How to do a 1950s style make-up
Some of the leading icons from the golden age of Hollywood such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor represent the epitome of what 1950s make-up looks like. What is great about the classic 1950s look is that it is actually really simple to achieve. The key thing to bear in mind is that when you do this make-up, it looks its best when it is completely flawless. From the matt foundation, to the full red lipstick and liquid eyeliner – follow the steps below to bring some of that old Hollywood glamour back to life!
It is always important to moisturise before you apply make-up, especially when you are looking for a flawless finish as is the case with this look. Apply over the face and neck areas.
The classic look for the foundation in the 1950s had a very flawless and matt finish. Therefore, this look will work best with foundations, which will provide a high coverage, such as a cream foundation, or a liquid foundation that has a high coverage. Also use a matt foundation rather than one with a shiny finish. To achieve this flawless look, you should be looking to use brushes which will give you that airbrushed and soft finish; which will not only look great in person, but will also look great photographed. The kinds of brushes used to give this finish are kabuki foundation brushes. The Nanshy kabuki foundation brushes are great to use for this look, as they come in a set of five, with each brush designed for each aspect of foundation application. From the flat angled buffer brush which gives an even foundation coverage, to the pointed foundation brush which smooth’s out concealer application – the kabuki foundation brushes will help you to produce a perfect 1950s look.
Choose a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone and apply it with a concealer brush to the under eye area, and any other blemishes and marks on the face. If you have a pointed Nanshy kabuki brush, you can go over these areas gently with the pointed foundation brush to soften any harsh lines created here. You can experiment with concealer palette to get the best possible match.
To fix the foundation and get rid of any extra shine, apply a translucent powder. For this 1950s look, apply liberally to make sure you have an even and good coverage. Add extra coverage over the eyelids.
The 1950s eye shadow look is very simple. After you have powdered the eyelids with translucent powder, simply apply a white eye shadow over the lids and up to the eyebrow line. Once you have done this, use a black eye shadow with an eye shadow contour brush and draw in a line at the eye socket. Then use a blending brush to ever so slightly soften this black line in the socket.
Liquid or cake eyeliners are ideal to use for this look. As 1950s make-up is so precise, both of these eyeliners will give that clean precise look you are aiming for. Other eyeliners such as kohl pencils give a softer look which may not exactly suitable to use here. For a 1950s-look eyeliner, draw a line on the top of the lashes. Make this line a little thicker in the middle to make the eye appear larger than it is. For the outer corner, the 1950s eye classically had a flick. To do this, simply look at the bottom lashes and the outer corner of the eyebrow, the space between these two points will determine the direction that you want to draw your flick. Start at the outer corner of the top lid, draw a line, and then fill in to give a flick look. Apply a thin natural looking line to the lower lashes.
You can use eyebrow powder, or just a regular eye shadow to fill in your brows. In the 1950s, eyebrows were very strong, and so it would be ideal to use a colour which is the same, or a shade darker, than your natural hair colour. They also loved a very structured brow, so try and fill in the brow, emphasising on making a strong arch shape.
Unlike a lot of modern day blusher, in the 1950s, they didn’t apply their blush with a lot of structure. For this look use a peach powder blush and apply over the cheeks as a flush. This will give the face a pretty flush of colour over the cheek area, but without any strong structure.
During the 1950s, people classically made their lips as round and as red as possible. To do this; first line the lips, making sure that the liner is emphasising the roundness of your lips. Then add colour with the liner all over your lips to ensure that not only the lipstick colour stays on longer, but to add intensity to the colour. Once you have lined the lips, fill with a bright, or deep red lipstick colour. To make the lipstick last longer blot, then reapply. Finally, apply a liberal amount of clear lip-gloss.
Finally to really add drama to the eyes, add some false eyelashes. The best glue I can recommend for applying the lashes is DUO glue. Once you have applied the lashes, you can always touch up the liquid liner if needed.
I hope you have fun recreating this classic 1950s look! Feel free to post links to your 1950s makeovers for us at BeautyStore4u and for our readers to see!