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Kristin Booker • November 19, 2012

Beautiful Inspiration: Anouk Aimee in La Dolce Vita

Location: my apartment in NYC. Photo: Giafrese.

I have a small obsession with classic Italian cinema, most notably La Dolce Vita. Sexy and stylish, it’s a fabulous salute to Italian style from the 60’s and a super sleek view of fame and fortune as it captures the story of a philandering paparazzo living in Rome. Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg are amazing and alluring, but for my money, it’s the ultra sexy Anouk Aimee who steals the show.

I used to spend afternoons my senior year of high school exploring the long-neglected Classics section of our local video rental store (yes, I used to rent videos, particularly VHS tapes – you can do the math on the age range.) I would gather everything I could rent from one particular director and just study the movies. This movie has created a lifelong love affair with Rome, all things Italian style and a desire to live in Rome for a while. Someday, maybe I get to do just that.

Anouk Aimee.Photo source unknown.

As someone who looks for constant inspiration, I think as you reach a certain age, you sort of realize that looking backward in history is a safer bet when it comes to beauty inspiration, particularly makeup. While the tools we use today are more technologically advanced, the looks that have withstood the test of time tend to be striking, alluring and oh-so-enticing.

Be daring, be bold and demand La Dolce Vita for yourself. Life is beautiful. Here’s a salute to one of my original icons of feminine allure, Anouk Aimee.

What I’m wearing: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Cuba, Hourglass Corrective Concealer in Warm (under eyes, where needed on jaw), Benefit Cosmetics Watts Up! (brow bone, down center of nose), Korres Cheek Butter in Phillia Rose, NARS The Multiple in Lamu (eyelids, contour).

Cat eye is drawn in with NARS Eyeliner Pencil, then retraced in Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow OE. The bronze outline of the cat eye (top of the wing, inside the eye) is using NP Set Liquid Eyeliner Duo in Los Cabos. The mascara is NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara. My lips have nothing on them.

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