Vintage Beauty Makeup

Blame it on nostalgia, blame it on vintage-inspired fashions, blame it on Mad Men's smoldering Joan Holloway: whatever the cause, retro makeup is back in a big way. But don't go painting on beauty marks just yet — there's a trick to making retro look modern. Pamela Castillo, founder of online vintage boutique Market Publique and winged liner expert, tells us how it's done.

“The key is to mix the eras, including the current one, throughout your hair, makeup, clothes and shoes to look modern.” Image 1 For work, weekend, and everything in between, vintage clothing and makeup work best when they’re paired with more contemporary elements. Castillo wears vintage pieces everyday but she uses them to inspire her makeup, rather than dictate it. “If everything you wear looks like it came from one era, you are a period piece,” she says.

“I wish people would try more bright lips! I think you look more awake and put together with bright lips.” Image 2 Red lipstick will never go out of style. There are blue-toned reds, orangey reds, pink reds — try them all until you find one you love. (That’s another thing – with red lipstick if you don’t love it then you haven’t found the right shade.) Don’t feel like you have to stick with just one either: Castillo rotates between Chanel's now-discontined Pirate (try Rouge Hydrabase in Fire instead), Lipstick Queen’s Saint Rouge, and NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Heatwave.

“Color trends may come and go, but black eyeliner is always in.” Image 3 Classic makeup looks are classic for a reason: they’re flattering and versatile. Winged liner sounds ultra-dramatic but is actually very subtle (read our Beauty Dare to learn how to wear it). Castillo’s favorite liner is Lancome’s Artliner in Noir but on days when waterproof is necessary (rain, weddings) she uses MAC’s Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in On the Hunt.

"Channel the 1970s for a natural everyday look." Image 4 Retro doesn't have to mean dramatic: the 1970s were all about fresh, bronzed faces and neutral lipcolor (think Farrah Fawcett — feathered locks optional). Bronze all over with your favorite color (we're partial to Cargo's Bronzer in medium) and add a little contour with peachy blush like NARS Orgasm. Add a tiny bit of olive or brown eyeliner to subtly define eyes and finish with a neutral pink gloss like Laura Mercier's Lip Glace in Opal.

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