I'm also really excited because the movie is set in the 1940s, one of my favorite eras when it comes to makeup and hair. I think women of the 1940s were just so much more glamourous then women today. Something about red lips, big lashes and creamy pale skin is just so beautiful.
Captain America looks like it'll bring the vintage beauty eye candy:
To help me get into the mood for a time period movie, I decided to do a 40s inspired look based on the photo above; soft, natural looking eyeshadow with some serious liner and lashes, and a bright, bold lip.
The things that I love most about a 1940s face is that the foundation was used in ways to brighten up the face. Typically (from what my Nana has told me), foundation was applied only to the areas of the face that are normally sunken (e.g., the eyes, around the nose and mouth, and under the chin). This was to combat shadows and make the face look bright in pictures. Blush was only applied to the sides of the face as a contour, and in the 40s, a true lady never left the house without a face full of powder (lol!).
But this is 2011, and I'm no Dita Von Teese; I need functional, easily wearable makeup; no pancake powder, please.
I didn't want to overdo the look, so I intentionally kept the shadows neutral, using MAC's Shroom, Patina, and Satin Taupe to just wake the eye up and give it a brighter appearance. I then lined my eyes with a heavy cream liner (E.L.F. Studio Cream Liner in Black), flicking the ends into a soft wing. I used a wet liner brush to apply MAC Shroom to my waterline, just to help open the eye and make it look bigger (white eyeliner was a must in the 40s).
I applied two coats of black mascara to the upper lashes. Most actresses and models avoided emphasizing their lower lashes because they would cast shadows on film and in pictures. I felt the look needed some balance and I just quickly flicked the ends of my lower lashes with the wand, keeping it light.
I also wanted to keep the red lip from looking too retro. As gorgeous as red lips are, they aren't very practical for day to day wear. Instead I used Revlon's Cherries in the Snow over a dark purple brown lipstick, just to darken the fuchsia undertones of CITS. This color combo prevents the look from being too dated (it also keeps the look feeling young).
I also applied CITS as a blush. This gave me a gentle flush of color without looking overdone.
I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille!
I'm lucky that my hair curls and waves pretty well on its own. I barely had to touch it to achieve a looser, more modern take on the classic Veronica Lake side part and waves.
Is there a beauty time period that you love? What looks inspire you?
Last night for a dinner date with the hubs I wore a soft, navy and gold smokey eye with a sheer pink lip. My new Stila palette was a very wise investment, I think. I'm obsessed with it!