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How To Create A Classic 1950s Makeup Look

Beauty is timeless.
June 28, 2019

One of the most amazing things about makeup is there are so many beauty looks and styles to try. And, like the classic cat-eye or a bright red lip, some makeup looks never go out of style. In fact, the right makeup techniques can give you the power to recreate looks that capture the feel of a certain place in time. The 1950s were an iconic period in beauty, with the boom of the cosmetic industry and celebrity beauty legends on the rise. This decade used makeup to enhance features while keeping a soft, naturally flawless face. Its timeless elegance and easy techniques make  ‘50s makeup something everyone can recreate. Below, we’re sharing a 50’s makeup tutorial that’s perfect to try right now 

How To Get A ‘50s Makeup Look

The perfect ’50s face is defined by a few signature makeup elements For the face, a flawless yet natural-looking complexion with darker defined brows was the go-to. On the eyes were subtle shadows and winged eyeliner with light lashes. The look was finished with a deep red or a natural pink hue on the lips. If this sounds like chic glam that you’d want to try for yourself follow the steps below. 

Step #1: Perfect Your Base

For the flawless ‘50s complexion, you’ll want to reach for a skin-perfecting foundation. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight using a makeup blender, which provides lightweight, buildable coverage with a natural finish. To further perfect your base, top the foundation off with a face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24hr Fresh Wear Foundation-in-a-Powder. This will provide extra concealing and help keep any shine at bay.

Step #2: Color Your Cheeks

The ‘50s were all about the natural flush. Add some color to your complexion with a pink cream blush like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Satin Blush With Camellia Oil In Rosewood. Start on your cheekbones going up toward your temples. Blend the color out with your pointer finger or a makeup blender for a soft finish.

Step #3: Define Your Brows

To define your eyebrows for this retro look, use an eyebrow pencil that is one shade darker than your natural brow. Use the ultra-fine tip of the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil to draw tiny brow hair-like strokes to fill in sparse areas and sharpen the shape of your arch, then use the attached spoolie to brush your brows and blend out any excess product.

Step #4: Paint Your Lids

This era focused on subtle eyeshadow shades like a pink or pale blue. So to get the look, brush the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow in Mademoiselle Pink onto your lids.

Step #5: Line Your Eyes

Define your eye shape and create your sharpest wing with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner and our guide to How To Do Sharp Winged Eyeliner The Easy Way.

Step #6: Coat Your Lashes

Finish off your eyes with a few coats of mascara using the L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara Lightweight Mega Volume Washable on your upper lashes. 

Step #7: Color Your Pout

Give your lips a swipe of color with a red or pink hue like the L’Oréal Paris Les Nus by Colour Riche Intense Nude Lipstick in Nu Determine.

Next: 3 Gorgeous Soft Glam Makeup Ideas To Try

Written by: Lauren Paige Richeson, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn


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