Looks Of The Decades: 1940s and 1950s


The classic eyebrow arch becomes the fashion, paired with dark eye shadows, yet lighter than those trendy in the 30’s, thin black or brown eyeliner will smudged and blended to show no edges, and false lashes for the dramatic look. They used to add vaseline over the eye shadows, be they light or dark. A variety of dark colors are still the most popular choices for lipsticks. By the end of the 40’s, women started wearing cherry red lipstick color.


In the following photo, I used a medium brown eye shadow on the model. I accentuated the color with brown liquid eyeliner and false eyelashes. More important, I filled the eyebrows with a dark brown color, and shaped them to look full and arched. I applied a dark lipstick to suggest a dramatic look.



Look Of The 1940's

Look Of The 1940’s



From film, to fabrics, clothes and makeup: color is everywhere. The new trend was towards lighter skin, beauty marks, fuller lips, and arched eyebrows like Marilyn Monroe. Eye makeup becomes more customized according to the color of the eyes. Sometimes, the pastel colors were used. A darker color was used at the outside corner of the eye to create depth. To complement the look, black liquid eyeliner was applied; thin first, then thick, then thin again, to end the line. Demi-lash was added to give the eye a sexy and dramatic look. A lot of mascara was also used.


In the following photo, I used a white frosty eye shadow all over the eyelid accompanied by a white pencil inside the eye. I also applied a dark shadow on the side of her eyelid black eyeliner. I also resorted to demi-lashes, beauty marks on the face and to red creamy lipstick to evoke the look of Marilyn Monroe.



Look Of The 1950's

Look Of The 1950’s





This text was from taken from Hala Ajam’s makeup book Face to face

Hala Ajam's Book-Face To Face

Hala Ajam’s Book-Face To Face


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