We’re constantly searching for ways to channel Audrey Hepburn‘s timeless style, but this teenager has absolutely nailed it.
Meet Annelies van Overbeek.
The 17-year-old Belgian is astounding people around the world with her skillful use of hair and makeup to transform into actresses including Hepburn and Vivien Leigh, historical figures like Anne Frank, and Disney princesses Belle and Snow White.
Van Overbeek posts the makeup transformations on her Instagram account, along with the vintage fashion finds that help complete her makeovers. Having a good set of natural eyebrows doesn’t hurt, either! But if we didn’t know her real age, we’d think she was way beyond her years.
We interviewed the uber-creative teen to learn more about how she brings these iconic characters to life. Prepared to be amazed.
The Huffington Post: What inspired you to do these vintage beauty transformations?
Van Overbeek: I have always loved using makeup and hair to transform myself into other people and movie characters. But it really started about a year ago when I cut my hair into a pixie cut and people started telling me I looked like Audrey Hepburn. I wasn’t very familiar with anything Old Hollywood-related at all, but when I looked her up I fell in love with the elegance of vintage silver-screen glamour!
HuffPost: Do you do any research beforehand?
Van Overbeek: I wouldn’t exactly call it research, but I study the character in question’s facial features, expression, the way they sit/stand, etc. And then, I simply try to recreate it as closely as possible.
HuffPost: Who was the first classical character or historical figure you transformed into? How long was the process?
Van Overbeek: The first classical character I ever tried to transform into was Audrey Hepburn, and it took me quite some trial and error to get the look right, but practice makes perfect! Before that, I did dress up as movie characters such as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Sansa Stark from “Game of Thrones.”
HuffPost: Where do you get the wigs, accessories and clothing to complete the looks? Do you do your own hair and makeup?
Van Overbeek: Yes, I do everything myself. I find most of the stuff in charity shops and on Etsy. I only have one wig, which I bought off Amazon, and the rest of my hairpieces were given to me by my grandmother.
HuffPost: Who takes the photographs? And what type of camera and editing equipment do you use?
Van Overbeek: I take all photographs myself on my iPhone 6S with a tripod and I sometimes use [Photoshop Elements 8] for skin retouching, but I mainly just use the Instagram filters.
HuffPost: What has been your favorite vintage look so far and why?
Van Overbeek: I think out of all the ones I’ve taken, the first Scarlett O’Hara one came out really well, but I also like my Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina” one.
HuffPost: What has been the most challenging look?
Van Overbeek: Probably Sherilyn Fenn as “Audrey Horne.” Not because of the hair or outfit, because of the eyebrows. That’s the only look for which I’ve had to use face tape so far!
Follow Van Overbeek on Instagram to check out all of her impressive makeup transformations.
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