Get Retro Gorgeous the Easy Way with calivintage

People often ask me how I achieve my classic, vintage-inspired makeup. I've been sporting the same variation of liquid liner, bold lips, and heavy fringe for several years, and I've tried a lot of different beauty products along the way, so today I thought I'd share my current beauty essentials.

Even though my look is pretty simple, people are often surprised to discover the number of steps in my routine. It's all about applying most of your makeup in a very subtle and natural way to really help make your eyes and lips pop. I start with a clean base and dab Tart Maracuja Creaseless Concealer under the eyes to cover up my dark circles. Then I use a Beauty Blender sponge to apply Make Up Forever HD Foundation all over my face. I have light to medium olive-toned skin and I find that they're one of the few brands that caters to my skin tone. Then I dab Tarte Cheek Stain in Natural Beauty on the apples of my cheeks for a natural flush.

You can continue on with just this as a base, or you can do a bit of contouring by sweeping Smashbox Bronze Lights beneath your cheekbones and Chanel Eclat Lumier as a highlighter across the tops of your cheekbones. This just creates a subtle contour to really highlight your facial structure. I set the look with Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder.

From there, I sweep a pale, shimmery shadow like Stila Eye Shadow in Kitten all over my lids with my trusty Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer as a base. I find that this primer really helps my eye makeup to stay in place all day without any creasing or smudging. For a bold look, I apply three (yes, three) coats of Diorshow Blackout Waterproof Mascara to my top and bottom lashes to really emphasize the eye, and finish off with Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in a classic cat-eye shape for a retro vibe.

I love a bright, bold lip. For a bold red, I recommend: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge or Mac russian Red. For orange or orange/red: Nars Heatwave or Make Up For Ever in Bright Orange. For a bright pink: YSL Rouge Pure Couture in Le Fuchsia or Nars Schiap.
 
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  • tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
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    "1. Apply under eye concealer with index finger" — @calivintage
     
    What it is: A full-coverage concealer that soothes skin and does not crease or flake. What it does: Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer offers long-lasting, full coverage in a creamy, velvety texture with pure skin-soothing ingredients. This high-performance natural formula is infused with tarte’s pure maracuja oil, which helps to improve skin’s texture, tone, and moisture content while imparting a brightening, dewy, luminous finish. In addition to promoting healthy skin, this velvety concealer is also ideal for masking discoloration and imperfections such as acne, blemishes, redness, scars, hyperpigmentation, and dark circles. This nutrient-rich, blendable, liquid makeup brightens and restores skin’s natural luster, leaving you with a flawless complexion. What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens. Sulfates. Phthalates. What else you need to know: This product does not contain synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, GMOs, or triclosan.
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation
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    "2. Apply foundation and blend with a sponge" — @calivintage
     
    What it is: An oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life. What it does: This foundation creates a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight. It leaves your complexion with such a flawless finish, it can withstand bright or harsh lighting. What else you need to know: This Sephora-exclusive foundation comes in 26 shades to suit all skintones.
  • Beauty Blender "The Original" Beauty Blender Double + Cleanser Kit
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    Best friends are called that for a reason−they complement each other to perfection. One without the other just wouldn't make sense. That's why The Original Beautyblender® and the Blendercleanser® are two peas in a makeup pod! The patent-pending elliptical shape of the Beautyblender makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup undetectable. The suede texture is soft to the touch. Latex-free, non-allergenic and free of any odors. Includes two Beautyblender sponges. Also includes 5 fl. oz. of Blendercleanser®, a specially formulated cleanser that keeps the Beautyblender clean and free of bacteria so it can last up to four to six months. Its soothing soy-based, low-suds formula breaks down rapidly, making it earth-friendly and fun to use. Free of dyes and skin irritants. Best friends are called that for a reason−they complement each other to perfection. One without the other just wouldn't make sense. That's why The Original Beautyblender® and the Blendercleanser® are two peas in a makeup pod! The patent-pending elliptical shape of the Beautyblender makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup undetectable. The suede texture is soft to the touch. Latex-free, non-allergenic and free of any odors. Includes two Beautyblender sponges. Also includes 5 fl. oz. of Blendercleanser®, a specially formulated cleanser that keeps the Beautyblender clean and free of bacteria so it can last up to four to six months. Its soothing soy-based, low-suds formula breaks down rapidly, making it earth-friendly and fun to use. Free of dyes and skin irritants.
  • Tarte Cheek Stain
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    "3. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks" — @calivintage
     
