Period Makeup: 1950′s

The start of the timeless ‘Pinup Look’.

After the conservative years of WWII came to an end and the cosmetics industry caught back up with demand, makeup styles took the biggest turn seen to date.  Along with bright coloured kitchen appliances, came bright and shapely makeup, with well defines eyebrows.


The base for the 50′s style makeup was a foundation cream, creating pale but perfectly flawless porcelain skin, almost mask-like complexion which was topped off with natural skin colour powder to set it.


tumblr_mkymza1Bj01rvsnygo1_500The eyebrows were mostly thicker in the inner corner and then tapered out to a clean point, but did vary in style.  Much like we do today.  The inner corner could be rounded or squared.  The accent could be a straight line or pointed to a peak.  A gradual rounded eyebrow was very popular, as was straight.  It was customary to take what you had, tweeze it to a clean line and then use a pencil to darken in and possibly thicken.  The winged/cat eyeliner was a very important part of the decades makeup look, and that too had many variations, from very defined/striking to soft and subtle.  One of the main reasons for the tick was to mimic extra eye lashes at the outer corner of the eye.  The various products on the market included pencil, liquid and gel eyeliner.  By changing the length, thickness, flip/wing/tick and colour, the appearance of the eye and the rest of the makeup changes to accommodate different looks for different occasions.  They mostly used three basic eye shadow combinations:

  • A lighter neutral on lid up to the crease/socket, and white above the socket to the brow.
  • White on the lid, brown/terracotta in the crease, and white under the brow.
  • Turquoise, green or blue on the lid, brown/terracotta in the crease/socket, and white under the brow.

False lashes were sometimes placed on top, with lots of mascara.


Use a warm bronzer below the cheek and on the lower part of the apple of the cheek, to add contouring.  The apples were dusted with a pink blusher, and blended with the contouring to create a well contoured cheekbone with flush, healthy sun-kissed glow.

A soft beauty mark can be added using an eye pencil.  This was inspired by Marilyn Monroe.


UntitledLip shapes, for the average lady, followed the basic shape of the Untitlednatural mouth.  In Hollywood, they began to customise it. They began to taper the fall from the peak to the outer corner for a droop that almost mimicked a pleasant, innocent smile. Sultry movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Sylvia Lopez were over-drawing their top lip for a fuller look.  Lip colours varied from bright red to orange red.


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 The Pin Up done today:

I think the 2 celebrities coming to mind first when thinking of the pin up look would be Katy Perry, Taylor Swift & Christina Aguilera.  But it is not just them.  You see this at basically every red carpet event and fashion show…or at least a variation thereof.

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My interpretation of the pinup look:


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Home Spa Remedies

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Like all girls, I absolutely LOVE being pampered.  Unfortunately, my extremely selfish wallet is not alway keen on taking me to my favourite Beauty Salon.  Sad but true, I just cannot afford to go as often as I would like.  Over the years I’ve been doing research and tried various DIY home potions, concoctions and remedies for my own private at home beauty salon.  And of course here I can have a glass of bubbly while busy pampering myself…true celeb style.

 Here are a few of my favourite DIY beauty secrets.

  • Not fond of too much foundation, but still need some coverage?  Try making your own tinted moisturiser.  Take your favourite SPF moisturiser and add your skin’s matching foundation to create your own custom made tinted moisturiser.
  • Get all-over silky soft glowing skin with dry body brushing.  There are many benefits to body brushing.  Try it out and see for yourself.  A relatively inexpensive brush is available almost everywhere.  Try your local Bodyshop, Clicks, Discem, Pharmacies, and sometimes even Pick ‘n Pay and other retailers.  Here are a few benefits:
    • removes dead skin cells;
    • speeds up skin cell renewal;
    • helps break down fatty deposits and reduce cellulite;
    • stimulates blood flow and circulation;
    • aids lymphatic drainage, eliminating waste and toxins;
    • can help reduce ingrown hairs.

