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1940’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Greer Garson

Get the 1940's makeup Look of Greer Garson

I can’t look at this picture of Greer Garson without getting the urge to dye my hair red. I feel the hair is what made Greer rock the technicolors and made her famous. This look proves that redheads can wear bold orange lipstick. Here’s what I did to get a similar 1940’s Greer Garson makeup look:

FACE: With my fingers I applied Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation in Beige Clair. With a concealer brush, I applied MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW30 under the eyes. With a powder puff, I applied Coty Airspun Powder in Neutral. I took a contouring powder and contoured down the nose and the hollows of the cheeks. A bronzer should do if you don’t own a contouring powder. On the apples of the cheeks, I applied NARS Blush in Orgasm, a shimmery pink-peach.

EYES: Greer’s brows are filled in to perfection. I’m not a redhead so it would look silly to have red brows. I filled in brows with the brush included with Clinique Brow Shaper in Soft Brown. I applied NYX Eye Shadow Base in Skin Tone (not pictured) to the lids. I used Physician’s Formula Baked Collection Eyeshadow in Baked Sands. With a large eyeshadow brush, I applied the shimmery champagne shade from lash line to brows. In the crease, I blended Lancôme Color Design Eyeshadow in Optic, a sheer dove grey shimmer. I put a small amount of this shadow in the inner corner of the eye for a “light” effect. I smudged the darkest warm brown shimmer in the Physician’s Formula Baked Sands trio on the top 3/4 of the lash line. With a wet liner brush, I applied Clinique Water-Resistant Eyeliner in Muted Brown to the top lash line, making the line thicker towards the outer corner of the eye. I curled lashes and applied a few coats of Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara (not shown) to top lashes and a coat to bottom lashes. I then applied a half strip of Ardell lashes.

1940's Makeup Look

LIPS: As a long-time fan of orange lipstick, I love this look. I lined lips in a “40’s” way with more emphasis on the top lip with a wider cupid’s bow using L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Liner in Timeless Coral, a surprisinly neutral coral. Directly from the tube, I applied Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Studded, an orange filled with gold shimmer. For a little bit of a glossy look, I applied a Anastasia HydraFull Lip Gloss in Bellini, an orange with gold shimmer, to the bottom lip. Despite my photo, this duo looks very much like what Greer Garson is wearing.

Greer Garson makeup look

For a fragrance, I decided on Caron Parfum Sacré.

I was very happy with how this look turned out but I’m disappointed with my picture. Weird western Washington daylight makes it impossible to get “warm” pics and I’m not a talented photographer. In person, the look came out very much identical in shade to Greer’s. I couldn’t capture it with the camera and instead everything looks cold and harsh (brows, liner). Seriously, all of the light here in the winter is like those Twilight movies.

Do you have any weekend plans? I’ll be leaving for NYC on Sunday and staying until Thursday. I’m working on automating my posts for next week, packing and fretting over makeup to pack. Have a great weekend and stay tuned next week for my NYC updates!

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4 thoughts on “1940’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Greer Garson

    1. I’ve been burnt on inexpensive and expensive foundations in the past. Guerlain LdP is my HG. Gaia of the Non-Blonde spent like 6 months convincing me that this one was different, worth it and everything I wanted in a foundation. I should have listened to her sooner 🙂 I love it and I will be repurchasing. My only complaint is that the colors are very limiting. I’m in the palest shade and I make it work.

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