It occurred to me this morning, that Ive never done a post on vintage make up looks before. Which is surprising because I love make up and I do a lot experimenting with it myself. (a die-hard devotee to Mac makeup I might ad) I was going to talk about the changes in make up through the 1920′s to the 1950′s, but….. when I got all of these pictures together, I noticed more similarities than differences.
The one thing that was a definite constant, was red lippy. Yes, the shape of the mouth shifted, from cupid’s bow, to a slightly longer line, to almost no noticeable dip in the upper lip, to full and pouty, but, the red lip remained a solid makeup feature. As was black eyeliner. In the 1920′s it was fully ringed around the eye, from then on it was generally only used on the upper lash line.
Foundation habits definitely changed. In the 1920′s it was all about the pale face, a look that slowly disappeared with the growing popularity of the tan in the 1940s. The most dramatic change I noticed was the shape of the eyebrows. Good god, they were thin in the 20′s and 30′s. Pencil thin and lightly arched around the eye. Thankfully, by the 1940′s the shape had changed from thin and curved to a thicker, straighter line.
The 1950′s make up look is by far my favorite. The complexion is more healthy and natural, the lips are fuller and the brows full and arched. This is the look I generally go for when I want to create a vintage make up look on myself. Do you ever attempt vintage makeup styles? If so Id love to see them! Please mail them to me and I’ll feature the best ones on my blog in the next few weeks!
Dont you think the last 2 pictures of Marilyn and Liz are rather similar? Right down to striped tops!