Vintage Inspired Evening Makeup

For today’s post, I thought I would share a vintage inspired evening look tutorial for those summer nights out on the town. This look is not from any specific decade or era, but rather a combination of favourite makeup styles from previous decades using trends and colour palettes that are popular today.

1940s Inspired Complexion If you look back at the makeup trends of the 1940s, the looks of the time are natural, conservative, but also fresh. Inspired by the minimalist makeup of the forties era, I used a light coverage liquid foundation. I applied a light amount of foundation to the t-zone area of the face and blended the applied foundation outwards all over the face and neck using a damp blending sponge. I also applied a light amount of concealer under the eyes and on areas that required additional coverage. To set the makeup, I used a light amount of translucent powder.

Modern Eyes with 1950s Style Eyeliner Almost a year ago, I attended a makeup event where they discussed the upcoming makeup trends we could expect over the next year. One of the trends was eye shadow in the shades of maroon and wine. I love incorporating current trends into vintage looks and applied a  matte burgundy eye shadow to the crease of the eyelid. I then mixed the burgundy shade with a dark brown eye shadow and applied it to the outer corner of the upper lid and lower lash line. Using a clean blending brush, I blended away any harsh lines. I finished the eye with a shimmery pink shade over the lid and in the inner corner of the eye to create a warm and rosy finish. Using black liquid liner, I lined the upper lid, thickening the liner in the outer corner of the eye to angle the liner upwards as was the typical look in the 1950s era. I also applied a thick coat of black mascara to the upper and lower lashes.

Retro Blush & Lipstick Before applying blush, I added a light amount of bronzer to the hollows of the cheeks. This was to add definition to the look. I then applied a shimmery coral blush to the cheeks. Inspired by the blush trends of the 1960s, I applied the blush higher up on the cheekbones, to again, add definition to the face. Prior to the 1960s, blush was often applied all over the cheeks or in the apples of the cheeks. In the 1960s, the use of blush was more minimal and was usually applied higher on the cheekbones to create a youthful look. For the lipstick, I used a cherry coloured lipstick with a glossy finish. The texture reminds me of the lipsticks worn in the 1970s, where makeup trends of the time were fresh, dewy and shimmery.

Classic Brows Returning back to the 1950s, I slightly exaggerated the natural arch of the brow for a sharper, angled brow.

To complete the look, I used a vintage style scarf as a hair accessory. Scarves as hair accessories have been popular throughout almost every decade. I think back to the earthy bandanas worn in the late 1990s, or the headscarves of the 1970s, wrapped atop long curly hair. So many of the vintage techniques featured in this look can still be worn with style today. While this look is not a classic recreation of a particular decade, it combines the makeup trends of some of my favorite decades along with today’s popular colour palettes for a fresh evening look for summer nights.