Vintage Makeup Styling

vintage makeupVintage style hair and makeup has always been a passion of mine. There is something very glamorous and feminine about all of these looks. When I talk about Vintage I mean 1920s through to 1960s era. The Great Gatsby has brought through some amazing looks which has now transposed onto the catwalks and into the high street.

Recreating that finger waved hair and making the hair look shorter by securing the back. There are ways of recreating the Finger wave using either a small barrelled tong or wand and brushing through the hair and clamping the wave section and spraying into place instead of the old traditional method of wet setting and finger waving the front of the hair section by section until it dried naturally. The makeup for the 1920s and 1930s was very strong which was almost as if in rebellion as makeup could only be bought under the counter up until this era. The eye makeup was more rounded and with dark pencil and the lips were painted on to appear smaller in darker colours. Mac and Art Deco both have some amazing Eye Palette Colours with strong pigmentation and staying power to recreate the 1920s/1930s eras.  Another fantastic Eye Palette is the Danielle Sandler Quad which come in three different elements Beyond Sunset, Scandal at Midnight and Sheer Beauty.  All three of these palettes can be used to create all the different eras.  The Scandal at Midnight Palette could be used for a simplistic sparkly look or a really strong smokey look as the palette offers a number of options.

Some amazing glosses that I have recently worked with are from Miners Cosmetics and they are wonderful with a strong pop of colour added to the lip or a small amount as a slight stain with the gloss.  They have a luxurious feel to them really moisturise the lip.  This is definitely a gloss I can no longer do without.

One of my favourite eras is the 1940s for Hair and Makeup. I love to recreate the Victory Rolls. I find the Patrick Cameron brush and hair kit works brilliantly for this. You can back brush a section of hair into a roll shape and take another section to smooth over to create the roll and secure into the back brushed roll. The makeup for this era was fairly natural and neutral on the eyes and the red lip was almost a statement for the men that were out at war to come home to their glamorous wives and partners. Illamasqua have some lovely eye palettes that come in a quad. The Neutral Palette works really well for the eye makeup for this era

Mac have a lovely MAC Red Lipstick which could be put on lighter as a stain for less of an Impact.

The 1950s era is all about the feline flicks on the eyes with lashes and the beautiful Hollywood rounded red lip. A really nice red lip is the Art Deco Dita Von Teese Golden Vintage Collection and they have numbers 15,28 and 36 in the red lip with a wonderful gloss in 28 and 70. These work beautifully for this era and their Mineral Lip Liner glides on beautifully and does not move to seal the lipstick on the lips. This collection has powder, blusher, eye palette and lashes and I believe has everything you need to recreated that look.

Lekeux Cosmetics also do some lovely Vintage Styled pots with a double ended brush, one end for lip, one end for eye liner. The three pots come in Whistlebait (red lip), Peachy Keen (coral lip) and Black Cadillac Liner. These three pots come in a gift set with the brush.

1950s hair is all about the set curls and waves for the Hollywood Glamour look, think Marilyn Monroe.

The 1960s era is all about making a statement. With the strong smokey eye and black kohl pencil and false eyelashes. Eyelashes can also be drawn on under the eye to recreate the look adopted by Twiggy. With this strong eye comes the nude lip and contoured cheek bones. Some nice smokey colours to try would be Carbon Eyeshadow from Mac and Smoulder Kohl Pencil or Louise Young Eye Palette which has all the colours you need to create a Smoky eye. Mac number 10 corner lashes are a good option if you are not confident at fitting full lashes on your eyes. Mac also do a matte lip colour called Myth which works in synergy with the eyes for this look or another option would be the pale pink lipstick at Helen E Cosmetics which is a Candy Pink colour called Marshmallow.

With the strong eye and nude lip comes the flawless opaque look foundation. I love the Helen E stage liquid foundation that adapt to your skintones in the aptly named Monroe, Bardot, Loren and Hepburn and it looks flawless. Another option for the foundation is the Art Deco HD Foundation which gives a lovely airbrushed appearance without looking too heavy.

Whichever era you like it is nice to be transported back in time. The Goodwood Revival Festival allows you to do just that. You can opt for an era and wear the appropriate style clothing and pop into the Goodwood Revival Salon for an appointment and get your hair and makeup styled according to the era you have chosen. It is an amazing event and there are lots of stalls and shops and entertainment, music and bars to while away the time.

Viva Vintage This Autumn!

The trends on the catwalk this season are drawing inspiration yet again from the past; from 40s glamour to 60s mod, so the high street is awash with reproduction vintage pieces. But why buy copies when you can have the real thing?! Shop ‘vintage’ and you can keep bang on trend, snapping up unique and original pieces rather than the mass produced copies that everyone else has, and save yourself some money in the process! Plus vintage garments have been made to last a lifetime and are great quality so they really are investment pieces.

There are some adorable vintage blouses in all styles out there – from pussy bow to contrast collar, from floral to polka dot, stripy to lacy, all colours shapes and sizes, they are so versatile. For a great day look tuck one into your high-waist shorts with tights or leggings, boots and cardi, or into wide leg trousers. For the evening add heels, a skinny belt and accessorise with some statement earrings and a tan leather handbag.


Reworked vintage highwaist leather shorts are a cheeky nod to the fetish trend. Snap up a pair soon and you can wear them with a cropped top or vest top and flat sandals for end-of-the-summer rock chick chic. Then in autumn pair them with a pair of tights, a pair of lace up boots, a top, and oversize cardi for a great day look or skyscraper heels and a sheer blouse tucked in for an edgy chic
evening look.

Leather handbags are also a great investment piece, if you can get your hands on a vintage one all the better, for that unique look. Leather, like denim, gets better with age. For weekends away and stylish travel a vintage vinyl or leather holdall. These bags ooze style and originality, with added strength for carrying all your weekend essentials!

Also leather and tartan rucksacks are a gorgeous and practical addition to any wardrobe. Tartan is another trend set to be big this season, and if you don’t fancy donning head-to-toe tartan, a rucksack is a great way to combine it into your wardrobe.

Knitwear is another trend set to be huge this Autumn/Winter. From fair isle to cable knit, navajo print to crochet knits, the high-street versions pale in comparison to the vintage originals.

Each one unique, they look great with skinny jeans or leggings for a cosy and comfy day look. The oversize jumpers and cardigans we stock are one of our best sellers, the quality and the originality of these pieces just can’t be found elsewhere on the high-street.

A great way to jump into the androgynous trend is to don a skinny tie with your buttoned up blouse, and adding a tweed flatcap – tweed is set to be another massive trend this season. Also vintage braces are a great look with a blouse and high-waist trousers. It’s all about raiding the boyfriends wardrobe for this look!

When choosing your autumn/winter staples my advice is definitely to buy vintage, it will last you more than just a season as it’s great quality, if you go to the right places it can be cheaper than the high-street alternatives, plus nobody else will have the same thing as you!

About the Guest Author
Jenny Skilton runs a vintage shop in The Grafton Centre, Cambridge. She absolutely LOVES all things vintage and loves sharing this passion with her customers. Over the last few years vintage trends have exploded onto the mainstream market, making  vintage more desirable than ever. Jenny’s mission is to bring the coolest and most unique pieces to the lovely people of Cambridge at the best possible prices. After studying Philosophy at Nottingham University Jenny moved back to her home town  of Cambridge and set up a vintage stall in the Fisher Hall, followed by Cambridge Market, and in April 2010 opened the shop. Jemporium Vintage is open every day and offers a steady stream of lovely affordable and wearable vintage clothing and accessories from the 50s to the 80s for men and women. Follow Jemporium – Twitter: @JempoVintage – Facebook: