Friday, 11 March 2016

An Introduction To Creating A Vintage Make-up Look.

Freelance vintage hair and make-up artist Sarah Dunn of Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos, will be creating a different vintage make-up look each month to help you perfect your vintage festival look before the summer.

Written by Sarah Dunn
Hair-Mar06-06-176This introduction guide takes you through some of the iconic staples of a vintage look from flawless foundation to the 1940s red lips and 1950s winged eye-liner!

Twinwood Festival is the UK's biggest vintage dance and music festival taking place in Bedfordshire every August bank holiday. The festival covers the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 1960s with the best live music and acts, shopping and dancing and you can visit the Sarah's Doo-Wop Dos pop-up salon on site at the festival.

Step 1 Foundation
These days we have a wealth of products in our make-up bags but this wasn't always the case and foundation used to be a very basic affair with only limited colours available. When creating a base for a vintage look start by making sure the skin is well moisturised and then apply your primer to help the foundation go on smoothly. Apply your foundation with a brush and work from the nose out, this will keep the majority of the product in the centre of the face, usually where most coverage is required. Buff the foundation out with a soft brush for a flawless finish.

Step 2 Blusher
Create subtle definition on your face with blusher. Sweep your blusher along the cheek and blend. Originally known as rouge, blusher has been popular since the 1920s for adding a flush of colour to the face. Soft pinks work well for giving a fresh faced, rosy cheeked look.

For an authentic look just dab a little cream blusher onto the apple of your cheeks with your finger and blend it out well with a soft brush.


Step 3 Brows

A well groomed brow is a must for a vintage look, whether it's the pencil thin brows of the 1920s and 1930s or the fuller arch brows of the 1940s and 1950s, the vintage look calls for brow definition! This is easily achieved by brushing the brow hairs into place and filling them in with a powder or pomade. Try using a small angled make-up brush for this.

To emphasise the arch of the eyebrow you can blend a little highlighting powder under the arch of the brow.

Step 4 Eyeliner
Liner is key to a vintage look but wasn't worn in the iconic winged look until the 1950s. Start with a light coloured eyeshadow as the base, then to create a winged look you'll need a small or angled fine brush and a liner product. Gel liners are particularly good as they work for most skin types. Apply the liner from the inner corner of your eye outwards to the centre of the eye. Then work from the outer corner of the eye back in. The winged part of the liner needs to be done in an upward motion.


Step 5 Lips

For perfect red lips start by drawing on the lip shape with a lip liner, concentrating on creating a good shape at the 'cupids bow' at the top of the lip. Fill the lip in fully with the liner as this will help the lipstick stay on. Go over the lips with your chosen lipstick using a tapered brush to give you better control and make-sure the lipstick goes on neatly.

A red lip is a big part of a vintage look but if red is not your thing why not try a deep, rosy pink, perfect for 1940s sweethearts and 1950s starlets.

Article Sarah Dunn for Twinwood Festival
Model: Stephanie Jay
Hair & make-up: Sarah's Doo-Wop Do
Photos: Jez Brown Photography

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