Why Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface Is a Perennial Beauty Icon

Updated 09/08/17

Matte skin, a bob haircut, a smoky eye with a bold lip: Yes, they’re fall’s biggest trends, but it’s also the formula to channel one of our favorite beauty icons: Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock in "Scarface." Written by Oliver Stone, the 1983 crime drama follows Hancock’s husband, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) as he evolves from a Cuban refugee to a Miami crime lord. Luckily, you don’t need a drug-dealing husband, a place on the beach, or even a slinky dress to get Pfeiffer’s look for your next night out, just the products and tips below.

Swatch of foundation
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Whether laying by the pool or having dinner at Coconut Grove, Hancock’s skin was always perfectly matte. Start with Givenchy’s Mister Mat Primer Stick ($38), then blend Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse Foundation ($8) onto your skin with a Beauty Blender Sponge ($20). Late nights call for concealer, so de-puff, then dab CoverGirl’s True Blend Concealer ($7) under your eyes.

Sephora Pro Angled Contour Brush and Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit
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Playing Hancock required Pfeiffer to stay incredibly thin—she later admitted she was starving all through production—but you don’t have to skip meals for chiseled cheekbones. Pick up Make Up For Ever’s Sculpting Kit ($48) and Sephora’s Pro Angled Contour Brush #75 ($30). Dust the darker hue under your cheekbones, along your jaw and hairline. Blend any hard lines, then apply the pale shade on your chin, the top of your cheekbones, and along the bridge of your nose.

Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino in Scarface
Universal Pictures

“So do you want to dance, Frank, or do you want to sit there and have a heart attack?”

Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush
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Hancock would never apply blush on the apples of her cheeks—that would look too sweet—instead, dust color on the outside of your cheekbones and blend towards your temples. It may feel weird, but it’ll give your cheekbones even more definition. Try Clinique’s Blushing Blush Powder Blush ($25) in Berry Delight.

NYX Smokey Eye Shadow Palette
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The men in your life may arm themselves with deadly weapons, but all you need to shoot down someone in a nightclub is a smoky gaze. Using a classic eye shadow brush, dust the white shade from NYX Smokey Eye Shadow Palette ($8.50) onto your brow bone and lid, then apply the darker shade of your choice under your bottom lash line and in the crease of your eyes.

Swatch of black mascara
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When your husband is the ringleader of a million-dollar drug operation there’s bound to be a few tears. So curl your eyelashes and add a few coats of Rimmel London’s ScandalEyes Waterproof Mascara ($7) for dark lashes that won’t budge.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock in Scarface
Universal Pictures

“Don't call me ‘baby,’ I'm not your baby.”

Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amore
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Hancock spent her fair share of time in the bathroom, the perfect time to touch up her lip color. Use Bobbi Brown’s Lip Liner ($27) in Sangria to line and fill in your pout, then reach for some powder—Sunday Riley’s Soft Focus Finishing Pressed Powder, to be clear—to set the color. Top with Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick ($22) in Amore for color and shine.

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit
Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit $48
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Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush $25
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Givenchy Mister Mat Primer Stick
Givenchy Mister Mat Primer Stick $38
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Sephora Pro Angled Contour Brush #75
Sephora Pro Angled Contour Brush #75 $30
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Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Sangria
Bobbi Brown Lip Liner $27
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NYX Smokey Eye Shadow Palette $8.50
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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick $22
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Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation $8
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