    What it is: A natural-looking gel blush. What it does: Tarte Cheek Stain is a water-based gel cheek tint that gives you a natural flush—exactly like someone just pinched your cheeks! This formula is alcohol-free so it won't dry your skin and it's also oil-free so it won't clog your pores. Plus, it contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like a T5 Super Fruit Complex™—pure water to help skin retain moisture, and mineral-derived pigments known for their soothing and softening properties. What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens. Sulfates. Phthalates.
  • Smashbox Bronze Lights
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    "4. Lightly sweep bronzer beneath cheekbones with a contour brush" — @calivintage
     
    What it is: A powder that adds sunkissed color to your complexion. What it does: Smashbox Bronze Lights Skin Perfecting Bronzer enhances and protects your skin while creating a beautiful warm, matte glow. It's packed with antioxidants and peptides (such as moringa seed extract) to boost the skin's radiance. The silky matte brush-on formula ensures a natural looking color.
  • M·A·C 109 Small Contour Brush
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    Use on the face to apply, blend or contour powder products. Softly rounded dome tip delivers just enough color; smoothly blends color into the face. Natural fibers. By M·A·C.
  • CHANEL ÉCLAT LUMIÈRE Highlighter Face Pen
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    "5. Highlight across top of cheekbones and bridge of nose" — @calivintage
     
    In a single stroke, ÉCLAT LUMIÈRE adds new radiance to makeup and dark areas of the face. It reduces the appearance of fine lines with an optical effect and lightens dark circles.
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Original
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    "6. Apply eyeshadow primer on lids" — @calivintage
     
    What it is: A sheer nude eye shadow primer. What it does: Packaged in a new squeeze tube with a precise needle nose, Eyeshadow Primer Potion is an ultra-sheer, totally nude base that glides onto the skin. The original, award-winning formula disappears instantly and is the ultimate eye prep for smoother, more vibrant shadow and all-day wear with absolutely no creasing. What else you need to know: The squeeze tube version of this product is exclusive to Sephora for a limited time.
  • stila Eye Shadow
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    "7. Apply a light shimmery shadow across eyelids" — @calivintage
     
    What it is: An award-winning eye shadow in a refillable compact. What it does: Inspire your inner artist and create a palette of color with stila's award-winning eye shadows. The assortment offers something for every stila girl-from classic neutrals to the trendsetting shades in mattes and shimmers. The high-quality formula and texture can be worn wet or dry.
  • Stila All-Over Blend Brush No.9
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    Stila All-Over Blend Brush No. 9.
  • Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder
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    "8. Set makeup with finishing powder" — @calivintage
     
    What it is: A matte, translucent, oil-absorbing powder. What it does: This powder, suitable for all skintones, protects skin and absorbs shine while setting makeup to create a flawless finish, even under the brightest of movie set lights. The velvety-smooth, silica-based powder blurs fine lines for a soft and even look. What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens. What else you need to know: Can be worn alone or paired with foundation or primer.
  • M·A·C 150 Large Powder Brush
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    Full and dense for dusting loose or pressed powder on face or body. This brush is particularly good for blush application with soft fibers that form a full, rounded shape. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules. By M·A·C.
  • 'Diorshow - Black Out' Mascara
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    "9. Apply at least three (yes, three) layers of mascara to top and bottom lashes" — @calivintage
     
    From the catwalks to you. Lashes are hot this season. Focus on your eyes with this deep kohl-black shade that glides on smoothly, and draws out every last lash to show-stopping lengths. Backstage Beauty Tip: Apply the original Diorshow Mascara first for length, thickness and curl, then Diorshow Blackout on top to instantly double the drama. 0.33 oz. By Dior.
  • Eylure Individual Lashes Fine To Full
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    "When I want to be really bold, I'll apply a few individual lashes towards the outer corners of my eyes" — @calivintage
     
    These. Fine To Full. individual false lashes have been handmade by Eylure. The details include: individual flared lashes in a range of lengths and thicknesses for a semi-permanent custom look.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Perversion 0.25 fl oz (7.5 ml)
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    "10. Apply a thick line of liquid liner to the top lids in a classic cat eye shape" — @calivintage
     
