How to Achieve That Vintage Starlet Makeup Look: Part 1 by Lovemoi’s Emily Turnbull x

How to Achieve a Vintage Starlet Look: Part 1

Begin with Skin!


Oh, how fortunate are we?!
Lovemoi’s own Luscious Makeup Artiste Extraordinaire, Emily Turnbull, has put together THE season’s tips for achieving Instant Starlethood through your makeup – just for you! Part 1 deals with the flawless base needed for it all to work – your skin and how to perfect it when it is, frankly, less than perfect!

Emily is excellent, I have worked with her myself and will continue to do so. She creates the perfect canvas on which an Old Papper like myself can go to work and really go to town! Read on for her Top Tips and make the Very Vintage Best of yourself for the Summer  🙂 x


Begin with Skin!

The bombshell makeup looks of the past are becoming more and more popular – ever since the the Noughties swung in, more and more gals are  fascinated by the nostalgia and glamour of the looks of the middle of the last century.  Today’s stars of film and music such as Scarlett Johansson. Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Paloma Faith and Katy Perry all admit to being fascinated by the looks of yesteryear, and it is clear to see that a large part of their image is an homage to the starlets of the 40s and 50s.  Now, with such a huge range of products on the market, creating the look is a lot more accessible  – and the joy with recreating the look today is you can choose how far you take it.  Choose maybe a small nod to the past with a soft red lip and some full brows, or a complete recreation of beauty trailblazers Miss Lake, Miss Mansfield or Miss Monroe.  The choice is yours, but here are a few tips on where to start.

Begin with Skin!

Marilyn Monroe reportedly used a blend of white powder and Vaseline to achieve the creamy base that she was so famous for, however there are enough great bases on the market which will give the right combination of a full coverage which is matte yet still luminescent.  Many of the starlets preferred a pale “peaches and cream” complexion, which looks both creamy and porcelain.  Begin with a matte primer, and then try applying a foundation like Chanel Matt Lumiere in a light shade such as 20 for a porcelain skin, and maybe 30 for a more olive-toned skin.  Use a full coverage concealer to cover any imperfections – shadow under the eyes, or any blemishes or redness.  You can then apply a mattifying translucent powder over the top to set your base – Makeup Forever HD Invisible powder is great for this, as it helps to provide a flawless finish.  If fair, try a rose toned powder blusher such as Benefit’s Dandelion, and buff into the hollows of the cheeks up towards the hair line to really define your bone structure.  Darker skin tones may like to try a peach or coral such as Bare Minerals Laughter.


In the next blogpost… Emphasise those Eyes! The Vintage Ladies’ Way

Love Moi x

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About rubydemuir

I am a Vintage Girl and always have been. I love Bette Davies and formal hats, old screwball and Ealing comedies, Art Deco buildings and high heels and Babycham!
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4 Responses to How to Achieve That Vintage Starlet Makeup Look: Part 1 by Lovemoi’s Emily Turnbull x

  1. Perdita says:

    I use ELF HD powder (being a bit of a pauper as I am)- it works really well and is only £6.

  2. Chenaii Madhoo says:

    Can you do a feature on vintage make-up for darker skin tones ie. Black and Asian? There are wonderful pictures of Dorothy Dandridge and Lena Horne all over the web -which is fine- but I am darker in colour and though I was taught how to apply my make-up by the FABULOUS Amanda Bowen @ MAC, it would be great to give general tips to those who haven’t a clue! Us darker-skinned gals love vintage too :-)!

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