Monday, August 24, 2015

Vintage Makeup 1940s

This post is the first of a series where I will be attempting to recreate some vintage makeup looks.  I thought I would start with my favourite decade, the 1940s.  This style of makeup totally suits my ability (or lack thereof!) and limited time, what with having four kids and never enough time to myself.  I also like that the eyes are kept very natural looking, and in reality this is exactly how I've been doing my eye makeup for a while anyway.  The red lips are a bold statement for me, but it is slowly growing on me, and I have even ventured out of doors and up the street looking like this!  What a triumph!  Today my hair style is courtesy of a short tutorial video I watched yesterday over on The Boyer Sisters blog, a very easy hair roll, that...yes!...was very easy, and I managed it in the first go.

For a little makeup history the 1940s were a time of rationing, from food, clothing, supplies, and yes..even makeup.  This was to the point where women were often forced to make do with what they had, so boot polish used as mascara was not out of the question.  However wearing makeup was encouraged, particularly the bold red lip, and it was considered to be 'necessary and vital' to the US war effort, and as a moral booster for the busy women on the home front.  British women were doing just the same, the bright red lips being worn as a symbol of courage and resistance and masking their grief. 

So without further ado, let's get on to the makeup.
Being quite a simple look I didn't have to go out and buy any special makeup, I had everything I needed already.  Products used were:
 
Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer 001
Clinque Super Balanced Makeup in 04 "Cream Chamois"
Urban Decay Basics Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette - Colours "Skimp" and "Primal"
Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liquid Eyeliner
Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Mascara in "Night Fall"
Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Blush in "Pink Ladies"
MAC Lipstick Matte in "Viva Glam"
Just so you can get an idea of the difference this 1940s look made to my tired old face, this is my ghastly 'before' shot.  For some reason I put my eyebrows on lop sided today.....
 
Anyway, starting with primer and foundation....
Now I don't wear foundation often, but for the purpose of this demonstration I have.  Normally I just put on a moisturiser and then once that has absorbed into my skin I use a tinted moisturiser by Natio.  Love this product.  But today I have decided to do it properly.  A primer will help get your skin ready for foundation and help you get a smoother finish.  I'm going light on the foundation here because I'm not that big a fan, and I'm also using a liquid foundation because I find that a powder will 'stick' to my crows feet and wrinkles around my eyes and make them look worse.  For a true 1940s look a matte finish is preferable, but today my preference was to NOT look like the Crypt Monster.
I was quite pleased to discover that a 1940s 'eye' was exactly how I've been doing mine anyway, which is just a light dusting of colour, and is very natural.  With your eyeshadow brush apply a neutral beige shade to your whole eyelid, then apply a slightly darker neutral, or a light brown to the socket and blend.
Ok so liquid eyeliner is not my strong point, so you might have to squint when you look at this bit and just imagine it looks perfect!  For a 1940s look you will need to only apply a thin line along the eyelashes of your upper lid, from the inner corner to the outside, and just extend slightly past the outer corner.  You don't need the little flick, that's a 50s thing!
 
Now if you have a brow kit here you would be defining your brows and accentuating the arch, and also having them quite thick.  I have pretty out there brows as it is without adding extra colour or thickness to them, so I always let them do their own thing.  I know, I probably shouldn't, but that's just the way it is.
Anyway, this is my finished eyeshadow.
Don't forget the mascara.  Quite a thick coat, but only on the top lashes, which this actually suits me too because I ALWAYS forget to put mascara on my bottom lashes!  Idiot!  However for a night time look, or a bit of Hollywood glamour, you can put it on your lower lashes too. 
Just a light dusting of blush (or they called it rouge then), in a rosy pink to the apples of your cheeks.  Why do they call them apples?  Anyone??
And then finally top it off with a bright red lipstick.  The traditional colour of the 1940s was a real pillar box red, but go with what you've got.  This is the first real red shade I've ever owned and was chosen for me by the lady at the MAC counter (thank you makeup lady), and she successfully picked out a shade that remarkably suits my skin tone and weirdly brings out the green in my eyes. 
Voila!  The finished 1940s vintage makeup look!












21 comments:

  1. Very pretty, timelessly becoming makeup look. Add a bit more of a winged liner (I know, not as common in the 40s as the 50s) to the picture and it's not far off what my daily vintage makeup look at all.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica! I have noticed your makeup and the little extra wings on your liner! That will be my next attempt I think!

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  2. it turned out so well! here from kiki's blog!

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  3. I like it, Amber, it suits you well. As you say, it's what you have been doing these last few weeks so it's not a great change to try to take in.

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    1. Anything more complicated will be a challenge I'm sure! You wouldn't know it but my sister is a makeup artist. Obviously not a genetic thing!

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  4. Lovely, Amber! I love the 1940's. :)

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    1. Thank you Linda! I love the whole innocence of the 40s (and the fashion and music wasn't too bad either!)

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  5. Love the red lippy that you've chosen for this look! :D

    ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

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  6. Whoa girl look at you! I swear a while back you said you didn't know how to do makeup and you are SO wrong. This is stunning and really impressive! You really embody this 1940's look so well! (:

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    1. Gee thanks Kiki! x My grandmother would have been in her 30s during the Second World War, and I'm looking more and more like her as I get older...so I think this is why I can pull this look off (!)

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  7. OOOOOHHHHH MMY GOSH YOU LOOK SO GOOD I'M DYING OVER HERE. WOW. Like DAMN. I literally don't have any words to say. I love that you're venturing out with red lipstick!!! It's beautiful and that shade is perfect for your skin tone! I AM IN LOVE OH MY GOSH.

    Much LOVE!!!

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    1. Aw...gee shucks! Thanks so much! (I love you too ;) tee hee

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  8. I love the beautiful red lip, it's one of my favorite things about the look.

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    1. Thank you Raquel! It's a bit out there for me, but I'm getting used to it!

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