The beauty and glamour of past eras – from the ’20s to the ’60s – are back in the spotlight. From the Downton Abbey movie to the SS ’20 runways of Louis Vuitton and Chloe, old-time looks are fresh again.
Face Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer, and Longwear Foundation
Eyes Chanel Le 4 Ombres in Elemental and Warm Memories. Fenty Full Frontal Mascara
Brows Hera Brow Designer Pact in #02 Brown
Lips Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Kissable Lip Shine in Naked Truth
Hair Wella Professionals. Eimi Velvet Amplifier. Ouai Finishing Creme
THE 1920s: Flapper Chic
Drop-waist dresses, jazz and The Great Gatsby – this was a time of fabulous glamour. “The ’20s featured very dark, heavily-lined eyes. To modernise it, I used dark brown eyeshadow instead of a strong black liner to emphasise the eyes. The rest of the face is kept natural,” says makeup artist Cheryl Ow, who created the looks here.
To create the voluminous bottom curl, hairstylist Sean Ang applied a styling primer and blasted hair dry. After curling the lower sections, he worked a hydrating hair cream through the lengths, then sculpted the hair into shape with a styling brush.
Face Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer Hydrating. Burberry Beauty Matte Glow Foundation
Eyes Nars Skin Deep Eyeshadow Palette. Shiseido Controlledchaos Mascaraink
Lips Marc Jacobs Beauty (P) outliner Longwear Lip Liner Pencil in Nudeist
Hair Ouai Wave Spray. IGK First Class Dry Shampoo
THE 1930s: The Golden Age of Hollywood
Taking the cue from the era’s silver screen stars, ’30s makeup was refined and sophisticated – classic, neutral colours in pinkish tones and well-defined. Ow’s advice: apply eyeshadow as a simple wash and try coloured mascara to make eyes pop.
Complete the feminine look with big, loose waves. “I applied a texture mist and blasted dry, then used a curling tong on the mid-length diagonal sections, shaping the waves away from the face. After spraying a dry shampoo from roots to ends, I brushed hair out and shaped with a maison brush,” says Ang.
Face Dior Backstage Face & Body Primer, and Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation
Eyes Dior Diorshow On Stage Liner in Matte Black, and Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
Lips Dior Lip Tattoo in #251 Natural Peach
Hair Wella Professionals Eimi Velvet Amplifier, and Eimi Perfect Me Lightweight BB Lotion
THE 1940s: Understated Simplicity
Unfussy but womanly makeup was about enhancing one’s natural beauty – a creed very much in line with current trends. Ow has a simple trick for drawing a clean, smooth line along your lash line: Tilt your head back and rest the liquid eyeliner flat along the base of lashes.
Ang applied a styling primer as a base, followed by a smoothing and moisturising lotion through the lengths. After blasting dry, he waved hair with a tong and brushed out.
Face Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base. YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint
Eyes Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in #60 (Plum)age. Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara Waterproof
Brows Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel
Lips Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme in Endless
THE 1950s: Post-war Boom Times
With economies booming in the ‘50s, looking put together and polished was all the rage. This meant perfectly drawn features, feminine waves or curls, and well-groomed brows a la Audrey Hepburn. To keep the look contemporary, so you don’t come across like a primped Stepford wife, choose just one feature to focus on, such enhanced eyebrows or boldly drawn eyes.
Face Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation. Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer
Eyes Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene. Three Indestructible Eyeliner in #01 Volcanic Ash Black. Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara
Lips Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk Medium
Hair Kevin Murphy Rough Rider Strong Hold Matte Clay. Schwarzkopf Osis Session Extreme Hold Hairspray
THE 1960s: The Mod Squad
Sexy and playful, the ’60s was the heyday of dramatic eyes, bouffants and doll-like faces. To make it work now, keep colours warm and neutral, and sweep your hair into a simple updo that’s airy, not poofy. When creating a cat eye, work on the ‘wings’ first. “Draw a thin line first to gauge the balance of the ‘wings’ on both eyes. Once you get that right, it’s easy to continue with the rest of the line. Plus, if you mess up the ‘wings’ you’ll only have to clean off that bit,” says Ow.
To achieve this chic updo, Ang applied a dab of matte styling clay to hold hair together while keeping it pliable. He then put it in a bun and set it with strong-hold hairspray.
CREATIVE DIRECTION Windy Aulia
PHOTOGRAPHY Joel Low, assisted by Alfie Pan
STYLING Daryll Alexius Yeo
HAIR Sean Ang
MAKEUP Cheryl Ow
MANICURE Rebecca Chuang/Fluttery Tips