The Secrets of Hollywood Glamour

Hey again

I’ve been chatting to a  lot of people on various forums this morning about Makeup and Beauty and Hair and anything like that really that I love and am passionate about!  And someone asked a really great question about Hollywood actresses of the past – the sort of 1940’s , 40’s, 50’s and 60’s eras.  The point to her forum question what that she was suprised that the Hollywood actresses of the day looked so much younger than they actually were and she wanted to know of any tips / tricks / trade secrets that they would have / might have used to create their Hollywood Glamour and maintain their Hollywood youth!

Because it was such an interesting question, I thought that I would share my response that I gave her, with you

I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing about it

x

Marilyn Monroe Hollywood Glamour

Hiya

Making someone look a certain way on camera is often the result of a number of processes / procedures / steps but very often it makes use of some very basic principles of makeup application and techniqus

The relationship between light and dark for instance will affect the face in a number of ways.  Contouring (which is a common makeup technique used on camera to enhance / create definition) uses the basic principle of light – to make something stand out / be highlighted and dark – to make something recede.  You can create the notion of youth and the notion of age by using dark and light in the correct areas of the face – eyes, cheeks, jowls, frown lines … think of all the areas that are prominent on an older face and work out what you need to do to either enhance (to age someone) or reduce (to make youthful – which is often harder and a more complicated process)

Vivien Leigh Hollywood Glamour
Vivien Leigh

Socket line shading outwards and upwards for instance created space to open the eye up by creating a silhouette of shape.  Creating an arch in your brow will open up your eyes too.  Careful application of eye makeup to an “older” skin can really work wonders at seemingly turning the clock back

Greta Garbo Hollywood Glamour
Greta Garbo

Can I  suggest that you simplify your makeup bag and have a little experiment with a few products when you have a spare hour or so – take a light powder or foundation and a dark powder and try some shading and highlighting on your face.  Check out my Makeup Like A Pro Blog article on how to contour like Kim Kardashian http://makeuplikeapro.info/how-to-do-contouring-makeup-like-kim-kardashian/  – this will give you some great beginner tips on where you can create light and where you can create dark

Ava Gardner Hollywood Glamour
Ava Gardner

Movie Stars will use a combination of amazing natural good looks and careful makeup application to create a certain image – Did you know that Mariyln Monroe wore 5 varieties of lipsticks and glosses all at the same time to create that iconic pout? darker reds were used on the outer corners, lighter shades were worn in the middle to offer up added dimension, and she highlighted her cupid’s bow and bottom lip.  All this was based around the notion and relationship between light and dark

Hope that helps :)
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