9 Amazing Vintage Makeup Hacks You Wish You Had Known Before

Written by Shirin Mehdi

Old is gold! No matter how much we evolve, nothing can beat the likes of Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn. The classic divas had a style of their own, and let’s not forget their own makeup tricks that made them so appealing to the camera. You might have the best of makeup on to camouflage your faults and make you look pretty. But, when you’ve run out of it, or forgotten a certain product in your dresser, these few old school tricks shall come to your rescue.

1. Rosy Cheeks

Way back in time, women crushed fragrant rose petals and dabbed a little bit of that pink liquid for a faint tint. Rosy cheeks denote the epitome of femininity, making a woman look delicate and charming. To give that old school tint, Benetint from Benefit Cosmetics works amazingly well. But, if you’ve forgotten to carry it along, and you need a quick touch-up, then you know what to do.

2. Shiny Locks

Dry shampoo is not a new concept. Earlier, women used talcum powder to quickly freshen greasy hair. The powder soaked up the excess oil, leaving those retro beauties with fragrant, fresh hair. Today, a plethora of dry shampoos successfully do the job.  Women who don’t have the time to wash and style can conveniently skip the wash part. B-Blunt’s Back To Life Dry Shampoo is an excellent choice you can opt for, if you haven’t tried it already. But, if going after brands is not your thing, you could quite happily use talcum powder to bring your limp, dirty hair back to life.

3. Teeth Within

Yellow teeth are so not cool, never were, never will be. In the past, baking soda instantly brightened those pearlies and removed superficial stains on the teeth. Now, there is a wide range of whitening toothpastes and oral care products that are meant to give you clean, white teeth. Colgate’s Visible White range has a great set of products. But if you don’t trust them, or if you are just lazy to buy them, all hail baking powder!

[ Recommended Read: 7 Simple Ways To Whiten Teeth ]

4. Supple Skin

Strawberries have numerous skin brightening benefits. And, in grandma’s time, it was so easy to instantly brighten the skin by just crushing some strawberries lying in the fridge, and gently massaging the skin with them. They not only cleansed the skin but also exfoliated and induced an almost instant glow. Today, there are some amazing brands offering a range of amazing skin brightening products. Body Shop has a great range of products to offer. But you could also go old school and try the fresh strawberry cleansing routine.

[ Recommended Read: 7 Strawberry Face Packs For Glowing Skin ]

5. Intense Priming

Primers are much sought-after, and for the photo finish they give, they ought to be popular. But they are not new; well, at least the concept isn’t. The vintage beauties used petroleum jelly as a primer to intensify and darken eyeshadow. A neutral powder was applied over the petroleum jelly, all the way up to the crease and the brow bone. This helped to add drama to eye makeup. Today, there are many eyeshadow primers available. Clinique’s All About Shadow is a great option. But if you have some petroleum jelly around, you know what to do.

6. Unclogged Pores

Salts work wonders for the body and skin. They pull out impurities and rejuvenate you. This was no secret to the women of the past. They used to bathe in sea salt to get a fine, dewy complexion and glowing, baby soft skin. Today, you get branded bottled bath salts. The Forest Essentials Body Polisher Hydrating Sea Salt is a must-try.

To start with, try sea salt.

7. Bright ‘Blue’ Eyes

Dark circles aren’t a new problem. You could go the Sophia Loren way – crush mint leaves, and put the paste under your eyes for about 20 minutes. This would cool your eyes, reduce puffiness, and increase blood circulation. You can also use the many products available in the market such as Vichy’s Anti-Dark Circle Whitening Corrective Eye Care.

[ Recommended Read: 11 Beauty Tips To Cure Dark Circles Naturally ]

8. Soft Hair

Soft, smooth, glossy hair is every woman’s goal. Giving your hair the last rinse with beer is not a new thing. The vintage women always used this technique for a glossy bounce. Of course, if you don’t want to smell like a brewery, you could use other sophisticated products like Kerastase Elixir Ultime Nourishing Hair Oil before styling your hair.

9. Forever Young Face

Wrinkles, fine lines, and aging are some of the first things every woman in her late twenties begins to worry about. Today, there are so many amazing anti-aging products available. In the past, women used ice water to wash their faces. It constricts the blood vessels, and ensures that your skin is taut and firm. This is surely a great trick to try.

This video tutorial shows you how to do vintage makeup.

So there you go – DIY versus products off the rack to combat your most regular problems. Which one would you prefer – vintage or modern? Well, as long as the problem is solved, who cares?

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