makeup images, tutorials and ideas inspired by the 1940s

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 ...

Hats, Hairdo’s, Makeup – Vintage Fashion Dos and Don’ts for Head and Face

The Fashion Dos and Don'ts series from the 1940s produced this little 48 page booklet - Hats, Hairdo's, Makeup. Fashion Dos and Don'ts was written as a fashion and beauty advice series in the early 1940s and they produced several booklets. This one, which would obviously be my favorite, details how a woman of the early 1940s ...

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. ...

Retro Makeup is official! If you want it, get it while it’s hot!

My web designer has installed the button and Retro Makeup can now be purchased at www.retromakeup.net. I get the books from my printer by the end of business Friday and I will be shipping books out on Monday. Some of you have already ordered books through other means, but do not fret. I will also ...