Monday, 22 April 2013
1930's savage makeup, two shades of blusher and double bow lips
(and two green friends)
Last Monday I tried a makeup look from one of the 1930's cosmetic adverts I'd posted. I did the first one, for Savage lipstick. Savagely lovely! The descriptions they used really are the best! It is a night time look, but because I was going to my mother-in-law's for dinner I didn't want to scare her and went pretty softly. I think that because I have worn very light eye makeup for a few months now – just subtle eyeshadow, mascara and brows, no liner – I went even softer with the eyes. Just like getting used to wearing red lipstick, anything very different can be a shock at first and takes some getting used to. I just brushed my pin curls out to make them fluffy. Disco hair! Basing a look on such a stylised illustration is not easy – and getting that pose was impossible, my camera's lens made my mouth massive when I tried, ha! – but it was really fun. The 1930's makeup ideas often were to match your eye shadow to your eye colour, but I used a shimmery pale gold (photographing these sure ain't easy, either!) all over, and added a touch of pastel green to the centre. I darkened my brows with a brown-red-golden-green shadow as well as my usual dark brown. (In the mid 1930's, wearing coloured mascara and eyebrow colours, such as dark blue or green, was a popular evening look). I used two shades of grey shadow to line my eyes, and topped that off with a pencil liner and black mascara. It was sooooo hard ignoring the habit of bringing the eye shape up, and encouraging large, "sad" eyes instead! The two shades of blusher was actually really fun, but if you've already celebrated, oh, say, your 13th birthday, I recommend using a liquid or cream blusher and not a powder. I also highlighted my cheekbones with that pale shimmery gold shadow, just like in the advert. Doing a bow on my lower lip was hard, as I have a scar along the middle of that edge which distorts the line. I think I could do an extreme version, though, another time! I really loved this, especially the eyeshadows. It's not a look to wear if you're just going down the shops, but it is fun. I will definitely do more of these! What do you think? Do you like it? Finally, because posing seriously is just too silly, say hi to Mr Kitty Cat and his friend, Owl.