With holiday parties and festivities coming up, it seems like the perfect time to prep for 2012’s hottest winter beauty look: the 1950s Hollywood bombshell who had full brows, defined red lips, and a matte nude face. We take a look at some of our favorite icons from the fifties and show you how to get the iconic look for a glamorous New Years Eve with a fifties inspired makeup tutorial.
The 1950’s Hollywood Glamour
If you’ve seen any Alfred Hitchcock movie, it’s impossible not to think that the leading blondes look beautiful, in particular Grace Kelly. Makeup and fashion from the fifties is still gorgeous today, introducing Christian Dior’s feminine “New Look” shape, A-line skirts, Chanel dress suits, and heightened elegance and glamour that’s become a benchmark in the history of beauty. The fifties also brought about some of the most unforgettable film actresses who were the first to experience celebrity stardom: Grace Kelly, Kim Novac, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marilyn Monroe became icons of style and beauty that’s been replicated today by celebrities such as Dita Von Teese, Katy Perry, Christina Hendricks and Christina Aguilera (post-Dirrty and pre-Voice days).
1950’s Inspired Makeup Tutorial
We got in touch with the team behind Le Métier de Beauté, the “Hermès of beauty brands”. They invited us to their counter at San Francisco’s Neiman Marcus where we met with Regional Artist Richard Marquez. Here’s how Chictopia member Libby got the modern fifties look:
1. Prep your skin before putting on the base. You’re going to be using heavier foundation for this look, so be sure to moisturize. Libby became one of the first to try Le Métier de Beauté’s new Peel and Glow Mask which gave her younger and healthier post-spa skin in just a few minutes. You can also use an everyday moisturizer to replenish your skin.
2. Apply tinted moisturizer and matte foundation. The key to getting the 1950’s look is starting off with a nude canvas. Start by adding some tinted moisturizer to the under eye area. Then, make sure your complexion looks clear and pigmentations are no longer visible— foundation should be put on like a thin mask. Complete your base with a matching colored powder.
3. Use light colored eye shadows. Use a white eye shadow directly underneath your brows to give them some added definition. Libby wears pastel pink color eye shadows on her eyelids. For a more modern look, add black eyeliner. Be sure not to draw it too thick, since you don’t want your eyes to appear too dark. Less is more with this step! If you’d like to go for a sexier pin up look, add winged/cat eyes.
4. Fill your eyebrows. The 1950’s were all about full eyebrows— fill them thicker in the corners and make sure to define your arch and end with a clean, thin tip. Take your time with this part. Richard says “You want them to be sisters, but you don’t want an evil twin!”
5. Add blush where you blush naturally. You can skip this part if you want to go for a traditional 1950’s look, but if you want a more natural look, blush will warm up your face and add contour.
6. Give yourself a defined red lip. This part is what will give your face the fifties vibe! If you have thin lips, you can use a red lip liner to make them look fuller and customize the shape. If not, just apply a rose red lip color using a brush.
7. Apply lots of mascara. Don’t be afraid to go all out with mascara to bring out your eyes and brows. Make sure that you curl your lashes beforehand.
Photos taken by Amethyst