Retro Makeup: Techniques for Applying the Vintage Look



Makeup is so common today that many of us do not give a second

thought to its beginnings. It is during the formative years of the

1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s that makeup developed most and it

became what we are familiar with today. Each of these decades had

its own style of makeup; its own signature lips, eye makeup, rouge

techniques, etc. This book shows the changes in makeup styles over

these decades and provides practical, easy-to-follow steps and

guidance in recreating a vintage face.

Lauren Rennells has written Retro Makeup: Techniques for Applying

the Vintage Look as a companion book to the internationally

successful Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step

Techniques. That does not mean this is the same book, only about

makeup. With countless hours of research, a multitude of interesting

facts about makeup style during the early and mid-20th century was

unearthed and are provided in Retro Makeup in a fun, colorful layout.

This 104-page full-color book starts with a brief history of makeup

during the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. Next it provides practical

knowledge in applying makeup to help better use the information

provided in the proceeding chapters. Then it jumps into full details

about makeup styles during the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40, ‘50s and ‘60s

with each decade having its own dedicated chapter. Each decade

describes historical events and innovations in products that were

affecting makeup trends, popular shapes, and colors. Also in each

decade are start-to-finish instructions on various makeup looks made

popular by movie stars, models and beauty magazines of the time.

HRST Books,

Lauren Rennells is a hair and makeup artist with a passion for

beauty of the past. She creates both historical re-enactment hair

and makeup and contemporary interpretations of time periods gone

by. She freelances providing unique hair and makeup design for

advertising, film, and special event clients in Denver, CO. She also

provides more information on historical beauty through teaching and

on the Bobby Pin Blog.