Making Up

Making Up

One of the things I have come to appreciate as I get older is that I can still play dress up. My style has developed to be somewhat retro – somewhere between the 40s and early 60s. I tend to mix in more modern pieces as well so I don’t look like I’m wearing a costume (unless I feel like it.)

So this post is a bit more for the girls than the boys. Growing up, I didn’t wear a lot of makeup; I learned pretty much the bare basics and whatever I learned from having my makeup done for special events. Then, a couple of years ago, I stumbled across Lisa Eldridge while looking for retro-style makeup tutorials. She’s such a fabulous makeup artist, and she is great at emphasizing natural beauty – whether it’s a part of a natural look or an editorial one.

She also covers the basics of choosing your makeup – how to pick foundation, how to apply false lashes (and remove them!), information on primer and concealer.

Two of my favorite posts of late:

The “No-Makeup” Makeup Look



The Ultimate All Occasion Makeup


As you can see, both are fairly subtle – but so is the retro makeup that I tend to emulate. (I tend to use red lipstick with the second look.) Both of these looks are a great starting place for people just getting into makeup.

Do you tend to wear makeup? What is your favorite part about playing with makeup?


Sewist, knitter, reader, dancer. Wife. Lover of things vintage and retro.