I started exploring a lot of my vintage makeup looks with a book called Style Me Vintage: Makeup (which inspired my earlier Clara Bow photos!) and one of the key things i learned from it was to build a small collection that you can build lots of looks from. Having a capsule bag or collection saves money, keeps things simple and organized, and makes sure you can be ready in a hurry!
Foundation and Primer
I keep things simple when it comes to foundation with drugstore brands. I find these work really well for me and can be found almost anywhere – and if you buy it on Amazon it’s about 75%% cheaper than in stores. Great coverage, and this combination stays on all day for me.
It’s no secret that I love Nyx, so my regular concealer is this Nyx wand. For a more heavy duty concealer, I use a shade of Dermacol foundation that is slightly lighter than my skin. It’s not an everyday look – I usually just use it for photographs – but it really works on days you need something a little heavier underneath your foundation. I’ve had a lot of success using Dermacol to cover my lips if I need to re-shape them for 20s looks.
This elf compact is simple and transluscent, perfect for setting your foundation.
While one of these palettes is vastly more expensive than the other, I tend to use them interchangeably. The Urban Decan Naked Smoky palette is definitely worth the price – the quality is amazing! – but the Maybelline The Nudes set is a great budget option.
My two favorite mascaras! The IT mascara is virtually bulletproof; it’s one of the only mascaras I’ve found that stay on me and don’t make me look like a raccoon in two hours. I like the Besame mascara for the true vintage look/feel, and it also will stay if you make sure to prime and set your undereye beforehand. The Besame mascara can also be used as eyeliner!
I learned how to do cat eyes with this Ciate eyeliner pen, and for smoky looks – you guessed it! – Nyx eyeliner pencil.
The Balm is one of my favorite vintage-styled beauty brands, and I use this color almost daily.
I use two different lipliners. This is my everyday liner – the e.l.f. pencil that I actually found at the Dollar Tree and works great! For cosplay and looks that will be photographed, I also have been known to use Besame Cosmetics lip liner. It’s a dream, and keeps everything nice and neat.
I have a tube of both of these lipsticks at all times. The first one – 1946 Red Velvet – is a little darker and more universally flattering, and the second color, 1942 Victory Red, is a little brighter and more lively. It’s a great summer red!
These are the basics I always have on hand – what’s in your vintage makeup capsule bag?