6 Fascinating Makeup Videos From The 1930s, ’40s, ’50s And ’60s

by Katherine Barner

Makeup tutorials are not just a product of the 21st century, courtesy of YouTube’s existence. They have been around for quite a long time, in fact. Of course, they were not as accessible as the easily searchable tutorials of today, but they were absolutely a thing. Here are some of the best (and in some cases, mildly disturbing) vintage makeup tutorials, straight from their era.


The transformation is fascinating. So is the end result compared to the style of makeup we often see today. Those thin eyebrows would make 2016 eyebrow snobs cringe! We believe all brows are beautiful brows.

Who knew makeup could be so scientific? The quest for a symmetrical, oval face was real. Also, the quest for not too thin, no too thick lips, was real. That’s too much pressure, for my taste!

“Gray hair should be an asset, not a liability.” Almost a century later, gray hair is a major trend. 


The most relatable line of this whole video: “Lipstick is like your exclamation point.” The least relatable line: “Be sure your lipstick harmonizes with your rouge and nail polish.” That’s just too much work.


Oh, the ’50s. When women spent 2 hours weekly in the salon, many men “chose the beautification of women kind” as a career, and hair curlers were everywhere.


Contouring is not a practice created by the Kardashian women: in this video, they use blush for the desired contouring look.

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