    Perversion - carbon black. Draw liquid lines so sharp they could cut glass. Our slender brush lays down long-lasting matte, slick and shimmery shades sure to satisfy your color lust. Achieve clean, sharp waterproof lines with shocking ease. The newest addition to our 24/7 franchise is available in a veritable rainbow of long-lasting, highly-pigmented, waterproof color options - shades ranging from matte to glossy to shimmery! (And why would you only buy one? Try them all!) Use the ultra-fine brush tip to create lines that are razor-thin or thick, even and bold. The brush is also short and easy to control, making it ideal for liquid liner newbies. The slim pens are convenient - go ahead and pack 'em all into your makeup bag – and are color-matched to each shade.
  • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture SPF 15/0.13 oz.
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    "11. For a bold red lip, carefully apply with a lip brush
     
    YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rough is my go-to color" — @calivintage
     
    Rouge Pur Couture SPF 15/0.13 oz. Rouge Pur Couture is high fashion lipstick for women who speak YSL. Yves Saint Laurent introduces the new generation of emblematic colors: orange, red and fuchsia in a collection of vivacious lipsticks. This luminous satin texture is presented in a modern golden case for the ultimate in luxury. SPF 15 protects the lips while hydrospheres and natural extracts provide all-day comfort & hydration. Available in a range of beautiful shades for lips that speak YSL. 0.13 oz. Made in France - Colors: Bronze,Le Fuschia,Orange,Rose Bergamasque,Red,Rose Stiletto,Le Orange,Rose Dahlia
  • M·A·C 318 Retractable Lip
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    A compact lip brush for the handbag. Ultra-firm with tapered tip. Defines the contours of the lip: applies color quickly and easily. Retracts into its own M·A·C-style casing. Applies any formula of lip colour. By M·A·C.
  • MAC Russian Red reviews - Makeupalley
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    "Mac Russian Red is a great classic red" — @calivintage
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    "Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red is a great drugstore alternative for a bold red lip" — @calivintage
     
    Buy Revlon Matte Lipstick, Really Red 006 with free shipping on orders over $35, low prices & product reviews | drugstore.com
  • NARS Heat Wave Semi Matte Lipstick
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    "Nars Heatwave is a super bright orange red that makes a major statement" — @calivintage
     
    A modern semi-matte lipstick that provides full-bodied, velvety color in a highly pigmented and non-drying formula. "Best Overall Lipstick” 2011 InStyle "Best Beauty Buys” Long-wearing, full-coverage finish. Rich, vivid shade range from neutrals to high-fashion hues. Patented blend of conditioners and antioxidants hydrate, nourish and protect lips.
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense
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    "Make Up For Ever in Bright Orange is not for the faint at heart, but if you're looking for something fun, this bold hue will do the trick" — @calivintage
     
    What it is: A highly pigmented, long-lasting lipstick that delivers rich color in one stroke. What it does: Formulated with 50% more pigment than the traditional lipstick, Rouge Artist Intense gives an immediate true-to-color result. A blend of three natural waxes, the creamy texture glides on effortlessly for a long-lasting hold. The extensive color and texture range provides unlimited creativity. What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens. What else you need to know: Available in three finishes-matte, pearly, and satin-for varying effects.
  • NARS Lipstick, Schiap 0.12 oz (3.4 g)
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    "Nars Schiap is a super fun, bright pink" — @calivintage
     
    Schiap - Shocking matte pink. A modern, semi-matte lipstick that provides full-bodied, velvety color. Features: Long-wearing, full-coverage finish. Rich, vivid shade range from neutrals to high-fashion hues. Patented blend of conditioners and antioxidants hydrate, nourish and protect lips.
  • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture - 7: Le Fuchsia
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    "For a slightly darker pink, try YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Fuchsia" — @calivintage
     
    Rouge Pur Couture is high fashion lipstick for women who speak YSL. Yves Saint Laurent introduces the new generation of emblematic colors: orange, red and fuchsia in a collection of vivacious lipsticks. This luminous satin texture is presented in a sophisticated golden case for the ultimate in luxury. SPF 15 protects the lips while hydrospheres and natural extracts provide all-day comfort and hydration. Available in 7: Le Fuchsia.

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karineminzonwilson
Wrote two years ago
Great tips! I am a disaster making my own makeup!!!!!

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