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Get The Look: Old Hollywood Makeup Tutorial

Photograph by Rachel Matos

Make the most of a well-deserved romantic evening, whether it’s dinner at home or a night out! Switch up your makeup look with a hint of old Hollywood glamour! It’s a classic look for any time of the year and simple to recreate.

Photograph by Rachel Matos

Prepare your face: Wash your skin thoroughly before you begin. It may sound obvious, but it’s important to lightly exfoliate your skin before makeup application. This step will allow your makeup to go on smoothly. I used Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub, which leaves my skin soft and polished. Pat your skin dry and then apply a primer or face moisturizer. I used Pond’s Luminous Finish BB+ Cream to minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes.

Foundation: Use a makeup applicator sponge to apply your foundation evenly throughout your skin. I used Neutrogena Shine Control Foundation. For a little extra coverage around the eyes, I used Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector.

Eye Shadow: All you need are two complementary neutral colors; a light shimmery one for your lid and a darker one for the crease of your eye. Keep it natural. I used Maybelline New York’s Enchanted Forest palette, but only applied the shimmery base and the darker brown on my lids. Gradually add a little extra shimmer onto your lid. Too much shimmer can actually make your eyes look older, so you want just enough shimmer to catch the light. Gently brush the darker brown on the crease of your eye and extend outward to create a soft smoky eye effect.

Here’s a great video to show you how:

Eyeliner: A winged eye is essential for an old Hollywood look. I prefer a more delicate line with a subtle swoop at the end. Liquid liner works best for this, especially if you don’t typically wear eye makeup or have a shaky hand. I used ELF Liquid Eye Liner and really love the slenderness and length of the brush. I started by drawing the flick in the outer corner of my eye and worked the liner inward. Here's a great tutorial to learn this technique:

As you can also see, I didn’t add black liner to my bottom lid. I used Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dark Brown Powder Duo in brown for a touch of color, but the emphasis should be placed on your upper lid.

Lashes: Another essential part of this look are the lashes. I used CoverGirl’s Clump Crusher Extensions LashBlast Mascara. If you want a more dramatic look, you can add false eyelashes. I prefer wearing individual lashes for a more modern look, like the ones I have on from Make Up For Ever. I simply glued a couple to the edges of each eye with a clear eyelash adhesive. If there’s no time on the clock for lash gluing, just add another coat of mascara!

Eyebrows: I colored in my eye brows with Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dark Brown Powder Duo using a small, angled brush. The key is to have groomed and define eyebrows that delicately frame the face.

Lips: A rich red lip color is a must. But before you apply your makeup, keep in mind that red lipstick can be very unforgiving if your lips are dry. A little bit of honey and sugar as a exfoliant does wonders. Also, keep in mind that not all red lip colors are suitable for everyone. Try a few out to see which shade of red suits your skin tone. I lined my lips with MAC’s Redd Lip Pencil and filled in my lips with NARS Red Lizard. For a bit more shine, I applied Mary Kay’s Rock 'n’ Red over my lip color.

Blush: I suggest a rosy colored blush for your cheeks. I used Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Blends blush for the perfect pink hue. I swept the brush up cheeks to my temples to complete my look. To set everything, I used a large powder brush and gently applied Chanel’s Natural Finish Loose Powder.

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