Welcome to the first installment of the Beauties on Fire collaboration (read more about it here)! Our first theme is all about classic beauty.When the theme was first announced, Veronica Lake, an acting queen of the 1940’s, came immediately to mind. Nothing screams classic beauty more to me than the Hollywood glamour rocked by the actresses of that era. Perfect curls and seductive lips create the backbone of the look, making it perfect for cocktail parties and sexy date nights. So without further ado, let’s get on to the tutorial.
Veronica Lake was all about rosy cheeks paired with a bold pout
To let the lips take center-stage, skin needs to be as smooth and flawless as possible. Start with a moisturizing primer to plump the skin and give it some glow. Apply a matte foundation on top to even out the skin and provide coverage. Once that’s out of the way, go ahead and begin concealing. Take your time with this step, gradually building coverage with thin, sheer layers. A full, matte finish is what we are aiming for here.
What I used: Bare Minerals Bare Skin Serum Foundation in Bare Porcelain 01 (very light coat as primer), Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Snow, Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream , Urban Decay Naked Concealer in Fair/Neutral
Now that the base is ready, it’s time to sculpt and highlight. Subtlety is key here; you want just enough product to do the job, nothing more, nothing less. Begin with contour using a light brown shade, just underneath the cheekbones, around the forehead, the jawline, and the sides of the nose. Add a small pop of glow to the tops of your cheekbones, the center of your forehead, underneath your contour, and your Cupid’s bow. Like the contour, keep this subtle as well. I personally used Urban Decay’s Naked concealer to first lighten up those general areas and then went in with a shimmery highlighter for more precise shimmer in the centers of those areas to keep things as natural and matte as possible.
Now it’s time for the iconic blush. With bold lips, which can make the face look slightly drained, the pop of color blush provides helps counteract this effect. A light pink blush effortlessly lifts the face and keeps the bold lip from overpowering the face.
A well-groomed brow also helps balance out this effect. I filled in my brows using a brow powder that was a little darker than my natural hair color to add a little extra oomph (if you aren’t blonde, you probably won’t need to do this). I finished off with a clear brow gel to hold everything in place.
What I Used: L’oreal La Palette in Nude 1(medium brown shades 3 and 5 for contour), Urban Decay Naked Concealer, Benefit High Beam Highlighter, Palladio Matte Blush in Peach Ice, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, Anastasia Brow Powder in Taupe
Since the lips are going to take the center stage, its best to keep the eyes simple and slightly smokey. I used soft brown shades to add subtle emphasis to my eyes and balance to the look.
To start, swipe a matte cream color all over your lids, up to the brow bone. Next, take a shimmery gold-brown shade and apply it to the inner corners of your eyes, sweeping it to just past the middle of your eye lid. Use a matte, medium-brown shade on the outer part of your lid, applying it just above the crease, and blending it to the center of your eye lid (where it will meet and overlap the shimmery brown shade). Follow up with a deep brown shade in the outer part of your crease and outermost part of your lid. Drag this shade underneath your eye, along the water line, until the center of your eye. Blend well.
To add emphasis to your lashes, tight line with a deep black gel liner. Don’t wing it out. Use your finger tip or a Q-tip to blend this line into the lashes. Curl your lashes and apply mascara. False lashes would be a perfect addition to this look and I would recommend them. I actually would have used them in this tutorial, however, my eyes and eyelash glue have yet to get along (I am legitimately allergic to the stuff). So when you look at the pictures, just pretend they are there, okay? 🙂
What I Used: L’oreal La Palette (shades 1, 4, 5, and 6), Essence Gel Eyeliner in 01/Midnght in Paris
From right to left: concealer, Tarte lip crayon, matte lip gloss, final product
Lips are the center of this makeup look. For flawless application, gently scrub and moisturize your lips to remove any dead flakes and get them looking plump and smooth from the mild exfoliation and moisture. To ensure the richest color payoff, I applied a thin layer of liquid concealer on my lips, patting it in with a damp beauty blender. I wanted a color that was something different from the typical classic red lip that has become a bit, well, basic over the years. To add a little flair, I took a nod from vampy, berry colored lips and combined the two ideas to get that “just bitten” red. What this translated to in terms of my makeup collection was a purple-red Tarte holiday lip crayon applied then lightly blotted off, then the color left on my lips was smoothed over with a matte lip gloss in a deep matte pink. I didn’t need to line my lips because once the matte gloss dries, it will not budge.
