I absolutely love the transformation that make-up creates. There used to be a time I would never leave the house without some foundation and mascara, but as I’ve grown older and more confident, I leave make up for my days off from work and evenings out.
To be completely honest with you, previous (bad) relationships of mine meant that I wasn’t actually allowed to wear make up, so when I started dating Ross, I fell back in love with the whole process! Despite the negative situation, it actually made me appreciate make up more and it is something I do for myself and not for any man or anyone else for that matter! In the last five years or so, make up has become my hobby and I love it.
Today I thought I would share with you my everyday, vintage style make up routine. I actually enjoy modern and contemporary make up more than authentic looks but whenever I dress retro, this is my make up I wear with it!
First things first, I always moisturise and prime my skin before applying foundation- a good base to start with ensures a flawless finish! I use Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional primer, which is silicon based and minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines. I have large pores around my nose, so I apply the primer here mainly and on my forehead.
Then I apply my foundation, which sits nicely on top of the primer. I have tried several foundations over the years and recently splashed out and bought the Lancome Teint Idole foundation. It’s the most expensive foundation I have ever bought, but it is the best one I’ve tried! I have dry skin and this one doesn’t cling to my dry patches and it’s full coverage so hides imperfections well! It also has a velvet matte finish. Coverage and finish is a personal preference and a sheer to medium coverage is likely to be more authentic to a vintage look, but as I say I like modern make up and prefer a full coverage/matte look!
I apply this using a Morphe M439 brush and apply all over the face, ears and neck to blend well.
A recent purchase of mine has changed my concealer game – the Tarte Shape-Tape Concealer! This thing can hide the darkest of circles! I apply this on my eyelids as well as under my eyes; this primes my eyelids ready for eyeshadow later. I then apply to the centre my forehead, nose and chin to highlight, which again is a modern technique. I use a colour a shade or two lighter than my actual colour, to brighten these areas – I am in the shade ‘fair’. I blend this out with a damp beauty sponge for a flawless finish – a damp sponge makes sure it soaks up minimal product! Make sure not to use too much of this product, a little goes a long way!
Another great product is the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer, which I had been using before the Tarte one.
Setting powder, Bronzer and Blush
I then set the areas I concealed with, using No7 translucent setting powder to prevent the concealer from creasing. I then applied a light layer of powder over the rest of my face.
Next, I use one of my favourite products – the Benefit Cheek Parade palette! It has two bronzers (Hoola and Hoola Lite) and three blushes (Dandelion, Galifornia and Rockateur). I use Hoola Lite because I am a fair complexion and anything too ‘bronzed’ looks dark and muddy on me! In better weather, I sometimes mix the two bronzers together. I apply this to just under my hair line, under my cheek bone and along my jaw line (in a ‘3’ motion). By going under my cheek bone, it creates contour and definition. I then use the Dandelion blush, applied to the apples of my cheeks which I flick upwards.
I have only recently started filling in my brows, purely because I have quite shapely and full eyebrows. I would get them waxed every so often but I had never tried it so I didn’t think it was necessary. However, after visiting the Benefit brow bar and trying the ‘Gimme Brow’ gel, I saw what a difference brow products make!
I have been using the goof-proof brow pencil by Benefit Cosmetics, but as my eyebrows where already full, I felt like I needed something a little more ‘precise’ to create the shape I wanted (my arch is naturally slightly more forward than it should be) – so I am currently using the ‘Precisely My Brow Pencil’ in shade 4. I then use a little of my foundation and a concealer type brush to clean up the edges of my brow then set using the Benefit ‘Ready, Set, Brow’ gel.
And remember! As the saying goes – brows are sisters, not twins!
I have lots of different eyeshadow palettes I use for lots of different looks, but for retro, I go for the Too Faced Chocolate Bon-Bons palette. It has a lot of cool tones, which I seem to reach for more and you can create a variety of looks with it. When it comes to vintage, I use the shadows to contour my eyes and add some definition. I start by applying the white shadow (divinity) all over my eye lid and up to my brow bone to create a base to blend the rest of the shadows on to. Then I use the colour ‘almond truffle’ on a fluffy brush in the crease of my eye. On top of this, I add ‘Mocha’ to add some dimension. Then on a more dense brush, I deepen the outer corner of my eye using ‘Malted’, this helps me create a good base for a ‘cat eye’ look with my eyeliner!
This is a very basic and matte look, but this is my everyday style – I like to add some colour or glitter for special events and occasions!
Eyeliner and Mascara
A winged eyeliner can fill any novice full of dread, even I have bad eyeliner days! But I have to say, the eyeliner I use was a game changer and I rarely have an issue now! The Kat Von D tattoo liner in ‘Trooper’ is a felt tip liner pen with a very precise tip, so you have a lot more control!
Everyone has their own way to draw liner – I managed to capture my way fairly well on camera! I firstly draw a line from where I want the flick to end, drawing down towards to outer corner of my eye. Here’s a tip that I have learnt over the years, however tempting it is, DO NOT pull on the corner of your eye! Chances are that your line will not be straight once you’ve stopped pulling on the skin! In the picture below I am steadying the area, not pulling. Also, try to keep your eye open when drawing the flick, so you can see how it will look when your eye is open instead of closed!
Then, I draw another line to create a triangle, or the full point of the flick. I then line the rest of my eye and connect the triangle with the rest of the line and thicken if necessary. Eyeliner takes practice, so be patient if you struggle!
I then apply a good coat of mascara and, if it’s a special occasion, some false eyelashes! My favourite mascara is the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash, it helps give your lashes some curl!
Lipstick is the cherry on the cake! Especially a good red!
I always line my lips as it helps define and lock in lipstick for longer. I use Rimmel London lip liners, the one I am using is a bit darker than my actual lipstick, but this can give dimension to your lips (also I couldn’t find a matching liner!). I line my lips first, then fill in the rest.
‘Normal’ lipsticks are a more authentic look, especially a creamy lipstick that has some shine to it, rather than a matte finish. I personally like a lipstick that lasts well, so my favourite is a liquid lipstick by The Balm! It’s called ‘Meet Matt(e) Hughes’ in the shade ‘Loyal’ and yes it is a matte finish, but it lasts so well, even when eating and drinking! It also smells like mint choc chip ice cream, yum! The Balm Cosmetics also have a pin up look to their packaging, which is a bit of an added bonus!
Lastly, I lock in my look using a make up setting spray – my favourite is the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, but I’m all out at the moment! Instead I have been using the Maybelline Super Stay 24hr spray, which sets well, but the spray function is a little harsh so take care when using and hold well away!
I hope you have enjoyed reading and hopefully learning from my make up application! I am no professional but I have had a lot of practice over the years and always feel confident when I have my face on and dressing up in vintage styles!