Moisturize your face and apply a full-coverage foundation that gives you a smooth satin or matte finish. The perfect product for you will depend on your skin type. Leave the shimmery, dewy products for other days. Be sure to exfoliate regularly so your makeup will look as perfect as possible and not grab onto stray flakes of skin.


With a light hand, apply a peach or pink blush (light skin tones) or a tawny or rose shade (dark skin) to the cheekbones.

Eye Shadow

Apply a shadow primer to your lids so your eye makeup will stay in place longer. With a large flat brush, swipe on a matte shade that matches your skin tone, from the lashes to the brow bone. Take another shade that is one to two shades darker than your skin tone and apply it to the crease, concentrating the color in the actual crease and then blending it up and out from there. With a shade that is lighter than your skin tone and either matte or slightly pearlescent, accent the area just below the arch of the brows.


To get the winged liner effect, use a small angled brush and black gel liner to lightly line the top lashes. At the outer corner, follow the curve of the eye, from the lower lash line, to create a diagonal line. From the tip of that line, connect it back to the middle section of liner along the top lashes. Fill in the triangle you’ve created and smooth out any obvious breaks in the line.

Mascara and Brows

If you wish, use a light brown pencil liner along the bottom lash line in order to get more definition around the eyes without an obvious line. Add a volumizing, lengthening mascara or a set of flirty half lashes. If you use false lashes, don’t forget to blend them with your natural lashes with mascara.

Choose a brow pencil or powder that is slightly darker than your hair color if you’re blonde, and a shade lighter than your hair color if you’re brunette. Apply the color to your brows, starting in the middle and working your way out to the ends. Then brush the brow hairs up to soften the effect of the product and also to play up the arch. The 1950s brows were very defined and arched.


Line your lips with red liner, paying special attention to the shape of the cupid’s bow. Start at the middle of each lip and feather your way out, then fill in the lips with the pencil for staying power. Using a lip brush, apply a matte red lipstick over the surface of the lips, careful not to go outside the lines you created with the liner. If you want shine, choose a clear or red gloss to go on top of the lipstick. Keep in mind, however, that the 50s lip was usually matte.

For an added effect, match your nail polish to your lipstick.


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