The icons of yesteryear had the same problems with skin that we have today. There are pimples, splotches, reddening, irritation, dry skin, oily skin and ___________________ < insert skin condition here. How they dealt with there skin problems doesn’t have to be a mystery. In this month’s beauty we look at two icons and the path to getting their flawless skin.
Never thought to be the attractive classic beauty of her time, Garland struggled in getting the right look. She would always say publicly that she never liked her appearance in films. The exception to that statement was in the films Meet Me in St. Louis and The Clock. Her new makeup artist at the time swept her hair back, went for more rouge on her lips and actually reshaped her eyebrows to give her the classic beauty look that the studios wanted.
Achieving a similar look: The key here is not overdoing it. Garland’s look was appropriate for the 1940s but it’s 2006 and makeup artists discourage the use of too much blush on the cheeks. Full red lips are always sexy so if we start at that point and work our way to the eyebrows we are halfway there.
For the eyebrows we recommend Anastasia’s All About Brows kit. The kit includes Tweezers (that feel a bit flimsy but will work for what we are trying to do), Brow Powder Duo, four Brow Stencils, Duo Angle/Spooley Brush, Brow Gel, and an Eye Lights highlighting pencil. The trick here is to use the tweezers sparingly to get the right shape. Step two is making sure the stencils/highlighting pencil doesn’t make you look as if you have unnatural brows. Finally use the brow gel to keep everything in place.
For the lips we recommend Two Faced Lip Injection. While we love Garland’s lips and the deep red color, today’s beauty demands sparing use of deep red color lips. You may end up looking like a cross between whore and clown. It’s not the color per se’ it’s the fullness of the lips that matter. Again, use the product sparingly and only in parts that require plumping up. Any more than necessary and you will look like a boxer with a swollen lip.
Some at Papierdoll call Joan Crawford the scary lady, but there was a beauty she had not duplicated since Grand Hotel. With Crawford, the beauty was in her hair. Most of the time it was a variation of the “up do” or the spread out curls. These two looks accentuated a feminine jaw line and the cheek bones. The way to achieve the look is gel, gel and more gel. Not the abundance of gel, but gel in the right places. Getting the loose hairs behind the ears. Styling the sides and bringing it all back. We are not adverse to buns.
If you are going the curl route we recommend T3 Twirl!. You can get a variety of looks out of this amazing little marvel. From cascading curls to curls that hold for most of the day, you cannot go wrong. A tad bit on the expensive side, but it works well for the price.