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More 1940’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Lana Turner

Lana Turner

This Lana Turner look is a classic that works with many complexions and hair colors. And it’s surprisingly easy to do!

FACE: Lana’s complexion has a dewy finish. Apply a dewy finish foundation such as The Body Shop Moisture Foundation in your shade. I would use a foundation brush to apply the liquid. If more coverage is needed, apply a concealer like Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer where needed with a concealer brush. Take a face powder brush and swirl over Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Correcting Powder in Translucent and apply to face. This sheer powder absorbs oil but keeps the skin glowing. Plus, the powder is pretty to look at 🙂 Lana has a sheer cheeks. Apply a dusting of a sheer pink powder such as Benefit Dandelion. If you want, you can use Benefit Dandelion as your powder and add a few swipes to the cheeks for extra color. This depends on your skin tone.

EYES: Most of us don’t draw on our brows daily. Lana’s brows almost looked like they are a tattoo. Regardless if you have brows or not, draw on or fill in with a brow pencil like Dianne Brill Eye Lingerie Brow Pencil (in Coffee Lace for Lana’s shade). If you want to wear false lashes, now is the time to apply. False lashes really complete this 40’s look. If you don’t want the hassle then apply a few coats of mascara later. Apply a slightly shimmery creamy shade to the lids. I would use something like Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Stick in Vanilla. Apply from lash line to brows. Blend. Apply a brown liquid liner to the top lash line. I like Dr. Hauschka Liquid Eyeliner in (surprise) Brown. Now apply mascara to top and bottom lashes.

LIPS: The red pout is what makes this look so lovely. Lana’s lipstick is applied in a made-for-Hollywood way. Look at that classic Hollywood lip line. You can do this if you want. It can be a little too much, but, whatever. Take your concealer and apply it around the lips. Blend outward. This creates a little bit more “canvas”, plus when applied over the top lip, it looks polished and plumper. Apply lipstick with a lipstick brush. I love the shade of Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Clarins Red. There is a little shimmer in this formula to make lips appear plumper. And Lana’s lips in this look aren’t matte. There is some shimmer there. If you want more shimmer, apply a sparkling lip gloss to the bottom lip with your finger tip, something such as Lancome Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss in Miracle (not pictured).

Get the 1940's Look of Lana Turner
Me with the Lana Turner look, Miracle lip gloss over lipstick, no false lashes 🙁

I want to pair this look with a bold carnation fragrance. I don’t know of one. So, I’ll have to pair it with Caron Bellodgia EDP.

UPDATE: Post is older so some products have been discontinued, but you get the idea.

Get The Makeup Look of Lana Turner

3 thoughts on “More 1940’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Lana Turner

  1. Hi! I’ve just discovered your blog, and am loving your use of bold lip colors. I LOVE red lipstick, and you’ve got the perfect lips for the looks you choose. Beautiful work!

    I just wanted to say that in the picture above, Lana Turner looks a lot like Alyssa Milano, an actress in the U.S., especially around the eyes, eyebrows, and nose. That’s funny, I never noticed that before. =)

    1. Thank you so much! I love a bold lipstick. It gives me instant confidence. And yes, my lips are my favorite feature, so I like to play them up 🙂
      You are so right about Alyssa Milano resembling Lana Turner. They really do have the same features as you listed. And I’ve never noticed that before either!
      Thanks for reading 🙂

      Alyssa Milano Pictures

      1. Just found out that Clarins is giving out 5000 sample cards so that you can sample 4 shades of the new Rouge Prodige lipstick based on retro fab beauty. Just register on Clarins Facebook page to be one of the 5000 to get the sample!

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