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May
25

Vintage Make Up Looks

 

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.

So just how easy is it to get started selling vintage items? 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!

 

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all about the eyes in the 20’s

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the ultimate 1920s look on Clara Bow

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Greta Garbo working her thin eyebrows.

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Notice Marlene’s brows arent quite as curved as Garbo’s

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Judy’s make up ad for Max Factor in the 40’s

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1930’s make up ad.. again with the brows, notice the difference between this one and Judy’s

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Notice the nails are painted in red in this ad one but clear in the 1930s ad

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Dita working the 1940s look to perfection.

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Rosy Complexions in the 1950’s, check out that hat!

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Dont you think the last 2 pictures of Marilyn and Liz are rather similar? Right down to striped tops!

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My 1950’s look for work, when I was in the shop.

  • Sarah Lanagan

    I love all the vintage looks – always a classic & constantly reinvented for today’s catwalks too! 

    • Anonymous

      Thanks sarah! My favorite recreated look was the S/S Dior show , retro 1950’s it was gorgeous!

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • Blaubushka

    I think I’m a flapper at heart

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  • http://www.kirstinmarie.com Kirstin Marie

    I love the vintage looks, they are so iconic. Absolutely beautiful!

    • Anonymous

      I know, so stunning and classic! I love recreating looks like these!

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://NorthOnHarper.com Alexis of NorthOnHarper

    Other than the pan-cake (I have olive skin— and I just don’t think it would translate), I love taking inspiration from past decades.  I love how sultry Clara Bow’s look is!

    • Anonymous

      I hear ya on the olive skin! Its both a blessing and a curse! I love being able to have a tan but am jealous of my pale skinned friends! typical haha

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://irishcelticcostumes.com/fun-irish-costumes/ sherbet

    Nice photos Jess, Liz looks savage.

  • http://caseemarie.com Casee Marie

    Gorgeous post! I love vintage make-up and this was such a great look at the different changes through the decades. I was always amazed by how slim the eyebrows were in the ’20s. It’s like they shaved them entirely and just used a pencil! I love the bushy brow Liz rocks. Audrey had big ones as well in the ’50s, I think. I like the boldness of them with crimson lips!

    • Anonymous

      Liz was def rocking the bushy eyebrow look! I cant imagine how different her face would have looked with thin eyebrows…

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://made-to-travel.com/ Jamillah

    I love the pic you chose for Clara Bow…so pretty. Great observations on makeup thru the decades; you’re so right so may similarities. I like the 50’s and 40’s best! I’m a fan of the defined eyebrows and although I’m olive I loooooove really pale skin. I think it’s so pretty. 

    • Anonymous

      I know I have olive skin as well but I always wished I could have beautiful porcelain skin and red hair! We always want what we cant have!

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://thosegraces.com Courtney

    You should check out Lisa Eldridge on YouTube. She just did a whole vintage makeup series I think you’d enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/lisaeldridgedotcom.  I love seeing the old makeup ads!  I think you also did a great job on your 1950s look :)

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the tips Courtney, Ill def check her out! :)

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • aqui

    I love this! You pull off the look so well, I think I would love rediculous but I have always wanted to try :)

    • Anonymous

      Aw, thanks hon! You never know how you look until you try it! I bet it would turn out better than you think!

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://www.ohtobeamuse.com Oh to Be a Muse

    Dita really can pull off that 40s look. I can’t believe the eyebrows were so thin back then. I definitely prefer the later looks too. love your 50s style.

    • Anonymous

      Dita is my vintage hero. She always looks like she just stepped out of the 40s.

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://live-life-in-style.blogspot.com Shasie

    Aww Judy Garland. Their makeup looks were so unique!

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    • Anonymous

      They were stunning, especially Judy Garland!

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://www.ladyofashion.blogspot.com Ladyofashion

    I loved the eyes of the 20s & 40’s It’s also very interesting how brows changed and continue to within the industry. Nice post! *Also, If you have any fav vintage belts/bags I’d love for you to participate HERE

    • Anonymous

      Ya, I have a few, how do I participate and how when do i need to have it done by!

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

      • http://www.ladyofashion.blogspot.com Ladyofashion

        Just send me a photo of you wearing your fav belt/ or bag by June 01, & I’ll feature you & others in my series. make sure to tell me why you love it so much. more details here: *Get in on the V+V Series

  • http://thewellappointedcatwalk.com Marissa

    I kind of wish the pale-faced foundation look was in. I have pale down-pat without even trying, unfortunately. ;)

    • Anonymous

      Aw, your one of the lucky ones then! Ive always wanted pale skin.. its so beautiful!

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • Veshoevius

    I’m a diehard MAC devotee too!  Despite the extreme eyebrows I love the 20’s and 30’s looks and would love to try them out sometime.  I have seen in a makeup guide somewhere (think it was Kevin Aucoin) about a trick to cover them up with some heavy duty putty like stuff under foundation and draw the eyebrow over.
    Great post!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks V! I dunno, Im wary about that eyebrow look, not even a little tempted to try it!

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/