However, if you happen to be using something else, the general rule of dark, bold lip colors is to apply once, gently blot it off, use a lip liner to even things out and set boundaries for the next layer of color (darker colors draw extra attention to any unevenness and can make your lips look smaller so the liner helps correct any imbalances and can be used to “cheat” your natural lip size), then another layer of color is lightly applied, most often with a lip brush for the most precise application.
To help the color pop, I applied a thin layer of concealer in the area immediately around the outline of my lips and blended it out with a makeup sponge. For added effect, you can also use a contour powder underneath your bottom lip for more depth.
What I Used: Urban Decay Naked Concealer, Tarte Holiday Matte Lip Tint Crayon in Glaze, Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in Seduction.
The goal? Glossy, glamorous waves
Now that the face is done, let’s talk about those classic Hollywood glamour girl curls.
To achieve this style, you will need heat protective spray, a brush, a large-barrel curling iron, hairspray, and a little shine spray/hair oil.
The first step is to protect those locks by misting them with a heat protective spray.
To begin styling, pin up the top two thirds of your hair. Curl large sections away from your face. Repeat with the middle third.
For the top third, create a deep side part (if you want to get super-technical, part your hair where the highest part of your eyebrow’s arch is. It seems to look best this way, don’t ask me why). Curl large sections away from your face.
Now that your hair is channeling its inner Goldilocks, take a hairbrush, mist it with a light dusting of hairspray, and gently brush through the curls until they merge into the signature, uniform waves that were once all the rage. Give it a liberal mist of hairspray. To finish off, take a little shine spray or oil, rub it into your palms to heat it up, and gently smooth it over your hair. Feeling glamorous yet?
If you want to do it the old fashioned way, using pin curls, here’s how:
- Dampen your hair. Either do this out of the shower or with a spray bottle. Hair just needs to be damp. This is very important.
- Starting at the top of your head, use two fingers to roll your hair up towards your scalp. Pin it in place with a bobby pin. Much like rag curling, your curls will depend on the thickness of the section, how much hair is used per curl, and how big the roll/”loop” formed is.
- Let your hair dry like this. If you use bobby pins, sleeping with them in isn’t too horrible (much like rag curlers). You can also be lazy and use a blow dryer (low heat works best).
- Once the curls are dry, gently remove the bobby pins. If you start from the bottom, it is easier not to miss any.
- Finish off by brushing, hair spraying, and shine-adding as described above.
The completed look
This look is perfect for all those holiday parties coming up in a couple of months. Its sultry and sexy, but full of understated glamour. Why not show up to your next date or Christmas party looking like a modern-day version of those beauties from the 40’s? This look is easy to dress up or down, depending on your personal style: from a traditional red lip, to a dark cherry or berry color, the cheeks, simple eye, and classic curls will help you pull off whatever color suits your mood. Falsies can add even more drama and glamour should you choose (and aren’t allergic to eyelash glue like me :/). Of course, don’t forget to top off the look with some pearl studs and matching necklace.
Let me know if you decide to recreate this look-I’d love to see your glamour-babe transformations!
Just in case you are curious, here is what I think would be in a modern Veronica Lake’s beauty bag:
Lipstick, obviously, and in a sexy, daring shade. A gorgeous compact for those quick little touch-ups between shoots.To help keep those trademark curls their glossy, shiny best, a bristle brush. A natural, soft blush is perfect for adding life to the face and balancing out those dramatic lips.
If you would like to find out more about Veronica Lake, this site is a good place to start.
All photos of Veronica Lake are not mine and were found here. Collage photos, clockwise (1, 2, 3, 4).
And here is the link up to visit the other blogger’s classic beauty posts-go check them out!
See you next time!