Bonnie-and-Clyde

Love retro style??

Check out the Bonnie & Clyde TV miniseries this Sunday and Monday (12/8-12/9) on A&E/Lifetime/History.  The early 1930s are brought to life again during four eye-feasting hours, that happen to tell the story of two of the most infamous outlaws in the last 80 years.

Authentic 1930s makeup was made notable for the super thin eyebrows, cake mascara on the top lashes and dark lipstick.  However, Holliday Grainger’s, Bonnie Parker is a mix of modern and retro styling, a common tact with period movies and TV shows.

Either way you go, here are 2 simple ways to play with 30s retro style:

The Purists

  • The dramatic 20s makeup gave way to a lighter look with the invention of mascara in the 1930s.  Women were able to comb “cake” pigment thru lashes for a more subtle way to enhance the eyes.  For an authentic lash, try Besame Cosmetics Cake Mascara.
  • Lipstick went from doll-like to glamourous by the 1930s thanks to brands like Max Factor.  Women wore dark reds, maroons and brown lipstick in a perfectly drawn “rosebud” shape.  Keep lips true to the period with Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Mulberry.

The Modernists

  • Keep the feel of the 1930s but amp up the definition; apply mascara to upper and lower lashes and sweep a liquid liner to the top lash line like Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner.
  • Maintain a retro vibe on the lip but choose a brighter color of red or berry with a slight metallic finish.  You’ll look both classic and on-trend with this twist on color and texture.  Squeeze a small amount of Lip Tar Metallic in Role Play on to finger and press on to lips, use your detailer brush to perfect the lip line.

Images:  Dallas Municipal ArchivesA&E TV