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50's Makeup

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Erin is a writer and content creator from Georgia, United States. She loves coffee, books, and puppies.

50's makeup for a vintage look

50's makeup for a vintage look

Do you need to put your face on?


You'll have a blast gazing at these gorgeous beauties and reading the makeup tips essential to being cool in the fifties!


1950 Vogue magazine cover

1950 Vogue magazine cover


When I think about the essential 50's face, I think glamour and lots of it! I imagine Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and other sophisticated ladies of the time on the red carpet in a glittering gown and all dolled up with a face to match. In the fifties, the look was pure femininity. The lips and eyes were both strong in their own way. The most popular color on the lips was red, but various shades of pink were seen every now and then. The eyes were meant to look cat-like with lots of black eye liner and black mascara. Eyeshadow was light and sometimes not even used. Also, the eyes were framed with defined, arched eyebrows. The canvas of it all was a glorious pale complexion achieved with foundation and powder.

Revel in the glory of this old age beauty as you view these pictures and videos of beautiful woman. Channel their ancient Hollywood glamour into your own style today by checking out stars that wear their own version of the classic 50's look. Now excuse me while I go to the powder room to touch up my makeup!

1950's Eyebrow Shapes

1950's Eyebrow Shapes

1950's Celebrities

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Lucille Ball or Lucy Ricardo

Lucille Ball or Lucy Ricardo

1950's Inspired Makeup

Modern 50's makeup

Modern 50's makeup

50's inspired makeup

50's inspired makeup

1959 Maybelline Magic Mascara Ad

1959 Maybelline Magic Mascara Ad

Comments

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on May 15, 2016:

Laura: Thank you! You are totally right. I didn't even catch that. Thanks for pointing that out!

Laura on May 15, 2016:

Great article, I wear 50's inspired make up most of the time! Just wanted to point out though - I think your Marilyn glamour photo is actually a photo of Lisa Marie Presley dressed as her!

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on May 17, 2012:

Chlo: Thanks for your comment! Yes, it seems that more makeup was worn during that time period. People made sure they were well-dressed and made up every time they went out in public unlike the more casual attitude concerning appearance today.

Chlo on May 17, 2012:

The makeup back then was more fuller

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on May 15, 2012:

Nell Rose: Thank you! I agree; it was very glamorous!

Nell Rose from England on May 15, 2012:

Wonderful! I loved the makeup from back then, it was so much more glam!

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on May 15, 2012:

Ruchira: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for voting!

Ruchira from United States on May 15, 2012:

wow...i enjoyed reading this hub. it sure brings out a classic woman in a lady :)

voted up indeed!

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on May 15, 2012:

mythicalstorm273: Thank you! I wouldn't like to wear lipstick all the time like they did either. Thanks!

mythicalstorm273 on May 15, 2012:

Very interesting topic... make up was very simple and yet sexy in the 50's. I like the idea, but personally would probably never wear that type of make-up. I prefer eye shadow! Loved all of the pictures and videos!

f on February 06, 2012:

Well, since you I think have hair that can cover them, then this is more simple!

But anyway it must be nice to be able to have a choice in plugs; sounds like you've now got several.

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

I don't feel like they are appropriate for tutoring, so I cover them with my hair. I guess I wear the large ones only every so often. I don't mind wearing them anywhere except I do think I cover them for work and church.

f on February 06, 2012:

I guess so; yes. Maybe you're mom will get used to those ones, as well; and maybe even get to like them? (Do you still need a bit more confidence to wear the bigger ones around certain people? or maybe you just do your own thing regardless!) Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

f: They are the same size but they look larger from the front.

f on February 06, 2012:

I see; well, it's nice that your mom like them, the smaller ones at least, for now; maybe it will help her get used to the idea of plugs more, if she already thinks the smaller ones look good.

You said 'smaller'; do you have bigger ones, too?

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

My dad doesn't comment on them; my mom likes my smaller ones that sort of look like earrings.

f on February 06, 2012:

Oh, how lovely! you're really getting more into the plug scene now, aren't you, as a more and more permanent thing. Did you get any reaction from your family to your new 2g plugs? I think you said your mom liked your original pair. Nice that you've had the confidence, anyway, to carry forward your interest.

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

f: I bought some more with Christmas money.

f on February 06, 2012:

Really? this is cool; a few months ago you said you had only one pair of 2g plugs, I think.

(Unless I'm forgetting something.)

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

f: Yes, I have a few.

f on February 06, 2012:

I see, yes. You like your 2gs; they are a more or less long term feature I suppose, and you'll maybe eventually acquire more pairs of plugs in 2g, I guess.

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

f: I really don't wear a lot of makeup everyday, so I wouldn't say I'm pursuing that type of style. I'm keeping my 2g plug size.

f on February 06, 2012:

So you are still pursuing from time to time the Vogue-ish glamor style, and the plug possibilities for stretched ears, then?

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

f: I do like it. Yes, I have. I appreciate many different styles of fashion and beauty.

f on February 06, 2012:

You still like the Vogue-ish cosmetic glamor, then. But I think that since you wrote the hub you've also gotten into ear stretching and plugs, right?

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

DIYmyOmy: Thanks for voting! I wrote it a few years ago, but I still like it. Thank you for commenting. :)

DIYmyOmy from Philadelphia, PA on February 06, 2012:

Great article, thanks for posting! Voted it up & awesome!

f on November 11, 2011:

'I like to wear it'; yes, well your hub uses the word 'essential' more than once and, whether strictly and objectively this is so or not, I can certainly understand that for many women using it is a fundamental part of the way they are and the way they see themselves. (Paul writes of the 'inner man' also.) Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on November 10, 2011:

I like to wear it every now and again. Yes, I like to write about anything that's fashion or beauty related. :)

f on November 10, 2011:

Re. 'lol', well you seem to enjoy writing about lipstick, anyway (probably enjoy using it, too). Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on November 10, 2011:

lol I guess so.

f on November 10, 2011:

Oh, well, I must have gotten it figured, then! You know a lot more about it than me, anyway, right?

