50's Makeup

50's makeup for a vintage look
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1950 Vogue magazine cover
1950 Vogue magazine cover

Do you need to put your face on?




You'll have a blast gazing at these gorgeous beauties and reading the makeup tips essential to being cool in the fifties!


Audrey Hepburn
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When I think about the essential 50's face, I think glamour and lots of it! I imagine Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and other sophisticated ladies of the time on the red carpet in a glittering gown and all dolled up with a face to match. In the fifties, the look was pure femininity. The lips and eyes were both strong in their own way. The most popular color on the lips was red, but various shades of pink were seen every now and then. The eyes were meant to look cat-like with lots of black eye liner and black mascara. Eyeshadow was light and sometimes not even used. Also, the eyes were framed with defined, arched eyebrows. The canvas of it all was a glorious pale complexion achieved with foundation and powder.

Revel in the glory of this old age beauty as you view these pictures and videos of beautiful woman. Channel their ancient Hollywood glamour into your own style today by checking out stars that wear their own version of the classic 50's look. Now excuse me while I go to the powder room to touch up my makeup!

1950's Celebrities

Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Enjoyed your hub about the 50s and the stars. I was born in the fifties but really enjoyed movies from that era. Aloha!


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California

Not sure I could pull this off but I love the 50's makeup styles!


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

It's probably not for everyone, but if you take the red lip away then it would look great any woman. Thanks for stopping by!


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Cyndi10 5 years ago from Georgia

Loved this hub. I like the glamour of the late fifties and early sixties. I especially like the pictures you used. Thanks for all the research you did for this.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I'm glad you liked it, Cyndi10! Your welcome and thanks for taking the time to comment. :)


5 years ago

50s seems kind of 'old fashioned' but the bright colors seem to have come 'full circle' now. (But what do I know?)


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

The 50's look might be considered 'old fashioned' to some, but to others, it can be classic. It's good for women when dressing up today. Thanks for your comment. :)


5 years ago

Yes, old fashioned can be another way of saying classic. The strong, dark colors.


5 years ago

PS: You know, I think there may, at least indirectly be another reason why the 1950s saw such deep and starkly contrasting lip colors. It used to be that sooo many women smoked heavily (70 years ago there were even public classes to teach women how to smoke) and thus many developed 'smoker's lip', with tell-tale wrinkles immediately around the mouth, which, of course, needed to be offset by a strong, contrasting color on the lips. (Two cents')


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Interesting! Thanks for sharing. :)


5 years ago

EBower:

YW.

I'm sure your (and your mom's) practice in this regard isn't influenced by smoking though... lol


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

No, we don't smoke.


5 years ago

Better not to start, either! :)

Hard to quit, especially if the money isn't coming in. Blessings


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I won't ever start. It's unhealthy and just plain gross!


5 years ago

Re. 'the eyes were framed with defined, arched eyebrows.'

Do you think this 50s look is a particularly valid route to go? and to work well does it need to be combined with a consistently rigorous use of eyeliner and mascara, do you think?


5 years ago

Clarification: I mean, it's a great look, but I wonder whether it needs a lot of work. Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I think it's a wonderful classic look, but I wouldn't recommend it for everyday use. It's a great special occasion look.


5 years ago

Like, for combining with the also 'par excellence' classic, vibrant, intensely red lips?

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

They could be paired as long as the eye shadow color was neutral so the lips could be used as the focus of the face.


5 years ago

I defer to your evident expertise.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks! I wouldn't say I'm an expert by any means, but I've read a lot about it.


5 years ago

YW (smile)

You evidently have done.

Blessings.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

that was a very intresting hub to read!! i love the 50 makeup styles specially the eyes.

carrie


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you, Carrie! I like 50's makeup as well; it's very classic and chic. :)


5 years ago

BTW: some of the video links are now dead.

The Monaco wedding one from 1956 works fine, though. (Maybe you watched the more recent one from there, too?)

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for letting me know, f. I wrote this hub a few years ago, so some of the videos are old. I'll be sure to fix them. No, I missed that wedding.


5 years ago

YW: These days, of course, it's all in color, right?

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Right; can you believe how everyone is putting the emphasis on 3d movies and 3d cell phones?


5 years ago

Well, you seem to prefer simple black and white now, anyway.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, I like it for right now. :)


5 years ago

So, re. the Vogue picture, do you think that it's the eyes/eyebrows, or the red, red lips that are being emphasized more?

My two cents': they both seem pretty well emphasized to me, anyway. (Unless I'm mistaken.)

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I would say it's a very dramatic look. The lips are being more emphasized then anything else, but you're right; all of those features are being emphasized.


