I love me some vintage ( as you know) but it’s not always easy (or cheap) to source original items – and makeup from the 1940s, for instance is certainly not something we can use *shudders*. So I keep my eye out for new brands that are embracing the old vintage glamour. One such favourite is Bésame Cosmetics. Based in the US, they finally ship to the UK (hurrah!) and sell all manner of makeup in authentic vintage colours, plus limited edition items, such as the Mickey Mouse Lipsticks and Mirror set below.
In celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse, they have collaborated with Disney and created two brand new lipstick shades called Mickey Red and Ink. Plus the packaging is decorated with artwork pulled from classic Mickey animation from the 1930s. Neato!
RMS Beauty is another brand that has a product I love that will help recreate vintage looks. The Beauty Vintage Cake Liner is everything! Not only can it be used as a matte shadow (think 20s smokey eyes) but with water and a brush, it creates a flawless cat flick. It has lovely coconut and jojoba oils in it to keep it gliding smoothly and is gluten free, essential oil free, GMO free, and soy free (in case you needed to know). Plus the brand is the creation of celeb makeup artist Rosemary Swift so she knows her onions.
Next up in Pretty Vulgar, a new(er) brand on the block but oh! the packaging! Think whimsy, edgy, floral, glamour, feminity and edge all in one! Above are a few examples: Matt lipstick, blusher, foundation and glitter body spray…click on the link to explore the gorgeous products!
Finally, above is my selection from The Balm – another super cute vintage inspired brand. The Mary-Lou Manizer is a makeup artist must-have, as is the bronzer. L-R: Model wearing the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter next to the product itself – $17; Bahama Mama Bronzer is $10 for the travel size; Life’s a Beach nude palette is $36; Schwing liquid liner is $17; Meet (Matte) Hughes lipgloss in Trustworthy – $17. See the full range here.
So there you have it! If you want to add some style to your face and makeup bag, I totally recommend checking these brands out and let me know what you think.
Here are a few images I took yesterday at the Oswestry Wedding Fair of our model Charlie who we styled in a 1960’s style, complete with bouffant, heavy liner, lashes and peachy hued cheeks. Image taken in the gorgeous original 60s campervan supplied by Split The Difference Vintage Campervan Hire.
Make-up used: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Becca Backlight Primer, MAC Prep and Prime Powder, My Winkies Lashes – Lola, Milano Baked Blush, MAC Lipstick in Teddy, Anastasia Beverley Hills Highlighter.
I’ve been very busy with The Blusherettes lately, my vintage hair and makeup business which has been going from strength to strength since launching last year. My fellow Blusherette, Charlotte and I really wanted to showcase our signature style so we organised a 1960s-inspired shoot with some local suppliers and above are the results.
We wanted to capture the timeless romance and classical style of this iconic era, obviuosly this is helped by the hair and makeup but it’s the little details that we wanted to bring to it to show brides out there that you can be a modern girl and love vintage – it’s not fusty and dusty, it’s bright, chic and will never date!
We chose a dress that was reminiscent of something that would’ve been worn by the likes of Racquel Welch. Our model’s tiara also channels the period beautifully, and in the ‘after the wedding’ shots, she’s wearing items made from beautiful vintage fabrics that have been designed using 1950s and 60s style items as a template.
Of course the incidentals, like the beautiful bouquet in bright orange blooms, the gorgeous cake in fresh mint and white, and the quirky yet classic hand-stamped cultery also added to the vibe. Finally the invitations carry a retro colour palette that we felt helped create the right vibe for this fantastic era.
I hope you like it!
Hair & Make Up + Concept – The Blusherettes
Wedding Stationary – Folded Pixel Design
Silverware – Say In Silver
Cake – Cut The Cake Kitchen
Jewellery & Hairpieces – Julieann Bird
Photography – Toby H
Location: The Old Vicarage, Welshampton, Shropshire