In a society dominated by the entertainment industry, celebrities have us in the palm of their hand. They could dictate the most ridiculous trends and we would still follow them blindly.
I will raise my hand – I’m guilty of this. There are a few VIPs I am absolutely in love with and I look up to them for inspiration. But even they must have found their inspiration somewhere. Today I am going to talk you through the signature looks of a few celebrities who know their vintage style.
First up, the 1940s. We cannot mention vintage make-up without thinking of American burlesque dancer, model, actress and vintage goddess Dita Von Teese.
Dita’s make-up rarely changes: her winning look is bright red lipstick and black winged eyeliner paired with luscious fake lashes, all on porcelain skin. Finish with a bit of blush or contouring and strongly defined brows and you’ve got the Dita look.
Dita gets her inspiration from 1940s burlesque dancers such as Bettie Page, with her jet black hair, and Betty Grable, with the tight curls. Both rocked the iconic red lip.
The lipstick is also more subtle; Lana chooses a nude lip and finishes her look with big ’60s-’70s hair.
Lana is said to have taken inspiration for her artist name from American 1940s actress Lana Turner, but we see more of a resemblance with French iconic actress and model Brigitte Bardot. Her kitten eyeliner, nude lip and big tousled hair made her a sex symbol in 1960s France.
An artist who likes to jump between both looks is British singer Adele.
Adele has confessed to loving vintage clothes and to working with her stylist to create one-of-a-kind dresses for big events. She often completes her outfits and make-up with voluminous hair.
Her simple red lip and defined eyes remind us of Marilyn Monroe.
Lastly, someone who certainly knows how to have fun with her style and will go with whatever look crosses her mind is English pop singer Paloma Faith. The eyeliner and strong brows are ever present, but the lip and hair change as she pleases.
We learnt to expect anything from Paloma: her hair always reinvents retro styles verging on eccentric fun looks. Her style goes all the way from the 1940s with the bold red lip to the 1980s with the big hair and bright lip. Her Jessica Rabbit-like red wavy hair is often compared to actress Veronica Lake
Paloma has said she likes to have fun with her fashion choices: she knows she’s going to make mistakes and she’s ready to forgive herself and have more fun, and we adore that about her.
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See you next week!
Giulia Nespolo at V&OAK