With so much innovation in beauty, it's easy to forget that simple is sometimes best. The timeless products used by our mothers and grandmothers are classics for a reason, and you know you can trust something that has been a bestseller for decades. From beauty tips passed down through the generations to rereleases of products that were sorely missed, we've pulled together a list of some of the best old-fashioned beauty buys that shouldn't be overlooked. In honor of Throwback Thursday, why not give these tried-and-true buys a spot on your dressing table?
Vintage hairstyles are eternally popular for weddings no matter the season, but a too-literal interpretation can leave a bride with a serious case of helmet head. So what's the key to borrowing from the past without looking stuck in it? Texture and movement. "The perfectly coiffed updo is outdated," says Dani Weidner, a stylist who worked at Robert James Color in San Francisco. "Imperfect is best."
To balance contemporary trends with a retro influence, Weidner designed this '20s-inspired updo. A defined curl and thick roll give a nod to the past, but the overall look feels fresh and current. It's an ideal style for brides — and it's one you can do at home. To get the look, read on for pictures and step-by-step instructions.
Hailee Steinfeld, whose 2013 film version of Romeo and Juliet comes out today, joins a long list of actresses who have played Juliet from the classic play of the same name. Although the beauty look from almost every adaptation pulls from Elizabethan style (think: extralong coiffures and bedazzled headpieces), Hailee brings her own youthful glow to the role. See which other actresses we loved as the young Capulet both on Broadway and the big screen.
Veronica Lake was known for her gorgeous S wave and deep red lipstick, in addition to being a pinup beauty. To help you achieve that retro look, we break down the technique you should use to get those perfect vintage waves. Plus, get tips for re-creating the actress's classic makeup look.
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It's fashion month, and we're bound to see some new beauty trends emerging from the runways in the major fashion capitals. But what about the old faithfuls? One thing that we see time and time again is hair and makeup that pays homage to the past: retro looks revived for the modern women. From multicolored '60s beehives at PPQ to glossy Veronica Lake waves at Versace, we take a look back at just some of the many designers who've found beauty inspiration in history. Not all of these looks are easy to re-create at home, but they are worth spending time perfecting for a timeless, elegant look!
Are you ready for a fourth season of Downton Abbey? Join the club. With the release of the season-four trailer, we're remembering why we can't get enough of Downton! The show has single-handedly brought back a fervent interest in Edwardian- and '20s-era fashion and beauty, which could require hours of preparation for one ensemble. Dive into a time before nylons and quick-drying nail polish, and you'll see how much work it would have taken to make Lady Mary beautiful. (Hint: dirty hair is involved.) It's all enough to make a Turkish diplomat lose his breath.
Not sure if you've noticed, but the beauty industry is brimming with some of the most successful (and übertalented) women. And they've done a lot to make us look beautiful, from inventing the first at-home hair-coloring system to concocting arguably the most iconic fragrance in the world. In honor of Women's Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of the 19th amendment, flip through and pay your respects to just a few of the ladies who built up the beauty industry.
Janelle Monáe has inspired some serious hair envy with her signature pompadour style, but it also got us thinking: how long has this look been around? It turns out that the pompadour has been in fashion since the mid-1700s. Find out where the style got its name and how to pull it off in our hair historical.
The Beginning: Madame de Pompadour, the royal mistress to Louis XV, held a considerable amount of power in the height of the 18th century. However, what we'll remember her most for is her distinct hairstyle. She wore her strands curled and pinned backward, and the coiffure was eventually named after her. Her stylist, Legros de Rumigny, wrote multiple books on hairstyling featuring the style, and other women of the monarchy heightened the look's popularity. Marie Antoinette often wore her pompadour with eccentric additions like jewelry and boats.
Get more insight into the evolution of the pompadour hairstyle, from Elvis Presley to Janelle Monáe, when you keep reading.
With their flawless makeup and perfectly set hairstyles, the ladies of Mad Men never fail to impress (even though everything might not be quite as pristine in their personal lives). Drama aside, each week, fans of the show delight in glimpsing back into the lives of '60s-era movers and shakers.
And just as costume designers help bring a script alive by outfitting stars with fashions to suit their characters' personalities and circumstances, hairstylists and makeup artists are tasked with creating specific looks to reflect a mood. Season six of Mad Men wrapped up last night, so we're taking a look back at the fabulous bouffants and magnificent makeup of the midcentury beauties on the series. From Peggy's big chop to Joan's signature updos, see the style evolutions of the ladies of Mad Men.