Spring/Summer 2012 Tutorial – Retro Glamour

I’ve decided to do a few looks based on my favourites that are going to be big for SS12. The first I’ve picked is a very glamourous 1950’s look with classic red lips and winged black eyeliner, as seen at Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Dior. It’s so feminine and is very wearable compared to some of the other looks!

Perfect Retro Glamour (image from vogue.co.uk)

For this look, immaculate skin is a must, and is just as important as those glossy red lips and perfectly lined feline eyes. So you want to start with a really good base. First prime your skin, I use MAC Prep+Prime Skin (£18.50), it’s well worth investing in some good primer because it can reduced redness, make your skin appear more even and helps your foundation last longer. When applying foundation use a round flat top brush like MAC’s 187 Duo Fibre Brush (£32.50) to buff the foundation into your skin for a more flawless finish. Choose a foundation that suits your skin type, I use Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (£25).

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, MAC 187 Brush, MAC Prep + Prime Skin

Now you’ve got the basics on, it’s time for the eyes. Use a light, neutral eyeshadow, such as Urban Decay Foxy, all over the lid and towards the brow bone, then use a lighter shade under the brow to highlight – Urban Decay Bootycall is perfect for this and has a bit of shimmer too. Then use a slightly darker colour to contour the eye in the socket, such as Urban Decay Tease. All these colours are found in the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. This should all look really natural, and should just emphasise the natural shape of the eye ready for the liner.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows: Foxy, Bootycall, Tease

To line the top lash line I find it easiest to use a liquid liner so you can sketch the line on more and create a smoother line. I use Illamasqua Sealing Gel and Eyeliner Cake in Mislead to create a liquid liner, then use an angled eyeliner brush to apply it. First take the eyeliner along the lash line. Then draw a short line from the outer corner of your eye to create the flick, then join this up with the rest of the liner from about halfway across the lid. To make a really fine point on the flick, use a dry angled eyeliner brush while the liner is still wet to drag it out. Finish of with a volumising mascara like Chanel Inmitable Intense Mascara.

Finished Winged Eyeliner

To finish the look you want a really rich, glamourous red, with a bit of gloss. This look is all about those red lips! I’m using Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 72 Coromandel. It’s a bit darker than the one in the photo at the top of the post, which is more of a pillar box red,  but I think it’s got the just the right amount of gloss. You could always use your usual red lipstick with gloss over the top.

Retro Glamour!

Here’s the finished look! It’s very classic, a bit of a pin-up look. I just finished it off with a bit of bronzer to contour my cheeks and to give a bit of colour.

Thanks for reading!

ox.