I’m very excited to be partnering with The Wolf & The Wardrobe to share with you some of my insights involving vintage beauty. I’ve had a lot of people comment that although they are fascinated with the aesthetic of vintage-inspired make-up, they don’t think they can ‘pull it off.’ But I don’t think that’s true; in fact, I believe that these beauty looks are entirely versatile and can be incorporated into anyone’s beauty routine.
I tend to focus on make-up looks from the 1950’s and early 1960’s, but there are a lot of other decades I’m sure would be fun to try out! To achieve the very classic pinup or old Hollywood-inspired make-up, three things are essential: even skin, winged liner, and a bold red lip.
If you look at classic beauties from this period, such as Bettie Page and Marilyn Monroe, you’ll notice they all have radiant, even-toned skin. The best way to achieve this is to maintain a good skincare routine. I use my Clarisonic a few times a week to gently exfoliate my skin, and organic coconut oil to moisturize. I’ve also become a big advocate for face-masks, as they ensure your skin stays healthy and balanced! When it comes to face make-up, finding the right foundation that matches your skin’s needs and its tone is absolutely essential. I tend to have combination skin with minor redness and I am currently in love with the Nars ‘All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation’ in the shade ‘Siberia.’ It’s also important to remember to treat those under-eye circles! Doing so keeps up with that classic youthful image of the 1950’s. I love Ole Hendriksen’s under-eye cooling cucumber gel for night-time. As for makeup, I apply Marc Jacob’s under-eye concealer remedy pen in ‘0 Bright Idea.’ The salmon tones of this gentle concealer combat the blue-ish bags that tend to appear after not getting a good night’s rest.
In the past few years there has been a re-emergence of this trend, and luckily, there are lots of easily accessible tutorials available to you. The trick of the flick is plenty of practice! It can be difficult to ensure that each wing is perfectly even, but patience is key in this area. It’s best to not get too frustrated and trying new techniques until you find one that works for you. I think it’s easiest to use an eyeliner marker to achieve this look, like the Kat Von D Ink Liner or Stila’s eye marker. A less expensive option to try out is the Maybelline version. The most important tip I can give you here is to remember to always close the lid to avoid drying out the product. A good shake before application is also important. For those more comfortable with the gel liner route, make sure you find a good angled brush. Both of these options allow for more control of the liner, thus better precision for application! I find it easiest to draw on the wings first. Using small strokes, I start with the bottom line on each side to make sure they are even, then I gently apply a connecting line over top that initial line to create a triangle. From there, I fill in the wing and slowly apply the liner to the rest of my lashline, ensuring that it decreases in width slowly as it passes the pupil towards the inner corner of the eye. I use a flat concealer brush to fix any mistakes I may have made.
Bold Red Lips:
Perhaps the most fun and identifiable part of this classic look is the cherry lips! It’s important to keep lips hydrated and apply a lip primer before starting the process. I like the ones from Mac and Bite Beauty. Then, use a lip liner to gently outliner the lips. If you’re unsure of how to do this, consult The Wolf & The Wardrobe’s previous post on lip liner application. Next, choose a red lipstick that works well with your skin tone. Since I have a porcelain complexion with red undertones, I gravitate towards lippies with blue undertones. These also make teeth appear whiter! My sister has yellow undertones, so she prefers an orange-undertoned red lipstick. I love Mac’s Ruby Woo, but sometimes I want a deeper colour, so I use Stila’s liquid lipstick in Beso. After gently applying your lipstick over your lips, make sure to grab a tissue and blot your lips. You can also use a translucent powder over top of the tissue to really set it in place (a trick I learned from Alyssa).
If you love this look but are overwhelmed or hesitant to incorporate all of these aspects into your beauty routine, you can just focus on one or two that really draw you to it. The beauty about beauty is the fact that you can always do whatever you want with it, and have fun!
I hope you learned a little something about achieving the basics of this classic look, and look forward to writing again!