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Fashion Flash Book Review: Retro Make-Up by Lauren Rennells
I am huge vintage fan. I love Barbara Stanwyck movies, vast turn of the century hotels and of course vintage fashion. Retro MakeUp could have been written just for me. It covers makeup from the 1920’s thru the 196’s. It is so well detailed that even untalented makeup junkies like me can follow the well illustrated instructions. It begins with a wonderful overview of impact of beauty trends from the Victorians, theater, suffragists, and motion pictures. It compares vintage tools with those we have today and reviews basic application skills.
Retro Makeup gets down to business for each era with an overview of the vintge tools and how to use modern products to get the same results. It explains the inspiration for each era and how beautuy standards differed. I especially loved the back stories to the design and use of makeup. For example, I remember my mother using a face powder called ‘Rachel” It was an especially flattering creamy peach shade and she would stock up to avoid running out. Turns out that it was named after a popular 19th century French actress. She died young of TB which only enhanced her image of endless beauty. Every chapter is packed with great anecdotes and equally good advice. I especially enjoyed the chapter on 60’s makeup. In the day I had tried but never really mastered the big eye/pale lips defined the era. With this wonderful little book, I finally nailed it. Better late than never. Now if they ever bring back whte vinyl boots I am ready.