1930s Beauty Report by Ann Boyd – Model June Vlasek –
After a long day on set, June Vlasek bathes her eyes in warm water. Then she uses an eye wash and follows up with a dash of cold water. if she has more time she lies down with cool wet pads of cotton over her eyes. and relaxes completely.
Eye make-up is especially important for actresses on the set – make-up to give the eyes their proper allure. Much of street worn makeup takes its hints from the look devised in front of the camera.
Here’s a 1930s mascara tip from Miss Vlasek. “To compliment my eyes, I draw a fine line from the outer corner of my eye. Unless you’re an extremely dark brunette, it’s better to sue some other shade than black for your mascara. The dark brown is becoming to my eyes and I feel for most women’s eyes – not the black variety.”
“Light blondes should use light brown mascara and girls with blue eyes can use blue mascara with flattering effect.”
“Touch only the tips of the lower lashes or the effect will be hardening. Brush the upper lashes thoroughly and then use a clean brush to wipe off the excess. Brush up always to curl the lashes but if yours are uncompromisingly straight, why not try an eye lash curler?!”
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Movie actresses have become adept at applying their own false eyelashes, either the type that comes on a strip or the single lashes that are each glued separately to a natural lash.
Eye shadow is the one makeup that no star wants to be without, although they warn against packing it on too thick. Use blue shadows for blue eyes: brown for brown eyes; green or blue for green eyes and green or gray for hazel eyes. Gray eyes will take any shade.
That’s all !
Originally published in New Movie Magazine – 1933
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