Beauty Buzz with Sophie Chamings: modern vintage glamour
Over the past few years, vintage 1950s glamour has been very on-trend.
Initially, it was all about a stylised look with dramatic flicks, pale skin and red lips. Now, vintage glamour has modernised itself to look softer and fit into the understated style of the 21st century. I use vintage make-up influences in much of my work. It's a timeless and classic era that lends itself particularly well to autumn, when the high streets become flooded with rich autumn colours – perfect for brightening complexions and adding definition to eyes and lips. Here's my step-by-step guide to getting the look right:
Always do eyes first so that you can remove any unwanted eye shadow from below your eyes before applying your foundation
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Eye Base – Start by applying a small amount of concealer or foundation all over your eyelids, blending it into the socket and up to your eyebrows. This will even out skin tone and ensure your eyeshadow looks bright and doesn't crease.
Eyeshadow – Choose a light-coloured eyeshadow (my favourite is Maybelline in naked beige £4.09) and apply it sheerly all over your eyelids, into the sockets and up to your brow bones.
Eyeliner – Use a gel eyeliner (they're easy to apply and have great staying power) and an angled eyeliner brush to draw the best line you can, two thirds along the upper lash line. You will probably find this easier if you stretch your eyelid up from the brow with your fingertip. Fix mistakes with a cotton bud and liquid eye make-up remover. My favourite gel eyeliner, which suits everybody I use it on, is Estee Lauder Double Wear Gel Eyeliner in dark brown (Stay Coffee) £17.50 and it comes with an angled eyeliner brush!
Mascara/fake lashes – I would recommend black mascara for a vintage look, applying 2-3 coats to the upper lashes only. My favourite is Maybelline Colossal Mascara £6.99.
Primer – Apply a primer all over the face to ensure your make-up looks flawless and lasts. My favourite is Laura Mercier Foundation Primer £28.
Foundation – Use your favourite foundation, applying a long-lasting concealer on areas that need a bit of extra coverage. My favourites are Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation £27 and Natural Finish Foundation £29, and Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour concealer £6.19.
Eyebrows – Following the natural shape of your eyebrows, define them using an angled eyeliner brush with a matte eyeshadow that's the same colour as your hair. Use short feathery strokes for a natural finish.
Blusher – Choose a peach/apricot blusher if you suit earthy warm tones and a rose/plum coloured one if you suit cooler shades. Apply lightly around the apples of your cheeks and diffuse colour upwards along your cheekbones. My favourite blushers are: Bourjois Blusher (Rose Ambre) £5.49 for warmer skin tones and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks – rose (cream) £18 for cooler skin tones.
Translucent powder – Finish by dusting translucent powder all over face to soften and set make-up.
Lipliner – Pencil a red lipliner all around lips, drawing it slightly outside the lip line along the centre of the lips for a fuller lip look. My favourite is Maxfactor lip liner (red rush) £4.99
Lipstick – If you're warm with olive or yellow undertones to your skin, choose a red lipstick with orange undertones, such as: Christian Dior, Dolce Vita Red, No 14 £21.50 or Revlon, Super Lustrous Lippy, Really Red, No 900 £7.49.
If you're cool with pinkish or reddish undertones to your skin, choose a red lipstick with pink/blue undertones, such as: Christian Dior Diorific Lipstick, Roulette Red, No 13 £21.50, Revlon, Super Lustrous Lippy, Red, No 730 £7.49.