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1950’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine…you have to love her for her quirkiness alone. Here’s a late 1950’s look inspired by Shirley:

FACE: Under the eyes with a concealer brush, I applied MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20 and blended. With the sponge included, I applied Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation in Natural Ivory. I applied NARS Blush in Gina, a matte medium peach, brushing up the cheeks. This blush shade would look so much better on a redhead than myself.

EYES: I filled in my brows with Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Medium. I thickened my brows for more of a 50’s look. With a large shadow brush, I applied Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow in Brulee, a matte cream. With a wet eyeliner brush, I applied Clinique Water-Resistant Eyeliner in Natural Black. I lined the top lash line rather thickly and did not extend the line past the eye. I lined half of the bottom lash line with NARS Eyeliner Pencil in London, a matte gray. This adds some “thickness”. I curled lashes and applied Estee Lauder Magnascopic Macara in Black, a few coats to top lashes and only one to bottom. I then applied Ardell lashes.

Get a 1950's makeup look

LIPS: This look is all about the red lips. I lined lips with Maybelline ColorSensational Lip Liner in Clear. I love this product FYI. With a lip brush, I applied Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Certainly Red, a bright true red. With the applicator, I applied N.Y.C. Liquid Lip Shine in Sheer Ruby, a bright red lip gloss. I applied this to the bottom lip. I promise that my lips looked more like Shirley’s. The flash “changed” the color, very frustrating.

Shirley MacClaine Makeup Look

For a fragrance, I went with Estee Lauder Tuscany Per Donna, a floral spice.

I wanted to get more “costume” looks up before Halloween, but I have been so busy. Plus, I dress in costume daily 😉

Do you have any weekend plans? We don’t. We’re going mushroom hunting tomorrow. Frink and Moxi are going too. Yep, we adopted another smooshed face dog, Moxi. I hope to post pics of her soon. And then I hope to get the yard “winterized” on Sunday. Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

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5 thoughts on “1950’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Shirley MacLaine

  1. The link to Benefit Brow Pencil doesn’t work (and it was the one I was curious about since I’ll be looking for a new brow pencil soon).

    I love EL Tuscany Per Donna (as in own a bottle and it’s not my first). Since you wear TpD, I’d love to hear your opinion on my Déjà vu episode if you have time ( – I’m not trying to use your blog for self-promotion, so just edit out the link after you get it).

    I’m envious about your mushroom hunting: I know that there are some mythical mushroom places close to where I live (~2 hours drive) but they are kept secret: everybody mentions them but nobody talks about the exact location.
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    1. Fixed the link. I like the pencil but it is soft. This makes it smooth but it also makes it quicker to use up. I prefer the lightest shade but I have it in Medium for these vintage looks. I also like Lancome’s pencil. It’s more “powdery”. The Armani one is very nice too.

      Don’t worry about including a link. I know that you write quality content. I have both, will read your review and see what I think 🙂 I personally feel that TpD is very “underrated” and one that gets copied but people don’t know because they haven’t payed attention to TpD in years.

      Mushroom hunting is fun because it forces me to get out of the house this time of year. It’s late in the season but we’ve had a very mild fall. I actually got chanterelles walking the dogs yesterday! People are very secretive. I could care less. We blurt our locations. We’re hobbyists making no financial gain. I do hear of some great places in your neck of the woods.

    1. Thank you! We have no details of Moxi. She was at kill shelter. They guessed she was 2-3 and a “pug mix”. She sure seems like a frug except she is less beefy than Frink (maybe the fact that she was a stray) and she has pointed bat ears. And she has a curly tail but I think Frenchies have their tails whacked. When people meet her, they either say “Oh a Frenchie” or “Oh a frug!” She’s a cute thing.
      Frink adores her. They are bffs. This is what makes me think she is a frug too 😉 It was an instant bond and Frink does not warm up to other dogs quickly unless they have a smooshed face.

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