Thursday, November 11, 2010

DIY 1955 Party Make-up

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get this Far Eastern influenced holiday party look from December of 1955. Use one or more of these steps to change your appearance, or if you're quite adventurous, go for some serious glamour by following all of them. To see the look in more detail, click on the picture for a larger view. I must make note that many of these ideas are quite extreme and not at all practical by today's standards. Still, it is fun to get a glimpse into high fashion make-up artistry from the past.

1. Pluck away your entire eyebrow from the highest point of the arch out to the outer corner.
2. Cover the entire face and neck with a pale shade of foundation. There should be no pink tint.
3. Cover the eyelids up to the brows with pure white foundation or cream eye shadow. Blend carefully to accentuate the uptilt of the brows.
4. Pencil in the eyebrows with a very dark eyebrow pencil. Note the line of the penciled brow is higher and wider than the natural brow.
5. Outline the upper and lower lashes with dark eyeliner starting at a point near the bridge of the nose and extending both strokes out and away at the outer corners of the eyes.
6. Fill in the tiny triangle at the outer corners of the eyes with the white cream eye shadow.
7. Powder over the foundation with a pale ivory or beige. There should be no pink tint. No rouge or blush is used.
8. Outline the lips. The upper lip is drawn smaller and very thin. The lower lip is fuller. Fill in with bold red lipstick.

Wear your hair combed back straight and tight to the head. Add a black wig, if desired.


Tamia said... are you supposed to "Cover the eyelids up to the brows" if you just plucked 'em clean?

Makes me appreciate my usual bronzer + lipgloss routine!


Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Hi Tamia! You only pluck the eyebrow from the arch out the outer corner. But you're right in that steps 3 and 4 should probably be reversed.

Alexandriaweb said...

Oh that is fab, I have to try this out sometime :)

Laura said...

Pluck away your eyebrows?! Oh man. What are you supposed to do the day after the party? You'd be stuck with half an eyebrow for a long, long time. I'm sure they penciled them back in, but still. That's kind of worrying.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I agree, Laura. That is why I said it is rather extreme and not at all practical. Reshaping eyebrows with pencil was very popular in the 50s though.

Gladys said...

First of all since I only have 3 eyebrow hairs i could so totally do this. Second of all I am entranced by the eyeliner. I have NEVER been able to master the eyeliner brush. Most days I'm happy if I don't have it all over my nose and in my eyeball.

Love the picture. MORE PLEASE

Sheila said...

That is just hilarious - I can't imagine plucking away my eyebrows! But what a dramatic high-fashion look!

jessica said...

I love it, but since im fairly attached to my eyebrows dont think ill be trying it... ha.
on a different note ive been trying to verify a vintage dior label and was wondering if you knew where his labels were normally placed in coats. its a late 1950s coat label reads Christian Dior- New york..? Any thoughts, it would be much appreciated!!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Jessica, send me pics! I'm with you and Gladys and Sheila. I won't be removing half my eyebrows, only to replace them with penciled lines.

The Pattern Junkie said...

Oh, that's fascinating -- thanks so much for sharing this!

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