Recently, acclaimed actress Elizabeth Taylor died. Her beauty, particularly her violet eyes, was her on par with her acting ability. A friend/colleague of mine had the opportunity to do Ms. Taylor’s makeup in her later years and attested to her breath-taking good looks despite years of bad habits. (Actually she watched Ms. Taylor do her own makeup as Ms. Taylor rarely entrusted anyone else to make up her eyes.)
What I love about women from Elizabeth Taylor’s era is the fact that they wore minimal makeup, just a few key items—foundation and powder, brow color, eye liner, mascara and red lipstick. What’s more, skin color didn’t matter when it came to the classic makeup look of yesteryear. Photos of Dorothy Dandridge and Lena Horne, show them with the same cropped hair, defined brows and red lips as Ms. Taylor.
Over the years I have quite subconsciously adopted the classic makeup look for myself. Today however, my skin is less matte, and more on the dewy side. (Turning 50 will do that for you.) Sade and Gwen Stefani are musicians who have adopted this classic makeup look, but with a modern twist.
Get this classic silver screen look in 5 steps:
Use a full coverage foundation for camera-ready finish.
Try: Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Foundation UVA/UVB SPF 15
Use a high definition powder that diffuses that emulates the appearance of poreless skin.
Try: Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder
Silverscreen sirens wore subtle cheek color that looked as if it came from within.
Try: Fusion Beauty SculptDiva™ Contouring & Sculpting Blush with Amplifat™
Strong sculpted brows and eyes lined with ultra-black liquid liner are beauty staples for the classic silver screen look.
Try: Smashbox Brow Tech to Go
Try: Josie Maran Magic Marker Argan Liquid Eye Liner
Forget nude lips—red lipstick speak volumes.
Try: CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot
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