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More of the 1940’s: Get the Look of Betty Grable

Betty Grable

The 1940’s had some wild hairstyles and Betty Grable sported everyone of them 🙂 What works of art they were! I’m doing a 40’s Betty Grable look. It seems appropriate for the 4th of July weekend coming up. To get this classic bombshell look:

FACE: Betty’s complexion is perfect and matte. Apply a cream concealer where needed. Apply something like Maybelline Super Stay Concealer. Apply a powder foundation such as Maybelline Purestay Powder & Foundation. Apply a sheer pink blush to the apples of the cheeks. Try a color like Everyday Minerals Blush in Wild Vines, a matte berry pink blush.

EYES: Betty’s brows are perfect just like her complexion. These are my dream brows. Use a product like Benefit Brow Zings (light for Betty like brows). Apply the brow powder with a brush, filling in any gaps. Brush brows into place with a spoolie. Set with a brow wax. This gives a more “natural” brow look. If you are applying false lashes, now is the time to do that. Apply a matte cream shadow from lash line to brows. I love the affordable Revlon Matte Eye Shadow in Vintage Lace. Take a slanted eyeliner brush and apply a satin black gel eyeliner like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Liner in Black Ink (not pictured). Start about 1/4 from the inner corner of the eye. Apply a medium to thick line of liner. Do not “wing” out. If you did not apply false lashes then apply a few coats of mascara to the top lashes only.

LIPS: Now to those ruby lips! Make sure lips are moisturized and flake free. Apply a “moist” red lipstick such as Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Very Cherry, a true retro red. Betty’s lips are very 40’s, drawn above the natural lip line. You can do this if you want. I would use a clear lip liner first.

This look needs a rose fragrance. I’d spritz this look with Parfums de Rosine Roseberry EDP, seems to be appropriate for summer.

UPDATE: Post is old so many of these items have been discontinued, but you get the idea!


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