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on November 10, 2011:

Yes, I understand. I think it does portray that sentiment.

f on November 09, 2011:

(Hope this made sense. Blessings.)

f on November 09, 2011:

Yes, I think I agree the look includes being 'all about the strong red lip', a clearly — even starkly — defined red exuding strength and confidence.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on November 09, 2011:

I think she was going for that sort of look. Yes, 50's makeup (when going for a glamorous look), was all about the strong red lip, a somewhat pale complexion, and black eye liner.

f on November 09, 2011:

PS, do you reckon that Katy Perry, above, in the picture, deliberately goes for a 50s look?

I guess it's partly about the calculated concentration of strong, bold color.

Blessings.

f on October 24, 2011:

Well, go for it, anyway. Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on October 24, 2011:

I like this look every now and again, but I usually just wear lipstick and mascara. I've never been able to master applying eyeliner. lol

f on October 24, 2011:

Yes; anyway, your comment about the 'pure femininity' of 'sophisticated ladies of the time' applies especially to the dramatic, emphasized lips; maybe this is something you

favor going for. Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on October 13, 2011:

I would say it's a very dramatic look. The lips are being more emphasized then anything else, but you're right; all of those features are being emphasized.

f on October 12, 2011:

So, re. the Vogue picture, do you think that it's the eyes/eyebrows, or the red, red lips that are being emphasized more?

My two cents': they both seem pretty well emphasized to me, anyway. (Unless I'm mistaken.)

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on September 16, 2011:

Yes, I like it for right now. :)

f on September 16, 2011:

Well, you seem to prefer simple black and white now, anyway.

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on September 16, 2011:

Right; can you believe how everyone is putting the emphasis on 3d movies and 3d cell phones?

f on September 16, 2011:

YW: These days, of course, it's all in color, right?

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on September 16, 2011:

Thanks for letting me know, f. I wrote this hub a few years ago, so some of the videos are old. I'll be sure to fix them. No, I missed that wedding.

f on September 16, 2011:

BTW: some of the video links are now dead.

The Monaco wedding one from 1956 works fine, though. (Maybe you watched the more recent one from there, too?)

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on September 10, 2011:

Thank you, Carrie! I like 50's makeup as well; it's very classic and chic. :)

carriethomson from United Kingdom on September 10, 2011:

that was a very intresting hub to read!! i love the 50 makeup styles specially the eyes.

carrie

f on September 08, 2011:

YW (smile)

You evidently have done.

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on September 08, 2011:

Thanks! I wouldn't say I'm an expert by any means, but I've read a lot about it.

f on September 08, 2011:

I defer to your evident expertise.

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on September 08, 2011:

They could be paired as long as the eye shadow color was neutral so the lips could be used as the focus of the face.

f on September 08, 2011:

Like, for combining with the also 'par excellence' classic, vibrant, intensely red lips?

Blessings.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on September 08, 2011:

I think it's a wonderful classic look, but I wouldn't recommend it for everyday use. It's a great special occasion look.

f on September 08, 2011:

Clarification: I mean, it's a great look, but I wonder whether it needs a lot of work. Blessings.

f on September 02, 2011:

Re. 'the eyes were framed with defined, arched eyebrows.'

Do you think this 50s look is a particularly valid route to go? and to work well does it need to be combined with a consistently rigorous use of eyeliner and mascara, do you think?

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 18, 2011:

I won't ever start. It's unhealthy and just plain gross!

f on August 18, 2011:

Better not to start, either! :)

Hard to quit, especially if the money isn't coming in. Blessings

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 17, 2011:

No, we don't smoke.

f on August 17, 2011:

EBower:

YW.

I'm sure your (and your mom's) practice in this regard isn't influenced by smoking though... lol

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 17, 2011:

Interesting! Thanks for sharing. :)

f on August 17, 2011:

PS: You know, I think there may, at least indirectly be another reason why the 1950s saw such deep and starkly contrasting lip colors. It used to be that sooo many women smoked heavily (70 years ago there were even public classes to teach women how to smoke) and thus many developed 'smoker's lip', with tell-tale wrinkles immediately around the mouth, which, of course, needed to be offset by a strong, contrasting color on the lips. (Two cents')

f on August 16, 2011:

Yes, old fashioned can be another way of saying classic. The strong, dark colors.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 16, 2011:

The 50's look might be considered 'old fashioned' to some, but to others, it can be classic. It's good for women when dressing up today. Thanks for your comment. :)

f on August 15, 2011:

50s seems kind of 'old fashioned' but the bright colors seem to have come 'full circle' now. (But what do I know?)

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on August 09, 2011:

I'm glad you liked it, Cyndi10! Your welcome and thanks for taking the time to comment. :)

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on August 09, 2011:

Loved this hub. I like the glamour of the late fifties and early sixties. I especially like the pictures you used. Thanks for all the research you did for this.

Erin Bower (author) from Georgia on June 28, 2011:

It's probably not for everyone, but if you take the red lip away then it would look great any woman. Thanks for stopping by!

Yena Williams from California on June 28, 2011:

Not sure I could pull this off but I love the 50's makeup styles!

Elayne from Rocky Mountains on December 22, 2009:

Enjoyed your hub about the 50s and the stars. I was born in the fifties but really enjoyed movies from that era. Aloha!