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  • For an easy and effective exfoliating body scrub combine sea salt crystals or brown sugar, olive oil and a few drops of your favourite essential oil, such as sandalwood, lavender or rose.  Scrub away.
  • Get silky soft and smooth lips by applying a small amount of moisturising lip balm directly to your lips.  Take a soft toothbrush and gently move over your lips in small circular motions. Continue until you have smoothed away any flaky, chapped skin.  Gently wipe clean and re-apply lip balm.
  • Create a gentle camomile cleansing milk by combining fresh or dried camomile flowers and a small amount of full cream milk.  Gently warm over low heat.  Strain and cool before use.  This mixture can be stored for up to a week in your fridge.
  • Rose water, available from most pharmacies, is an inexpensive alternative to facial toner.  Rose water is soft on your skin and contains no alcohol.
  • I just love lying on my beautician's table with the steamer on my face.  I can feel all my pores opening up and the dirt evaporating.  This is quite easy to do at home.  Fill your basin (or any bowl large enough) with boiling water and your favourite herbs, such as lavender, rosemary, sage, mint, or essential oils such a tea tree, lavender or even lemon juice.  Lean over the basin for around 10 minutes with a towel covering your head and basin to keep in the steam.  Some of my favourite oils are from The Body Shop.

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    • For different skin types and conditions add the following to your steaming water:
      • Oily skin: tea tree oil followed by a clay mask;
      • Sensitive skin: camomile teabags;
      • Dry skin: extra virgin olive oil to moisten the skin followed by a hydrating mask;
      • Normal skin: use any of your favourite essential oils or a combination thereof.  Sweet almond oil makes the skin glow while a gel-based mask will refresh;
      • Combination skin: add a few drops of soothing lavender followed by an oily skin mask on your T-zone and a normal mask elsewhere.
  • After you’ve spent too much time in the sun give your skin a boost by combining 1 finely grated carrot with juice, half an avocado and 2 tblsp double cream.  Carrots contain betacarotene, vit. A and C which help fight free radical damage ,while the avocado is rich in soothing oil and anti-aging vit. B & E.  Smooth over the affected area and let the vitamins and minerals replenish your over stimulated skin with its natural goodness.
  • For an exfoliating face mask combine plain yoghurt, lime juice and honey.  The lime and yoghurt act as a gentle exfoliant while honey is moisturising.

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  • Fruit acids can be used as a non-abrasive exfoliant, as the acids dissolve dead skin cells.  Juice from strawberries, grapes or tomatoes can be used.  Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse off.
  • Or you can try this tropical fruit mask.  In a blender puree a quarter of a fresh medium pineapple and half a medium slightly green fresh papaya.  Add 2 tablespoon of honey and natural yoghurt.  The fruit acids act as a gentle exfoliant and soft bleach, while the honey will moisturise.
  • Ever wondered why, in movies, they always place cucumber slices on the eyes?  It has a cooling and calming effect for puffy eyes.  The same can be achieved by using tea bags, after being brewed.  Remember to first set them aside to cool.  The cool moisture can reduce swelling while the tannins in tea can reduce inflammation.
  • An easy way to detoxify from the outside in is to dissolve a couple of hands full Epsom salt into your bath water.  Soak for 15 - 30 minutes.  Salt boost the skin's natural detoxification process.  The skin releases toxins into the bath water and absorbs salt minerals, reducing acidity, while at the same time sloughing away flaky skin cells.
  • Another great idea for a hand or foot scrub, combine 2 tblsp olive oil, 2 tblsp grinded coars sea salt and 15-20 drops of your favourite essential oil or a blend thereof.  Massage the mixture into your hands, wrists, elbows, feet and ankles.  It is also a great full body scrub.
  • For a rejuvenating mask for dry hands, combine 1 egg white, 2 tblsp glycerine, 2 tblsp honey, 2 tblsp water and 2 tblsp oatmeal.  Apply to your hands and leave for 20 minutes.
  • For a smoothing skin lotion to soften rough dry areas, combine 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp olive oil and quarter tsp lemon juice.  Apply to rough areas for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  • The gel from the aloe vera plant is great to use on spotty or inflamed skin.  Alternatively use tea tree oil with its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • For those days where you just don’t have time to wash your hair, you can use baby powder or cornflour to absorb some of the greasiness.  Put some powder on your hair, concentrating on the roots, work it into the roots and comb through.  This works great especially for blonds as it is not as visible as on darker hair.
  • For a soothing lavender face mask, combine a handful of lavender flowers, 1 egg yolk for dry skin or 1 whisked egg white for oily skin and a cup of plain yoghurt.  Apply to your face and leave for 15 minutes.  Rinse off with warm water.
  • For a soft and smooth skin, combine 1 banana, 2 tsp clear honey and fine ground oatmeal.  The acids in banana, together with the antioxidant betacarotene acts as an exfoliant while the honey soothes.

I hope I’ve inspired you to treat yourself to a decadent diva day.  Maybe invite a few girlfriends over and have some fun.

Please comment on what worked for you and what did not.  Maybe the grossness factor of some of these concoctions was just too much to handle.  And feel free to tell us about your beauty tips and secrets.