Holiday Party Makeup 2009

Holiday Party Makeup 2009

How to Do Holiday Party Makeup Like a 1940s Starlet

Holiday Party Makeup 2009
Strong eyeliner, red lips and bold brows elevate holiday makeup trends (2009) to something unabashedly retro. If you want to be the talk of the cocktail party, go all out in 1940s-inspired party makeup. Start practicing your vintage starlet look by trying on 1940s makeup in our virtual makeup studio.

To get the look of a 1940s pinup , apply a nude or shimmery white shadow all over the lid and line only your top lashes with black liquid eyeliner, sweeping it out slightly at the corners for a kittenish effect. Soften the line by going over it with a charcoal eye shadow (applied with a wet or dry eyeliner brush), but do not smudge or “smoke" it out since a bold, clean line is the hallmark of 1940s makeup. If you desire a more dramatic holiday makeup look, experiment with a palette of shimmery plum or matte chocolate eye shadow. Either one can be applied in the crease and swept outward and upward.

Neatly arch your eyebrows in a few basic steps. Brush them upward with a brow comb and fill them in with an eye shadow or brow powder one shade lighter than your natural hair color. Score perfectly shaped arches by using a brow stencil or simply take extra care to fill in your brows a more generously than you normally would, paying attention to top part of the arch.

“Slim” and define your facial contours by highlighting certain features, like the underside of the brows, center of the nose and the inner corners of each eye. Place your blush just underneath your cheekbones (sweeping it upward toward the hairline) to make your face appear more sculpted and refined like a 1940s era starlet.

The finishing touch on your 1940s inspired holiday makeup look? Bold red lips . Accentuate your cupid’s bow by outling it with a red lip liner and fill in your pout with a strong matte red lipstick. Blot with a tissue and reapply to achieve your desired party makeup effect. If you prefer a moist look, opt for a peppermint-flavored gloss for those stolen moments underneath the mistletoe.

Give your 1940s makeup look a hint of cinematic drama by dressing the part. Try a slim pencil skirt, peep toe pumps and jet beads. Reach for rouge or coral colors when you want to stand out in a sea of little black dresses, and look for luxe, touchable materials. A soft cashmere wrap or sweater begs to be caressed, and a silk blouse has an ultra-sensuous liquid texture that’s at once tempting and tasteful. Just for fun, dress the part of a bookish femme fatale in streamlines staples. --Stephanie Simons

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