Vintage Secrets Hollywood Beauty book review Are there any vintage beauty lovers out there? Well this book is for you!
Now I’ve been a long time lover of vintage clothing, and looks from years gone by have always inspired me, however I’ve never attempted to recreate the beauty look to go with these period outfits… well that is until now!
This beauty book, nay… this beauty bible has all the tips and tricks you’ll need to recreate looks from Hollywood icons such as Brigitte Bardot, Joan Crawford and Audrey Hepburn.
The books describes everything you need to know about vintage styled make-up, from preparing for perfection, making faces, lip tips and eyes. The chapter entitled ‘Preparing for perfection’ helps you to choose a colour scheme, plus, work out what exactly is your face shape, and what you didn’t realise until now that can’t live without in your beauty kit.
The section on ‘Lip Tips’ (my personal favourite) gives a brief history of the most popular shades through the decades, it then delves into showing us how to paint the perfect lips, even giving you a list of tools and products you will need and a step by step guide for how to create a perfect pout. I was sure to note down all their tips, as you know, I love wearing lippy.
On to eyes next, now this chapter covers everything from applying mascara, perfect eyeliner, eyeshadow and even eyebrow shapes. It provides an in-depth chart to check your eye shape and identifies the style eyebrow and eye make-up that is right for you. There are even tips for achieving perfect hands, a section about body make-up and how to ‘get the look’ of pin up girls through to golden girls of the 1930’s.
I loved the hair section, if you are seeking a 1920’s -30’s look, there are plenty of ideas for recreating the perfect Marcel or Finger Wave. If you are craving more of a 1940’s or 50’s look then rollers are for right for you . If you have short hair there is even a section on the best vintage crops to choose from.
We then move on to, perhaps my current favourite era of hair, the 1960’s. With Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s bouffant up-do, first popular in the 1950’s then continued into the 1960’s. In the late 60’s Brigitte Bardot took the Audrey bouffant to the next level creating the iconic 60’s beehive by backcombing and adding yet even more hairspray. If you fancy recreationg your own up do but don’t know how, well now you can follow the original style with easy to follow steps. I like that all the clever tricks and pointers you will need are in this one book.
I’ve really enjoyed reading Vintage Secrets Hollywood Beauty book and practising the beauty tips I’ve learnt from it. The book is beautifully laid out, with plenty of imagery to reference – and it’s easy to read. I mean who wouldn’t want to flick through pages filled with Hollywood beauts such as Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. Each chapter has a brief overview of history, tools you’ll need to recreate the look and easy to follow step by step guides. I had great fun trying out some of the new techniques I picked up from reading this bible. I hope to share some new beauty looks with y’all very soon!
Photos – Shooting Dave