My Vintage Makeup Capsule Bag

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. 

Powder Compact


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.

Lip Pencil

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?

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