Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Trend Tuesdays: Makeup looks of the 1930's

Vintage isn't all about the fashion and it wouldn't be a complete look without the makeup. Just like the clothes, makeup looks fall in and out of fashion with each era. We don't know about you, but we think there is something fascinating about smoothing different colours on to our faces and transforming your look. Of course, there are some colours we regret dipping our brushes in to! But we never pass up a chance to try something new, or even gain inspiration from the past.

Compared to the other eras, the 30's seem to be the harshest in terms of makeup. Sharp lines and an emphasis on obviously false features, it was a look favoured by the stars of the time. It was far from the buxom red lips of Marilyn Monroe and the soft natural features beloved of the 50's.

Thanks to Cara Delevingne, we have all breathed a sigh of relief, put down our eyebrow tweezers and let those bad boys grow out a bit. This could not be more of an extreme difference to the 30's! Eyebrows were plucked out of existence and replaced with a thinly drawn line. Bet that was fun to look in the mirror at on a morning!

Eye looks veered away from natural tones and the 'no makeup' style with greens and pinks applied to eyes. The eye shadow's  were also applied to extend outside and above the usual eyelid or inner socket. Mascara also became much more obvious as women applied to the lower lashes too.

Much like the contouring splashed across our Tumblr feeds, blush was applied in a triangle shape to give the face a structured look. Not the scary highlighter/war paint we use now, but a similar idea introduced in Vogue magazine!

So, what do you think? We think we will leave our eyebrows in place (for the sake of our pain threshold!) but the introduction of colours inspires us. Perhaps we start moving away from the browns and add a splash of electric blue!

Words by Charlotte Hobbs