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Old Hollywood Glam-Inspired Look | Makeup Tutorial

Old Hollywood Glam-Inspired Look | Makeup Tutorial

I love the old Hollywood look: Matte skin, red lips and lashes for days, not to mention big, glamorous hair. This is a wearable glam look you can wear during the day or smoke out the eyes a bit more for nighttime. It’s a classic look that flatters everyone.

I mixed two different shades of red for this look as you’ll see below: a brighter red and a blue-based classic shade. Choose whatever red you feel comfortable in. (MAC Ruby Woo is a classic)

Since the focus of this look is a strong lip, I kept my eyelids pretty bare and just went OD on lashes. If you want a little extra definition you can smudge a little liner around your eyes and apply a neutral color to your crease.


Flawless skin is a hallmark of this look, so prep your skin with moisturizer and a hydrating primer like Too Faced Hangover and follow with a matte foundation. Your skin will have a bit of dewiness from the primer so you don’t look too dry, but the matte foundation will give a clean finish and prevent oil in your skin from breaking up the makeup. Follow with a good dusting of setting powder or a spray like Urban Decay De-Slick.

Add a bit of pink blush to your cheekbones for a flushed look.

Filling in brows is a must for this. You don’t want them overdrawn, just full and natural looking with a defined shape. I brushed mine into place with a spoolie, then I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in the shade Soft Brown to define the shape and then filled in any sparse spots with brow powder on an angled brush.

Curl your lashes and apply 3 coats of a thickening mascara like my HG. You can add falsies for extra drama. Choose a full strip with longer lashes on the middle and outer corners for a wide-eyed look. I am in love with these faux mink by Ardell. Ardell lashes are always top-notch but they really stepped it up with this faux mink line. Love that it’s cruelty free as well. Line your eyes with a black liquid liner, keeping it close to the lashline and flicking up slightly at the outer corners. I used NYX matte liner.

Then pop a creamy white shadow in your inner corners for a highlight.

Line your lips and fill them in with a rosy or red liner. Use a creamy pencil like one from Bite Beauty to get an even wash of color. Then top with a red lipstick. I lined my lips with Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip in 8C to prevent feathering, then filled them in with Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Barcelona – a gorgeous candy apple red shade. Then I went over that with Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N45, a true red shade. (This pencil by NARS in Cruella is also excellent.)

For hair, the bigger the better. Blow it out with a round boar bristle brush, lifting hair at the roots as you dry for extra volume. Then set hair using jumbo hot rollers for loose waves.

Once the rollers cool, take them out and lightly brush out the waves to fluff them up. You can tease your hair at the crown and use a gentle hold hairspray for volume a la Brigitte Bardot.

Hope you guys enjoy :) Let me know what kind of makeup looks/decades you would like to see, I’d like to start a series!

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