Vintage and Retro Bridal Makeup Looks

09 Mar 2015

Vintage and Retro Bridal Makeup Looks

Lucy Jayne Makeup travels through time to bring us the makeup looks of our favourite eras, from the 1920s to the 1970s there’s bound to be a classic look here that will inspire you for your big day.

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When you get out the photo albums of your special day you want to feel proud and nostalgic, not be cringing and wondering what on earth you were thinking.

You want a look that stands out from your daily makeup routine, something flattering and beautiful.  From the 1920s to the 1970s there is a whole array of stunning makeup looks that could work really well for a bride.

Whether you opt for a vintage dress with matching accessories and hair and makeup that are true to the era, or choose the makeup as inspiration to go with your classic or modern dress, there are many ways to wear vintage.

The 1920s


For the 1920s look you want to start with a matt porcelain foundation and bright red lips were very popular. If you’d rather something more subtle for your wedding day, then perhaps opt for a plum or claret coloured lip stain. Smokey grey eyes were the signature eye-look of this era, we can use eye shadow, kohl liner and plenty of blending to pull off the look and don’t forget to add little flicks of liquid liner for the finishing touch! A healthy flushed glow is what you’re looking for with blush and to really look convincing add a little beauty spot, they were all the rage in the 1920s.

The 1930s


A 1930s makeup look was slightly less dramatic than the 1920s. A more natural shade of foundation was preferred, enhanced with a touch of pale pink rouge. Soft purple and raspberry were the most common blush shades. The smoky eye shadow look evolved, with a darker shade used in the eye socket to give a deep set effect. Popular eye shadow colours were bright violet, green, brown and blue.  Eyebrows were very thin and pencilled in with long exaggerated lines. Drawing in a fake elongated cupids bow was fashionable, and lipstick shades such as pale pink and raspberry were popular at the beginning of the decade, but by the latter half rich reds became favourable again.

The 1940s


The makeup of the 1940s was even more natural and simplistic due to the effects of the war. Powder was still popular, but a heavy base foundation was not used as much. Bright flushed cheeks warmed up the more natural skin palette, and grey and browns eye shadows were favoured with a small hint of eyeliner.  A more natural shaped brow was still shaped, defined and preened.  Lips were made to look full and soft, often by drawing in a fake top line. Shades of red were very popular in lipstick, covered the brightest blood red to tangerine tinted to deep scarlets and crimsons.

The 1950s


Glamour started to make a big comeback in the 1950s. A thick creamy foundation base was used, set with just a dusting of flesh coloured powder.  Eyebrows were neatly tapered and defined with pencil and winged eyeliner was the style preferred for eyes. The length and depth of the wing depended on personal choice and just how glamorous you wanted to be, with film stars opting for a dramatic look and the average woman opting for a softer style. Glamorous red lips were hugely popular and most women followed their natural lip-line while stars of the silver screen exaggerated the cupids bow with a false line.  Pastels were very popular like pinks and peaches. The whole look was set of by a tiny application of subtle blush on the apple of the cheeks.

The 1960s


The makeup that epitomised this era was sexy and liberated. The foundation was formed from pressed powder, finished with peachy natural blusher. Pastel eye shadows were in; shades such as baby blue or a light shade of golden green really sum up this era. A heavier, blunter eye-liner was preffered for this era, paired with false eyelashes, making there first appearance and creating the doe-eyed look that is associated with this period.  Eyebrows were thick and well-defined. The most popular lip look was to use a pale pink or nude lip liner to define your natural lip-line and then to fill in your lips with a shell pink lip gloss or pale pink shimmery lipstick. 

The 1970s 


The sense of freedom and self-expression that started in the 1960s was even stronger by the time the 1970s came into play. For the makeup, like the 1960s, there were still those who embraced the natural look, but others went full out, parting in two different ways. Think disco culture and avant-garde punk. The disco look used glitter and gloss and an abundance of shimmer, the louder the better. The punk look involved serious helping of rock chick style, lashings of glossy red lipstick and smudgy smoky eye makeup. The makeup of this time was very expressive and individual. Harsh strips of blusher, strong colour palettes, unnaturally pale skin and dramatic brows were all the rage. 

There is something in the vintage makeup world for everyone, and it’s a fabulous way to create a new and interesting look that will make you look and feel fabulous on your special day.

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(Instagram photo by me!)

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