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Breaking Down Beauty: A 1950’s Rockabilly Eye Makeup Tutorial

 By Sheila Arkee

Classic, retro makeup is always in style. Best of all, this is easy makeup that really is universal – it looks good on everyone. Feeling inspired by Rockabilly style, I put together this quick makeup from the 1950’s. It’s very similar to 1940’s style, with two upgrades – brighter blush and  liquid liner.

It’s simple enough to go from this …

To this in a few, easy steps.

Step 1: Using a fluffy blending brush, apply a light brown to the crease of your lid.

Step 2: Using a domed crease brush, apply a medium brown to the outer corner of your eye.

Step 3: Apply a shimmery cream shadow to your lid with a flat brush.

Step 4: Use a small blending brush to add a matte cream to your browbone.

Step 5: With a liquid liner make an exaggerated liner shape, or “wings”. Sketch out the shape and then fill in with liquid liner.  There’s no liner on the lower lid.

Step 6: Fill in brows, add mascara, and presto!

Add some red lips and pink blush, and you’re set!

Here are some things to remember when doing 1950’s inspired makeup:

– If you’re comfort notable with a liquid liner, use a pencil to trace out a line beforehand. I’ve explained it further in a past Breaking Down Beauty.

Pen-style liquid liners are genius and make the job so much easier than a traditional ink well. I’m obsessed!

– The brighter the blush the better!

The details on the products I used in this look are coming up in the next 365 Days of Makeup. You can check out my 1940’s glam makeup tutorial here!


  • http://www.bakingbeauty.net Krystle

    Gorgeous look especially love the bright lip!

  • http://www.lifecellskincreamreview.com/ Emy

    OMG!!! How beautiful it is! I so love that slight smokey eye look. It looks light and natural. Great job girl!