5 years ago

Yes; anyway, your comment about the 'pure femininity' of 'sophisticated ladies of the time' applies especially to the dramatic, emphasized lips; maybe this is something you

favor going for. Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I like this look every now and again, but I usually just wear lipstick and mascara. I've never been able to master applying eyeliner. lol


5 years ago

Well, go for it, anyway. Blessings.


5 years ago

PS, do you reckon that Katy Perry, above, in the picture, deliberately goes for a 50s look?

I guess it's partly about the calculated concentration of strong, bold color.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I think she was going for that sort of look. Yes, 50's makeup (when going for a glamorous look), was all about the strong red lip, a somewhat pale complexion, and black eye liner.


5 years ago

Yes, I think I agree the look includes being 'all about the strong red lip', a clearly — even starkly — defined red exuding strength and confidence.


5 years ago

(Hope this made sense. Blessings.)


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, I understand. I think it does portray that sentiment.


5 years ago

Oh, well, I must have gotten it figured, then! You know a lot more about it than me, anyway, right?

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

lol I guess so.


5 years ago

Re. 'lol', well you seem to enjoy writing about lipstick, anyway (probably enjoy using it, too). Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I like to wear it every now and again. Yes, I like to write about anything that's fashion or beauty related. :)


5 years ago

'I like to wear it'; yes, well your hub uses the word 'essential' more than once and, whether strictly and objectively this is so or not, I can certainly understand that for many women using it is a fundamental part of the way they are and the way they see themselves. (Paul writes of the 'inner man' also.) Blessings.


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DIYmyOmy 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Great article, thanks for posting! Voted it up & awesome!


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

DIYmyOmy: Thanks for voting! I wrote it a few years ago, but I still like it. Thank you for commenting. :)


4 years ago

You still like the Vogue-ish cosmetic glamor, then. But I think that since you wrote the hub you've also gotten into ear stretching and plugs, right?

Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

f: I do like it. Yes, I have. I appreciate many different styles of fashion and beauty.


4 years ago

So you are still pursuing from time to time the Vogue-ish glamor style, and the plug possibilities for stretched ears, then?


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

f: I really don't wear a lot of makeup everyday, so I wouldn't say I'm pursuing that type of style. I'm keeping my 2g plug size.


4 years ago

I see, yes. You like your 2gs; they are a more or less long term feature I suppose, and you'll maybe eventually acquire more pairs of plugs in 2g, I guess.

Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

f: Yes, I have a few.


4 years ago

Really? this is cool; a few months ago you said you had only one pair of 2g plugs, I think.

(Unless I'm forgetting something.)

Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

f: I bought some more with Christmas money.


4 years ago

Oh, how lovely! you're really getting more into the plug scene now, aren't you, as a more and more permanent thing. Did you get any reaction from your family to your new 2g plugs? I think you said your mom liked your original pair. Nice that you've had the confidence, anyway, to carry forward your interest.

Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

My dad doesn't comment on them; my mom likes my smaller ones that sort of look like earrings.


4 years ago

I see; well, it's nice that your mom like them, the smaller ones at least, for now; maybe it will help her get used to the idea of plugs more, if she already thinks the smaller ones look good.

You said 'smaller'; do you have bigger ones, too?


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

f: They are the same size but they look larger from the front.


4 years ago

I guess so; yes. Maybe you're mom will get used to those ones, as well; and maybe even get to like them? (Do you still need a bit more confidence to wear the bigger ones around certain people? or maybe you just do your own thing regardless!) Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I don't feel like they are appropriate for tutoring, so I cover them with my hair. I guess I wear the large ones only every so often. I don't mind wearing them anywhere except I do think I cover them for work and church.


4 years ago

Well, since you I think have hair that can cover them, then this is more simple!

But anyway it must be nice to be able to have a choice in plugs; sounds like you've now got several.

Blessings.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

Very interesting topic... make up was very simple and yet sexy in the 50's. I like the idea, but personally would probably never wear that type of make-up. I prefer eye shadow! Loved all of the pictures and videos!


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

mythicalstorm273: Thank you! I wouldn't like to wear lipstick all the time like they did either. Thanks!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

wow...i enjoyed reading this hub. it sure brings out a classic woman in a lady :)

voted up indeed!


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Ruchira: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for voting!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Wonderful! I loved the makeup from back then, it was so much more glam!


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Nell Rose: Thank you! I agree; it was very glamorous!


Chlo 4 years ago

The makeup back then was more fuller


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Chlo: Thanks for your comment! Yes, it seems that more makeup was worn during that time period. People made sure they were well-dressed and made up every time they went out in public unlike the more casual attitude concerning appearance today.


Laura 6 months ago

Great article, I wear 50's inspired make up most of the time! Just wanted to point out though - I think your Marilyn glamour photo is actually a photo of Lisa Marie Presley dressed as her!


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Ebower 6 months ago from Georgia Author

Laura: Thank you! You are totally right. I didn't even catch that. Thanks for pointing that out!

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