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More 1950’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Cornell Borchers

1950's German actress Cornell Borchers
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This is an adorable picture of Cornell Borchers. The colors and the trench like top are very autumn. It’s just a happy picture. This vintage look is a wonderful “everyday” look. It’s polished and put together. The colors work for many complexions, especially light warm or olive complexions. To get this look…

FACE: Cornell skin is flawless and glowing. Apply a light reflecting foundation such as Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation in your shade. Follow with concealer if needed. I need concealer under the eyes. Try something like Covergirl TruConceal Concealer in your shade. Set foundation and concealer with a loose powder like Covergirl Professional Loose Powder in your shade. Apply a warm terracotta shade blush to the apples of the cheeks. I used Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Golden Pink.

EYES: Brush brows in place with a clear brow gel like The Body Shop Brow & Lash Gel. Eyes are matte and simple. Apply your face powder to lids or use a light beige shade such as Everyday Minerals Matte Eyeshadow in Rare Silk. Line eyes with a brown eye pencil like NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Dark Brown. Line closely to the lashes, line in this case is about creating the illusion of full lashes. Apply this liner to bottom lashes, stopping in the middle under the pupil. Curl lashes and apply a few coats of brown mascara to top and bottom lashes such as Rimmel Volume Flash Mousse Mascara.


My Cornell Borchers look

LIPS: If you are worried about feathering, line lips with a rusty shade of liner such as Clinique Defining Liner for Lips in Cider. Apply from the tube a medium rust shade like Clinique High Impact Lipstick in Sassy Spice. Blot. Blot again if it is too red (on me it is more of a brown-ish red). Apply a clear, shiny lip gloss like Milani Buzz Worthy Lip Gloss in Bee Have (not pictured). Blot if you find this too shiny.

Get the vintage 1950's makeup look of Cornell Borchers

For a fragrance, I want to go with something fig, but sweet, drizzled in honey. I really love Cielo Napa Valley Cielo EDP (my review) because it is a pretty transition scent for early fall.

UPDATE: Post is older. Many of these products have been discontinued. But, you get the idea.

My rant…the colors used on me in “real life” look much more similar to Cornell’s look. The lipstick looks identical and glossy, you can tell I’m wearing a warm blush. Anyways, my pic doesn’t show this, the colors are too warm and I’m yellow anyways, so it’s all a way different in the picture than in real life, very frustrating. No sunlight yesterday in Western Washington, so I had to use indoor light. And, I’m too tired and I don’t feel like editing. Hopefully, I’ll get a better pic up this weekend.

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