The women of the 1950s may not have had Urban Decay makeup or access to chemical peels, but they had timeless beauty and elegance that women today still envy. Women like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn could dominate the covers of beauty magazines today (and sometimes still do). Besides their seemingly effortless beauty, these women made their marks with their fearless attitude and commanding presence — something that makes any woman beautiful in any time period. We could learn a thing or two from these women.[SlideDeck2 id=1267]
Grace Kelly was a movie star first and then she became a real-life princess, capturing the hearts of little girls everywhere. She had a flawless look that included wavy blonde hair and a casual fashion style. Today, you can channel her look with a pair of Wayfarer sunglasses matched with a twin set or a trouser suit.
The Poodle Cut
Funny lady Lucille Ball made the poodle cut popular. The “poodle cut” got its name from the tight curls, which resemble that of a poodle. The hair can be worn in any style; it’s the curl that gives the look its name. This cut was also known as the “Italian Cut.”
Kiss Me Deadly
Red lips are a hallmark of 1950’s style. Choose a classic red lip and sing some Taylor Swift lyrics while you’re out and about, or go for a bolder burgundy.
The bouffant was introduced in the 1950s, and it carried over briefly into the 60s. The bouffant is characterized by hair that is teased at the top and smoothed over into a tall, dome-like style. The style ended in a neat curl. During the 50s, the style was shorter, but it was matched with longer manes in the next decade.
The noted pin-up girl had a signature style that is impossible to miss. Her short, straight bangs were the hallmark of the look, and the style soon became popular among all women. These distinctive bangs could be worn with long or short styles, as well as with updos.
A voluptuous figure was popular in the 1950s, and it was seen in sexy leading ladies like Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe. The hourglass figure was marked by curvy hips, a small waist, and a full bust. The shape was accentuated by corsets and other shape-wear that were worn under or over the clothes.
Marilyn is the ultimate sex symbol, and women the world over are still trying to copy her style today. The beautiful blonde’s style was marked by heavy lids, a bold red lip, bouncy curls, and an hourglass figure that she played up with her fashions.
Pin curls were a popular look in the 50’s. Just like their name suggests, they were achieved by pinning curls in place against the head. They would dry in place and hold their tight, distinctive place was unpinned.
Pastels were popular for eye shadow during the 1950’s, including pale pinks, yellows, blues, and greens. Peach and pink hues were overwhelmingly popular as they created a more overtly feminine style.
The beatniks were kind of the punk rockers of their era. They were the rebels, and they showed it in their politics, their art, and their dress. Hallmarks of the beatnik style included skinny jeans, ballet flats, black turtlenecks, and berets. Other than the beret, does any of that sound familiar?