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Hair & Makeup

By Karen Geer & The Fashion Salon Team


Average women started regularly wearing makeup in the 1920s. Until then an obviously made up woman was an actress, prostitute or courtier. But the cosmetic industry exploded during this period and nearly every girl was enhancing what nature gave her. But the selection was still fairly limited. So you will need to edit.

First, jettison some contemporary trends:

  • Avoid orange, pink, frosted or pearl lipsticks, the only lip color is matte red.
  • Avoid over-tanned bronzers, shiny or sparkling skin. We want beautiful matte skin in your own color!
  • Hide tattoos
  • Ditch the sparkly frosted eye shadow
  • Nails--oval or slightly pointed; no square cuts

There are far too many looks for us to go into here, but we will supply the guidelines. The smartest thing to do is look at the options during each decade and figure out what will work best for you and your dress. Please remember that 20s hair goes with 20s gowns and so on. A great gallery of Hollywood glamour shots is at Magazine Art which has a marvelous collection of movie magazine covers featuring the most glamorous women in world. Pictosh, a vintage hairstyle fan, has posted an amazing collection of movie star hair from the past.

Revamp's Collection of hair and makeup articles

Glamour Daze Blog

Bobbypin Blog

Vintage Fashion Library's Tips

We have some great friends in the hair business who really know their vintage style. Make your appointment as soon as possible.

Hair Masters

Wak Schack
Open 7 days a week
782 Haight Street, San Francisco

KAI, Retro Hair Stylist
Finger Waves & Sculptured Up Do's
Salon conveniently located in San Francisco's Crocker Galleria

Jane Xavier Barnes
Stylist, Colorist, Special Occasions


1920s Hair & Makeup

  • smudgy smoky eyes
  • "Bee-stung" lips with cupids bow in matte red
  • Thin eye brows
  • Nails - natural

VIntage lingerie

1920s Hairstyles and Makeup for Evening

Short Hair: curly (Clara Bow) or smooth bob (Louise Brooks )
Long Hair: Bobbed hair may have been the cat's pajamas, but many women kept their long tresses rolled neatly in a knot at their neck, so your hat fits low too. Practice a wave yourself or with your hairdresser (use gel and clips). Long hair is never left down for evening.
Modern Short Hair -Think Clara Bow: Set it in rollers or pin curls and brush out.

Remember, a beaded skullcap covers all

1920s Hair Archive

Glamour Daze Guide to the Bob

1930s Hair and Makeup

  • Elongated, thin brows
  • Red lipstick, more natural outline
  • Nails red for 30s

VIntage lingerie

1930s Hairstyles and Makeup for Evening

The bob is dead, but hair is still close to the skull and styled. Elaborate hairdos are the norm for evening.

1930s Hair Archive

Revamp: Finger waves

1940s Hair and Makeup

  • Natural, lightly plucked, brows
  • Natural lip outline, more colors, but red prevails.
  • Nails match lipstick

VIntage lingerie

1940s Hairstyles and Makeup for Evening

Evening hair gets volume, either through big rolls or brushed out curls.

Beauty and the Bath 1940s styles

Queens of Vintage: 1940s


The Fashion Salon Team is and has been: Kimberly Manning Aker, Sara Klotz de Aguilar, Karen Geer, Alice Jurow, Derek Kerr, Cherie Oliver and Maria Rivero care to join us?






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