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More 1930’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Carol Lombard

Carole Lombard

June 1936

So, it’s a painting. I don’t care. I love this magazine cover of Carol Lombard! The colors are so bright and tropical. I love the chartreuse background! The makeup is nice too…I have to get as many coral looks as I can before fall πŸ™‚ Coral is my favorite lipstick to wear but I feel silly wearing it in the cooler months. This Old Hollywood look works with so many complexions. Here’s how to get it:

Makeup instruction on how to get 1930's makeup look
my close-up

FACE: We can’t have the perfect complexion of a painted image, but we sure can try. Apply a foundation primer with fingertips. I use Guerlain Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer. With a foundation primer apply a liquid foundation such as L’Oreal True Match Liquid Makeup. Apply concealer where needed. Smashbox Camera Ready Concealer is nice for eyes and blemishes. Set foundation with an illuminating powder. I’m using Guerlain Meteorites Pearls in Teinte Beige, applied with a brush. Carol’s artist really laid on the pink blush. I’m a blush-a-holic and I don’t know if I’d go this bold! With a blush brush, apply a hot pink shade such as NARS Blush in Desire. Apply as much as you feel comfortable with. Apply to the apples of the cheeks, brushing upwards.

EYES: I obviously can’t get these classic and authentic brows without tons of work. Fill in brows with a brow pencil and brush in place with a brow gel. Smashbox Brow Tech To Go Pencil in Brunette has a pencil on one end and gel on teh other. As a base, I used Dior Creme Eye Shadow in Undressed Beige. This adds shimmer and acts as a base. I am applying the light champagne gold shimmer shade from L’Oreal HIP Eyeshadow Duo in Flare. With a brush, apply shadow from lash line to brows. In the crease apply with a blending brush or the sponge tip applicator, NYX Single Eye Shadow in Taupe. I had to keep building this color in the crease. Line top lash line with liquid liner. My favorite is Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner in Noir. Apply a black pencil liner to bottom lash line such as Dior Waterproof Crayon Eye Liner in Trinidad Black. You can apply false lashes or apply a few coats of mascara like Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black. Keep applying that mascara until it looks “spiky”.

LIPS: Line lips with a coral lip liner such as L’Oreal Infallible Lipliner in Coral. Apply L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Volcanic directly from the tube.

1930's Carol Lombard Makeup Tutorial
Me with the Carol look using these products

This look demands a tropical fragrance. I’m thinking something of a tropical humid floral like Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia.

UPDATE: Post is old so some of these products are no longer available, but you get the idea.

Makeup Used to get the look of Carol Lombard

Magazine cover from (

5 thoughts on “More 1930’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Carol Lombard

  1. I wish I could wear corals – I love them, they just make my face look orangey. I think it’s because it’s a warm shade. Looks awesome on you, though! And your eyebrows are perfection.

    1. Thank you so much! I work hard for these brows. You would not believe my killer unibrow and crazy brows. Thank you genetics.
      I love corals. I love to get my share of them while I can. I usually dye my hair red and I don’t like coral lipstick with my dyed red hair. And coral lipstick really brings out the yellow in my teeth πŸ™ That’s one of the bummers about warm shades of lipstick.

    1. I did not need to know that NARS is launching a matte lipstick. Oh, my weakness. I have so many of their lipstick pencils. Since I love vintage looks, I love matte lipsticks, so much pigment. I think NARS new ad campaign is stunning.
      You guys have no idea how hard I have to work with decent brows. I seriously tweeze daily to prevent a wicked unibrow. I actually have eyebrows growing on my lids. Yeah, I’m cool like that.

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