Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One Year of Happy Blogging!

It just occurred to me that the Gilded Slipper has been up for over one year!  I am a bit late; my first post ever was on March 5 of last year.

Over the course of one year, and after dealing with many doubts as to whether or not I should continue, I have to say that I am so glad I joined the vintage blogging community!  I have been so inspired by reading others' blogs, and I hope that my posts provide some inspiration, as well.

Here's to what I hope will be many more years of blogging in the future!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Barbra's 1940s Makeover!

Meet Barbra.

Barbra is a thoroughly modern girl.  It would be impossible to give such a modern girl a 1940s fashion look, wouldn't it?...Not at all!  After a gander through her closet, we found some "modern" clothing with '40s reflections.  These consisted of black wide-legged slacks, a blouse with an elegantly bold floral print, and a ruffly cardigan.  But first, to complement the clothes, she gave herself a 1940s face.  Here is how.

1.  Barbra applied a powder foundation for a smooth, matte effect.  She used a large brush for even coverage.

2.  1940s eyes were "wide awake," so Barbra made sure her eyelashes were well-curled.

3.  To accentuate her eyes, Barbra applied a deep brown eyeshadow, working at the base of the lashes and moving away from the inner eye, up into the outer crease.  She used a brush for a soft look.

 4.  When it comes to 1940s eyes, emphasis is on the upper lashes.  Barbra applied a thin line of black liquid liner to her upper lids.  The key is to make a fine, even line.  I see some girls who really paint it on, way up their eyelids, and they end up with an early '60s look.  Keep it modest.  Remember--rationing!  ;)

5.  Blush should be applied, starting on the "apples" of your cheeks, and swept upward along your cheekbones, toward the temples.  Accentuate those cheekbones!

6.  Compete your eye look with very black mascara on the top lashes only.  But extra emphasis on the outer lashes, if possible.

7.  Lipstick--Although many people tend to think of red as the 1940s lipcolor, rose, coral, and "China reds" (orangy red), along with many other shades, were also popular.  Be sure the lipstick you choose is a non-shimmery type.  Barbra chose to go classic with a classic red shade.

8.  Hair--Barbra wanted to go all-out with her 1940s look, so I gave her the classic "victory rolls!"  Her thick hair worked wonderfully well for large, voluptuous rolls.

Bold floral-print blouse with frilly sleeves, tucked into wide-legged black slacks.

 "I simply love my ruffly cardigan!"

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Getting a 1930s Face

It seems that in the late winter, I am often swept away by an immense affection for the 1930s. I always admire this decade, but I don't know why, at this time of year, I feel such a strong desire to emulate the style. Well, if it is a natural pattern, why resist it? ;)

The 1930s look takes a bit more time than the 1940s look, the latter being my favorite day-to-day style for its elegant simplicity.  However, the mystic allure of a 1930s face is worth the effort required!  I would like to thank my lovely friend Barbra for taking these pictures for me.  (Please excuse my puffy eyes in the pictures; I did not sleep so well the night before!)

What You Will Need:

-Eyeliner in black or brown.
-Eyeshadow in two corresponding shades, one light, one dark.
-Lip liner to correspond with the below shades.
-Lipstick in rose, raspberry, or a rich red.
-Powder with a matte finish.
-Blush in rose or raspberry.
-Brow brush (optional).
-A very black mascara.

Step 1--Complexion

The face of the 1930s was smooth, "flawless" skin.  Not many of us have truly flawless skin, so you may choose to begin this look with a base of liquid foundation.  Personally, I don't care for foundation, and I really don't mind a few flaws here and there.  After all, they add character!  I begin by applying a powder to a clean, moisturized face.  My powder of choice lately is Aubrey Organics Silken Earth, but if you don't mind talc-based powder, I highly recommend Coty's Airspun loose powder.  First created in 1935, it is an authentic choice which gives a smooth, almost porcelain look to skin.

Step 2--Eyebrows

The typical eyebrow look of the 1930s were thin, arched brows, well-defined, extending toward the temple.  If you don't wish to change your brow shape, you must at least make sure that they are well-kempt and cleanly plucked.  Brush them gently into place with a brow brush, if you have one.  If you wish, you may dress them with petroleum jelly or olive oil for a shiny effect.  If your brows are pale, darken them with a pencil.

Step 3--Eyes, Part One

Eyes of the 1930s were defined, but much more modestly so than the previous decade.  Apply eyeliner in black or brown to your upper lid and a very fine line along the edge of your bottom lid.  Don't go all the way around the eye.  

 For a glossy daytime look, you can apply a very small amount of petroleum jelly or olive oil to the eyelids (to match your shiny eyebrows).  For a more alluring evening look, I like a light, shimmery shadow paired with a dark gray or brown eyeshadow.  However, there were many shades of shadows in the '30s, ranging from green, blue, violet, orchid, and brown.  Eyeshadow was applied from the top eyelid up toward the eyebrow.

CoverGirl Sterling Blue

   You can smudge a darker shade of shadow in the crease for a deep-set appearance.

We'll come back to finish the eyes after lips and cheeks are done.

Step 4--Lips

(*I always recommend beginning with a thin layer of lip balm before making up the lips.  This will keep your lipstick from drying out too quickly.)

Lips in the 1930s were full; the top lip with a rounded "bow" shape.  This look is sometimes described as the "rosebud mouth".  The points of the top lip are softened and rounded (as opposed to the sharper, thin look of the '20s).  If you have this look naturally--great!  But if these features of your lips are more sharp, like mine, you may want to do some shape-tweaking with a lip liner.

To ensure that color will last and you won't be left with a ring around your mouth, fill your lips in with the lip liner.

After this, apply a 1930s-friendly lipstick (non-shimmery)--preferably in a shade which corresponds with the lip liner you used.  Here is a list of some modern lipstick shades I've used which could be used for 1930s lips.

Revlon Super Lustrous in Teak Rose (my personal pink favorite)
Revlon Super Lustrous in Rose Velvet
Revlon Super Lustrous in Blackberry

Yes, I love Revlon lipsticks!  If you do not, simply aim for shades of deep red, rose, raspberry, or, if it agrees with your coloring, tangerine.  While not on some authentic '30s color charts I've seen, I do like plum and wine shades when in a '30s mood.

I chose Revlon Super Lustrous in Blackberry.

If you like a bit of shine, lip gloss was invented in 1930 by Max Factor, so don't feel guilty about daubing some on your colored lips for a finish.  :)

Step 5--Cheeks

Apply a raspberry- or rose-colored blush to the apples of your cheeks for the complete 1930s complexion.  Begin and the apple of your cheek and sweep back toward your temple.  I really love Aubrey Organics Silken Earth in 'Warmed Rose.'  Another great '30s shade that is more generic is  I like CoverGirl Cheekers blush in 'Rock N Rose'.

Step 6--Eyes, Part Two

Make sure your lashes are well-curled.

Apply a very black mascara to bot the top and bottom lashes.  If you are more daring, and would prefer an even more dramatic look, you can use false eyelashes.

Step 7--The Look

This could quite possibly be the most important factor achieving this look!  In order to truly complete your 1930s face, you need an expression to go with it.  Don't forget to exude a Garbo-esque aloofness.