Vintage Makeup Tips

Our professional makeup artists who take part in our Makeover photoshoots are often asked by clients for tips and tricks used in makeup application, so we have put together some interesting content to walk you through the process. Please feel free to ask any questions (below in the comments) you may have that are left unanswered and we’ll try to give you the answers you are look for.

Nicola Archbold who was the makeup artist in the video above, has outlined, each stage of the process below.

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Vintage Glamour Makeup Tips


The first step it to apply a makeup primer all over the facial area as this will help the makeup to settle onto the skin.
I then applied a light shade of concealer on to the eye area before I apply any eye makeup products onto it.

2. Eyes

I applied a light beige tone all over the eye areas and then I used a smoulder brush and various shades of brown to create definition and depth into the eye socket.

To create a cat flick with the eyeliner I used MAC gel eyeliner in black track. I start at the corner of the eye and bring over the eyelid. Before adding the flick I try to get the product as close to the lashes as possible. When adding the flick I prefer to raise the eyebrow slightly as this provides a smoother surface to apply the product.

For the eyebrows I use an angled brush and apply a dark shade to the brow and follow its natural shape.

3. Face

Now that the eyes have been finished apply concealer under the eye area, top of the cheek bones, above the brow and the bridge of the nose. Also conceal any red areas or blemishes. Apply the foundation all over the skin with a brush or sponge, it is important to create an even and smooth surface and to make sure that the product has been applied everywhere as needed.

To contour I use an angled brush and using the MAC blush pallet I apply the product to the cheeks and temples. A quick tip is to ask your model to suck their cheeks in so you can accurately see where to apply the product.

Apply MAC fixing powder in invisible to create a matte finish onto the skin.

4. Lips

I used MAC lip liner in Redd all over the lip area, I then applied MAC lipsick in Lady Danger over the area and to give the lips a glossy finish I add Illamasqua lip gloss in Tremble.

Makeup Artist Bio

Nicola Archbold is a makeup artist based in Manchester. she decided to become a makeup artist after spending most of her academic life writing essays but wanted to do something creative with her time instead. Nicola can be found at the following places:



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All Makeup Artists participating in these Makeup Tutorials are from The Manchester University and are studying on a level 5 Foundation Degree in Make-up Artistry.

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