I've always been obsessed with 'The Hollywood Golden Age', I enjoy knowing things about celebrities in general but when it comes to the Film stars of the 1920s to the 1960s, there is something so much more interesting about them than the celebrities today. A lot of the big stars of that time are known for having tragic stories and interesting scandals linked with their names, I'm very much guilty of reading about behind the scenes gossip and watching a lot of documentaries about that era.
Around the time I started to fall in love with makeup I remember I stumbled across a 2 part video series made by YouTuber Lisa Eldridge. In the series, Eldridge visits the home of historian and author Madeleine Marsh and together the pair take a look at some vintage makeup and the history behind it. I remember when I first viewed the series back in 2013 I was absolutely fascinated with the history behind the makeup and how looks have developed over the decades. Very recently the second part of the series (which you can watch here) was recommended to me through YouTube and I found myself watching the video again three years after I originally had! I was inspired by Lisa Eldridge to create my own little blog series on makeup through the decades so that is exactly what I'm going to do! The first post in this series is a look at makeup in the 1950s as well as my own mini tutorial on a classic pin up look.
I really hope you learn a lot through this series, enjoy!
Having been extremely difficult to get a hold off throughout the 1940s, makeup was to make a huge comeback in the 50s. It was throughout this wonderful decade that makeup was to enter it's 'Golden Age', this is exactly why I chose to start my series here. Some of the biggest stars of the decade included Elizabeth Taylor, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day but perhaps the biggest starlet of the 1950s was Marilyn Monroe. Monroe had a close relationship with her makeup artist Allan “Whitey” Snyder and together the pair created the iconic 'Marilyn look'. I did a lot of research into Marilyn's makeup secrets as well as looking at the classic pin up girl look and tried to create as close to a historically accurate makeup tutorial as I could.
PRIMING THE FACE
As I've mentioned in previous blog posts when it comes to priming the face I've always used the same product - Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream. Whilst I was doing my research I learnt that Marilyn Monroe used to either prime her face using Vaseline or Nivea moisturiser. She liked her skin to have a youthful glow which she believed she got through covering her face in Vaseline. After I applied my moisturiser I went in and applied my normal foundation - Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc. Luckily for me and my complexion, a lot of the biggest starlets of the time were know for having pale skin some of the best brands for liquid foundations were Max Factor and Elizabeth Arden. I primed my eyes using my Makeup Revolution Concealer and also used this palette to cover any redness and the rather large spot I have on my forehead.
Thin brows had been extremely popular throughout the 20s, 30s and 40s but by the start of the 50s women liked a strong, thick brow with a high arch. Now I've been growing my eyebrows out for a few weeks now so as you can probably see in the picture above there are quite a few sparse areas within my brows but they are getting reasonably thick. Throughout the 50s using pencil to fill in the brows was very popular, so in order to create my 50s brow I used my Soap & Glory brow archery pencil and then went in with a dark brown powder. I blocked off my brow just as Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor used to do and tried to give myself a higher arch. The eyes were kept very minimal with very little shadow applied. Usually just one shadow was applied but some of the big names of the time liked to add a little into the crease. Marilyn Monroe used to take a white eye shadow and blend it all the way up to her brow bone and into her inner corners to add more depth, the eye was inspired by Greta Garbo. I chose to do a Marilyn Monroe eye, so I took a white shadow from my Morphe 35b Palette (which as I've mentioned before is difficult to get a hold of but I have found one link) and blended it all over my lid. I then took my favourite matte brown - Cyprus Umber from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette and blended it very softly into my crease. During the 1950s, the 'cat eye wing' became extremely popular, so to create my wing I took my Maybelline Master Precise Liner and went over it with a black shadow. I then took a brown liner on my waterline and went back to Cyprus Umber for underneath my lash line. To finish off I took my Lash Sensational Mascara and added this to my lashes of course. I do not like fake eyelashes one bit, I don't enjoy applying the lashes and I don't like the look of them on me! So unlike all the big stars of the time (especially Marilyn Monroe) I chose not to apply fake lashes, but go ahead and apply them if you'd like to! Elizabeth Taylor actually didn't apply fake lashes either, Taylor was born with distichiasis, this is a genetic condition that resulted in an extra set of lashes.
Going in with my Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer under my eyes, I got rid of any fall out from the shadows and tried to cover the little panda eyes I had going on. I didn't use too much powder on my skin cause I wanted to keep that Marilyn Monroe glow, I did however powder under my eyes to set my concealer, to do this I used my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Throughout the 50s pastel pinks were usually applied to the apple of the cheeks. In addition to this, blush was used to shape the face, Marilyn Monroe liked to add a lot of pink to her cheeks so that is exactly what I did. I took my Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Hot Spice and added the pinkest shade to my cheeks, onto my nose (a little trick Marilyn always did) and above my brows.
After I'd finished with blush I took my Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer to lightly contour my nose. Using the same black liner I took for my wing, I recreated Marilyn's mole. The mole isn't essential to a 1950s inspired look but I think it looks pretty and I really wanted to add it.
I finished off my look with the lips - red was the staple lip colour of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield loved the red lip as did a lot of Hollywood's biggest stars. I took my red Maybelline Colour Sensational Liner to line my lips and then went in with my Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick in Siren in scarlet.
And that is my finished 1950s inspired makeup look, through doing this I definitely realised how many Maybelline products I own!
I was thinking of doing a separate blog post on 1950s pin up hair because there are so many different hairstyles to choose from which I would love to recreate.
I hope you enjoyed this post, next up is the 1960s which I'm so excited to do, I have a feeling it's going to be a long post but for now do try to recreate this 50s look and I definitely recommend you head over to YouTube and watch some of Lisa Eldridge's videos.