Vintage Makeup

Have I mentioned how much they loved grooming videos?

Good Grooming Beauty Tips

Keep your face clean and moisturized.

    Moisturizer helps prevent wrinkles and allows makeup to apply smoothly.

Maintain eyebrows.

    Using the three point method, measure a straight line from the corner of your nostril to your tear duct on one side of your face. Pluck away anything on the outside (going away) of that mark on your eyebrow. From nostril to over your iris is your highest point and you should pluck to accentuate it. The nostril to the outer corner of the eye is your ending point. The brow should taper off to that point. Your personal face shape will determine the magnitude in which you should shape your brows. A rounder face may have more arched brows while a more angular face could have softer, rounded brows to create balance. Many stylists say to only pluck below the brow. I shape above and below and have always done so with no problem. It depends on your needs.

Know your skin tone.

    This little tip will save you a lot of headache down the line in matching makeup, clothes, and pigments to your skin tone. Look at your wrist. To determine your undertone (which is your actual color aside from your shade which is dependent on ethnicity) you must look at your veins. If the veins are blue or purple you are a cool undertone, if they are green then you are warm, and if they have green and blue you are neutral. Another indicator is if you burn you are cool, if you tan you are warm, and if you burn and then tan you are neutral. The shades then fall into very wide range. You can have a very dark skin tone with cool undertones as well as be very light with warm undertones.

Learn your angles.

    This is a good tip for photos, flirting, and overall interacting with others. Watch yourself in the mirror, have a conversation with yourself, turn your face one way then the other, lower your head then raise it. This will also give you an idea of where you may be lacking so you can compensate with makeup as needed, particularly when it comes to highlighting and contouring. Make some ugly faces while you’re at it. Pretend to laugh. This may seem silly but knowing what you look like in the most natural states as possible will bring some of your own habits into mind and help you change them.

Learn your face shape.

    This goes beyond your angles and takes your entire face’s bone structure into account. In a mirror after a shower and hair pulled back you can trace the outline of your face. You can also blur your vision and do the same. If you’re at your computer you can turn on your webcam, look as straight as possible into the camera, take the shot, open MS paint or another art program and trace the best you can around your face. This comes in handy when it comes to hairstyles and clothing.


    Even though it is not necessary, a good inexpensive alternative to primer is Chafing Gel. The ingredients are nearly the same as expensive primers, except for corn starch. If you have a corn starch allergy then you, unfortunately, will need a more expensive product. This is what I use: DHC Velvet Skin Coat

Perfume is for you, not your neighbor.

    It’s distressing being hit with a wall of fragrance when someone walks by, whether it suits them or not. Less is more when it comes to perfume. We all have our own chemical makeup which will react with our perfumes as well. One scent does not fit all. Essential oils make a wonderful natural fragrance. There is no drying alcohol and a little goes a long way.
    Forearm. Behind the ear/neck. Behind the knees. Ankles.

Always start with a clean, moisturized face. Putting a primer on is wonderful, but not necessary. If I’m doing something special I’ll usually use a primer along with my liquid foundation or my mineral powder. 1950’s women did not do as much highlight and contour as many girls do today–they certainly did do it, though. In fact they emphasized skin care more than covering it up, opting for a more simple and natural look most of the time.

Traditionally they used a sponge to apply makeup. I personally like using brushes, though I do own a beauty blender sponge. I use my brushes for both liquid and powder makeup and rarely use sponges at all.

Applying Warpaint

When you have a nice even coverage of foundation you can put on your blush. For cream blush (which is lovely) you may want to put this on first and be mindful of how much foundation you put over that part of your cheek. Putting the cream blush over foundation might rub off the foundation and make it discolored. If you already have nice skin it won’t be too much of an issue though. Blend the blush in well either way.

Highlight your brow bone with the lightest eye shadow, cover the lid with the medium, and then the crease with the darker. The darkest (if you have it) can be used right at the outer corner of your eye or after your eyeliner goes on to help blend out the liner. After your eye shadow is blended evenly, put on your eyeliner and wing it out. Pinks and brows make for a nice, natural everyday pinup look. Alternatively, you can just cover your lid with your foundation and not use any eye shadow at all and only use the eyeliner.

Ladies, just like today, didn’t always use eyeliner. Instead they might have focused on a nicely arched, light colored brow and a dark mascara. Having the eye shadow will give it depth, even if it’s nicely blended that it’s unnoticeable (which is what you want).

Lips should be carefully drawn and shaped to emphasize the Cupid’s bow but not over drawn and then filled in with color. You may choose to set your makeup as you like with a Fix-It spray or translucent powder. Remember that vintage women used mostly matte colors. Be sure your do not look “cakey” or over powdered.

The thicker you put on your makeup and the bolder the colors the more “special occasion” it will be. With a correcting cream and some powders the more everyday it will look and feel and the more likely you’ll be to wear it on a daily basis with how easy and refreshing it will look.

Weapons of Choice

Creams, cream cleansers and bb creams. What does it all mean?

Cold Creams

Or Cream Cleansers. These are your pre-treatment creams in your face washing routine. Products such as POND’S Cold Cream Cleanser and Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser are age old methods used in makeup removal. They simply make makeup removal easier rather than scrubbing with soap and water.

Vanishing Creams

These creams are defined as creams that go on without residue. In other words they are moisturizers.


Primers are creamy gels that help in the application and longevity of makeup. They are not a necessary step in a daily routine, but they do help especially for those with large pores and dry skin. Mineral makeup companies also make powdered primers.

Tinted Moisturizer

These are primarily moisturizers with a slight nude tint. It gives the face a little more color and very slightly may even out skin tone. This is the lightest of color coverage.

BB Cream

This is a moderate tinted moisturizer with might-medium color coverage. These may be used as a primer or on their own. They are heavier than tinted moisturizers but lighter than foundation and serve as a very modest “all in one” solution for those who care to wear minimal makeup. Most of these will have SPF and should be used generously or in combination with a sunblock.

CC Cream

These are much like BB creams only they are used as a color corrector primarily. They contain different properties to create a desired color correcting effect.

Foundation Cream

While the coverage of BB and CC creams will vary between brands, foundation creams will give you the heaviest skin coverage. To me cream or liquid foundation are only for those who absolutely need it for every day use, or for more weekend/nightly occasions. There certainly is no harm in wearing this daily if you have to go to work, but for around the house it is a bit much.

On that note…


Cosmetic translucent powders, baby powders, tinted powders, and mineral powders…

Translucent and tinted powders are ideal for setting makeup (meaning applying powder over a liquid base once it’s dried and brushing off excess powder to help keep the makeup from smudging and flaking). Baby powder can also be used for this but the major differences between baby powder and cosmetic setting powders are the ingredients. Baby powder is Talcum powder while cosmetic powders have a lot more minerals and may not contain any Talcum. The minerals in translucent powders do different things for us such as creates more matte affects, shimmer, SPF, or color corrections. It depends on what you buy.

HD powder though will cause unsightly white blotches due to the mineral reactions with flash photography. I strive to just stay away from it.

Mineral powders are as they sound. The different minerals used have different pigments which changes the overall color of the product being used. Certain mineral blends will give heavier coverage and some blends are designed for more oil prone skin than others, so read the label. I love my mineral foundation for every day use in combination with a BB cream. It all depends on your needs and the effort you’re willing to put in.

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