Harmonizing Lipstick and Nail Polish Color

I'm in a colorful mood today. Summer is sticking around and before Fall takes root, I thought we should celebrate bright summer colors a little longer. Did you know, makeup companies changed their advertising strategies regularly on how you should choose your correct face powder color, especially in the early years of makeup. From the 1920s ...

Vintage Makeup for Darker Skin Tones – Foundations and Face Powders

Welcome to the first post in the Vintage Makeup for Darker Skin Tones series! Please read my disclaimer here to learn more about where this all came from and what this is all about. I'm beginning with face powders and foundations to work into the rest of the series. This post is more about history than ...

American Hairdresser Magazine 1946

I promised a few weeks ago that I'd share some of what was in the 1931 and 1946 American Hairdresser magazines I picked up at the Vintage Fashion Expo. I scanned some of the more notable details from the 1946 issue that I thought could easily be incorporated into our own modern vintage hairstyling lives. ...

1940s Nail Polish Style – Merry Christmas! Nails

Cover from a Modern Beauty Shop Magazine, 1940's. Note the style of the nail paint. So how do you get that look of the tip of the nail being clean of nail polish? I have had the best luck using a flat makeup brush dipped in acetone. Acetone does the best job of removing the red color. ...

Max Factor Makeup Staple in a Changing World

An entire essay could be written on the history of Max Factor, but I am not going to do it right now. Instead I would just like to share with you a piece of makeup history that hasn't really changed much over the last 60 years. (News Flash: After writing this entry, I see in ...

Red lipstick palette – A glimpse into a 1940s Hollywood makeup artist’s tool kit

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This is a wonderful, brief glimpse into the makeup case of a movie makeup artist in the 40's. The image is from a sequence in the 1944 classic Covergirl starring Rita Hayworth. The scene involves Hayworth's character being "made up" for a photo-shoot by makeup artist Clay Campbell, one of Columbia Picture's most important makeup artists ...