Lana Del Rey has been under the spotlight for many reasons and one of them is because she loves petite tattoos. The three most famous are: the monogram letter “M” tattooed on her left hand that stands for her grandmother’s name, Madeleine, between her index finger and thumb; the one on the side of her left hand that says “Paradise” in cursive and on the right hand she has the “trust no one” epic quote.
Lana Del Rey seems to exist outside of time as her style reminds us of decades past with her classy 60s inspired dresses, glamourous hairstyles and her 80s evocative biker girl looks.
From glamour to grunge, Lana’s unique style has recreated the vintage times of the 40s all through to the retro 80s and ends with her casual jeans, tee and baseball cap look. Her hair has also echoed the times: beautiful beehives, long 40s waves and a straight middle-parted 70s style.
Lana Del Rey has often referred to herself as the “Gangsta Nancy Sinatra.”
Dressing Like Lana
When trying to replicate or borrow from Lana’s style, think The God Father, American Beauty and Mad Men! Think Priscilla Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Debbie Harry! Lana’s personality is also a very big part of her appearance. Her demure of young actresses from Old Hollywood only accenuate her big beauty queen hairstyle, vintage dreses, red lipsticks and faux fur coats even further.
Lana’s Fashion Staples
Lana has become well known for certain fashion items which have resonated well with her image and her fans. Obtaining and doing any of these will help you to emulate Lana’s look very easily!
- Baseball Caps
Lana is spotted frequently in various baseballs caps. Get Lana’s signature New York Yankees baseball cap here.
- Jack Daniel’s t-shirts
Lana inspired the creation of Jack Daniel’s t-shirts with her name on them. Head over to Amazon US and Archetype to get your own. Alternatively, you can buy the original Jack Daniel’s t-shirts on their official website.
- Ferrari Jackets
Lana has a beloved collection of F1 Racing jackets, particuarly favouring the red Ferrari one. Search for the Ferrari Jackets on ebay.
- Flower Crowns
Lana has become known for wearing a flower crown whilst performing live on her tours. However, one of Lana’s first appearances donning a flower crown was in the Born to Die music video. You can buy flower crowns from most high street stores such as New Look, TopShop and boohoo. Don’t forget to also check eBay and Etsy. Alternatively, learn how to make your own Lana inspired flower crown here.
- Long False Nails
Lana is frequently seen wearing long acrylic false nails, which you can get done at a nail salon.
- Cat Eye Make-up
Lana’s style of makeup always varies, but she is often seen with a perfect cat eye eyeliner flick which is all thanks to her longtime make-up artist Pamela Cochrane. Here is what Cochrane has said about a typical and more natural Lana Del Rey look and how to achieve it (bare in mind, you can definitely use cheaper alternatives!):
Lips: “I prep Lana’s lip with an exfoliator, this plumps them up nicely and leaves a smooth canvas to work on. Then, add a touch of balm for moisture before lining the lips with pencil and adding color. To finish, I always go ‘round the lip with a slightly lighter shade of concealer, to give more definition. The Sarah Happ Red Velvet Lip Exfoliant is great, along with a Kiehl’s lip balm. I use various lipsticks and pencils, but Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks especially.” Tips for trying it out at home: “Be precise with the lip liner, keep it sharp and draw along the edge, not inside the natural line. This keeps your lip looking well defined, bold and full.”
Eyeliner: “A black gel liner and a long fine eyeliner brush are the most important tools for creating this look, along with a steady hand! It’s important to keep the line along the lash sharp and precise and not too thick. Pointy Q-tips are great for the finishing touches to the flick. A slightly darker shadow, finely drawn in the socket line adds that bit of sultry smokiness to the eye. It’s completed with fluffy lashes, which fits with Lana’s look.”
Inside Lana’s Make-Up Bag: “A few of my favourite products to use on Lana are Omorovicza Facial Mist, M.A.C. Fluidline Blacktrack, Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Highlighters and Yves Saint Laurent mascara.”
On Forgetting the “Kardashian Kontour” Look: “Lana has great skin, so I don’t need to use much of a base. Often I find people will apply too much foundation and contouring, which can make everything look too heavy. The key is to keep the base as light as possible; the strength comes from the flick of the eye and the softly applied definition to the lip.”
Check out these looks for Lana Del Rey inspired make-up tutorials:
Lana Del Rey Makeup Tutorial by Maya Mia
Lana Del Rey Makeup Transformation #2 by Miranda Hedman
Lana Del Rey Modern 60s Makeup Tutorial by Tanya Burr
Lana Del Rey’s Plump Lips & ’70s Makeup by Kandee Johnson
Lana Del Rey Makeup Tutorial by Britt Clark
- Signature Hairstyles
Lana has many signature hairstyles, most of which seem to be emulating Old Hollywood Glamour. There is an endless amount of tutorials for how to get some of Lana’s key hairstyles. Her most admired are the beehive/bouffant and side swept waves/curls.
Lana Del Rey National Anthem Bouffant Hair Tutorial by CholFable
Lana Del Rey Vogue 2012 Retro Hair Curls Tutorial by Vogue.co.uk
Lana Del Rey Hair Inspired Side Swept Waves Tutorial by Dieu Linh
Lana Del Rey/Priscilla Presley Bouffant Hair Tutorial by Cassie Cottonsocks
Lana Del Rey / Ride Music Video Hair Tutorial by Cassie Cottonsocks