The original “blonde bombshell” mixed girlish elegance with sensual glamour for a look that forever rewrote the rulebook on sex appeal.
Known as the “smiling vamp”, actress Jean Harlow’s magnetic sex appeal and girlish elegance helped to her become one of Hollywood’s most infamous icons.
Her look mixed the flirty femininity of the 1920s with the full-on glamour of the 1930s. It paired youthful skin and wide eyes with artfully emphasised lips and her trademark platinum blonde hair.
Jean Harlow’s early career was slow to take off, but she soon blossomed into a household name when she was transformed into the "Blonde Bombshell” – a phrase invented when Mr Max Factor lightened her hair to a platinum shade.
Max Factor also created Jean’s signature doll-like make-up style of fresh skin, fine brows, flirty elongated lashes and a heavily defined Cupid’s bow. The look combined with Jean’s strong screen presence to make her one of the greatest movie stars of all time and an eternal beauty icon.
Jean’s look is repeatedly reinvented and referenced by today’s make-up artists, designers, musicians and actresses, for the ultimate in coquettish glamour.
Recreate Jean Harlow's magnetic eyes and her flawlessly flirtatious look using our step by step tutorial.CREATE THE LOOK