Sex and the City is a minefield for fashion inspiration. Who could forget Carrie’s newspaper dress? Or her signature tutu? [Author’s note: We won’t mention Carrie’s Dior t-shirt and purple ballroom-skirt from SATC 2 because, like all true fans, we’ve erased the feature films from our memory.]
In addition to these iconic fashion moments, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda dictated beauty trends too. Some of these hair and makeup looks have dated well. Others? Not so much.
Here, 32 of the best, worst and most questionable beauty moments from Sex and the City:
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Oh Samantha, you do glamour so well!
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Everything about this look is heaven.
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Carrie at her best! Here, she’s striding through NYC with the ease of someone who’s fresh from a getaway at the Hamptons.
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With a simple, paired-back ponytail, Charlotte’s deep-mauve lipstick does the talking.
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No one pulls off an up-do quite like Carrie does.
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Only Charlotte could look this good while pacing through Central Park.
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Normally, we steer clear of an upward flick but Samantha pulls it off with ease.
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Present-day Miranda knows exactly what works on her. Case in example: this hair cut.
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Here, Charlotte’s hair rivals that of a Victoria’s Secret model.
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Samantha nails old-Hollywood glamour.
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This cut is face-framing perfection for Samantha. Plus, we’d pay good money to get our hands on her nude lipstick.
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Here, Miranda’s crop is chic and sleek.
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The tutu! The natural curls! The barely-there makeup! J’adore Carrie, j’adore.
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The girls went away for a few years, and came back with a makeover.
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A tartan pageboy cap, Carrie-really?!
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We feel personally victimised by Charlotte’s crimped waves.
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Throughout the show, Miranda wore a succession of chic variations on the pixie cut. This, however, was not one of them.
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Oh, come on Carrie… You’re better than this headpiece.
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For Carrie’s sake, we’re so happy this is just a flashback.
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Charlotte’s facial expression accurately describes how we feel about this quiff.
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Plaits? Paired with gingham? Okay.
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We refuse to endorse curly pigtails on a grown woman.
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Samantha’s blowout has a few too many layers for our liking. But then again, it was the ’90s.
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Carrie’s three-tier bun is almost as questionable as her decision to breakup with Aidan.
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We’re on the fence with this one.
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Here, Charlotte’s blowout is perfect, but her Alice band is bringing up painful memories from our days in the school playground.
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We want to like this look, we really do.
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Interesting use of a scarf.
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Scrunchies? We’re still not sure whether to side with Carrie or Berger on this one.
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Samantha stepped out of her comfort zone with this fringe.