Saturday, 12 November 2011

Biba Girl Ingrid Boulting | Seventeen Magazine (1971)

Biba Girl
 Ingrid Boulting

A lovely feature on Biba model Ingrid Boulting, originally published in July 1971, detailing exactly how she achieved her own personal 'Biba Look' using products from the Biba cosmetics range. It was part of a six page Seventeen Magazine article, which also included the model Betty Sims (sister of Naomi Sims), as well as a young Veruschka look-alike.

 You Can Be What You Want To Be

Individuality starts when you take stock of yourself: note assets and use them to best advantage, cope with the liabilities. Be aware of of other people too and let their style guide you to a look of your own. Ready? Go to it!

"I love everywhere," says the new model in town Ingrid Boulting, who hit New York via Africa, London and Paris. Ingrid is poster girl for Biba, the super-boutique at Bergdorf Goodman. " The Biba look suited me. I always did my makeup like this." She applies it like the pro she is, starting with her eyes - and have you ever seen anything softer, smokier They're ringed with mulberry gel shadow begun at the inner corners with a definite line, stroked up and out and blended by tapping the cushion of her fourth finger; yellow shadow is the bright touch below the brows. Next comes mascara from a wand, first on lash tips, then again, top and bottom. Think you see freckles? They're brown pencil dots, "just something personal I like to do." Her mouth, stained with more mulberry, is outlined in brown and glossed to really signal its shine. When Ingrid wears lighter colors, like the mustard mix at right, she lightens her face too, with gleaming yellow foundation high on the cheekbone. See how round Ingrid's face is? Her ploy (yours should be too) is to accent rather than try hide obvious features. She does this by brushing dark contour powder just under the jawline to emphasize her strong chin. Hair is curved gently to frame her face. Ingrid's legs are also round and quite muscular from years of ballet training, but she doesn't let that stop her from a bold wrap up with laces. All makeup and fashions, including green top opposite, by Biba. Hairstyles by Maury Hopson.

Model Ingrid Boulting 1970s
                         Ingrid Boulting, photograph by Carmen Schiavone.                           


Model Ingrid Boulting 1970s
 Ingrid Boulting, photograph by Carmen Schiavone.

All Images scanned by Sweet Jane from Seventeen Magazine - July 1971, Photographer: Carmen Schiavone. Model: Ingrid Boulting. Hair by Maury Hopson. View some of my previous posts about Biba and Barbara Hulanicki Cosmetics. And discover more about Ingrid Boulting's career in Fashion, Art & Film, she is also the creator and founder of the Sacred Space Yoga Studio.


  1. I went to school with Ingrid's brothers and, one day during the holidays, I went to see them at their family flat on the King's Road and she was there. Aged 16, I was rendered almost speechless at her beauty...

  2. I was just looking at her Fine Art/Yoga website recently, she still looks fantastic.

  3. This unidentified face had been haunting me for years '...and introducing [Ingrid Boulting, as I now know]' or some credit like that, from the film The Last Tycoon.
    Could be the subconscious at work as a few days ago I spotted her in a 1966 issue of London Life. I have an archive of 2,000+ 1960s and early 1970s British magazines and colour supps to get through, so I look forward to bumping in to her again!

  4. Can anybody tell me if I can still buy biba cream foundation in a small black pot
    You could get it..
    Yellow 1
    Yellow 2
    Yellow three..
    I live in the north, was told in 80s that they had stopped selling north.. I would love to buy it again. It was a bit like a mouse consistency.
    I'm 65yrs now, have her books!! Fab.x

    1. Hi, I know the exact foundation that you're looking for!
      You could try the Biba Boys online shop, they have a lot of the original make up for sale.
      This is a link to their Facebook page

      And I would also recommend asking on the Biba Fan Page group on Facebook, this is the link

      hope this helps,
      best of luck,
      Sweet Jane x