Retro Glam.

28 Sep 2013



I mentioned in my last post that I was, after being inspired by my new Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara, going to accept the challenge of creating a retro style make-up look. When I set myself this task, I thought I would make it my first post including my head in the photo to show the finished look but I decided against it; but baby steps!
Either way, for me this look works and I have tried it a few times to make sure it does for definite!
For the look I decided to do a 'retro 60s' style look and before I started to created the look, I decide I would do a little bit of research and I thought I would even share a bit about the 60s with you to give you, what i would call, a 'retrocation'!
The 'swinging 60s' as it was known brought us change in the fashion world which reflected the social atmosphere at the time. It wasn't till the 60s that teens really started to get into fashion in a big way; people would say this was because the economy of the time was doing well and jobs were easily found and so with their pockets overflowing with their wages, they would go out and buy the clothes they wanted. For girls, this was tights which went onto the leg-baring mini skirt which tended to get shorter as the decade went on. The rise of the mini skirt was down to fashion designer Mary Quant who brought change to the fashion world showing teens that clothes were fun!

For men- it was up until the 60s where 18 year old boys had to spend at least two years in one of the services which was abolished in 1960. When you were in the army you would need your hair cut so now going into one of the forces was not compulsory, boys started to let down their hair(literally) and grow it longer that ever before. For the boys two tribe like groups started to emerge: The Mods and The Rockers; Mods dressed in suits, buttoned down shirts and drove motor scooters whereas the Rockers war leather gear driving the noisiest bikes. These two tribes occasionally caused trouble in the form of riots.

There's a little bit on the fashion of the 1960s and now onto what you really want: the makeup!

Starting with the base; unlike earlier decades, foundation was applied lightly to leave a fresher appearance. They also went for a very matte look and so because there was no such thing as a  'Mac paint pot' in those days, they would apply foundation all over the eyes aswell as the face to give a full matte finish and a matte base for the eye shadow. For my base I used my normal light coverage foundation of the Barbra Daley @ Tesco Foundation.I also used my Collection Concealer and my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (of course).
I next went onto eyes where the 60s saw the blending of different shades which we all still do today! I was inspired by fashion model, actress at the time- Twiggy and her eye make-up for the look I created.
 For the look I used my MUA Undressed palette. To start Next taking shade 3(a light brown) over the lid and then moving onto a slightly darker brown again and putting that through the socket of my eye very heavily as that is how I saw Twiggy's eye make-up as. After I did this, I felt that the look wasn't complete and need a slightly darker brown so if you were to create this look again and feel like a darker brown like I did, I would go for something like Mac's Cork or Charcoal Brown.
Eyeliner would have been applied above the eyelashes being applied thicker towards the outer corner of the eye. It would be applied underneath aswell; from the outer corner till where the lashes stop.
Of course for mascara I used my new Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam mascara as it would be silly if I didn't! In the 1960s, mascara was applied to both the upper and bottom lashes (like most people do today) in rather thick coverings- so much so that would apply one coat, leave to dry and then add another to leave the lashes thick,spiky and dramatic.
There was no mention of bronzing let alone contouring in the 60s but they did like to add a little dusting of blush which would be applied to the apples of the cheeks and be then brushed towards the temples. I felt this way of applying blush was an amazing way and I think I will definitely carry on using it! For my cheeks I used the Natural Collection blush in 'Blushed Cheeks' (Don't knock the cheaper blushes!)
Lips in the era went from a bold red lip in the 1950s to nude lips in the 60s so I decided to just add a little bit of lip balm but I'd suggest maybe something like Mac's Creme Cup.
So,that's everything! I hope you enjoyed this post and, even though there was no pictures with the make-up on, you can get an idea of what it looked like and also learned a little about the 60s. I may do more in the future and might even include my face!
I hope you're having a good day! x


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