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1950s Hair and Makeup

Updated on July 16, 2012

Alas our men return!

All around the world men were returning from war and once again this significant event translated into the role of woman changing. While the men were away we found ourselves out in the work world holding down the fort so to speak. Simplicity and functionality were an essential part of our beauty regimen. In the 50s beauty and fashion took center stage and we could spend more time in this venture. Femininity and attracting a man become the focus. For woman who already had a man, emulating the quintessential glamour wives such as Lucille Ball became fashionable. And for those of us who needed help Anne Fogarty wrote the book Wife Dressing.

The look of the forties was a slim figure with padded shoulders to give the appearance of strength and competence. The fifties look was feminine accentuating (even exaggerating) a woman's curves. Fifties hair was soft and curly and shorter than the forties. The look was achieved with pin curls, rollers and hair spray. Straight and long were out, ponytails were in. Makeup consisted of a peaches and cream canvas, lips were pink or red, eyeliner was worn at night and mascara continues to be popular. Eyelids were plucked thin and high as if to give an exaggerated look of innocence and naivete, Shades of eye shadow in blues and greens made an appearance, at night reaching beyond the lid.

As always or favorite escape (the silver screen) helped to define what would be popular through its sirens of the day such as Marilyn Monroe, LIz Taylor and Sandra Dee.


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      mellissa 6 years ago

      i love the 1950's it was so glamourous, feminine and respectful!

      I think the style will definetly come back in next year or so.

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      Betty 6 years ago

      Aww only if the 1950 styles were still here even though

      I dress up and were red lipstick like the 1950's

      well all i can say is im retro foever 24/7.

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      MMadrid 6 years ago

      I wish they would bring the 50's look back, it was so beautiful and feminine, I think women have lost that, it was sexy but respectful...I would love to see them bring this back..I shop the thrift stores for this style and style my hair in big soft curls or boufonts with a long curl, my eyeliner and husband loves it

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      katy 6 years ago

      I love the 50s and around those times. (well.. basically anything around the 50s and before) Woman were very feminine. Nowadays most woman are seen wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

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      Lani 7 years ago

      The make-up styles look beautiful here

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      Devil Queen 8 years ago

      What are hubs they sound like a type of bug!

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      Devil Queen  8 years ago

      Everything funky, cool and beautiful in the 50's is what I was ment to say!

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      Devil Queen 8 years ago

      Everything was cool in the 15's!

      And Beautiful!

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      Erin Bower 8 years ago from Georgia

      I love the style of your simple but informative! Yes, I love the glamorous style of the 50's also. Such a period of teen style..I love it!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      I love the style it is so feminine and glamorous!