Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1940s Hair and Makeup Look

It's Tuesday again! Hello and thank you so much to those of you who are new followers within these past couple of weeks! Thanks to those of you who have left some lovely comments as well! 

This past week I've spent most, if not all of my crafting time knitting a shawl for my friend's birthday which is now going to be a late birthday present. While I knit or crochet I usually like to watch tv. I had gone right through seasons 1 and 2 of the Dick Van Dyke Show just after Christmas. After that I downloaded the Spotify App which I listened to endlessly for weeks finding new (to me) songs; Traditional folk songs, 1930s through 50s popular music, and beautifully arranged hymns. However, this week I decided to scan through the movie collection at the library and find some new (to me) movies. --Are you noticing a trend?-- 

I checked out some Doris Day and Deborah Kerr movies. I love makeup from the 1940s and 50s and I used to dress up every so often in my spare time. I hadn't dressed up for a few years now and the movies sort of out me in the mood to for it so I decided dressing up would be something fun to do after work and post about today! I was also inspired to do so from Katrina's recent post on her Edelweiss Patterns Blog. If you haven't heard of it yet, I highly recommend that you go take a look!

I used this YouTube tutorial as a rough guideline for my look: Historically Accurate: 1940s Makeup Tutorial
And here are the results!

The vintage dress I'm wearing is for sale in my Etsy shop! (There's a link just under the blog title.)

The make up I'm wearing is:
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream:Light 4-5
Maybelline Coverstick Concealer: Fair
Elf Eyeshadow Primer: Sheer
Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadow: Not Just Nudes
Almay Eyeliner: Black Brown
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: Brownish Black
New York Color Powder Blush: Central Park Pink
Love My Lips: Creme Cherry

I'm thinking about posting a third time during the week with some sort of fun fashion thing. I figured I'd do sort of a test post today before I decide since I posted about yarn last Friday anyway. I'd love to know what you all think about that idea. Don't forget to check back this Friday for the next Favorite Things post!


  1. Oh, you look lovely! The way you styled you hair looks so nice on you! I'll have to try something similar myself! :)

    1. Thank you! The Hair-do was fairly simple, besides the bobby pins/combs to pull everything back on top of my head, I just put my hair in a low ponytail and pulled the elastic a few inches from my head. Then all of the hair below the elastic I wrapped around a couple of fingers and pulled up under/behind the ponytail onto the back of my head and bobby pinned and bobby pinned it far enough up underneath everything so that the elastic didn't show. Boy, that doesn't look as simple as it seemed in my mind! Hope that was clear.

  2. I love your 1940's look! That dress is so cute too! Sorry to say, that size is too small for me, otherwise I might have snatched it up! The blue flowers on it are so pretty.
    I've done a 40's look before for a costume. Since Halloween of last year landed on a Wednesday, everyone came to our Wednesday night kid's club at church as a Christian hero/bible character. I was Betty Greene, the missionary pilot, when she served in the women's air force in WW2. I love that bright pop the lipstick gives!

    1. Thanks! Dressing up for kids club sounds like so much fun. We did that one year and had to guess who each person was supposed to be! I don't think I've ever heard of Betty Greene. I love almost anything to do with the 1940s so I'll have to look her up. :)

  3. You look so sweet and pretty! I too love the 1940's and 50's. Ladies certainly looked like ladies back in the day.... Merry from, eachlittlebird.blogspot.com

  4. You look so pretty in the vintage dress /make up.. I love the dresses from the 50's 60's..Love Olivia Waltons dresses [The Walton show]

    1. Thank you so much! The Waltons is one of my favorite TV shows! My family is watching our way through them right now!

  5. Oops, I didn't see this post 'til now! You look simply lovely and so 40's. That's such a pretty dress. :)