The hollywood retro glam look seems like it's the toughest thing to pull off on this planet, which is probably why celebrities make it look so effortless. I came to realise this weekend, that it isn't all that bad. I had 30 minutes to complete, my hair and makeup for a friends 21st, because as usual I was running late. I'd been researching weeks before trying to see if there was a magic trick which where I could just wave a make up brush around like a wand and poof i'd turn into an old school hollywood celebrity. Easier said than done. I did however manage to pull something off, and here's how I did it.
My ultimate goal is to always have a nice an even base to work with. I used By Terry's Sheer Expert Cover in shade 9 along the t-zone then covered my under eyes and any spots which Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer. For blush I used Nars Deep Throat on the apples of my cheeks to add some colour into an otherwise pale face. That was the face done, it was extremely quick and gave the desired effect of a nice and even skin tone.
Second on the list was eyes which I kept very neutral. I lined the tops of my lids with Bobbi Brown's Gel Eyeliner in Black, and used Bobbi Browns Cream Eyeshadow in Sandy Gold. Next was mascara! I curled my eyelashes with the Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler (a new addition, which i'm loving) and applied Maybelline Full and Soft Waterproof Mascara and Estee Lauder's Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara, layering both to give me a falsies effect but without the hassle.
Lastly, was the lips, the most important part of putting together a retro glam hollywood look. I used the Hourglass Rouge Opaque Lipstick in Icon (my new favourite red). It was the perfect shade to attain the retro look, and damn I wish I had bought it sooner. A quick swipe on the lips and I was ready to go and get my party on!
The make up look itself didn't take too long, which I was extremely impressed with. I can't say the same about the hair though. It was painstakingly slow to curl little sections of hair, but the overall effect was probably my favourite hair look of all time. For an easy guide to this hair look I used The Beauty Departments tutorial, which i'll link here.