Old School Hollywood Makeup

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I have long been a fan of the old school Hollywood look. There was something so classy about the women of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s that isn’t always so apparent in today’s world. It wasn’t just the way they conducted themselves and they way they dressed – the makeup was also much more about being sophisticated and generally understated, rather than “plastering it on” and “more is more” as is often the case these days. That doesn’t mean to say a red lip was out of the question though, most famously sported by the likes of Marilyn and Audrey.

More recently, celebrities such as Christina Aguilera and Angelina Jolie have really revived this look and made it relevant again. Back to Basics is definitely one of my favourite albums of all time, and many people who are not generally a fan of Ms Aguilera say the same. The album heavily channels all things past in terms of blues, jazz and soul and this transcends beautifully into the looks Christina portrayed throughout the album cover and tour makeup. Everything was old school with that little bit of a Christina twist.



When creating my own paleskinmakeup take on this look, I noticed that it required 3 vital things: A flawless base, a red lip and quite matte off white/pink on the eyes. Of course a more modern take would include a heavier eye, however I am keeping it “old school” as the likes of Marilyn would!

To begin, I set my hair in heated rollers whilst I prepped the skin and got to work. (It’s a good idea to get everything you intend to use out infront of you whilst your hair is setting, if like me your makeup collection spans your entire room and there’s always something you can’t find!)


– Nivea Oil Free Moisturizer
– Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster
– MUA Oil-Free Primer


For my base I custom mixed 2 foundations, to get the shade right but also get the flawless finish of a mac foundation.

– Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation – NC15
– Dainty Doll Liquid Foundation – 001
– Collection 200 Concealer – 1 Fair
– Collection 2000 Pressed Powder – 18 Ivory

– Diorshow Powder – 005 (A blusher, but used as a contour)
– Sleek Blusher – Rose Gold
– 17 Blusher – First Flush (Just a tiny bit pressed on over the top)


I experimented with quite a few products here. Aiming for quite a matte finish, but with a slight contrast with a lighter shade/light reflection in the inner corner. To achieve a similar look, you do not need to use as many products. However using a pure white or similar shade first as I did is advisable to help prime the lid for the colour you intend to use.

– Estee Lauder 01 Pink Flash (Shimmer) – My base
– Barry M Shimmering Eye Crayon – 5
– Models Own Eye Shadow – Pearl Pink
– Bourjois Eyeliner Pencil – Silver
– Models Own Eyeliner Pencil – Black
– Collection 2000 Multiplier Mascara

– Anstasia Brow Kit


– Models Own Lip Pencil – Red
– Barry M Lipstick – 121
– Sleek Glossed Lipgloss – Bitten

And for the finished result!….(Pale skin style, of course)

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