Monday, 23 November 2015

Iconic Makeup Through The decades

I love looking at history of beauty, fashion and just generally the lives of people throughout time and so today I thought together we could look at iconic makeup from 1920's-1960's.

1920's Iconic Makeup:
The 1920's saw the era of "The Flapper" and makeup was now regularly used, and could be easily found. Lips and eyes were given the most attention, generally using red lipstick and creating a dark eyed look.

1930's Iconic Makeup:
During the 1930's there was even more progression in how people viewed makeup, Elizabeth Arden opened a salon and people were now being hired to apply makeup. This decade saw mature women wear lipstick and if the young wore it, it was seen as rebellion and frowned upon.

1940's Iconic Makeup:
1939-1945 was an incredibly difficult time, of course, due to the second world war. Money was very tight and women became creative when they wore makeup. Gravy or tea soaked cloth was used to create stockings and charcoal used to create a seam, and no smear lipstick was created by women. Concentration camps saw women cut themselves and use their blood in order to use to add colour to their cheeks in hope that the guards would find them attractive and then hopefully they could escape death.

1950's Iconic Makeup:
In the 1950's makeup became a necessity. Lipstick had been the most popular product but the focus changed to eyes. Style icons of the 1950's were Audrey Hepburn with her cat eye makeup, Brigitte Bardot with dark sultry eyes and pale lips, and Marilyn Monroe. Coloured mascara also became a thing!

1960's Iconic Makeup:
1960's makeup saw the influences of the Mod Trend, starting in London. The 60's makeup was about hollowed cheeks, dramatic eyes (mascara/fake lashes). Twiggy's look is very iconic.

The 60's didn't only have the Mod Trend makeup looks but also the hippie makeup looks. These looks were natural, little makeup was worn, but vibrant colours were used.

Which is your favourite era of makeup?

Love El


  1. This is such a great post, I've never seen one that acknowledges where all of the trends started! I love the 1950s make-up so much, those film stars are beauty icons. I also love the 1990s, although it wasn't that long ago it's where the nude lip and lip pencil got popular. So as that's my favourite lip look, I have to give it a mention.

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    1. Thank you! Yes the 1950's actresses were so gorgeous!!

  2. Twiggy is my all time favourite, I love looking at the 60s for some inspiration! X

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    1. Ah brilliant! 60's makeup was amazing! X


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