Less was not more in the 1940s! Hilarious retro make-up tutorial on how to apply vanishing powder and rouge
Video dating back over 70 years shows girls how to wear cosmetics
Instructor says to apply blush in 'tridot' formation – saying nothing dates girls more than visible rougeSays lipstick should be used sparingly as 'exclamation point'Advises lipstick, rouge, nail colour and dress should be co-ordinated
14:54 GMT, 1 October 2012
A glance back to the styles of women in the 1940s reveals impeccably grooming, class and grace.
One look at the intricate hairstyles and distinctive 40s make-up – defined brows, red lips, rouged cheeks – is enough to remind us that the era gave birth to some true beauty icons.
But how exactly did these starlets stay prim and proper without today's super beauty treatments and hi-tech tools
Thanks to a hilarious vintage video revealing just how to achieve the perfect 1940s make-up look, you can see exactly how your grandmother beautified herself – and it's all down to the help of vanishing powder and plenty of rouge.
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A mentor dressed in a demure suit demonstrates just how to achieve the perfect make-up
The video, posted on vintage hair and make up beauty blog glamourdaze.com, shows a well-spoken woman dressed in a fitted maroon suit with a demure chignon announcing that, 'With the help of these two young ladies, I am going to try to give you a few pointers on applying your make-up.'
She begins by instructing viewers how to apply a smooth base using a make-up 'pat' or vanishing cream.
A model sitting at a dressing table demonstrates how to apply it using a damp sponge, speedily transforming her face into a smooth, white visage.
The model is seen plastering her face with white powder and applying some very rouge lipstick
She then explains how if you are using vanishing cream 'a light touch is equally important.'
The model then adds some rouge to her face, following the instructor's intricate details on where exactly to apply it.
She says: 'If you use rouge, try putting in on with a tridot system. One dot directly under the pupil of the eye, the second on the cheekbone and the third no lower than the tip of the nose…and blend in carefully until no one can see it's there, not even you.
'Nothing dates you as much as rouge on show,' she adds.
She continues: 'Lipstick is your exclamation point, use it sparingly but well.'
The girls can be seen powdering their faces and are advised to check their look very carefully when complete
As the model demonstrates how to apply the various different strokes the mentor comments: 'Be sure that your lipstick harmonises with your rouge and your nail colour and check with any red in your costume to make sure everything is in keep.'
The model then powders her face by dusting on huge white patches as the advice 'please avoid the too-powdered look' can be heard in the background.
As the model admires her completed look in the mirror, the mentor says: 'When you have finished take a good look at your face and remember, lots of people will see you in profile so be sure that the make-up goes all the way round to the side.'