As we have already discussed, the 40’s and 50’s were great era’s for fashion. But once you’ve created your perfect outfit for the Goodwood Revival, then it’s important not to forget the finishing touches such as your hair and make up.
First of all, make up. Ladies, lips should be red. This is the hallmark of make up in the 1940’s. Go for as bright a red as your clothing will allow, remember this should be classy so if you are wearing bright coloured clothes which would not match bright red lips then tone it down. Lips are supposed to stand out and be noticeable so don’t be afraid of bright colours!
Blusher was also popular. You should go for the porcelain look rather than tanned, so use a foundation which is no darker than your skin colour, then finish it off with blusher. The blusher should go on your cheeks, nose and forehead. Eye make up wasn’t bright in the 1940’s, so go for darker colours. Mascara and eye liners should be applied for 1950’s dress.
Hairstyles were very prominent in this era. Perhaps one of the most recognisable looks and one of the most flattering was the victory rolls. To create this look, first section off and roll a thick strand of hair into a circle either between two fingers or with two knitting needles. Once close to the scalp pin it down inside allowing the curl to stand up on it’s own. It will take a lot of practice to achieve the desired look, and you can have as many rolls as you like. The key is to keep them as smooth as possible. Top reverse rolls are swept up away from the face, rolled and pinned toward the top of the head. Side reverse rolls are one of the most familiar of the 1940’s hairstyles. This style is popular on most women, because it is good for most face types and figures.
Hair had a lot of volume throughout the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s, so make sure you have plenty of hairspray at the ready when doing your vintage hair. Curls were also popular during this period so if you would prefer not to have the victory rolls you could simply curl your hair then back comb it to give it volume. Spray lots of hairspray to keep in place.
Style was extremely important during this era, so make sure you finish off your outfits with the correct make up and hairstyles. If you have any problems then please contact Mad Hatters and we can point you in the right direction for more tips.