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How to Do Retro Without Looking Too Costume-y

Leona Lewis has really amped up her look as of late, and her appearance at the Elle Style Awards showcased a cool vintagey style. To re-create a throwback look of your own without looking like you're headed to a costume party, don't go for a literal look. Think retro-inspired instead. Check out some of my tips:

  • Modern color: While Leona's bright red lipstick has an Old Hollywood appeal, using an of-the-moment bold coral, the palette suddenly feels fresh and new.
  • Modern touches: The key is to add your own modern touches and techniques by doing something unexpected, such as pairing a notice-me lipstick with a contrasting light shadow. Play down the rest of the look with a pretty pink blush and some standard black liner.
  • Tone it down: Notice how Leona's lightly-tossed-to the side pony gives the look a less-structured feel. Fingerwaves and highly styled looks can work, but a more casual approach will keep you from looking like a Douglas Sirk character.
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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I agree that Katy Perry does a much better retro makeup look.
ladolcealana ladolcealana 6 years
I don't like that eyeshadow on her at all. Normally love retro looks, but not keen on this.
yslstar yslstar 6 years
snarkypants -- exactly what I was going to say. i don't like that lipstick with her skin tone at all either...
thenekoling thenekoling 6 years
snarkypants -- exactly what I was going to say. i don't like that lipstick with her skin tone at all either...
franceslopez franceslopez 6 years
Agree with snarkypants, not too wild about this look. I don't think the eye makeup and lip makeup suit each other. I think Katy Perry does retro-inspired makeup better. Her costumes are a bit odd, but her makeup is ay-may-zing.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
um. she looks very costumey here.
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