Retro Makeup

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Are you smitten with the vintage beauty looks from the TV series Mad Men? Or perhaps you’ve got a secret girl crush on the impeccably polished Dita Von Teese. Well you’ll be happy to hear that perfecting retro glamour doesn’t mean you need to spend hours applying makeup and fussing over your hair. A retro makeover can be quick and fun when you feel like trying a new glamorous look for a girl’s night out.

Get The Look

Keep eyes subtle and skin luminous. Start with a dewy foundation and shimmery crème blush. Remember a bright lip draws attention to skin, so make it flawless by using Dior Capture Totale Radiance Restoring Serum Foundation in Light Beige (£62.00). Use NARS Liquid Illuminator in Super Orgasm (£21.50) to highlight your cheekbones.

Next, wash a soft beige, golden eyeshadow like L’Oreal Paris Colour Appeal Trio Pro Eye Shadow in Golden Fidelity (£8.19; with a fine angled brush close to the top lashline. Give your eyelashes a coat of Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara in Black (£8.19; for voluminous curves even Joan Harris would be jealous of. Your eyes will look defined but won’t compete with your lips.

Lipstick works best on exfoliated lips. A perfect base is essential so try Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub And Facial (£10; or Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation (£10; Just like a mini facial for your lips these exfoliators remove any dead skin, leaving your lips feeling super soft and completely smooth. Now apply a lanolin-based balm to trap moisture such as cult classic Carmex Lip Balm (£2.69).

Don’t be afraid of a bright lip. If you’re new to a bold pout, start with a muted bright. Choose a more orange red, as it’s softer. Try Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Coral (£7.99; and use M.A.C 318 Retractable Lip Brush (£16.00) for definition. This lip brush is ultra-firm and contours and fills the lip quickly. Plus, you can throw it in your handbag for touch ups! Always use a lip brush when you apply lipstick as it gives you precision. Blot the first coat with a tissue to press in colour, and apply another for density that lasts. Pay attention to your lip line and erase stray colour with concealer.

Finish by brushing on bronzer where sunlight would normally hit. Go for something shimmering as a golden glow will also enhance the whiteness of your teeth and make your lips pop even more. Try Max Factor Bronzing Powder in Golden (£6.99). 

For a sexy side sweep, wrap front sections of hair around a medium brush. Blow-dry outwards. Apply large rollers to the back, for extra va-va-voom use Denman Thermoceramic XXL Self Grip Rollers (£3.01). Finish with Elnett Satin Flexible Hold Hairspray (£3.57).

The 60s was an iconic decade with a really strong theme in hair and makeup and after a little bit of practice it doesn’t take long to pick up the skills required to perfect this vintage beauty look. Believe it or not but you can go from girl-next-door to sultry siren in under 15 minutes!