Makeup Through the Decades | The Depressing 30s

Hello loves,

This week has been crazy with final exams and the studying that goes along with it. So while I take a much needed break, let’s step into the time machine and head back to the depressing 1930s. The Great Crash of 1929 has left its mark on the start of this new decade. Mahatma Gandhi and his followers are making the long trek to the salt beds of Jalalpur. The Empire State Building is completed & as if the depression weren’t enough, we are currently experiencing the worst drought in US history. They have added a new amendment to the Constitution – the 21st. Bonnie and Clyde were killed just the other day & the Hoover Dam finished up construction. The radio tells me that Amelia Earhart has gone missing over the Pacific Ocean. She was attempting a circumnavigation flight. Seabiscuit beat War Admiral in what is being called the Race of the Century. Lou Gehrig has retired from Major League Baseball & the World Fair has opened in New York.

A lady’s makeup has become lighter and more colorful. They are now wearing more blues, pinks, greens and purples in a pear shape around their eye. Cake mascara by Maybelline is applied to the top and bottom lashes in this day and age. The ladies are plucking their eyebrows out of existence and then redrawing them to be pencil lines and arched upwards. Instead of a bright circle of unblended color on the cheeks like in the 1920s, women are now applying it in a triangle shape as well as contouring their faces. The much emphasized cupid’s bow has now returned to its place in society & has been replaced by thinner, more horizontal lines and fuller lips. Raspberry and maroon are all the rage. While the moon manicure has continued into the 30s, the women are now matching their nails to their lipstick, which are now sold to match.

For today, I am using my sister ( as my model. I went with a natural earthy-toned eye, even though they did start incorporating in color this decade. I wanted to do an everyday type of look for this decade.

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– Apply your primer & foundation. I used the CoverGirl TruBlend foundation in L1 with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

– Conceal the undereyes and any blemishes. I used the NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Porcelain with the RT Miracle Complexion Sponge.

– Lightly highlight and contour. I used the same concealer and sponge for highlighting – triangle under the eyes, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow. With the EcoTools Skin Perfecting brush & NYX Contour palette (second bronzing shade from the left), contour the cheeks & lightly bronze the forehead. Using the RT Setting Brush and the banana shade, set under the eyes and the highlighted areas.

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– L’Oreal La Nude 1 Palette


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