How to guide: Forties-style make up on darker skin tones From Katherine Hepburn to Ava Gardner the vintage siren look calls for the palest foundation and alabaster skin. If you’re looking to recreate that Forties look on olive to dark skins help is at hand as make up artist Amanda Moorhouse of Lipstick & Curls, shares some tricks of the trade. Anita Bhagwandas reports. Prepare to turn heads The Forties was the era of the elegant and glamorous housewife, who knew the importance of baking her cake whilst keeping her face beautifully intact. And as any good baker knows, it’s always about the preparation. “Exfoliating is essential to get that perfectly smooth base to apply foundation.” Amanda says. “But be wary of exfoliating more than twice a week, which could cause irritation, redness and dryness. Keep it simple and apply your moisturizer, leave it for 15 minutes and follow with a primer if you feel like you really need it, but my motto really is ‘less is more’!” Don’t forget your lips too, a quick scrub with a flannel and balm keeps them flake free for kissable lips that break hearts. Laying the foundations Movie star skin calls for absolute perfection, so it’s worth taking the time to find the perfect matte foundation and concealer. “When choosing a foundation always test it on your jawline, taking the shade you think you are as well as one below and above to give you a better idea. A general rule is to choose a yellowish tone, which is nearly always more flattering than the pinker shades that tend to highlight redness in the skin instead of neutralising it.” Amanda says. When applying your foundation, fingers, sponges and brushes all come down to preference, but the sequence is the same. Apply concealer, then foundation and set with powder to finish the look and keep your foundation from slipping. Some added definition can really bring depth to darker skin tones, but as Amanda says: “Contouring is such an old fashioned way of shaping, just a touch of highlighter can really lift the facial features, so add a small amount of gold toned highlighter to the cheekbones, brow bones and cupids bow and continue onto collar bones for the evening.” 5 Responses Melanie January 7th, 2010 This is a great article! As a Black girl into the 40’s look, this is very helpful. Thanks! Reply Miss Aloha January 8th, 2010 Very disappointed. Don’t get me wrong..this is great general advice for all skin colours..But it really doesn’t give any special advice for darker skin tones really does it?. Reply Amanda January 13th, 2010 Lipstick and Curls would be happy to give extra advice and answer any further questions you may have . Please drop us an email! x Reply Lisa trainor January 15th, 2010 Really useful stuff here. Thanks for the advice Reply Anita January 22nd, 2010 Sorry you feel like that Miss Aloha! As a darker skinned lady I know how hard it is to find advice for darker skins so I’ve posted a REALLY detailed version of what I personally do for the forties look on my blog. Have a look and hopefully it may give you some more tips and tricks. http://beautiful-and-the-damned.blogspot.com/ Anita xx Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.