Get The Look: 5 Steps to Old Hollywood Glamour Makeup

What if I told you that you could get the most elegant, classic makeup look of all time with just four products and a few minutes?
These days it seems like the beauty industry is always buzzing with info about how to contour your face or blend five different eyeshadow shades together or use every single product in your arsenal to create the perfect ‘nomakeup-makeup-look.’ And while all those techniques are wonderful and look fantastic, I find myself missing the simplicity of the way beauty used to be done: Just a few high quality products, a look you can put together in a matter of minutes and an application that even the most clumsy-handed lady can master.
I may be a beauty writer, someone who keeps up with the newest trends and the most high-tech products out there, but the truth is, I prefer to keep things simple. There’s one makeup look I return to consistently when I want to dress up a classic outfit like an LBD or  black pants and a white top. It’s incredibly easy to apply, looks amazing on everyone and is both classy and sexy. It requires very few products and very little skill. It works for day or night (but better for night) and it looks sophisticated as hell.
Granted, this look I’m about to outline for you is definitely not a groundbreaking one. It’s probably something you’ve seen on other girls hundreds of times….but hey, it’s popular for a reason. I know I’m not imparting any miraculous wisdom here, but I thought it would be nice to return back to basics and shed some light on a look that just never fails. So without further ado, here’s my favorite night out makeup routine, including some info about the exact products I use.
First step: Conceal. If you’re prone to dark under eye circles, cover those babies.  The thing that really makes this look work is the fact that it rests on a very clean, even canvas. If you can’t skip foundation, slick that on at this point as well. If you’re comfortable going barefaced, though, this look works beautifully with just concealer to lighten up the area under your eyes. I also use my concealer at the corners of my eyes (both inner and outer) as well as over my eyelids. I love this trick because it makes my eyes look larger and brings them forward a bit. I use Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer. It’s the one product I buy over and over again. It has amazing coverage, is comfortable to wear and blends and applies so easily. It is without a doubt the product I use more than any other.
Second step: The cat eye. I’ve always been a smudged-liner girl. I loved the look of a really messy, imprecise ring of color around my eyes – until I discovered the one product that makes the neat, clean cat eye look easier than ever. I simply take a liquid liner and drag it along my upper lash line, winging it upwards at the outer corner. This is the perfect compliment to this Old Hollywood glamour look because it’s just so classic and totally makes me feel like a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Cleopatra. I use Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner. It lasts forever and is so, so easy to control.
Third step: Add some drama. There’s no better way to make your eyes stand out than by applying a few coats of mascara. I like to curl my lashes first, then add a few coats to both my upper and lower lashes. You can stop after this step if you want a more natural look because when your eyes look this defined, your entire face looks amazing. I use Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll Mascara. It makes your lashes look so dramatic – I haven’t found a better mascara out there.
Fourth step: Add some color. Not exactly a newsflash, but there’s nothing that really tops off an Old Hollywood-inspired makeup look like some red lipstick. A matte finish works best when you’re really trying to be all ‘Old Hollywood’ but if you’re more of a glossy girl, by all means, wear a shiny red. There’s really nothing like a good red lipstick to make you look glamorous and so put together even when you’re wearing very little makeup and that’s what makes this look work so well: It’s very easy and low maintenance but it still makes a big statement. I like to switch up my red lipstick, but the one that makes this look super easy is by Tarte (because I swear by all their products.) The LipSurgence Matte Crayon in ‘Fiery’ glides on so easily, is hydrating, is a true red that looks gorg on anyone and even smells good.
Fifth step: Curl it up (optional): If you want to really create a look that’s reminiscent of a movie star, try curling your hair with hot rollers. They’re quick, easy and create a more natural look than a curling iron does. Leave them in until they’ve cooled and then unwind and voila – you have that perfect, timeless movie star glamour.
[Lead image via Dimitrios Kambouris / Staff / Getty Images]

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