How to Style Makeup For a Vintage Dress

vintage-final-1  Visions of Great Gatsby charm and Breakfast at Tiffanys elegance dances in my head when I think of vintage makeup and style. Hands down, there is no look quite as glamorous and feminine. When Eliza J Dresses* asked me to create a makeup look inspired by their gorgeous line of vintage style dresses--I accepted the challenge with a clink of a glass and a devilish wink (okay...I really didn't but it was this epic Leonardo DiCaprio version in my head.)

Perusing through, I was immediately inspired by several of their dresses. I love the modern approach to the classic vintage style. I also like that modern doesn't translate as skimpy or overly sexy here. To me, these dresses pretty much sum up what a hard working, stylish #girlboss would wear. 

The three gorgeous dresses below inspired me to create a makeup look that incorporated beauty from the 1920s and especially the 1940s. I created a look using neutral colors on the eyes and a bold pop of crimson on the lips. The makeup look I created is versatile and could easily compliment any vintage outfit regardless of color, length or style. 

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How to create this vintage makeup: 

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Start with a clean face. Prep the skin by applying a facial moisturizer, eye cream, primer--anything your skin needs to look and feel its best. Apply your foundation with a beauty blender or your favorite foundation brush. Next, dab concealer in an upside down "V" motion under your eyes and blend to cover any dark circles. Fill in your brows with a brow powder or pencil. To ensure your makeup sits on lockdown don't forget to set your face with a setting powder. 


Prime your eyelids then apply a wash of a medium-brown eyeshadow all over the lid and in the crease. This can be messy at first and then blended out. 

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Using a flat shader brush or fluffy blending brush, pat a darker chocolate brown color all over the lid space and blend to create a gradient with a smoked out effect.


Line the upper lash line with a black kohl pencil. Use an angled eye brush or small eye makeup brush to drag the color into a winged shape. Then take a black eyeshadow and press on top of the black liner. Use upward flicking motions with the brush to create the appearance of a smoked out liner. 

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Taking the same mid-toned brown color as we started with, lightly sweep it under the bottom lash line. Take care to blend it out into a smokey effect. 


Apply your favorite pair of false lashes. To get the vintage look, I recommend ones that flair out on the ends like the Ardell Demi Wispies. Once the glue is dry, go back over the band with your black liner to conceal it. Warm up the eyeshadow by applying a burgundy shade or red-toned brown into the outer corner of the eye. This will deepen the eyeshadow and make them look more dimensional. 

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Contour the hollows of your cheeks, jawline and temple to slim the face and add some color. For a more day time appropriate look, lightly bronze the face with your favorite bronzer in spots the sunlight would naturally hit it. 


Sweep a pink blush towards the backs of the cheeks--right above where you contoured out your hollows. Lightly apply a champagne colored highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones for a soft, beautiful glow. 

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Mix a plum hued-purple and vivid red together to create a deep crimson color (or if you have a crimson shade just apply that). Line the outside of your lips with a deep burgundy or plum lip liner. 

You're finished! Throw on your vintage inspired dress and head out looking like a million bucks! 


Which dress from would you pair with this vintage makeup?


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