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More 1950’s Fashion: Get the Makeup Look of Kim Novak


This is such a delicate look. It is one of those nice “pale” spring/summer looks. Or a nice “nude” makeup look. It’s a great look for light complexions, blondes and those with natural gray hair. Kim Novak compared to other actresses of the era always seemed to go “lighter” with her makeup. In the majority of publicity pics, you see her with swipe of liquid liner and a pale pink, pearly peach, or bronze lipsticks. She did this “understated” look so well. Compared to other divas of the day, it isn’t hard to believe that today Kim spends her days living on an ranch in Oregon. This is one of the many things I like about her. And she liked Siamese cats. Oh, and she is an awesome actress. To get this look…

FACE: Apply concealer where needed. Maybelline Superstay Concealer is an “all-purpose” concealer. Freckles are still visible with this look. I have always said that freckles are nothing to hide. Apply a light dusting of a sheer foundation powder such as Trish McEvoy Correct & Brighten Loose Mineral Powder. This formula contains a powder sunscreen making it great for summer use. Cheeks are super sheer, but if you are like me, you may need a teeny bit of color. I recommend Everyday Minerals Matte Blush in Daydream, a super sheer pinky brown. Apply a to the cheeks, sweeping upwards. (This is what I used for my look below).

EYES: Brows are natural and brushed into place with a spoolie or brow brush. Eyes are neutral. Apply a a light beige shade to highlight the eyes from lash line to brows. I love the shade by Everyday Minerals Eyeshadow in Jane Eyre, a pink beige with the teeniest amount of shimmer to brighten the lids. Apply a liquid liner to the top lashes. Don’t wing out. Maybelline Stiletto Liquid Liner in Brownish Black is a nice budget friendly, easy-to-use formula to complete this look. Curl lashes and apply a few coats of a lengthening mascara such as Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara in Black to top lashes. Apply to bottom lashes too.

LIPS: Make sure lips are flake free and moisturized. Before starting this look, it is a good idea to apply a heavy lip balm to saturate lips. Wipe off any excess with a tissue when you are at this stage. Apply a pale matte pink lipstick such as MAC Lipstick in Snob (one of my all time favorites, the lippie I got married in, awe, sweet) to lips directly from the tube. Blot on a tissue. (Because of the flash, the color looks much bluer on me than it does in real life. In real life, it matches Kim’s shade).

How to get the 1960's Kim Novak look
My Kim Novak look with MAC Snob lipstick.

For a fragrance, I’m thinking something clean and fresh such as a white musky-floral like Laurence Dumont Musc Blanc EDP. This look is very “everyday”.

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