Retro beauty is all about strong brows, lips, and eyeliner contrasting with a bright complexion. It’s a glamorous look, but very simple to achieve. The basic makeup involves just a few products and four simple steps.
True vintage beauty starts with flawless, matte skin. Use concealer to cover any blemishes or dark undereye circles. A cream-to-powder foundation will give you good coverage and a matte finish in one step. Another option is to use a full-coverage cream or liquid foundation and then top it with loose powder.
Shapely brows are the most important — and most often neglected — feature in a pinup look. You need strong brows to balance bold lips and liner. The arches can be peaked or rounded, but the edges should look unnaturally immaculate. Waxing or threading are the best ways to get an architectural look, followed by tweezing to clean up stragglers. Apply brow powder with an angled brush. Outline the top of the brow, then the bottom edge, then fill in the center to get a clean, well-defined shape. Stencils are available if you struggle with brow shaping. Tip: Extend the outer edge of the brow slightly beyond its natural endpoint.