Lipstick tips for vintage lips

If you have ever wondered what lipstick tone you should wear for your skin tone, or even which era favoured which hue, then read one half of Shropshire-based vintage hair and makeup artists, The Blusherettes, I'm here to give you the skinny on getting that oh-so-important lip colour j-u-s-t right.

When you are looking for the right tone for your skin colouring, choose whatever lipstick you love! However, the general rule of thumb is that cool tones (those who have more blueish veins in their wrists) should opt for pinkier reds, while those with warm tones (green veins in their wrists) should go for peachier reds. Olive skins always look great with coral tones, and dark skin tones are lucky as they can go bright, with rich ruby or cherry reds and vibrant oranges. When it comes to the era, we love authenticity and encourage our brides to keep things authentic.


If you are opting for a 1920s theme for your wedding or event, then the ox blood reds are our go-tos (image 2). The Flapper girls painted their lips rich and dark. They loved to emphasise the cupid's bow and create an almost doll-like lip shape. You don't need to do this of course, but that was very much the style of the time. The 1930's were more about vibrant rusty reds, (image 2). The screen sirens of the time sported all the latest colours by Revlon, Max Factor and Maybelline. The 1940's heralded a rich crop of berry reds - ideal for cool skin tones, while the American G.I Janes wore more coral tones. However, there was no other real choice of colour, it was red, red, or red! In fact, during WWII, the government actively encouraged women to wear makeup to help keep up the morale of the men fighting at the front.

The 1950's saw a whole host of colours arriving at the department store makeup counters and bright pinks, purples, pale pinks and corals were de rigeur. Think Holly Go-lightly's pretty pink coloured lips in Breakfast in Tiffany's, or Marilyn Monroe's classic bright red lips in Gentleman Prefer Blonds. The 1960s was a time of experimentation, and the red lips of the earlier decades were totally passé. Anything went but the paler the better, like light baby pinks and pale oranges, even white lips. The latter is not recommended for a wedding, though! So there you have a quick low-down on the tones for the eras (sorry 1970s, 80s and 90s we will revisit you another time!) #beauty #makeup #inspiration