Murder, intrigue, a snowy mountain train ride, and rich, wine-colored lips. What do these things have in common? It’s “Murder on the Orient Express!”

I saw this movie with my boyfriend the other night and totally fell in love with it. The whole film oozes cozy winter vibes, and of course, it’s an engrossing mystery. Despite this, I couldn’t help but keep noticing the makeup.

“Murder on the Orient Express” Makeup Looks

Countess Elena Andrenyi

Countess Elena Andrenyi = makeup goals.

Miss Mary Debenham

Miss Mary Debenham, toned down makeup for a reserved governess…

Caroline Hubbard

Caroline Hubbard throwin’ some serious shade.

Makeup in the 1930s involved deep reddish/wine pouts, flushed cheeks and pencil thin brows. Check out my interpretation of the look (with thick 2017 brows), below.

"Murder on the Orient Express" Makeup

Products used:


  • Kat Von D Lock-it Primer
  • Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Sand
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Urban Decay Naked Flush Blush/Bronzer/Highlight Palette in Nooner
  • Stila All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten


  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Lorac Pro Palette 3 (I used shades “almond pearl” and “dark mocha” blended together)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner inĀ “Bourbon”
  • L’Oreal Feline Mascara in Black


  • Glossier Boy Brow in brown


  • Rimmel 107
  • Revlon Colorburst gloss in “Bordeaux”

This makeup look is ideal for date nights or fancier occasions but could also be toned down for every day with less of a smoky eye or a more muted lip like Mary Debenham’s character.

What do you guys think? Have you ever seen a movie from another period in time that inspired you to switch up your makeup routine?