Lauren Rennells, author of Vintage Hairstyling, (see my review here) has recently published another fantastic guide for helping gals get an authentic vintage look, this time with makeup! Retro Makeup:Techniques for Applying the Vintage Look has easy to follow tutorials on how to achieve your favorite era specific makeup look. As you can see from the table of contents, every decade is covered from the 1920s through the 1960s. And you can purchase it here.
There is also plenty of really interesting information on the history of cosmetics and some really fun facts about makeup fads through the ages. For instance, there is something very cool that flappers did to their knees that I never knew about! But you’ll have to get the book to find out, because I’m not telling!
Just like nowadays, makeup trends were often fueled by celebrities. The chapter for the 1930s explains how to get the glamorous looks of Claudette Colbert, Jean Harlow and Hedy Lamarr, among others!
The chapter on 1940s makeup is fascinating, with information on what women did to conserve lipstick and alternatives they used for various cosmetics due to war rationing. Some of the tips are certainly still useful today! Makeup tended toward a more natural look and there are tutorials on getting a Rita Hayworth or Billie Holiday look.
Here’s the chapter you go to when you want to channel Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn or famous 50s supermodel Suzy Parker. Lots of variations on the “cat eye” or “winged” liner look, which I absolutely love, but have yet to master. And I’m hoping with the tips in the book, I’ll finally pull it off!
The 1960s chapter covers all the brighter, more colorful, eye makeup techniques worn with a paler lip. Trends fueled by models like Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton.
There is also great information on makeup brushes, their different sizes and uses, which I found extremely helpful. I don’t know about you, but when I walk into an Ulta and see the vast array of brushes, I am totally baffled by what to do with all of them. Now I know. Also, great tips on how to decide which red lipstick shades and eyeshadows are most flattering to your skin tone.
And for those who want to delve even further into the whole vintage makeup history thing, there is an extensive bibliography in the back of the book.
In my opinion, this book is a must have for every vintage loving dame out there!
Have a glamorous day !