She’s A Lady

It’s no secret that when it comes to my preferred retro beauty look I gravitate towards a strong red lip and black cat eye. Lately though, I’ve been wanting something softer, but still with a retro edge and when I first saw the 1940s heroines on Carolina Herrera’s fall runway, I was smitten.

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013

The models wore satin pussy bow blouses, wide-legged trousers, tweed pencil and a-line skirts, and dresses with nipped waists and dramatic high shoulders. The look was 1940s sophistication with a touch of vixen. I thought of Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire, a tough-as-nails woman driven by ambition whose sexiness came from her brash but classy attitude rather than a wiggle when she walked or a breathy voice – no offense to the incomparable Marilyn.

The hair and makeup was equal parts soft and strong, with hair pulled back into a low victory roll and cheeks and lips kissed with pretty pinks.

Carolina Herrera Fall 13 Beauty - 2

Victory rolls and pink makeup at Carolina Herrera

To create the look at home, I tracked down the products you need. For the victory roll, apply Sebastian Potion 9, which is a styling cream with flexible hold, to damp/almost dry hair. Part your hair in the middle and twist each side and pin it to your head as you work towards the back. Gather the ends into a ponytail, roll it inward and pin it in place. To give your hair some high-wattage shine, apply a couple of drops of L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil that leaves hair glossy thanks to avocado and grape seed oils.

L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, $26 at TK

L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, $26 at salons

To achieve a pretty pink flush, I applied Lancome’s new Highlighter Blush in Rose Ballerine from the super feminine French Ballerine collection fronted by the beautiful Lily Collins. I looked to Lancome’s vast range of pinks shades from the Rouge In Love lipstick collection and went with Rose Flaneuse, a bright rose pink.

Lancome Highlighter Blush in Rose Ballerine, $52 at department stores and select drugstores in February

Lancome Highlighter Blush in Rose Ballerine, $52 at department stores and select drugstores in February

Lancome Rouge In Love in Rose Flaneuse, $30 at department stores

Lancome Rouge In Love in Rose Flaneuse, $30 at department stores

– Jodi Goulart

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Pulp Fiction Vixens

On Christian Dior’s Spring 2010 runway, the models looked ripped from the pages of a Hard Case Crime pulp novel. I could just see the titles that these femme fatales would inspire: Blonde With A Bullet, Black Widow, The Bride Said Die and Vegas Vixens. The Lauren Bacall waves, bright red lips and pastel lids in shades of lilac, tangerine and Robin egg blue made for a striking , sweetly seductive look. I found a bevy of beauty products to help you get this look (below). Check in next week for clothing that will help you dress the part of Dior’s film noir vixens.

Christian Dior Spring 2010

Christian Dior Spring 2010

Eyes:

Face:

Lips:

— Jodi Goulart