Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Vintage Makeup

I haven't done a fashion post in a while, and I know some of my followers really enjoyed the last ones, so I thought I'd do a short one today. :)

Makeup looks changed a lot through the years.
In the early 1900's, makeup was used, but only the richest women used it, and it was very hush-hush.
 Painting your face was considered taboo, and no respectable woman would admit the secret to her flawless look.
 Eyebrows were plucked to a perfect but natural shape, cheeks were painted very sparingly with a small amount of rouge, and then powdered.
 Lips were tinted just slightly.

And then came the Roaring Twenties, where women wanted to break away from the polite and respectable earlier decade.
 Eyes were painted to look smoky, and lined with eye-liner to enhance the look of a wide eye.
Lips were shaped in a pouty look, cheeks pink and painted, and all in all, the look was very unnatural.

!930's the brows were plucked to near nothingness, and then drawn over again in a very thin line.
 Lips were painted in a cupid's bow, and cheeks were pale and powdered with a small amount of blush.

In the 1940's, the war brought a shortage of items, but women made the most of it.
 Lips were painted in their natural shape, always red, brows were plucked but natural looking, and cheeks were painted in an upside down triangle to enhance the cheekbones.
 Mascara was a must, but eyes remained much more clean and natural compared to the earlier two decades.

In the 1950's, the war was over, and peace returned to our land, so the women took advantage of the happy period.
Brows were thick and defined, lips painted naturally, cheeks powdered with pink blush, eyes were defined with lashes and lashes of mascara and lined with thick eyeliner.

Just a short history. ;)



  1. Wow, this is such a great post! I agree with Daminika -- the 40s look beats all. :)

    Sophia xx
    A Lantern In Her Hand
    The Inkpot Girl

  2. I enjoyed this! :) Its always interesting to read even if I don't know much about make-up ;)

  3. It's interesting stuff alright. ;)

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    1. Well, actually, there is a wide variety of looks today, but the main one is thick, very unnatural looking brows, (a new thing is shaving them off and putting on stick-on brows) contouring the face (shadowing and highlighting) thick, shadowy eye makeup, and 3-D lips.Some looks aren't too bad, but some are pretty extreme... ;)