• We can learn a lot about life and love from movies, no doubt. But without realizing it, we also get a great deal of beauty inspiration—both positive and negative. See the most valuable beauty advice we—and other beauty bloggers—learned from our favorite movies. 

  • Mommie Dearest
    Do not do eyebrows like Joan Crawford (the later years) or Faye Dunaway portraying her in "Mommie Dearest."  "A beautiful brow starts from between the corner of the nose and inner corner of the eye and finishes at the outside corner of the eye, peaking at the center of the pupil," says Scott Patric, lead makeup artist on "Project Runway" and "Under the Gunn."

  • Grease
    Never pierce your own ears with a needle and an ice cube. It may have worked out for Sandy, but you're just asking for an infection.

  • There's Something About Mary
    "Unfortunately I may have learned this lesson a little later than most, but once I saw Magda in 'There’s Something About Mary,' I swore I would never tan again!" says Lauren Dimet Waters of Second City Style. "She was truly horrifying. In my younger days I was guilty of tanning with very little, if any, SPF in my oil and would sometimes even use foil boards to aid in getting my deep, dark tan. The horror, I know. Today I won’t even get the mail without at least 30 SPF on! I also believe in a safe, sunless tan by using Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pads ($32, Sephora.com) and Bliss A Tan for All Seasons ($36, Sephora.com)."

    Then there's that other important beauty lesson: "I'll stick to using my favorite hair putty rather than go the way that Cameron Diaz did in 'There's Something About Mary,'" says Zippy Sandler of Champagne Living.

  • Badlands
    Some of us are so obsessed with maintaining our blowout that we keep disposable shower caps in our purses (Not naming names...). However, in "Badlands," Sissy Spacek totally threw caution to the wind and went on the lam in her curlers. Turns out being care-free can be kind of hot.

  • Great Expectations
    "I was fully inspired to grow my hair out by Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Great Expectations' and have kept it long ever since. It was so sexy with all her green outfits," says Anne Fritz of  The Jet Set Girls.

  • Belle de Jour
    Nadine Jolie Courtney of Nadine Jolie says, "No matter how messed up your personal life, voluminous, perfectly coiffed hair and artfully applied eye makeup will maintain the illusion that everything is A-OK, says Catherine Deneuve in 'Belle de Jour.'"

  • Bridesmaids
    If you want to look great the morning after, take note from Kristen Wiig in "Bridesmaids," and wake up earlier than your man to freshen up, says Alexis Wolfer of The Beauty Bean and author of The Recipe for Radiance

  • The Breakfast Club
    "Who can forget Molly Ringwald as Claire in 'The Breakfast Club,' putting on lipstick with the help of her bra!" says Fritz. We never will. We've been trying for years to successfully apply lipstick via our breasts. It has yet to work, but it remains an aspiration.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's Do not stay up all night like Holly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."  "Beauty begins with lots of beauty sleep," reminds Patric. And while obviously Audrey Hepburn was flawless throughout the film, don't sleep in your makeup either. Her skin doesn't show the ravages of regret, but yours will.

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