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1930’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Ruby Keeler

Ruby Keeler

I love this makeup look of actress, singer, dancer and Broadway legend, Ruby Keeler.  It’s from the 1930’s but it is still a great look for now. Here’s what I did to get this look:

FACE: I evened out my complexion with Shiseido Stick Foundation in O20 and blended with my fingers. Under the eyes, I applied MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30 under the eyes with a concealer brush. With a sponge, I applied Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent. With a fan brush and starting at the apples, I applied Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine, a terracotta shade.

EYES: I love 30’s fashion but I hate 30’s brows. In comparison, Ruby’s aren’t so bad. I filled in my brows with Benefit Instant Brows Pencil in Medium. I applied e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer in Nude. With a large shadow brush, I applied Lancôme Color Desgin Eyeshadow in Positive (not pictured), a matte sand, from lash line to brows. I blended Lancôme Color Design Eyeshadow in Designer, a medium khaki green shimmer, from lash line to crease. I also lined the bottom lash line with this shade. I lined the entire top lash line with Estee Lauder Automatic Eye Pencil in Khaki. I lined the bottom water line with Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil in Sin, a shimmery champagne. I curled lashes and applied a few coats of Estee Lauder MagnaScopic Maximum Mascara in Black to top and bottom lashes. I applied Ardell Lashes.

1930's makeup instruction

LIPS: I lined my natural lip line with Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Tiramisu, a neutral brown. I applied with a lip brush, Besame Lipstick in Merlot, a satin neutral red. I love this color.

Get the makeup look of Ruby Keeler

Now for a fragrance…I’m in the mood for Clinique Aromatics Elixir, so that’s what I went with. I think it fits this look – rose & moss.

It’s supposed to be a cooler and rainy weekend. This is expected for this time of year. I need to stock up on cozy scented candles and sweater tights. What are your weekend plans? I don’t know if I have any yet. We may be going to Oregon tomorrow, we may not. I’m inspired by Ruby so maybe I’ll watch 42nd Street this weekend!

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6 thoughts on “1930’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Ruby Keeler

  1. Stop being so pretty!

    You, also, are one of the few people who I’d never want to see in a non-reddish lip color. They are just so flattering and perfect on you that I might have a heart attack if I see you in, say, a lavender nude lip.
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    1. For the past few years, I’ve been wearing oranges, reds, and plums on the lips. It’s what I like. I sure love to see people in beautiful, bright eyeshadows and I sure liked to buy those too. But, I’ve found out, wear what works for you.

        1. I love bright makeup so much.

          I ended up wearing what I call the “Mad Men” dress. It’s a raw silk wiggle dress from the ’60 or ’61. It has a royal blue print. It comes with a cocktail jacket but I decided against wearing that because I look so costume-y as is. I wore it with an ugly long black cardigan, black hose and black pumps. I did my hair very early 60’s as well. Same makeup as always, bold lip. I should have the post and pics up soon.

          I’m so happy I didn’t wear a wrap dress. Everyone wore the damn wrap dress. I stood out in a good way IMO.

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