If you love glitz & glam of the golden age then this is for you ! Key vintage hairstyles & makeup inspiration from way back when…
I was elated when Melanie from ‘Case of The Curious Bride’ recently contacted me to see if I’d be interested in conducting some real life makeovers with real life ladies. It was to be based on her new ‘White Threads’ collection, inspired by the Golden Age of Cinema, to bring you some vintage hair and makeup inspiration from the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s.
Describing ‘vintage’ often refers to several eras spanning almost ten decades. So to decipher the years and their distinguished styles, can often be a task in itself. The 1940’s victory rolls, the super thin brows of the 1930’s and the finger waves of the 1920/30’s, are perhaps the most obvious approaches. But nowadays, it’s not uncommon for us girls to pinch our favourite parts of all the styles and combine the essentials to create a unclassified ‘vintage’ look.
Melanie’s shoot was set to be a great opportunity to get stuck into some good old fashion hair setting, whilst investing in lots of liquid liner and transforming my five gorgeous girls into vintage dolls to demonstrate the eras apart and combined.
My first willing victim was the lovely Sarah, representing the 1950’s bride. Sarah had the traditional setting put into her hair showing a mixture of pin & barrel curls. Her eye makeup was mushroom browns tipped with classic ivory, then strong liner to define the eyes, lashes gently accentuated with a light mascara and then her 1950s wedding makeup was finished off with a fabulous red bow pout, perfect for the era!
As Sarah disappeared behind the scenes to slip into her wedding gown complemented by handmade vintage accessories crafted by Ivory Tuesday, model number two, Laura took a seat.
Laura was my 1940’s Rita Hayworth inspired and stunning bride to be. It was important that I kept all of Laura’s vintage makeup delicate, with a soft smudged brown liner, a smidge of black pushed into the top lash line and some subtle lashes to set it off. I contrasted the gentleness of the overall look with a vibrant coral lippy and gradual waves – of course including the signature 40s quiff in her hair.
Seema was to be my irresistible late 1940’s rockabilly bride. Using warmer shades of brown on the eyes and a gorgeous pout with an Illamasqua matt lipstick, I added lots of black liner and lashes to supplement the late and post war era.
Our models loved the hair whizzing up for this one. Seema had SO MUCH hair, at one point, I never thought I’d see the end of it! I added some loose curls to the back section of her hair and then back combed through to the front as the curls cooled. Two pinned victory rolls at the front followed by the cute curls at the back, made the perfect 1940’s vintage hairstyle. Whilst Seema changed into her outfit, I made a quick dash to make a last minute additional fix to our first bride Sarah with a hair accessory from Ivory Tuesday – handmade headpieces by Melanie herself!
After finalising Seema’s 1940’s kiss pout with a quick powder to finish the matte look, I moved on over to my fourth stunning model, Sally
Sally was to demonstrate my 1930’s bridal look. The signature look of the era is a much thinner and more arched brow from the previous looks, with all warm natural tones to enhance her gorgeous bone structure.
Looking at Sally now you wouldn’t believe that her hair is currently cut in an ultra modern ‘short back and sides’ style, something that I knew was not typical of the vintage era. To overcome this, I decided to go for a change from the marcel waving, instead opting for an ‘I love Lucy’ inspired hair up. I curled her hair with a WAM curling iron to ensure it was super tight, then I fluffed it up and slicked back the sides for a much workable and edgy look that was ideal for Sally’s quirky personality.
Last but not least, my 1920’s inspired bride, was the crazy gorgeous Sian who was an absolute hoot to work alongside! The popular Gatsby look is typically defined by incredibly pale skin, so I applied the eye makeup first using a Illamasqua gel liner and black pigment to smoke it up and soften the edges without drop down onto the foundation. I then used airbase foundation with a soft coral cheek to highlight the style whilst leaving her statement dark eye makeup and wild finger wave hair to do the talking.
Each of the looks seemed to work exceptionally well for the models and seemed to bizarrely suit their personalities so well!
John Boy Wilson was our photographer for the day who used both an indoor and outdoor set up for this photo-shoot. I was pleased with how the day had panned out, covering several eras over five models. Even some of the Sale community were congratulating our brides outside in their vintage attire!
Thanks to John, Mel and my five best girls for lending me their beautiful faces through the eras.