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More 1950’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Dorothy Dandridge

1950's style icon Dorothy Dandridge
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I love Dorothy Dandridge. This is a beautiful picture of her. She’s pretty in pink 🙂 I am also loving her thick brows in this pic. This look can work for many complexions, eye colors, and hair colors. Here’s the colors that I used to achieve this classic 1950’s pink makeup look.

FACE: Apply a dewy finish foundation such as Lancôme Absolue Makeup in your shade, with a foundation brush. I applied Covergirl Simply Ageless Corrector under the eyes to cover dark circles. With a powder brush apply a dusting of pressed powder such as Victoria’s Secret Pressed Mineral Powder in your shade to set foundation. With my fingertips, I applied two sheer layers of Revlon Cream Blush in Berry Flirtatious, a sheer berry flush shade, and blended.

EYES: There’s no way that I can get Dorothy’s brows. I filled in my brows with a brow powder, Bare Escentuals Bareminerals Brow Color in Dark Blonde. I then “set” the brows with a clear mascara, Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara. On the lids, I applied my concelaer as a base. From lash line to brow, I applied Alima Pure Eyeshadow in Champagne, a light shimmery champagne shade. In the crease blending “outward”, I applied Alima Pure Eyeshadow in Mocha, a medium cool brown shimmer. I went back and applied more of the Champagne towards the inner corner of the eyes to add “light”. I took a sponge tip appicator and applied the medium shade (a lighter golden brown) from Maybelline Eye Studio Cream Eyeshadow Trio in Neutral Liasons and lined my bottom lash line. I then smudged with my fingertips. The eye makeup is very fresh; it’s all about brightness. Now is the time to apply false lashes if you want to. I had a set of half lashes I was going to apply for this look. However, I have had awful allergies and a cold mix for a week. I really do not want to apply false lashes right now, but it does make this look. Instead, I lined my top lash line halfway with Bobbi Brown Kohl Liner in Black Chocolate, lining closely to give the illusion of fullness. I curled lashes and applied Maybelline XXL Pro Lash Extensions Mascara in Very Black. Do not apply mascara to bottom lashes.

How to get 1950's Makeup Look of Dorothy Dandridge
My Dorothy Dandridge look, no flash so less "shine" on the lips.

LIPS: I love the shiny plummy berry lip colors on Dorothy’s lips. I lined my natural lip line with Dior Contour Lip Pencil in Heather Rose. Directly from the tube, I applied Wet n Wild Wild Shine Lip Lacquer in Lustful, a sheer berry plum with shine. I am in love with this bargain lip color;  however, the smell isn’t my favorite (smells like caster oil). Good news, the scent fades quickly. But, the color is perfect for this look!

Now for a fragrance…for some reason I’m thinking Van Cleef & Arpels First EDP. It has the notes of the shades in this look: blackcurrant buds, rose, hyacinth. But, it isn’t overly floral.

Cosmetics used to get the vintage look of Dorothy Dandridge

Overall, I really like the look. It feels modern because of the dewiness. I always love a berry lip on myself. The picture of myself is sans flash. I really “glow” like Dorothy with the flash on, the lips look shinier, etc. And I feel sick, hope the redness is from my pink boudoir and not a fever 🙁

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7 thoughts on “More 1950’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Dorothy Dandridge

    1. Thanks. Are you sure it doesn’t bring out the running, watery glossiness of my eyes? 🙂 I really do love this under $3 lipstick, very moisturizing, must be the caster oil 😉
      I thought the same thing about this pic. It’s the angle or something, but they do look similar.

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