. This Set is called ‘Fling’ and includes…

  • Dolce Vita Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dusty Rose
  • Baroque Mini Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Raspberry Sorbet
  • Lipsticks in Roman Holiday & Damage
  • Red lacquered Lip Case

I hope you enjoyed this post and have fun trying out the look.

Night time Glam: Get the 70’s supermodel Look. The Guy Bourdin inspiration…first seen on Beauty Report by B

Author: Bernice Dodd

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