The dames in the 1940s were ideally “naturally beautiful,” not like the tanned, athletic and fresh-scrubbed 1970s women, but in a soft, feminine and rosy way. Vivien Leigh, Jennifer Jones, Ava Gardner and Ingrid Bergman were among the most famous and beautiful faces of the decade. In the history of Old Hollywood, the makeup of this era is one of the easiest to re-create. Keep that in mind the next time you are invited to a costume party.
Things You’ll Need:
Foundation in your skin tone
Translucent rosy powder
Dark-brown eyebrow pencil or powder
Eye makeup primer
Black or black-brown mascara
False strip eyelashes
Black liquid eyeliner
Light rosy blush
Highly pigmented lip liner in a shade of red and matching lipstick
Apply foundation in your skin tone.
Dust your face lightly with a translucent rose-tinged powder to give your complexion a natural-looking, pinkish hue.
Shape and define well-groomed brows with a brow pencil or powder in a shade that matches your hair colour if you have dark hair, but darker by a notch or two if you have light hair. Eyebrows should appear perfect, with pronounced arches, regardless of thickness.
Apply a soft, subtle shade of eye makeup primer on your lids to complement your skin tone. Very sheer eyeshadow is fine; the focus for 1940s eyes is on the lashes.
Curl your eyelashes and lightly stroke black or black-brown mascara on your top lashes.
Glue false strip lashes that are longer than your natural ones on your upper lash line, just enough to make your real ones appear more noticeable and defined.
Use a black liquid eyeliner over the region where your false lashes meet your lash line. Make sure your line is very thin, fine and even.
Buff a light, rosy blush softly into the apples of your cheeks. Blend hard edges away with a makeup sponge to keep your look natural.
Exaggerate your top lip by drawing slightly past your natural lip line with a waxy highly pigmented lip liner. Select a shade of red that suits your colouring and your current mood. True red, tomato red and orange red were very popular in the 1940s, but deeper and cooler reds, such as raspberry and crimson, were common as well.
Draw over your bottom lip line following its natural contour. Still using the lip liner, fill in your new lip shape.
Layer on a lipstick in a matching shade with a lip brush for even coverage.
Top Reverse Roll Hair Instructions
Roll small sections of hair. Roll hair from the ends to the roots. Use soft rollers and roll hair away from your face. Begin with the top layer and work your way to the bottom layers of hair. This way, you will be less likely to miss strands. If time is short, use a curling iron and lightly spray with hairspray to hold hair in place. This works best with shoulder-length hair. If your hair is thick or slightly longer, this may take more time and may require you to roll smaller sections of hair. Once the curls have set, take the rollers out.
Part your hair. For this hairstyle, make three parts: one part on each side of your head from front to back and a third part across the back of your head. These parts create a rectangular patch of hair that you can hold up off the top of your head.