Iconic Makeup Looks from Cinema

Natalie Portman in "Black Swan"

If you’re a fan of makeup, or a fan of cinema, or happen to love both, you’ll probably appreciate this list of some of the most iconic makeup looks from movies throughout history.

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Though she spends most of the movie looking soft and natural, Natalie Portman’s transformation into the black swan includes an iconic dark makeup look that took “winged eyeliner” literally. It instantly became every makeup lover’s Halloween costume for that year.


Jennifer Lopez, Selena

Selena Quintanilla is iconic, Jennifer Lopez in her biopic Selena is iconic, and the makeup look is iconic, too. Those eyebrows! That lip liner!


Lizzy Caplan, Mean Girls

Pretty much every single second of Mean Girls is iconic now, but it’s a shame that people rarely talk about Janis Ian’s signature makeup look and how crucial it was to her character. Lizzy Caplan is barely even identifiable as Janis without it.

Elizabeth Taylor, Cleopatra

If there’s one most iconic makeup look from a film of all time, this one is it. With those long, blocky wings, dark brows, and shimmery blue eyeshadow, this makeup look has become forever synonymous with Cleopatra.