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More 1930’s Fashion: Get the Look of Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour

I thought this would be a nice summer vintage look. I love it because it is a “no-fuss” classic look without the powdered complexion and matte red lips. Dorothy had a stunning look even though this Louisianan beauty queen was typecast to be the “exotic” babe. Her look was unlike other 30’s starlets. All went well as she proved that she was more than a long-haired beauty in a sarong. She had talent. *Speaking of sarongs, how badly I want her dress in this pic! What an amazing print and cut. To get this look:

FACE: Keep it simple. Apply a tinted moisturizer and maybe one with some bronzer added. Try something like Nuxe Teint Ultra Prodigieux Healthy Glow Tinted Care. I would have to have more coverage under the eye area so I would use a concealer with SPF such as Almay Smart Shade Anti-Aging Concealer with SPF 20. If you are really oily, dust skin with a powder. I would use blotting sheets throughout the day to absorb oil without adding a product to clog pores. I like the price and the performance of Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. Need a bit more color? Apply a bronzer to cheeks such as CoverGirl Cheekers Bronzer in Golden Tan. Apply on the cheeks in an upward motion.

EYES: Lamour’s brows are thin and penciled. This is a very 30’s look. Fill in brows with a brow pencil such as Benefit Instant Brow in Deep (for a color like Dorothy’s). Eyeshadow is simple. I would use Maybelline Expert Wear Baked Eye Shadow Studio Duo in Bronze Blowout. You really need a light tan shimmery shade and a medium bronze/brown shimmer. These colors are often found in LE summer collections. Take the light shade and apply from lash line to brows. In the crease blend the darker bronze brown color. Blend in the crease, blending the brush in a  “rainbow” motion until it looks “natural”. Take a black pencil eye liner such as Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil in Jet, apply a soft formula liner closely to the top lash line. This makes the lashes appear fuller. Curl lashes and apply a a few coats of a black waterproof mascara such as Maybelline Full N’ Soft Waterproof Mascara in Very Black. Apply a few coats to top lashes and 1-2 coats to bottom lashes.

LIPS: Lips still have the impact of that matte vintage look, but it is much easier to wear. Use a color like MAC Lipstick in “O“. This is a reddish shade with gold shimmer. Apply lipstick from the tube and blot. Apply a reddish gloss with lots of gold shimmer, try something like Mark Sparkletubes Hook Up Gloss in Red Sparkle. Deeper complexions may want to try a brick or bronze lip gloss over “O”.

I say to really take it up a notch, apply a golden shimmery lotion to exposed skin, something like Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer Lotion. I know it is generic but I think a coconut scent would really top this look off. Go for something easy like Sula Love Bird Tropical Perfume Oil Rollerball.

UPDATE: Post is old so many of these items are no longer available, but you get the idea!

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