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There are few things we love more than going back in time—with our makeup look, that is. In fact, the right makeup techniques can give you the power to transport yourself to another decade. You know what they say, trends have a habit of repeating themselves—and makeup trends are no exception. Today, we’re taking inspiration from the ‘50s. Keeping reading to get a quick ‘50s makeup history lesson and learn about a ‘50s makeup look that’s perfect for modern day!
Before we get into our step-by-step ‘50s makeup tutorial, let’s learn a little about the history behind the look you’re about to create, focusing on some of the most noteworthy makeup trends of the decade. When it comes to face makeup, the ‘50s were all about a heavy, flawless yet natural-looking complexion. Women would turn to cream or liquid foundations, set them with a powder, and then apply a pink or rose-colored blush to their cheeks. For eyes, defined brows that were one shade darker than their natural hue were paired with subtle shadows, winged eyeliner, and mascara on the upper lashes. Red lips were put on the back burner in the ‘50s, with shades of pink with a natural finish becoming the star of the decade.
Ready to try out a ‘50s makeup look for yourself? Follow the steps below!
We mentioned above that ‘50s makeup starts with a flawless complexion, which means 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 True Match Powder. This will provide extra concealing and help keep any shine at bay.
Next, it’s time to add some color to your complexion, and the ‘50s were all about the natural flush. Reach for a pink cream blush, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks in Sexy Flush, and apply it in a “C” and inverted “C” shape on your cheekbones going up toward your temples. Blend the color out with your pointer finger or a makeup blender for a soft finish.
Moving onto your eyes, begin by defining your eyebrows. To get the 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.
Continue your eye makeup with a little eye shadow. Like we mentioned earlier, this era focused on subtle eye shadow shades like pink or pale blue. To get the look, brush the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow in Mademoiselle Pink onto your lids.
Women in this decade wore eyeliner in both black and brown shades. Take your pick, then create your sharpest wing with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner.
Finish off your eyes with a few coats of mascara on your upper lashes, using a shade that matches the color of your liner. Need a product rec? We love the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara.
Lastly, you’ll want to give your lips a swipe or two of subtle color. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Lipcolour in Ballerina Shoes to do just that.
Want more makeup looks that take inspiration from the past? Check out our articles, Travel Back to the Roaring Twenties with This 1920s Makeup Look and 8 '70s Makeup Trends to Try for a Groovy Time.
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