We love to oomph up a rainy day with little icon-worship! Right now, we're obsessing over Lonette McKee's sassy turn as Sister in the 1976 cult classic, "Sparkle." Set in late-1950s Harlem, McKee plays the gorgeous lead singer of a Supremes-esque local girl group along with her two sisters (the youngest was played by a fresh-faced Irene Cara!). True, Sister eventually succumbed to a drug overdose at the hands of her dangerous hustler BF--but based on the deliciousness of her hip-swiveling, shoulder-shimmying performance of "What Can I Do" (which inspired En Vogue's classic video for "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"), Sister goes down as one of the great glamour goddesses of black cinema. Try Lonette McGee's 1950s femme fatale makeup look at home with these retro-chic products.
Lonette McKee was every bit the 1950s vamp as Sister in the juicy cult classic, “Sparkle.”
Sister’s mile-long, battable lashes were a part of her flirty-girl charm. Go there with Benefit BADGal Lash Mascara ($19)—the huge brush makes your lashes look a zillion times bigger.
Lonette McKee’s precisely arched brows in “Sparkle” were very on-trend for the late ’50s. Anastasia Brow Ex-press in Brunette ($38) comes with four brow stencils, two powders, a wax cream to hold hairs in place (love) and a highlighter to accent your browbone.
Okay, so Sister wears glamorous velvet gloves for all the musical numbers, but we’re almost positive that, underneath, she was rocking scarlet nail polish. Rescue Beauty Lounge Polish in Glamourpuss ($18) is one of the sexiest red polishes on the planet.