Top make-up products to achieve a Forties look
By Lena on March 24, 2012
The striking looks of the Forties reveal just how much women did to look polished, making today’s neutral make-up seem so bland. Max Factor make-up artist Caroline Barnes gives us some expert guidance in how to recreate bold, heavy-lidded eyes and Yanar Alkayat selects the tried and tested mascaras and eyeliners to achieve this look.
The Forties-esque aficionados who recreate this look regularly will know how important the base is. “Skin is such a focus in this look that taking the time to create a perfect canvas is essential,” explains Caroline. “You want to get that velvety finish with no shine or sheen, so spend some time to beautify skin to its optimum.”
“Before you start with the liquid eyeliner, it’s important to paint and shape your eyebrows because that gives structure and framework for the eyes. It also provides the length so you know how far to extend your eyeliner,” explains Caroline who has made-up the face of many a celebrity and model.
Caroline says to give brows a nice arch and extend them as far as they will go which will then guide the liquid eyeliner and the flick. Keep eyebrows strong and well defined.
The thickness of eyeliner depends on the size of your eyes. “The smaller your eyes the finer the line has to be – if you do a thick line, it will just close your eye. Keep as close to the lash line as possible if you have small eyes.”
Other tips include starting and finishing with a fine line and making it slightly thicker in the middle as “this makes it more elegant, rather than a stripe right across.”
Her favourite Max Factor product to achieve this sultry, heavy lidded look is Glide and Define, which is a dinky little felt-tip liner that draws a liquid line quite effortlessly. It’s also small enough to slip into the teeniest of vintage purses.
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